Len Augsburger of the Newman Numismatic Portal has a question for E-Sylum readers. -Editor
THE U.S. NEEDS A 2½ CENT COIN
An NNP reader this week asked about a promotional token created by Harry X Boosel in 1973, lobbying for a 2½ cent coin. The token claims “we need 2½ cent coins” and
that fellow lobbyists ought to “write to your congressman.” Surely there is more to the story – why was Boosel convinced of the utility of such a denomination, and did the effort
ever gain any traction? Nothing was immediately found on the Newman Portal, although there is a single use of the initials “HXB” in the Chicago Coin Club Chatter, in
reference to Boosel. The token itself is listed on tokencatalog.com as TC-378397. Can E-Sylum readers help solve the mystery?
Link to Boosel token on tokencatalog.com:
I'd never seen or heard of this token or concept before. I didn't know Boosel, but had the pleasure of meeting him briefly at an ANA convention. Can anyone help?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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