This is non-numismatic, but it describes a heart-wrenching close call that anyone who's handled rare numismatic items can appreciate. -Editor
Initially, the assignment for the National Archives seemed simple enough: transport the cargo from one institution to another along the highway. For peace of mind, he
had double-checked with the museum that there were no artifacts onboard. The institution told him no. He and his coworkers hit the highway north toward New York. Along the way,
they stopped at a Wawa roadside convenience store for a snack. Brannock returned to the truck’s passenger compartment with a large Mountain Dew.
It was a relaxing break until someone accidentally tipped over the soda, which spilled across the truck’s passenger compartment. Seeing the laptop bag and thinking there was a
computer inside of it, Brannock rushed to save it from the encroaching drink. He was successful. But upon closer inspection, he realized that this wasn’t an ordinary satchel but a
specialty document bag; inside it was a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln.
The article is part of a series on the hazards and low pay of working in the art handling world. But this near-miss is an opportunity to ask - what near-misses have readers had
with rare numismatic items? Submit your Tales of Horror for next week's issue. -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
The Art Handler Who Saved the Emancipation
Proclamation From Drowning in Mountain Dew (https://hyperallergic.com/515325/the-art-handler-who-saved-the-emancipation-proclamation-from-drowning-in-mountain-dew/)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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