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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 15, April 12, 2020, Article 19

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: APRIL 12, 2020

Sam Alfano's Banjo Player Nickel
Sam Alfano banjo player nickel csarving Banjo man Dave Schenkman writes:

"I enjoyed reading about Sam Alfano. Here's a picture of a nickel in my collection (for obvious reasons) that he carved."

Nice. I like it. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
SAM ALFANO'S SHERLOCK HOLMES HOBO NICKEL (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n14a38.html)

Smithsonian Photo Identifications

Elvira Clain-Stefanelli at the Smithsonian

Remember that Smithsonian photo where we were trying to identify everyone? We had IDs for all except the unknown woman in white in the background. I reached out to Smithsonian National Numismatic Collection Curator Ellen Feingold, who in turn put me in touch with Cory Gillilland, author of the 1992 book Sylloge of the United States Holdings in the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution, Vol. 1: Gold Coins, 1785-1834. She worked at the Smithsonian from 1965 to 1975 (the time of the photo) and again as Associate Curator of the NNC from 1983 until her retirement at the end of 1992. -Editor

Cory writes:

"That is me!"

So now we have it! Thanks to everyone for their participation and assistance. See the earlier article for our discussions on the others. Our caption is now:

Seated from left: Hans Schulman, Elvira Clain-Stefanelli, Carl Jaeschke
Standing: Dr. Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli
Background: Cory Gillilland
Seated at right: Charles Hoskins

-Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: FEBRUARY 16, 2020 : Smithsonian Photo Caption Summary (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n07a14.html)

Researching the Acme Beer Token

Acme Beer Token

Michael Wehner of San Francisco writes:

"Jerry Schimmel, Bill Hyder and I have been researching the Acme Beer token and find it to be something of an enigma. The signature, "MOISE. S.F." is thought be a pre-Earthquake signature mainly in use from 1895 until the 1906 earthquake. It is possible that it was also used in 1906 and 1907 after the earthquake as well. San Francisco's Acme beer was established in 1907 by the Olympia Beer Company of Washington State, as most of the city's breweries had been destroyed in the earthquake and fire.

"John Rapp and Son appear in the San Francisco city directories as both an independent beer bottler and as a distributor of Rainier beer, a competitor of Olympia. They could be the Rapp on the token. However, no record of a Morton in the beer business nor a partnership between Morton and Rapp can be found in San Francisco newspapers or directories. Furthermore, the logotype on the token is quite unlike any found on bottle labels or advertising.

"Moise used a lot of different dies over the years for their many issues with the California State Seal, beginning with their so-called dollar for the 1894 California Midwinter Exposition (HK-245a). Bill's research finds that the 1910 Moise medal celebrating the 1910 California admission day celebration shows a die crack beginning on the seal between 9 and 10 o'clock. The Holabird specimen of the Acme token does not exhibit this crack, but others do, further confusing the timing of issue.

"Nonetheless, the particulars of Morton remain unknown as does the existence of a partnership with John Rapp and/or his son. Any assistance in identifying "Morton and Rapp" would be appreciated."

1910 San Francisco Admission Day medals
1910 San Francisco Admission Day medals
Acme Brewing sign

Can anyone help? -Editor

For more information on the Acme Brewing Company, see:
History of the Acme Brewing Company (1907-1954) (https://www.brewerygems.com/acme.htm)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
SELECTIONS FROM HOLABIRD APRIL 2020 SALES : Lot 4206: Acme Beer Token (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n14a28.html)

1912 Chapman Earle Sale Participants Identified

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georgeearle1912chap_0313 Mark Borckardt writes:

"Tony Terranova submitted the photo of the sale room at the Earle sale, a classic image. The copy of the Earle catalog at the Newman portal includes that same photograph immediately following the plates in the back of the catalog, with an inked number on each individual in the photo. Nearly everyone in the photo is identified in the key on the adjacent page. In addition to the names mentioned, others include Hesslein, Clapp, Valentine, Boyd, Ryder, and Newcomb. Many additional collectors are identified as well. The key includes 55 entries, with 42 of those identified, including a reporter and a couple employees."

Who could ask for anything more? That's fabulous. Thanks! -Editor

To read the full catalog on the Newman Portal, see:
CATALOGUE OF THE MAGNIFICENT COLLECTION OF ANCIENT GREEK AND ROMAN, EUROPEAN, ORIENTAL, EARLY AMERICAN AND UNITED STATES COINS OF GEORGE H. EARLE, JR., ESQ., PHILADELPHIA. (https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/auctionlots?AucCoId=20&AuctionId=511094)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: 1912 CHAPMAN EARLE SALE PHOTO CAPTION (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n14a14.html)

Japanese Coin Dates
Jeanette Violet writes:

"I have came across a Japanese 100 Yen that does not have a year marker. I first thought it was the new 2019-2020 coins. However then figured out that the markings on the coin do not match those on the newer coins. "

I reached out to E-Sylum reader Pabitra Saha who kindly forwarded this response. -Editor

Pabitra writes:

"The 43 refers to 43rd year of reign of Emperor Showa (or Hirohito). This pertains to 1968 AD. Japanese Emperors adopt a new name and the era pertains to that name. The current Emperor, Reiwa, started in 2019. The first year is counted as Inaugural year hence named differently."

Japanese Emperor reigns
Japanese Emperor Akihito reign
First year Reiwa era Japanese coins
First year Reiwa era coins

Pabitra explained that on the first year of Akihito's reign (1989) the Japanese character for "first" was used in the date. Subsequent years use western numerals in the date. Here are Jeanette's coins with Pabitra's attributions. -Editor

1968 Japanese coin
Hirohito (Showa) Year 43 = 1968
Japanese 100 yen obverse Japanese 100 yen reverse
Akihito (Heisei) Year 1 = 1989

Grand Order of the West Knight Companion Medal
John Lumea of The Emperor Norton Trust writes:

Grand Order of the West Knight Companion medal "The day after my "Artifactual" piece, I posted another piece — titled "Are You a Knight Companion of the Grand Order of the West?" — that adds some new "dots" to this mysterious constellation.

"In 2014, John Kraljevich sent in the images of his 1953 Emperor Norton medallion, featuring the phrase "Grand Order of the West," as a response to Neil Shafer's item about a souvenir "One Gold Crown" note, also produced in 1953 and also — like the medallion — carrying the name of the San Francisco Chronicle.

"The notes were given out by the thousands, primarily to children, at San Francisco's Thanksgiving Day parade that year, where the Grand Marshal was "Emperor Norton" — as played by an impersonator. Children could redeem the notes for single rides at Playland-on-the-Beach, a popular San Francisco amusement park of the day.

"Continuing to look for more info about the "Grand Order of the West," I found a December 2019 eBay listing with photographs of a wearable "chest medal" with the phrase "Grand Order of the West." The medal didn't carry the name of the San Francisco Chronicle — but, it did feature an image of Emperor Norton, and the Norton artwork was the same as on the Chronicle's "One Gold Crown" notes of 1953.

"More details, including photographs, are in the post and thread."

Emperor Norton I Imperial Gold Note One Gold Crown

Thanks. The Emperor Norton legacy goes on and on. -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
ARE YOU A KNIGHT COMPANION OF THE GRAND ORDER OF THE WEST? (https://www.facebook.com/EmperorNortonTrust/posts/2631070910505158)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
THE 1953 EMPEROR NORTON MEDALS (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n14a21.html)

More Numismatic Postcards

Numismatic Postcard Album 6

Paul Williams of Holabird Western Americana writes:

"I saw the bit about Weronika's coin postcards and remembered lots 4418-4428 in our April auction are all lots of these. Thanks for your great weekly publication."

Thanks. I noticed those too, but hadn't had time to mention them. -Editor

To read the lot descriptions, see:
https://www.icollector.com/auction.aspx?a=42417&as=64124&p=9&ps=50#i36576323

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: MARCH 29, 2020 : Query: Numismatic Postcard Albums (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n13a19.html)

Coin Laundering at the St. Francis Hotel
Paul Montz of Stephen Album Rare Coins writes:

"The articles on money sanitation reminded me of a story of a San Francisco hotel."

Thanks. We've covered this before, but it's a fun topic. -Editor

Coin Washing In a secret back room of a San Francisco hotel wired with fiber optic cable, one man still practices a tradition leftover from the 1930s: cleaning money.

Rob Holsen is the coin washer at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, and perhaps the only coin washer on Earth.

He said the hotel on Union Square started washing its coins in 1934 when the general manager noticed a woman's white gloves getting dirty. Now, nearly 80 years later, the tradition somehow survives.

To read the complete article (and watch the video), see:
Coin Washer Cleans SF Hotel's Money (https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/coin-washer-cleans-sf-hotels-money/1899420/)
Money Laundering at the St. Francis Hotel (https://www.neatorama.com/2017/04/24/Money-Laundering-at-the-St-Francis-Hotel/)

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL'S MONEY LAUNDERER (https://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n36a17.html)
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: SEPTEMBER 4, 2011 : Coin Laundering at the St. Francis Hotel (https://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n37a20.html)
GERMS AND MONEY (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n14a35.html)
HISTORY OF MONEY CLEANING (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n14a36.html)

The Half Dime Lunch Room
W. David Perkins of Centennial, CO writes:

Half Dime Lunch Room Crain "In the March 22, 2020 issue of JR News I shared a menu from the "Half Dime Lunch Room" at 22 Railroad Avenue in Meriden, Connecticut. D. M. Lawlor was the Proprietor. This same menu was also used in two other locations, 22 Exchange Place in Providence, RI and 375 Asylum Street in Hartford, Ct. Every item on the menu was 5C, or one Half Dime. This menu was from the Stephen "Mr. Half Dime" Crain collection.

My primary intent was to share the fun menu where every item was 5C, likely in the late 1800s. I received nice feedback from a fair number of JRCS members and others. I also had one question from a reader on what year I thought this restaurant was in business. As no date was on the menu I replied, "I'm not sure."

I also requested that anyone with information on this restaurant please contact me. Not surprising to me, David Finkelstein, JRCS member and a longtime researcher, replied with four pages of information and ads for other Half Dime Lunch Rooms. And also "Dime" and "10 Cent" lunches / lunchrooms!

What David shared with me shows that Half Dime and Dime (10 Cents) restaurants went back to at least to the 1860's. It appears that Half Dime restaurants could be found over a dozen states in the 1870s. We can only imagine seeing all the Early, Capped Bust and Liberty Seated coins used to pay the tab or in change. Maybe even a Flowing Hair or Draped Bust coin occasionally were passed back and forth!"

Thanks. Perhaps one of the concession stands at the next ANA convention could be christened "The Half Dime Lunch Room" with reprinted menus at every table. Why not have some fun with it? -Editor

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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