Coins and Coin Books Don’t Have To Be Stuffy Subjects
Jeff Kelley writes:
I almost missed hearing about the display in London save for a sidebar story on an Internet news web site, and I almost did not click on it. Had I
not, then The E-Sylum would have been my first notice of it. That is a sad commentary in terms of the U.S. media’s failure to more widely
report this, but a great compliment to the E-Sylum. That is one of the things that makes The E-Sylum such an important read – it
informs and inspires readers on a variety of subjects that may emanate from a numismatic connection; coins and coin books don’t have to be stuffy
subjects – they can open up the world in limitless ways. I try to stay informed about both current events and interesting bits of history by
regularly visiting a small handful of websites, and www.coinbooks.org (Tthe E-Sylum) is as important a
stop as any of them.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
THE ROYAL MINT'S 2014 REMEMBRANCE DAY COIN
Notes from Larry Gaye: Operation Bernhard, Junk Keying
Larry Gaye writes:
Very nice issue Wayne, I enjoyed it muchly. Good to see the 1987 book Nazi Counterfeiting of
British Currency During World War II: Operation Andrew and Operation Bernhard get some notice. I was fortunate enough to purchase the book when
it was first published. I had recently acquired two Bernhard notes, a five and a fifty, along with a Bank of England fiver. The book certainly helped
me decipher which was which.
It's an excellent book, short, but concise; a must for any currency collector's library. My feeling is the book would be a steal at
The piece regarding the Keying medal's was also fun. I came across one a couple of years back and held it for a bit to "Hug It,
and Love IT, and Call it George." I had a lot of fun researching it when I first received it. It went on to another collector after my enjoyment
Thanks so much for your efforts, as the Brits would say, Brilliant!
I have the Burke Nazi Counterfeiting book, too, along with four Operation Bernhard notes. Fascinating story. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NUMISMATIC LITERATURE IN ROSENBLUM SALE #44B (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n48a02.html)
MORE COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL SELECTIONS FROM BALDWIN'S
Numismatic Terminology: Dentil vs Denticle
Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing writes:
This is an esoteric point, but one that might be of interest to readers of The E-Sylum, auction catalogers, and numismatic writers.
On dentil vs. denticle: Most dictionaries specifically define a dentil as being square or rectangular, and a denticle
as being tooth-like. Since these coin-rim projections often are rounded or spiked (as opposed to rectangular or square) but always are tooth-like,
Whitman’s editorial house style is to use the word denticle.
Thanks – this is a useful distinction. -Editor
P.S. Contrary to urban legend, we do not have a board-certified dentist on staff to monitor this usage.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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