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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 28, July 12, 2020, Article 12

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JULY 12, 2020

Shipment of Six Gold Coins Missing
Bob Steinberg writes:

"BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THE FOLLOWING SIX GOLD COINS

"We sent an expressmail package to NGC on July 1st---they can track it when it left White River Jct., VT at 6:20 PM on 7/1/20. It "walked away" shortly thereafter as it hasn't been seen since! If you get offered any or all of these coins please contact Matt or Dawn at the WRJ Post Office at: 802-296-3346 or contact Doug Davis or myself.

Central American Republic 1847-CR 1/2 Escudo NGC MS62 (cert # 2767802-004)
Guatemala 1874-P 5 Pesos raw BU
Guatemala 1926 20 Quetzals raw BU
Italy-Naples & Sicily 1767 6 Ducati raw BU
Peru 1854-Lima MB 2 Escudos NGC MS63 (cert # 3807875-007)
Poland 1834 3 Roubles-20 Zlotych raw AU

"We have full insurance on the loss--but it would be nice to catch the person who stole the shipment--last time this happened to us a couple of years ago--they caught the thief in the Tampa post office and he got 18 months in prison!

"Anyway if you get offered any or all of these items from someone who obviously doesn't know what they are---please contact the postal authorities or Doug Davis or myself."

The Post Office number is included above. To reach Doug Davis of the Numismatic Crime Information Center go to: http://numismaticcrimes.org/ . Bob Steinberg can be reached at info@steinbergs.com . -Editor

Ft. Henry Token Attribution Sought

Image courtesy Joe Boling Image courtesy Joe Boling

Joe Boling writes:

"I was called by a non-collector in Ohio who is trying to learn something about a “coin” that he acquired many years ago. The local dealers (he says) say it could be worth a lot but they can't help him in attributing or evaluating it. He sent me hard copy photos that I have re-photographed. Of course it is not going to pay off his mortgage.

The owner is not online. I did some Googling and found three Forts Henry- Tennessee (Civil War), Virginia (now West Virginia, French and Indian War), and Ontario (War of 1812, if I am remembering right). There are no doubt more, and this could be made at any time by anyone with a set of letter punches. All three of those forts have current museums. The token's only value might be to a museum if they can connect it with something they have found onsite that has at least a tenuous provenance."

Can anyone help? Joe can be reached at joeboling@aol.com . -Editor

Query: Garbáty Cigarette Company Token(s)

Garbaty_Kantinenchips

Howard Berlin writes:

"I'm currently writing a non-numismatic book about Jewish memorials in Berlin (yeah, a book about Berlin written by a “Berliner”). One of the 150 or so sites I'm writing about concerns a man named Josef Garbáty who owned a cigarette factory in Pankow, a district in northeastern Berlin. Garbáty's factory had a canteen for its employees where they used tokens, like the 5 Garbáty shown above.

"Does anyone have any info about this token, what it was made of, diameter, etc., and if there were other denominations, or if there were paper chits besides?"

Can anyone help? -Editor

Peratrovich Dollars Not "Released"

2020 Peratrovich native-american-dollar

Regarding the Peratrovich dollars, Dick Hanscom writes:

"The dollars have not been released in Alaska. "Released" in my mind means that the banks can order them from the Federal Reserve Bank as they do other coin and currency.

"The Mint has effectively killed the release. No bank is going to contact the mint to order the coins. And no bank is going to be willing to pay postage.

"They have succeeded in perhaps meeting the letter of the State's request, but certainly have killed it by doing it this way. This is not a release, but a bureaucratic dodge to avoid circulating the coin."

I missed that nuance. The push was for banks to order them normally; if that's not an option for them then I agree there's little point. They're not going to incur extra expenses for coins they would distribute at face value. -Editor

Dick adds:

"And I forgot to mention the ordering limits - no more than four boxes. So a bank can only order 1000 coins per day, and if they want more, they have to order over and over again.

"The program was designed to fail."

This is a developing story, so stay tuned. Perhaps some banks will choose to eat the expense and order some anyway to service their customers. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
PERATROVICH DOLLARS RELEASED IN ALASKA (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n27a27.html)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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