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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 5, February 2, 2020, Article 11

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: FEBRUARY 2, 2020

On Really Small Coins

gajapati_fanam_au_o gajapati_fanam_au_r
Gold Gajapati Fanam

Kavan Ratnatunga writes:

Einstein smallest coin I agree the technology to put such detail in a mass-produced coin which is just 3 mm in diameter is great. Maybe the R&D & Marketing cost US$200,000, which justifies the Swiss Mint charging 999 coin collectors US$205 for US$3 worth of Gold & Packaging. A previous record holder over 600 years old is shown in
http://coins.lakdiva.org/medievalindian/
gajapati_fanam_au.html

The 1/10th Fanam Gold coin called Bele with a size around 2-4 mm and weight around 0.04 grams is also smaller than the modern Swiss coin.
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/indian-state-gold-coin-10th-century-440148721

Thanks. Neat little coin. -Editor

Ken Berger adds:

I was already familiar with the famous picture of Einstein sticking out his tongue. I often wondered at whom he was sticking it out. Now I know! Since it occurred on March 14, 1951, he was sticking it out at me because that is the day I was born. I guess he didn't like me.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
SWISS MINT SELLS OUT OF SMALLEST COIN (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n04a26.html)

Girl with a Pearl Earring coin Micromosaic Passion Coin: The Girl with a Pearl Earring
Lou Golino writes:

I received my third Great Micromosaic Passion coin last week (The Girl with a Pearl Earring). It is really outstanding.

Very nice! -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
MICROMOSAIC COINS: GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n02a27.html)
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JANUARY 19, 2020 : The Micromosaic Passion Coins (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n03a10.html)

Photo Captions with Ken Bressett
Ken Bressett writes:

"I can’t be entirely sure of everybody in the Smithsonian photo, but I easily recognize the Stefanellis. I am pretty sure that is Hans Schulman at the far left. The person seated across from Mrs. S is definitely not Abe Kosoff."

Elvira Clain-Stefanelli at the Smithsonian in 1957

Ken adds:

"In the article about Don Hirschhorn, Dave Lange has asked for a photo of him at a younger age. This one shows Don on the right and R. S. Yeoman on the left."

Hirschhorn and Yeoman
R. S. Yeoman and Don Hirschhorn

Thanks! Great photo. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
THE CLAIN-STEFANELLIS AT THE SMITHSONIAN (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n04a15.html)
DONALD S. HIRSCHHORN (1927-2020) (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n04a08.html)

A Numismatic Storefront in 1915
Len Augsburger writes:

Illustrated here is the storefront of Burdette G. Johnson’s St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co. in 1915, taken from the December issue of Philatelic West for that year. Johnson, operating at 115 N. 11th Street in St. Louis, frequently advertised stamps, coins, and other collectibles in the pages of Philatelic West. The image is grainy, but conveys the essential information. The downtown city lot is narrow, with a large display window and a door to the side. An awning provides some protection against the elements when entering or exiting. We can only speculate what was on display, but it was likely some combination of coins and stamps with a few other objects mixed in.

St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co storefront

Thanks. Next-best thing to a time machine. It would be fun to explore the stock of a dealer from a century ago, without a slab in sight. Handle those coins carefully, though! -Editor

Quiz: A Numismatic Mystery
Pete Smith offers this numismatic mystery. He writes:

Who is the man pictured on the right and what is his role in current numismatics?

Numismatic Mystery 2020-02-02

OK, E-Sylumites. Who's got the answer? -Editor

ANA Summer Seminar Medals Survey Class
David Menchell writes:

ANA SUMMER SEMINAR 2020 "I thought some readers might be interested in this year's ANA Summer Seminar and the class I will be teaching with David Alexander. We will be reprising the Survey class covering medals from the early portrait medals of the Renaissance to contemporary medals issued in the 21st century. The course will cover technical aspects of producing medals, important references and literature. and an historical survey encompassing major periods, styles, countries and important artists and engravers. The course will include much new material added since the last survey course in 2016. More information can be found on the ANA website."

Sounds like a great event. The Summer Seminar is far and away one of the best things in numismatics anywhere. -Editor

For more information, or to register, see:
ANA SUMMER SEMINAR 2020 (https://www.money.org/summer-seminar)

Mercury Head Cabernet
In his Northeast Numismatics blog this week, Chris Clements writes:

Check out this find at a wine store near me this past weekend. Mercury Head Cabernet. Really high star rating, but also really expensive. I couldn't help myself and had to buy it. (Then explain to my wife when I brought it home that this nice wine is NOT for drinking!)

Mercury Head Cabernet 4 Mercury Head Cabernet 1
Mercury Head Cabernet 3 Mercury Head Cabernet 2

Very nice! I'll look for this. -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
Northeast's Blog (https://www.northeastcoin.com/blog.jsp)

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