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The E-Sylum: Volume 20, Number 53, December 24, 2017, Article 8

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: DECEMBER 24, 2017

More Christmas Medals
David Powell writes:

Here is a picture of a calendar medal with Christmas-related reverse.

Christmas calendar medal obverse Christmas calendar medal reverse

John Sallay writes:

Your holiday-themed medal roundup is really terrific. Thanks very much for organizing us to share a few interesting pieces from our collections. Here’s one more – an unsigned 38mm copper medal by William H. Key from the 1880’s, showing a Holy Nativity scene on one side and group of cherubs (the “Heavenly Host”) on the other.

The reason I don’t say obverse and reverse is that this particular piece involves two dies that were both used as obverses on several different Sunday School award medals in the late-19th century. At the same time, it’s hard to call it a mule because – like Lovett and other American medalists of that period – Key engraved a bunch of dies for his stock medals and then mixed and matched them quite liberally as a matter or course in his medal business, selling whatever the market would bear.

Merry Christmas!

1880 Willaim Key Nativity medal1 1880 Willaim Key Nativity medal2

Thanks! Great medals. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: CHRISTMAS MEDALETS (http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n52a23.html)

On Jack Black's Coin Collection
Regarding actor Jack Black, David Pickup writes:

One year I spent over £50.00 with the family going to Gulliver’s Travels at the cinema so I think he owes me! His interest in coins makes us even!

Jack Black Lincoln Full Monty

At Jack's mention of his coin collection Conan said, "I'm sorry, we're out of time.." But clearly the bit was preplanned and hats off to both host and guest for the exposure for our hobby.

And what was the source for that 1913-dated Abraham Lincoln piece? Clearly it was Photoshopped, but I doubt it was totally fabricated. What numismatic item's image did they start with? -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
ACTOR JACK BLACK'S COIN COLLECTION (http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/club_nbs_esylum_v20n52.html#article19)

Theodore Roosevelt Quotation
1920 Theodore Roosevelt Plaque Regarding the Theodore Roosevelt quotation "Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords," Ted Banning writes:

Although I can't find the original source of the quotation on the Roosevelt plaque either, it is widely ascribed to Roosevelt himself. In fact, it is one of a number of Roosevelt quotations inscribed on the inside the Roosevelt Memorial rotunda at the American Museum of Natural History. See:
https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/theodore-roosevelt-memorial/theodore-roosevelt-quotes .

Thanks! -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
VOCABULARY TERM: QUOTATIONS ON MEDALS (http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n52a15.html)

Insect Chopmark on U.S. $5 Bill

Bug chopmark on US $5 bill

Cruz Olivas of Florence, Arizona forwarded this image of this chopmark on a U.S. $5 bill. I haven't seen one like this before, and never on as low a denomination as a $5 bill. -Editor

To read earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
CHOPMARKS ON MODERN U.S. PAPER MONEY (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n07a21.html)
MORE CHOPMARKS ON MODERN U.S. PAPER MONEY (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n08a08.html)

Periodical Sought: Whitman Coin Supply Merchandiser
Author Dave Lange writes:

The coverage given to 1960s publication The Coin Dealer a few weeks ago reminds me of another periodical for dealers that I've been seeking. During that same decade Whitman put out a publication for its supply dealers that was known under several titles, and I'm trying to obtain or simply locate as many issues as possible. The title used the longest was Whitman Coin Supply Merchandiser, but it also was called at various times Coin Supply Merchandiser or Stamp and Coin Supply Merchandiser. I'm hoping readers may have this publication for either sale or loan. My next book will be on Whitman coin folders and albums, so this could provide some useful dates and facts.

I'd never heard of those publications! Sounds like they they would be a trove of good information for Dave's next book. Can anyone help? Who's got some of these, or knows where to find them? Thanks. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
THE COIN DEALER (http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n49a14.html)

Ferry Boat Ticket Information Sought

Mobilitate Viget ferryboat

An E-Sylum reader writes:

The last time I saw Rich Hartzog (it was in Baltimore) I asked about this piece, which he said he had never seen previously and promised to see if he could get any info on it. It appears to be a ferry boat ticket of the early 1800's (supposedly from New York City, although for sure printed in NYC). "Mobilitate viget" is from Virgil, and means "it grows by moving").

Previous to my asking Rich about this I did extensive research on early New York Transit tokens, chits and the like, asked many other sources, including the New-York Historical Society, Heritage and B. Cudahy, author of the definitive work on Ferry Boat stuff from NYC.

Anyway, I came up with almost nothing, and was wondering if any of our readers may have some insight into this thick uniface cardboard piece that measures approx 55 x 50 mm.

Neat item! Clues, anyone? -Editor

Ginger Rapsus on Chocolate Coins
Regarding chocolate coins, author Ginger Rapsus writes:

I used to buy them by the pound & use them as giveaways when I had a book signing, or went to a convention & gave goody bags. Chocolate is always welcome! Happy holidays!

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: DECEMBER 17, 2017 : On Chocolate Coins (http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n52a11.html)

Quick Quiz: Stunt Pilot Coin Dealer

Mystery Coin Dealer Stunt Pilot

Pete Smith writes:

Can anyone identify the mystery coin dealer sitting on the wing of a moving aircraft? Hint: He was a coin dealer after retiring as a stunt pilot.

Hmmmm. That's a new one on me - I was not aware of any coin dealer who'd been a stunt pilot. Anyone? -Editor
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Wayne Homren, Editor

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