One of the reasons I enjoy The E-Sylum is because of its non-political nature. Unfortunately, this article crossed the line. I am a member of a number of coin clubs and
have many friends in them. I have no idea what their political leanings are and, personally, I don't want to know because it could affect our friendship. Coin clubs and
newsletters are about coins & paper money & books & exonumia. They should not be used by or for people to promote their political agenda. By including that article
& especially Mr. Sheehan's comments you have presented a biased viewpoint! I should also mention that if the article was on the other side of the political spectrum, I
would also object. These comments could (should?) have been omitted or reworded without detracting from the story.
I left out our correspondent's name in deference to our shared preference to leave politics at the coin club door. For the same reason I had initially drafted the
earlier article as being from an anonymous E-Sylum subscriber, but Tom Sheehan was willing to use his name so I published it. Trust me, we're not promoting any agenda.
This is all about the numismatics and yes, we welcome images and stories of stamped notes from the other side, and have already published images of "Donald Trump Lives
Here", "Responsible Gun Owner" and "No Obama" stamped notes.
While I agree that I could have softened or edited out Tom's comments, I decided to leave in the Trump Tower part because it very specifically noted a location where the
notes were distributed; also, this this would likely be of particular interest to the collectors of 100 years from now.
I always say the time to collect and research numismatics is in the here and now, when all the players are around, not years after they're all dead. I'm proud to not
only have documented the appearance of these overstamped notes, but to have identified one actual person making and distributing them. I'd love to do the same if someone on
the other side would like to come forward.
From Hard Times Tokens to "Vote the Land Free" counterstamps to Bryan Money and beyond, politics often leaves a numismatic trail. This is an opportunity to document
that history as it's happening, which is why I included Tom's background comments. They were about the distribution of the notes.
I realize that in the heat of the political moment it can be hard to remain objective and keep the discussion on numismatics, but we intend to avoid those rabbit holes. As a
reminder, here are some of those earlier-published images. Who's got more? Do you know anyone making or distributing these or similar notes today? How are they putting them in
Finally, while I could have also edited out the "spend it so 799 more people will get it in change" part, it gives me the opportunity to ask where we can find
reliable estimates for the number of hands a dollar bill passes through in its lifetime. Is 800 a reasonable estimate? -Editor
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