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The E-Sylum: Volume 22, Number 10, March 10, 2019, Article 9


Don't Be Shy: Contribute to The E-Sylum
Paul Bosco writes:

A recent issue included long remembrances of Jim King, by Jeff Rock and Bill Rosenblum. I had penned something that ran the week before. Jeff & Bill's submissions were of much greater value than mine.

You're reading this from someone who has been called The Greatest Writer in the History of the English Language. True, only in the 50-Words-and-Less (or Phone Answering Machine) category, and only by himself, but there is a legitimate point here.

Without suggesting that Jeff and Bill are neophytes at writing, it's usually the case that people write best when they write on subjects that matter the most to them.

Many E-Sylum readers must have significant insights into matters under discussion in The E-Sylum. I encourage such readers to take to the keyboard and share. You can only make this fine publication better, by furthering discussion, spreading information and diversifying sources.

Indeed. Not everyone is comfortable with writing, which explains why this publication is the same as all others in that contributions come from the few for the benefit of the many. Please do take a minute to chime in on topics you see here. You don't have to be the world's expert on a topic, just someone with an interest. If you have a question, just ask it - often many other readers are thinking the same thing. Questions and observations are what drive the discussion forward. Fuggetabout grammar, spelling and punctuation - I'm here to edit and I always send a draft for review before publishing. Relax - it'll be fine. I'm looking forward to hearing from more of you in the upcoming weeks. -Editor

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A Golden Age of Numismatic Editorship?
Paul Bosco writes:

I see that Dave Harper (Numismatic News and other Krause Publications magazines) is retiring, after a mere 45 years. The longevity of numismatic editors is considerable. Russ Rulau, Margo Russell, Beth Deisher, Bill Gibbs, Barbara Gregory.... I think one reason is that many are women, who have sensed they have an important job and could work to make it moreso -- while getting more credit for the product than is usually the case for working women.

I think, though, that there is probably something about Numismatics, in the hard data, the long history and the personal stories, that keep editorial work rewarding. Also, the publishers (Amos, Krause, the ANA...) may have been more beneficent than corporate, actually fond of the hobby they serve and draw profits from, in an age when this is no longer the norm.

I wonder what numismatic writers and editors think? Are we leaving a Golden Age in numismatic editorship, or are we going to be OK?

If you look beyond national publications to specialty numismatic club journals, the tenure of many editors is equally remarkable. For example, John Coffee edited The Fare Box, the journal of the American Vecturist Association, for over 50 years. As E-Sylum editor I've been working with the numismatic community for over 20 years to date, and I just never seem to run out of interesting topics to cover. That and the generosity and friendship of the greater community are what keep me going every week. Despite the work involved, it's fun, too.

So what do others think? Is a Golden Age behind us, or everlasting? -Editor

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Thief Dumps Coin Collection into CoinStar Machine
Regarding the story of the thief who cashed in stolen proof coins in a supermarket change machine, Bill Rosenblum writes:

The story is almost unbelievable. But 30-40 years ago my Dad's house was broken into and someone stole about 50-100 US Proof sets. We figured whoever stole the sets sold them for face or just used them as as change.

He said it was the first, and last, time he ever locked his doors. And he did it at my suggestion. Which is probably true. I was always harping on him to at least lock the doors.

This brings back bad memories. When I was a kid a neighborhood "friend" broke into our house and took my nascent coin collection. We later learned he'd broken Ike dollars out of the mint packaging and rolled them across the schoolyard before his spending spree. His parents punished him big time and gave me full restitution. That's when I got my first safe deposit box. -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
A North Palm businessman says a ‘friend' now in custody robbed him of items totaling $350,000. (

The Stamp Money out of Politics Overstamp

Stamp Money out of Politics overstamp on $5 bill

Gary Beals forwarded an email about another banknote-stamping campaign from -Editor

Ben and Jerry here, the ice cream guys.

H.R.1, the For the People Act, has just been introduced in Congress. It's the best thing to happen for getting money out of politics and ending voter suppression since our Stamp Stampede protest began way back in 2012.

Over 100,000 of us have been making our voices heard by—totally legally—rubber-stamping paper currency with the "Stamp Money Out of Politics" message. Making your voice heard loud and clear like that is what makes all the difference. As Abraham Lincoln said, "Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed." And every stamped bill is seen by 875 people as it gets passed around.

I keep an eye on my banknotes for chopmarks or other stamps like this, but I've not seen this one. Can anyone report a sighting in the wild? -Editor

For more information, see:

Banque De L'Indochine 500 Piastres Issue Date
Howard Daniel writes:

I have been continuing to thin out my personal library and donate or sell what I do not need to keep in hard copy. I just came across a US Department of Commerce Foreign Commerce Weekly of August 23, 1941. It mentions "New notes of 500 Piastres denomination were placed in circulation during April." This is completely new information! I have not seen anything before except the year of 1939 without any source. So we now have a new date for the issuing this 500 Piastres note!

Banque De L'Indochine 500 Piastre face

Thanks - great information. I brought this to the attention of Owen Linzmayer, editor of The Banknote Book. -Editor

Another 1896 Argentum Universale One Talent Offered
regarding the 1896 Argentum Universale One Talent piece, Mark Borckardt of Heritage writes:

Another one has surfaced. This one will appear in our 2019 Central States sale next month.

Mark provided the draft catalog description - I'll publish that next week. Stay tuned. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:

Information on Lutwyche and Counterfeiting Tokens Sought
Michael Dlugosz writes:

I was looking for information on Lutwyche and counterfeiting tokens. I read in Selgin's book a few paragraphs on the subject and traced that back to a reference to an article (perhaps) that Ken Elks authored in 2005. I asked Selgin if he happened to recall what the source was but he wasn't sure as it had been a long time and he had discarded his notes. Can anyone tell me where the referenced source was published, or put me in touch with Ken Elks?

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