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Wayne Homren 2017-03-15 full New subscribers this week include: Dr. Carlos Abel Amaya-Guerra, courtesy Adrián González-Salinas; Niles Laughner, courtesy Jeff Daniher; and Wayne Pearson. Welcome aboard! We now have 6,679 subscribers.

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This week we open with two new books, updates from the Newman Numismatic Portal, notes from E-Sylum readers, and more.

Other topics this week include early mentions of Continental Dollars, Pandora's Breeches, stomach coins, 2026 commemorative coin and paper money ideas, filled dies, Hibler and Kappen, John J. Pittman, Hettie Anderson, Hettie Green, auction previews, more ANA diaries, the Vietnam Veterans dollar, the coin shortage, and Buffalo nickels.

To learn more about "Muera Huerta" coinage, polymer banknotes, the Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum collection, the Journal of Early American Numismatics, the summit of micronations, schraubtalers, Ye Olde Mint, the Tyrant Collection, and ancient coins in space, read on. Have a great week, everyone!

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Adrián González-Salinas passed along this announcement of a new book on Mexican numismatics. Thank you! -Editor

Reflexiones sobre la Moneda Muera Huerta book cover Book: Reflexiones sobre la Moneda Muera Huerta (Reflections on the "Muera Huerta" Coinage)

Author: Dr. Carlos Abel Amaya-Guerra

Year: 2021
Price: $100 Mexican Pesos (US$5°°)
Size (cms): 21.7 x (8.6") x 27.9 (11") x 0.9
Pages: vi, 78 (one page per sheet and including 3 color plates)


  • Prólogo 1 by José Antonio Juárez-Muñoz (Durango Numismatic Society)
  • Prólogo 2 by Ángel Smith (Numismatist)
  • Introducción (Introduction)
  • Agradecimientos (Acknowledgments)
  • Capítulo 1 - La Idus de Marzo (The Ides of March)
  • Capítulo 2 - Los Personajes y sus Circunstancias (The Characters and their Circumstances)
  • Capítulo 3 - Historias y Leyendas (Stories and Legends)
  • Capítulo 4 - Apreciando, Apreciamos a la Moneda (Appreciating, we appreciate the coin)
  • Epílogo (Epilogue)
  • Bibliografía (29 books/catalogs/publications)
  • Anexos (Annex)

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Here's the Google-translated text of an article from Geldscheine Online about a new book on polymer banknotes. -Editor

The wait is finally over! The world's most current, complete and comprehensive catalog of polymer banknotes has now been published.

Polymer 2021 book cover The new catalog contains:

  • an updated format and expanded descriptions, including larger text for easier reading.
  • a general introduction and general information about polymer banknotes, their history, types, variants, etc.
  • 218 pages with detailed lists (and images) of all issued polymer banknotes issued and / or announced through July 2021.
  • 64 pages with detailed lists (and illustrations) of all known / available numismatic products that were published and / or announced until July 2021.
  • 54 pages with detailed lists (and illustrations) of test and advertising scores.
  • Current Ratings.
  • Hybrid banknotes are not included in the catalog.

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Newman Numismatic Portal Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report about an inventory of the Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum collection. -Editor

1849 Moffat $10 (obverse) 1849 Moffat $10 (reverse)

The Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum collection was formed in the early 20th century by Farran Zerbe, a president of the American Numismatic Association. The Chase bank acquired the collection from Zerbe in 1928 and most notably mounted an exhibit near Rockefeller Center, a mecca for tourists visiting New York City. Similar bank museums throughout the country were popular during this period of the 20th century, but over time their contribution to the bottom line was questioned by bank executives. The Chase Museum was closed in 1977 and much of the material was donated to the Smithsonian. Among the U.S. coins from the Chase collection, the Smithsonian acquired a high-grade 1794 dollar and an 1852 $50 gold slug.

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These are selections from the David Lisot Video Library that feature news and personalities from the world of coin collecting. David has been attending coin conventions since 1972 and began videotaping in 1985. The Newman Numismatic Portal now lists all David's videos on their website at:

Here's one on the 2021 Summer FUN show. -Editor

FUN Summer 2021 Largest Ever for Florida United Numismatists.
VIDEO: 3:54.

FUN SUM21 FUN Summer. Wibker.Still001 Cindy Wibker, Bourse Chairman,
David Lisot, Interviewer,
July 9, 2021.

After being shut down by the Corona virus for more than a year and a half the Florida United Numismatists were able to hold a coin convention. The FUN Summer Coin Convention is the smaller of the two annual FUN coin shows but this one was the largest ever. Hear from bourse chairman Cindy Wibker as show describes what was involved putting on the show.

An excerpt of the video is available for viewing on the Coin Television YouTube Channel at:

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The ANS submitted this item congratulating author Jeff Rock on his two NLG awards for his exceptional article on Sarah Sophia Banks in the Journal of Early American Numismatics. We'd like to add our congratulations as well. -Editor


AJN June 2020 In August 2021, JEAN contributor and editorial staff member Jeff Rock received two Numismatic Literary Guild Awards for his article Collecting American Colonial Coins in Eighteenth-Century England, which appeared in the June 2020 issue of JEAN. Jeff's article includes detailed information on the life and numismatic collection of Sarah Sophia Banks (1744-1818), along with images and descriptions of her American Colonial coin collection now split between the British Museum in London and the Royal Mint Museum in Llantrisant, Wales. Jeff's monograph was awarded the Best Article on Numismatic History and Personalities, and Article or Story of the Year. This latter award is exceptional as it covers every numismatic article (commercial, academic, large-, and small circulation).

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Dennis Tucker posted these images on Facebook of a wooden nickel by Bob Fritsch warning about COVID at the 2021 ANA World's Fair of Money. -Editor

Bob Fritsch COVID survival token obverse Bob Fritsch COVID survival token reverse

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Allen Berman, a.k.a. King Alanus of Bermania submitted this report on the recent summit of micronations. Thank you! The first image shows King Alanus of Bermania in formal uniform, including ANA convention medals. -Editor

MicroSummit2021 King Alanus of Bermania in formal uniform, including ANA convention medals At a hotel in Las Vegas in July Immanuel X, King of Ourania (known better to numismatists as Edessa), graciously greeted His Excellency the Governor General of British West Florida. King Immanuel had earlier been appointed ambassador to the US by a claimant to the Empire of Manchukuo, a descendent of the last Chinese Emperor, Henry Pu Yi. Later King Alanus of Bermania was seen enwrapped in a presentation by King Boleslaw II of Wojcikslavia on the constitutional implications of the Congress of Vienna on the current status of the Kingdom of Poland. What could prompt this almost surreal scene? MicroSummit 2021 of course. This event drew together Kings, Presidents, and Dukes representing various micronations from throughout the US and Canada, and it has for more than a decade.

What is a micronation? While there is no universally accepted definition, most could be described as a spirit or an ideal configured in the context of a more or less mythical or hypothetical country. Some make serious political pretentions, others less so. Some even have undisputed territory such as the famous Sealand. One can usually observe that when micronational heads of state gather there is generally more harmony and joviality than meetings of their more mundane counterparts.

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Julia Casey submitted these additional notes on early references to Continental Dollars. Thanks! -Editor

More Early German Numismatic References to Continental Dollar Coins (...or Medals)

I have continued to see what I can find searching available internet resources for early mentions of Continental dollars. I have uncovered two additional references. The first is from 1811.

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Last week we discussed the symbolism of "Pandora's Breeches", an image on one of the "Three Thomas's" Middlesex token. Thanks again to Ray Williams for suggesting the topic. -Editor

1796 Middlesex Farthing Conder Token obverse 1796 Middlesex Farthing Conder Token reverse

Peter Jones writes:

"Just a comment about the three Thomases. All three, (Thomas Spence, Sir Thomas More, and Thomas Paine), were prosecuted by the British government for their writings.

"The stuffed woolen breeches, as far as I understand, were found in the House of Commons in 1792, trying to set the House on fire. They called them Pandora's breeches because all the ills in life (including the American Revolution) came from a Pandora's box."

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Dave Hirt writes:

"I watched the video on Hetty Green. I have the book, Witch of Wall Street, by Boyden Sparks, the 1935 edition in my library. She was a very interesting person, living when she did in a man's world. She bested many of the best of them in financial deals. She was really not a bad person. She was just a miser who hated to spend money. She probably got that from her father, who once refused a gift of a 10 cent cigar, saying that he was perfectly happy with the 4 cent ones that he smoked, and didn't want to get used to something better. If Hetty was on the street, and saw you fall, she would be the first to help you up, as long it did not involve spending money.

"Hetty did buy her son Ned a railroad in Texas. This was his private toy. He loved to drive the engines. He got the title Colonel because of the railroad. I don't believe that Col. Ned got the money that he used to build his massive coin collection until after Hetty's death.

"Sorry that I missed the ANA show, but I went east instead of west."

Dave and his wife Emi often travel to Budapest. -Editor

Dave writes:

"Greetings from Budapest. We have been here since July 27. I have two coin club meetings with my friend Balazs. Of course I have bought some books, two of them I will mention. One is on emergency money, every page full of color illustrations, 1723-1959. Money needed during times of war and upheaval. The other is of coins in the Hungarian national museum, a beautiful book which includes California gold coins including a $50 round coin gifted to them by Wass & Molitor., Hungarian assayers in San Francisco."

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: AUGUST 15, 2021 : Hetty Green's Greenbacks (

Other topics this week include Kennedy Half Dollar kitsch, -Editor

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In the please-don't-eat-stuff-that-isn't-food department, Carol Bastable sent this fascinating postcard with a photo of coins and other objects found in a man's stomach. -Editor

It is a 1908 postcard about a man that most likely had a condition known as pica. People with pica eat non food items. Less harmful materials might include the consumption of dirt or paper but there are more severe instances where people consume metal and even glass as this person did. Of numismatic note are the 14 dimes (one being Canadian) and three nickels that were surgically removed from this man's stomach. This is a poor example of how to start a coin collection.

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Gil Parsons submitted this write-up of two interesting items in his stock relating to Schraubtalers, or "screw coins", in which the two halves can be screwed apart to reveal items hidden within, such as engraved portraits. Thanks! -Editor

Schraubtaler (literally screw-thaler) refers to a numismatic genre in which two halves of a coin or medal are separated, hollowed out, filled with content of artistic or other significance, and rejoined with a threaded connection to reconstitute the appearance of the original. {Actual technique involved the manipulation of two coins reassembled into a unified whole) A related genre Steckmedaille relied upon a simple plug connection and was thus easier to make and thus more widely circulated. Schraubtaler coins evolved in the sixteenth century, with a heyday of production in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Examples of the technique continued to appear well into the twentieth century, with World War I propaganda a favored theme.

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Reader Wayne Pearson submitted these thoughts on coins and paper money to mark the 2026 semiquincentennial of U.S. independence. Thanks. I'm sure the Mint will get commemorative coin designs rolling soon if they haven't already. Commemorative banknotes have not been a thing in the U.S., mostly due to the long lead time needed for security measures. Worth thinking about, though. -Editor

I want to share a few ideas with your readers. To start with, new coins and paper money for the semiquincentennial. We need to get the ball rolling now. For the six coins I enclosed designs I would really like to see.

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Here's another entry from Dick Johnson's Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Terminology. -Editor

Filled Die. A striking error from a coining die during a long press run in which loose particles of metal or other debris have lodged in a design cavity and partially or completely eliminated a design element, a letter or figure, from all succeeding pieces struck from that die. The cavity sometimes fills by stages and only a part of the design element is struck up, as only the base of a letter, until, perhaps, even it too will disappear on subsequent strikes.

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1946–2021: CELEBRATING 75 YEARS of the RED BOOK. The 75th edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins will release next week, April 7, 2021. Preorder now to reserve your copy—online at , or call 1-800-546-2995.


American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith submitted this piece on the authors of the classic So-Called Dollars book. Thanks! I added an image of the book cover. -Editor

Charles Kappen and that Other Guy

Hibbler-Kappen, So-Called Dollars The standard reference on So-Called Dollars was written by Harold E. Hibler and Charles V. Kappen. An initial listing was compiled by Richard D. Kenney and published by Wayte Raymond in 1953. Hibler began to compile an update and Kappen joined the project later. The book was published by Robert Friedberg's Coin and Currency Institute. American Numismatic Biographies has a fairly extensive write-up for Kappen.

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At the ANA show last week, Ron Guth gave me a heads' up about his upcoming article for CoinWeek on collector John J. Pittman's famous Statue of Liberty bidding strategy. Here's an excerpt, but be sure to read the complete article online. -Editor

John J. Pittman's Statue of Liberty Bid

Once upon a time, long before the COVID pandemic, and well before the internet took much of the business online, rare coin auctions were exciting events held in crowded rooms. Bidding was active, sometimes feverish, and members of the audience scanned the room and craned their necks to see who was bidding on special coins. To combat this unwanted scrutiny, bidders who wished to hide their activity relied on subtle moves that a good auctioneer would catch but which other bidders might not. After all, being too obvious could leave the bidder susceptible to competitors who might run up the price by bidding against them. In some cases, bidders arranged special signals with the auctioneer prior to the sale, including such subtle movements as a flick of a pen or the lifting of an eyebrow. Bidders routinely used small moves to obtain big coins as inexpensively as possible.

Yet for every rule, there's an exception.

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Arthur Shippee passed along this New York Times article on Hettie Anderson, who modeled for sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Thanks! Here's an excerpt. -Editor

Hettie Anderson Plaster cast for Saint-Gaudens double eagle

Her likeness has been rendered atop monuments and on gold coins. In Augustus Saint-Gaudens' towering, gilded equestrian sculpture honoring the Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman at Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan, she represents the winged Greek goddess Victory striding in sandals ahead of his horse, one arm outstretched. But though her image can be found in multiple places around the United States, little is known about the model, Hettie Anderson.

What is known is that she surfaced in Manhattan in the 1890s, a light-skinned African American who joined its cultural scene after escaping bitter prejudice in the South. Sculptors and painters sought to portray what one newspaper article described as her creamy skin, crisp curling hair and warm brown eyes.

But Anderson received less media attention than some of her contemporaries, like the models Evelyn Nesbit and Audrey Munson, who became enmeshed in murder and sexual assault scandals. And over time Anderson's name became disassociated from the celebrated artists who hired her.

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Here's the press release for the upcoming CNG fall sale. Some great coins here. -Editor

CNG Feature Auction 118
A Public and Online Sale
Closing Monday & Tuesday, 13-14 September 2021

Classical Numismatic Group is proud to present CNG Feature Auction 118, a Public and Online Sale closing Monday & Tuesday, 13-14 September 2021. CNG 118 will be held at the Holiday Inn Lancaster, 26 East Chestnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 in the Franklin Room (3rd Floor). This sale offers 1434 lots with a presale estimate of just over $2 million.

Our annual fall sale features Greek, Celtic, Oriental Greek, Central Asian, Roman Provincial, Roman Republican and Imperatorial, and Roman Imperial coinage. Additionally, there are featured selections of Byzantine, Early Medieval and Islamic, World coinage and medals, Siege and Necessity coinage, United States coins and medals, British coinage and medals, and a small selection of antiquities.

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Here's a selection of interesting or unusual items I came across in the marketplace this week. Tell us what you think of some of these. -Editor

17th Century Thomas Bull Suffolk Farthing
17th Century Thomas Bull Suffolk Farthing


17thCentury Token, Suffolk,Bury St Edmunds, Thomas Bull, Farthing, undated, a wagon left, legend surrounding, *THOMAS* BVLL* IN*, rev. T*B at centre, pierced cinquefoil above and below, legend and beaded border surrounding, * ST EDMONDS. BVREY*, weight 0.71g (Norweb 2466; Boyne 35; B.W. 44). Some porosity, good fine with a clear wagon.

Boyne notes Thomas Bull was Churchwarden of St James Parish in 1673.

Ex Philip D. Greenall Collection, Baldwin Auction 16, 30th October 1997, lot 269 part.

A crude early token from the stock of Sovereign Rarities Ltd. -Editor

To read the complete item description, see:

Other topics this week include counterstamps, Lifesaving medals, and medals with images of the Philadelphia Mint. -Editor

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In no particular order, here are some more notes and photos from last week's ANA World's Fair of Money show in Rosemont.

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I saw this great ephemera item at Fred Weinberg's table, but he was away and I didn't get a chance to ask him about it. Very neat item.

Fred's retiring and closing up his office. Good luck, and happy trails! He was an early and very steady E-Sylum supporter, and he'll be missed, here and on the show circuit.

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Last week I discussed the regular ANA exhibit area, but didn't get a chance to mention the fabulous Tyrant collection exhibit. Here are a few photos. -Editor

From the earlier press release:

ANA 2021-08-11 Tyrant collection exhibit 1 "For the first time ever, the public will be able to see the superb quality type set of more than 400 U.S. coins from the acclaimed Tyrant Collection ( at the Chicago World's Fair of Money (, August 10-14. Ranging from 1793 to 1964, many of these historic coins are the finest known of their kind.

"The centerpiece of the extraordinary exhibit will be the legendary King of Siam proof set which was originally presented in 1836 by the U.S. State Department to the King of Siam (now Thailand) as a gift on behalf of President Andrew Jackson.

"This is the first time in over a decade that the full, fabled King of Siam set will be publicly displayed, and we're delighted the set – in addition to the superb U.S. type coins – will be at the World's Fair of Money," said Kim Kiick, executive director of the ANA. "The unique King of Siam set will be accompanied by the leather-covered wood box that contained the presentation coins given 185 years ago to Rama III, the King of Siam. The ship's log from the USS Peacock on that important diplomatic mission will also be displayed."

"The legendary set's coins range in denomination from an 1834 Classic Head copper half cent to an 1804 "Plain 4" Heraldic Eagle gold $10. A renowned Class I 1804 Draped Bust silver dollar graded PCGS PR67 is also included.

"The entire, incomparable exhibit, entitled 'U.S. Type Coins from The Tyrant Collection,' is insured for $100 million," said Ira Goldberg, CEO of Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. He is among those who have assisted the coins' owner in building the collection of U.S. world and ancient coins that is often described as the world's most valuable rare coin collection in private hands."

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Dick Hanscom passed along two articles about a seized Viking coin hoard. Thanks! -Editor

Coins from siezed Viking Coin Hoard

Two men have been charged after a hoard of Viking coins worth nearly £1m was found by police.

The coins and silver ingot, of major historical significance, were seized from properties in County Durham and Lancashire in 2019.

Craig Best, 44 and of Bishop Auckland, and 73-year-old Roger Pilling, of Loveclough, are accused of conspiracy to convert criminal property.

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Gerry Tebben passed along this note relating to the 1994 Vietnam Veterans Memorial dollar. Thanks. -Editor

1994VietnamVeteransWarMemorialSilverDollar34obverse copy 2 Joseph L. Galloway, co-author with Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore of "We Were Soldiers Once and Young" has died. The 1992 book (and 2002 movie) is about the Nov. 16-17 Vietnam battle of Ia Drang. The names of those who died there are on Panel 3E of The Wall. Part of that panel - Lines 66 through 79 -- is on the obverse of the 1994 Vietnam Veterans Memorial dollar.

Of 21 discernible names on the commemorative silver dollar, 17 men died at Ia Drang. Sixteen of those 17 died during the 16-hour battle in and near a football-field size clearing called Landing Zone Albany. The book details the battle in minute-by-minute detail. It's chilling to read the book while holding the coin. Charles W. Bass, for example, was the first man to die at Landing Zone Albany about 1:10 p.m., Nov. 17, 1965. "I hear Vietnamese talking," Bass said moments before the attack began, Moore wrote.

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The Wall Street Journal had an article this week about the continuing coin shortage, which has hit laundries hard. -Editor

coins in laundromat slots The night before she was scheduled to serve jury duty, Kuromi Hendricks realized the clothes she planned to wear were dirty. She couldn't find the 12 quarters required for a wash and dry at her Boston apartment building.

By 11 p.m., desperation took hold. She hopped in a $10 Uber to the only place she knew was open and might have spare change—a 24-hour cafe with a couple of arcade games. Not wanting to use the business just for their coins, she ordered a lemonade, asked for about $5 in quarters, played a few rounds of pinball, and headed home to wash.

They've gotten me out of a pinch a couple times with quarters, Ms. Hendricks said.

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In the well-that-really-bites department, a Japanese Olympic gold medalist will have her medal replaced after her hometown mayor bit it. -Editor

MAyor bites 2020 Olympic medal

An Olympic gold medalist will have her medal replaced less than a week after the end of the Tokyo Games. For a very unusual reason.

Tokyo 2020 organizers announced Thursday that Miu Goto, a relief pitcher on Japan's champion softball team, will receive a new gold medal after Takashi Kawamura, the mayor of her hometown in Nagoya, bit her medal at an event to celebrate her win, according to Reuters.

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Here are some additional items in the media this week that may be of interest. -Editor

Israeli Astronaut to Take Ancient Coin to Space

Aaron Oppenheim passed along this story about plans to carry an ancient coin to space. Thanks. -Editor

Israel Antiquities Authority director Eli Eskosido with astronaut Eytan Stibbe Israeli astronaut Eytan Stibbe will take an ancient coin dating to the Bar Kokhba revolt with him to outer space, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said Thursday.

As part of the Rakia Mission to the International Space Station, Stibbe said, I will be taking with me a bag filled with items that have a special meaning to me. It was clear to me that one of these items will be a symbol of Jewish history.

The Bar Kokhba revolt was an uprising of Jews in Judea against the Roman Empire from 132 to 136 AD, led by Simon Bar Kokhba. Year two of the liberty of Israel is imprinted into the coin, in defiance of Roman sovereignty.

Stibbe said the coin, "minted with the palm tree and vine leaves," represented his connection to the land of Israel, his love of the country and desire of Israelis to gain independence, following a visit at the IAA's Dead Sea scrolls laboratory in Jerusalem.

To read the complete article, see:
Israeli astronaut to take ancient Bar Kokhba-era coin to outer space (

Thanks also to Dick Hanscom for these additional articles. -Editor

To read the complete articles, see:
Israeli astronaut to take 1,900-year-old Bar Kochba revolt coin to space (
From Judean desert to space: Ancient coin to fly with Israeli astronaut (

Other topics this week include Israel's 5-Shekel coin, -Editor

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This week's Featured Web Site is the Buffalo Nickel Club.

The Buffalo Nickel Club's mission is to guide, inform, and provide expertise as the complete Buffalo Nickel resource. Please feel free to browse the site where you will find an extensive archive of information. And, don't forget to visit the forum where the experts hang out!

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