Regarding the fire at Brazil's National Museum, Arthur Shippee writes:
One imagines some significant numismatic loss.
As a natural history museum, I wouldn't expect it to have held numismatic content, but anything is possible. So far I have not heard of any numismatic losses. Here's an
excerpt from an ArtDaily article. -Editor
A massive fire ripped through Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum, one of Brazil's oldest, in what the nation's president says is a "tragic" loss
of knowledge and heritage.
The majestic edifice -- which was closed to the public when the fire started -- was swept by flames as plumes of smoke shot into the night sky, while scores of firefighters
battled to control the blaze.
Five hours later they had managed to smother much of the inferno that had torn through hundreds of rooms, but were still working to extinguish it completely, according to an
AFP photographer at the scene.
The natural history and anthropology museum -- founded in 1818 and home to over 20 million valuable pieces -- has suffered from funding cuts, forcing it to close some of its
spaces to the public.
The head of finance and planning at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, on which the museum depends, described the destruction as "a loss to the whole
To read the complete article, see:
Raging fire tears through Rio de Janeiro's
treasured National Museum (http://artdaily.com/news/107319/Raging-fire-tears-through-Rio-de-Janeiro-s-treasured-National-Museum#.W5MaoehKiAs)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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