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The E-Sylum: Volume 18, Number 39, September 27, 2015, Article 31

PINCE-NEZ IN NUMISMATICS

Just when you thought you'd already heard of every possible topical collecting specialty, along comes Greg Ruby's September 22, 2015 post on his Fourth Garrideb blog ("Numismatics of Sherlock Holmes) about "Famous People Wearing Pince-Nez On Numismatic Items" I know what "Pince-Nez" are, but I'll be damned if I can pronounce the term. Anyhoo, here's an excerpt from the article (and I'll spare you the Niue Scrooge McDuck coin). -Editor

Your editor freely admits he never heard the term “pince-nez” until he read the Sherlock Holmes Canon. The term “spectacles” was the wording I had always heard used to describe this style of eyewear.

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was often pictured in pince-nez, but only the 2014 Presidential dollar coins clearly showing him wearing them.

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When the U.S. Mint issued the 2013 dollar coin for President Teddy Roosevelt, you have to look closely to see him wearing the pince-nez. Later in the year, the mint offered a set featuring the coin with a silver version of their Teddy Roosevelt medal that was designed by Charles E. Barber (obverse, designer of the Barber dime, quarters and half dollars) and George T. Morgan (reverse, designer of the Morgan dollar) after Roosevelt’s second inauguration. This was highly unusual as none of the U.S. Mint’s previous presidential medals had ever been struck in any metal other than bronze.

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Woodrow Wilson’s 2013 Presidential dollar coin features him wearing his pince-nez, but this 1920 medal to commemorate the opening of the United States Mint in Manila, Philippines is much more interesting. Medals were struck in bronze, silver and gold to commemorate the event. The Manila Mint building was destroyed during the liberation of the Philippines in early 1945.

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Earlier this year, Ireland issued a silver 15 Euro coin honoring the poet, William B. Yeats. From 1980 thru 1992, Yeats (wearing glasses) was featured on Ireland’s £20 banknotes. A few months back, we discussed the 2012 10 Euro coin that Ireland struck to honor William’s brother, Jack, who did the parody Chubblock Holmes.

OK, so who can send images of numismatic items where someone's wearing a Monacle? (Now that I can pronounce). Is there a Col. Klink silver round out there? -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
Famous People Wearing Pince-Nez On Numismatic Items (http://fourthgarrideb.com/2015/09/famous-people-wearing-pince-nez-on-numismatic-items/)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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