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The E-Sylum: Volume 18, Number 10, March 8, 2015, Article 9

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: MARCH 8, 2015

The Most Interesting and Comprehensive Numismatic Publication
Fred Michaelson writes:

Have I told you lately that you create the most interesting and comprehensive numismatic publication in the history of numismatics, exonumia, & c., single-handed and all by yourself, every week, that no other publication can compete with? Well, you do.

Well, not ALL by myself. Without the help and contributions of the smartest, friendliest group of numismatists in the world, The E-Sylum wouldn't be the same publication. Thanks, Fred, and all of our readers and contributors. -Editor

Arlie Slabaugh: Deaf, But Not Mute
Tom DeLorey writes:

A slight correction to David Alexander's article on The Numismatic Scrapbook. Arlie Slabaugh was not mute. His speech had a curious lilt to it on account of his never having heard the normal cadence of human speech, but he was fully conversant.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
THE RISE AND FALL OF NUMISMATIC SCRAPBOOK MAGAZINE (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n08a07.html)

On the Subject of Changing the Subject
Regarding last week's item about Argentina's new banknote, Kenneth Berger writes:

In my present position as a Geography Professor, one of the courses I teach is World Regional Geography. It is a well-known fact that, every time Argentina experiences an economic downturn, the government raises the issue of the Falkland Islands (i.e. Islas Malvinas to Argentina) so as to get the populace to think (& complain) about something else. In fact, I just finished teaching my class about this last week. Too bad I didn't have one of the new notes available to show them.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
ARGENTINA'S NEW BANKNOTE RILES FALKLAND ISLANDERS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n09a27.html)

On Ordering Hungarian Coins and Coin Books
Richard Crosby writes:

It is very easy to order Hungarian coins, in base medal, and in silver You can also order the proof and mint sets and currency. They also sell medals and Hungarian coin books. They have very good prices compared what you have to pay in the States for them.

You can also have your name placed on pre-order list annually (this I recommend). You will be notified in advance when the coins become available. Most coins have a very low mintage between 3000-5000 pieces. Very nice detail. I have been doing this for the past 10 years and never had a problem. eMail is coins@hu.inter.net Web site is www.penzvero.hu Fax 36-1-800-8113-210-4448. Note if you go to the web site and register you can have the option to select English and not Hungarian.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
FOLLOW-UP ON SEARCH FOR CURRENT WORLD COINS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n06a15.html)

The Old Binion's $Million Display
Binions Horseshoe Million Dollar

Don Kolkman forwarded this picture of himself taken at the old Binion's Horseshoe casino Million Dollar exhibit with the horseshoe of 100 $10,000 notes. This is likely from the mid-1970s. Thanks! -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: MARCH 1, 2015: Binion's Current $Million Display (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n09a12.html)




Query: Pugachev Rouble in Copper Information Sought
Steve Bishop writes:

I have a coin that purports to be a Russian "Pugachev" rouble in copper (picture below). It is struck over a copper 5 kopeck piece of Catherine II. Diameter - 41 mm. Weight - 44.45 gr, Netted edge. The Bitkin number is H-1001. If genuine, this is a very rare coin, R4 with less than 10 known. I would like to hear from anyone who can give me more information about this piece, such as: how do I determine it is genuine, known fakes, etc. Readers can email me at wudtrnr@gmail.com, or call me at 571-330-7285. Thanks.

Pugachev Ruble

Daily Mail Covers the Pogue Collection

Pogue 1822 Five Dollar Gold piece obverse Dick Hanscom forwarded this article from London's Daily Mail about the upcoming Stack's-Bowers sale of the Pogue collection. Thanks. The word has traveled far! -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
Rare five-dollar gold piece from 1822 and 200-year-old silver dollar expected to rake in $10million at auction (www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2985048/Flipping-coin-rare-U-S-coin-market-hits-records.html)

I-95 Armored Truck Gold Heist

Anne Bentley and Nick Graver forwarded articles about this week's armored truck gold heist. Thanks. -Editor

Shortly after dusk along a lonely stretch of Interstate 95, armed robbers hijacked an armored truck, tied up the two guards and disappeared into the night with 275 pounds of gold bars.

The guards working for Transvalue Inc. of Miami reported pulling off to the side of the interstate about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after their vehicle began having mechanical problems in eastern North Carolina, according to the Wilson County Sheriff's Office.

The guards told police they were surprised by three armed men driving a white van who ordered the guards to lie on the ground, tied their hands behind their backs and then marched them into nearby woods.

The robbers then helped themselves to barrels filled with about $4.8 million in gold before making their getaway. Transvalue said its employees were not injured during the heist.

To read the complete articles, see: $4.8 million in gold stolen from truck in North Carolina (www.wcvb.com/news/4-million-in-gold-stolen-from-truck-in-north-carolina/31565516)
Armed heist nets $4M in gold, triggers N.C. manhunt (www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/02/gold-robbery-north-carolina/24264801/)
911 callers describe chaos after gold theft on NC highway (www.wcvb.com/news/911-callers-describe-chaos-after-gold-theft-on-nc-highway/31598320)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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