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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 13, March 29, 2020, Article 19


Query: Numismatic Postcard Albums
Web site visitor Weronika Buchalska of western Poland (near Berlin) writes:

"I have just read your article on The E-Sylum web site and I found information about coin card albums. I would like to know is it possible for you to support me with some more information. I received one album from my family (connection with Walter Erhard)."

Numismatic Postcard Album 6
Numismatic Postcard Album 3

More more images, see this album on our Flickr page: (

I have no other information on these besides what we've published in the earlier articles. Would anyone have anything to add about Weronika's album? -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:

Query: Numismatic Athenaeum

Here's a short excerpt from an article by Pete Smith in the Spring 2020 issue of our print journal The Asylum. It's about an attempt to create a club for numismatic bibliophiles prior to the eventual creation of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society in 1979. -Editor

The November 23, 1974, issue of Numismatic News Weekly contained this brief article:

"Book Club Formed For Numismatists
A book club for collectors, Numismatic Athenaeum, has been organized to promote study and understanding of all phases of numismatics, to assist members in obtaining new books and reference works at discount prices, and to disseminate numismatic information on Oriental, Western, Ancient and modern subjects and also in the fields of syngraphics and exonumia. Membership is open to collectors who are serious about the hobby and information is available from The Numismatic Athenaeum, 614 S. Johnson St., Iowa City, Iowa 52240."

It was not hard to figure out that 614 South Johnson Street was the residence of Patrick D. Hogan. Patrick Dennis Hogan was born on March 18, 1939. As he joined the American Vecturist Association, he gave his profession as repairman.

Hogan joined the Numismatic Bibliomania Society as a Charter member but did not contribute any article to The Asylum. The Newman Numismatic Portal has 245 citations for Hogan. They are references to club memberships and publications but include no background information. Hogan joined the American Numismatic Association in 1968. He was active with the Oriental Numismatic Society and served as Regional Secretary for North America until 1982. He was also active with Numismatics International as Life member #69 and as assistant editor for their newsletter from 1970 to 1973. He had an interest in exonumia and was a member of TAMS, the AVA and other token organizations.

Would anyone have more information on Patrick Hogan or the Numismatic Athenaeum group? Is Hogan still alive? Have any of our old-time readers met or known him? Any information you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks. -Editor

For more information on The Asylum, see:

Medieval Silver Sixpences Found in a Pudding
David Pickup writes:

clump of silver coins "Detectorists in Buckinghamshire have unearthed a hoard of medieval silver sixpences found in a pudding. They have been detecting for thirty years but never got anything other than cans and horseshoes. When they tried their machinery on a pudding they discovered a hoard of coins. Joe said first one or two coins then found loads in his bowl. Fred said he was lucky did not put custard on the pudding or he would never have seen them glinting.

"A spokesman for the English Museum says putting sixpences in puddings was common in the Norman period. Saxons hid coins in puddings to stop Normans stealing their money. It is rare to find so many in one pie. The Doomsday Book contains lists of puddings, desserts and trifles. In olden days weights were measured in how much pudding people could eat in a day. A knight or squire could finish off a few pies and a rice pudding in a day but a ploughman would have to make a turnip pie last all week. It was common in the times of Richard I to hide silver pennies in puddings hence the expression "spotted Dick". William the Conqueror was so called because he could finish off so many pies so quickly. He also introduced the quiche to England and forced Saxons to stop eating cheese pies.

"Joe thinks he may have swallowed some coins. By Treasure Law unless there is some change, Joe will be subject to an inquest and will have to be auctioned. Local detectorists are trying to raise money to preserve him for the nation.

"Coin collectors everywhere are encouraged to eat as many puddings and pies as possible. Have a good day."

Thanks. I'm not big on pudding, but maybe I'll start. Better prizes than Cracker Jack. -Editor

Ceylon Agri-Horticultural Show Medals

possible Cambodian, Burmese or Indian Hamsa Bird medal

Last week Howard Daniel asked for assistance identifying the above medal. Julia Casey writes:

"I found this interesting auction listing for "Ceylon Agri-Horticultural" prizes with the UVA designation and a similar bird design at Dix Noonan Webb."

1925 CEYLON, Agri-Horticultural Show, Uva medals obverse
1925 CEYLON, Agri-Horticultural Show, Uva medals reverse

Kavan Ratnatunga of Sri Lanka writes:

"UVA is one of the 9 Provinces of Ceylon since 1896 and the bird is on the Province Flag. The Massacres the British did in 1848 in Uva are well described in what an American wrote in 1851. I have not focused on Ceylon Medals, as there are so many and not properly catalogued. A few of what I have, are posted in ."

Flag of Uva Province Sri Lanka
Flag of Uva Province, Sri Lanka

Thanks, everyone.  Mystery solved! Kavan provided additional links (below). -Editor

Howard Daniel writes:

"I knew someone out there knew the source of the medal. Fantastic! I am upset with myself that I did not at all think about Ceylon but happy now the source has been solved. Thank you VERY much for your input."

James Ricks of Atlas Numismatics writes:

"Thank you very much for the information. We will send our piece for reholder."

For more information on Uva Province, see:
Uva Province (

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
The English in Ceylon. (

To read the complete auction lot description, see:
CEYLON, Agri-Horticultural Show, Uva, 1925, medals (

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: MARCH 22, 2020 : Cambodian, Burmese or Indian Hamsa Bird Medal? (

Query: Potent HIV Treatments Medal
Jonathan Brecher writes:

Potent-HIV-Treatments-case "Here's a piece I bought recently that has me stumped and I wouldn't mind hearing if anyone else has ideas.

This is clearly a modern medal. AIDS wasn't on the public radar until the 1980s. This has NOTHING that I've found to identify it. There's no company name. I can't place the logo on either side. There's no artist signature. The edgemark lists composition but not maker. I'm drawing a blank.

Beyond all of that nothing, it's a very well made medal. It's in a very nice plush-lined wooden box that also has no identifying marks. The size and weight of the medal are somewhat non-standard — 44 mm, 66 grams (2.12 troy ounces).

Does anyone know who made this, or what company it was made for?"

Potent-HIV-Treatments-obv Potent-HIV-Treatments-rev

Interesting artifact from an earlier health emergency. Thoughts, anyone? -Editor

Roman Style Oreo Cookie Cameo
John Lupia writes:

"I saw this on Facebook: A sculptor, Judith G. Klausner posted her work, a Roman style cameo out of the creme filling of an Oreo!"

CLAUSNER, JUDITH G. Roman style Oreo cookie cameo

Cool! But wait - you mean we can't eat it? Tragic! There's an O. Henry story in here somewhere... -Editor

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