In the let's-see-ya-slab-THAT-department is this report from Newman Numismatic Portal Project Coordinator Len Augsburger on some amusing
content found on the site. Thanks. -Editor
A tongue-in-cheek presentation delivered by Gerry Tebben at the February 2019 Central Ohio Numismatic Association (CONA) meeting makes a
convincing case that manhole covers should be considered as numismatic objects. Tebben makes the point that they are round, often dated, and have
intrinsic value as bullion products. Further, many of these serve artistic and commemorative purposes that are not always apparent at first glance,
and in this sense manhole covers could well be considered "very large medals."
Tebben discusses approaches to collecting manhole covers, and advocates for a split grading system, since most exhibit environmental damage on one
side. As slabbing is not yet commercially available, Tebben explores considerations for storage and preservation. The presentation is surprisingly
compelling, but might have been more in keeping with an April 1st meeting date.
Image: Attractively-toned Albuquerque Tricentennial (2009) commemorative manhole cover
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Wayne Homren, Editor
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