Correction: Marcus Aurelius, Not Mark Antony
Allan Davisson writes:
I doubt that I am the first to point out that the so-called “Mark Antony” coins are actually denarii of Marcus Aurelius and worth a
modest amount in the condition shown.
Actually, you are. Thanks! -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
ROMAN COIN HOARD FOUND IN A WELSH FIELD
Notes from Dave Hirt
Dave Hirt writes:
Week after week you keep posting the most interesting numismatic items. I would like to comment on some of them from last week's
About the dollar sign, I have a question. As a young boy I learned to make it with two vertical strokes. Now it is only made with one.
When did this change?
Connected to the post on the Western Pennsylvnia Numismatic Society, I am happy to say that I recently acquired a hard bound copy of the
half dollar collection of A. C. Gies, one of the WPNS members, sold by Stacks in 1940. Over the years I had bid on this sale several
times, but was never successful until now.
J. F. Bell
On the Col. Green 1845 proof set, and the three gold proof coins sold to J. F. Bell. His real name was Jacob Shapiro. Over the years he
assembled, and then sold several collections of gold coins. The 1845 proof coins were sold in a set consigned to Numismatic Gallery sale
of 3/1/ &3/2/1948. The proof coins were sold individually as part of date sets. Bell took quite a loss on these coins, as the coins he
paid $1100. for only realized a total $545. Interestingly, I believe that this was the first really major numismatic sale held on the
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
ARTICLE CREDITS OLIVER POLLOCK WITH CREATING DOLLAR SIGN
EARLY HISTORY OF THE WESTERN PA NUMISMATIC SOCIETY
THE COL. GREEN 1845 PROOF SET (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n48a21.html)
Thanks! Does anyone have an answer on the dollar sign question? -Editor
The Sketchy Past of the $2 Bill
Tom Kays forwarded this video on "The sketchy past of the $2 bill". Thanks. -Editor
The two-dollar bill has a shady past. The bills, affectionately called "Toms" (nicknamed for Thomas Jefferson's image)
were once associated with gambling, bribes and prostitution. While rare, they are still passed around today, and kept in the wallets of
I can't say I've ever heard a two being called a "Tom", but sure, why not. I think some of the "facts" cited
here are sketchy themselves, but it's an entertaining and mostly accurate video. Check it out. I'm sometimes guilty of being a
"$2 bill ambassador" myself, and I'm sure many of our readers R2. -Editor
To view the complete video, see:
THE SKETCHY PAST OF THE TWO-DOLLAR BILL
Taxay and the Social Security Death Index
Paul Schultz writes:
Regarding Don Taxay, I know nothing about him personally, but there is something called the Social Security Death Index. The SSDI was
created because so many people tried to steal the identities of the deceased, so the Social Security Administration actually publishes
the name and social security number of everyone who dies in order to prevent their being given loans, credit cards, etc. Death records go
back to at least the early 1960s, possibly earlier. It is used frequently by genealogists too.
I searched for a Don or Donald Taxay (an unusual name), and none was found. Anyone who worked in almost any job in the US after 1935
has a social security number, so therefore Don Taxay is either still alive or died overseas in such a way that his death was never
reported to the Social Security Administration (perhaps as an overseas permanent resident who never collected social security).
Thanks. Taxay is believed to have gone overseas, so that at least is consistent with his not being found in the SSDI. Perhaps someday
more information will turn up. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
BREEN AND THE INSTITUTE OF NUMISMATIC AUTHENTICATORS
Wayne Homren, Editor
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