Dave Hirt writes:
While reading last week's post on electrotypes, I remembered that I have a pamphlet I
estimate from the 1870s offering them for sale by one Charles Enders Jr, who signs himself
"Numismatist." He makes the rather brazen claim, "The workmanship is so skillfully
executed that they cannot be fully appreciated until seen, and are calculated to deceive others
He lists for sale early Massachusetts & Maryland silver, Early federal and state patterns.
American tokens, Higley, Chambers, New England & Carolina Elephant etc. US Half Cents &
Large cents, and early medals.
I have had this for many years. I don't remember where I got it. The last one I saw sold was
20 years ago, for around $100.
This is what makes numismatic ephemera so interesting and useful. Often the only
record of a maker's existence is a little advertising flyer or pamphlet like this one. Enders
also advertised in the American Journal of Numismatics - I found online an ad in an 1888 issue.
Below is one I found in The Agassiz Journal for Curiosity Collectors, Volume 1, June 1885.
By the way, thanks to Dick Johnson for responding to Doug Hildreth's original
question about the Samuel H. Black Electrotype Plate. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: OCTOBER 26,
2014 : Query: Samuel H. Black Electrotype Plate (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n44a09.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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