David Pickup's article about a new book on pierced coins raised a few eyebrows last week.
Ralf Böpple of
Stuttgart, Germany writes:
I got very excited by the headlines, reading that there would be a study on holed coins (one of the greatest mysteries for anybody collecting Mexican coins, like me). However, the article itself quickly left a hole in my heart...
By the way, the German word for hole is "Loch", just like the Scottish lakes (but from a different etymological background). It thus comes complete with the famous guttural sound that apparently German is famous for...
Bob Van Arsdell writes:
No mention of bitcoin files with holes in them?
Anne Bentley writes:
Great April Fool's article, Wayne. Kind of makes me wish the hole book was real ;-)
At least one U.K. reader was fooled and contacted a dealer inquiring about buying the book. Maybe someone ought to write one!
On a related topic, Ken Barr writes:
I posted my annual April Fool's Day article in the Usenet rec.collecting.coins newsgroup on 4/1.
"New 'First Slabbed' Procedure Announced by American Numismatic Association"..
To read the complete article, see:
Scott Barman got in on the act in his Coin Collectors Blog:
Congress Reauthorized Old Denominations
And don't forget the American Numismatic Society's April 1, 2015 post:
BUDDING BILLS PERPLEX NUMISMATISTS
Don't let my kids see this - they think money really DOES grow on trees...
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: PIERCED COINS
Wayne Homren, Editor
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