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The E-Sylum: Volume 19, Number 28, July 10, 2016, Article 9


Fractional Currency Found in 1916 Time Capsule

1916 time capsule 10-cent Franctional currency note

Eric Vanhove forwarded this article about a time capsule from 1916 that included this 10-cent Fractional Currency note. Thanks. -Editor

A time capsule sealed by a bank in 1916 was opened in Saratoga Springs, New York this week. And it has many of the things you’d expect—like some photos of the town, a letter from the president of the bank in 1916, and some old coins. But one artifact stuck out as peculiar to the onlookers of 2016: A 10-cent bill.

Paper bills with values of less than a dollar weren’t common in the United States in 1916. In fact, they only really proliferated during and directly following the Civil War in the 1860s. So when the capsule-makers of 1916 included this 10-cent note, they were including something that was already an antique to them.

It’s not immediately clear, but the note included in the capsule looks to be from the 1870s. The man featured on it is William M. Meredith (1799-1873), the Secretary of the Treasury during the Taylor administration from 1849 until 1850.

To read the complete article, see: Century-Old Time Capsule Opened, Includes 10-Cent Bill (

Stephen Nagy Photo Sought
Dave Hirt writes:

I want to comment on the article on Stephen K. Nagy. In the picture, the man in the foreground is not Nagy. I believe that it is Elmer Sears. The person on Sears' right may be Nagy, but only part of the face is shown.

In the article, John Lupia was citing David Tripp's commentary on p151 of his book Illegal Tender about this picture from the American Numismatic Society archive taken at the New York Numismatic Club Meeting at Keen's Chop House, January 1908: "Nagy, a guest, is sitting on the left side of the table across from William H. Woodin." Lupia notes that Nagy was 25 years old at the time of the meeting. Does anyone have a labeled copy of this picture with a more definitive identification of Nagy? Or a picture of Nagy (or Sears, for that matter) from another source? -Editor

New York Numismatic Club, January 1908 Keens Chop House

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
STEPHEN KENNETH NAGY, JR., (1884-1958) (

Geoffrey Bell Auctions Richard Cooper Collection
Geoffrey Bell writes:

Bell auction catalog 2016-July Geoffrey Bell Auctions will be offering rare opportunities to acquire French Regime coins from the Richard Cooper Collection. One highlight is the famous five sols “Gloriam Regni” specimen of 1670 with no adjustment marks. A second scarce piece is the nine deniers of 1721 B ( Rouen) graded fine. There is also a nice offering of encased postage stamps with the rare Weir & Larminie Montreal specimen featured. These encased pieces were used during the American civil war period as there was a general coin shortage. There is a continuation of the Bob Merchant collection of communion tokens of New Zealand and Australia. Finally, a fine array of Leper Colony tokens used in Leper colonies. To view the auction online, see

More on Aluminum in Numismatics
Bruce Smith writes:

I was glad to see the discussion about early aluminum continue in The E-Sylum. I knew about most of the early medals mentioned by Dave Schenkman and probably have some of them. I agree that the two medals dated 1876 were most likely made later.

I have in my collection a dollar sized medal from the 7th Cincinnati Industrial Exposition 1879, but I am not convinced it was really made in that year. I also have a small medal in the shape of overlapping triangles, dated 1889, issued by the Knights of the Globe and Daughters of the Globe. I don't know anything about this organization; 1889 may be a founding date.

Also have a medal issued for the Spanish Columbian Exposition in Barcelona in 1892, advertising a company which made objects in silver-aluminum. And a 30mm English medal advertising Webster's Patent Aluminium Metals, possibly from the 1880's, but its struck in copper-nickel. And finally a 50x50mm aluminum medal in the shape of the Liberty Bell, issued by the Knights Templar for their meeting at the Centennial Exposition in 1876. It is marked: Roberts 722 Sansom St. Phila. If it is really from the Centennial, then it is the oldest aluminum medal I have.

Thanks! Great topic. -Editor

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Nickel Parking Meters

nickel_parking_meter 1935 As part of his research into what specific goods or services a nickel would buy today, Dave Bowers reports just two findings so far: a five-cent stamp and two minutes on some San Diego parking meters. He included this image from a 1935 newspaper. -Editor

Dave writes:

Think meters will ever catch on?

Thanks. High prices and Smartphone apps have been replacing coin-operated meters in Washington, D.C. -Editor

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Remains of Ancient Naval Base Found

While non-numismatic, this article sent by Robert Hoge may be of interest. -Editor

Danish and Greek archaeologists have discovered the remains of one of the largest building complexes of the ancient world -- a naval base that 2,500 years ago housed Athens's enormous fleet.

Featuring massive harbor fortifications and sheds designed to hold hundreds of war ships called triremes, the base played a key role in the most decisive naval battle of antiquity.

University of Copenhagen archaeologist Bjørn Lovén, who led the expedition as part of the Zea Harbor Project, identified and excavated six ship-sheds that were used to protect the Greek ships from shipworm and from drying when they were not needed on the sea.

To read the complete article, see: Underwater Remains of Ancient Naval Base Found (


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