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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 29, July 19, 2020, Article 15

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JULY 19, 2020

On the Pennsylvania Railroad Heroic Service Medal

Dana Finley Pennsylvania Railroad Heroic Service Medal obverse

Kristen Reichardt of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY writes:

"I am in possession of one of the hero medals awarded by the Pennsylvania Railroad and was delighted to find your article discussing them.

"My maternal grandfather, Dana G. Finley, was a fireman aboard a tugboat in NY Harbor from approx 1915-1960. According to my mother, he jumped into the harbor to save somebody who had fallen into the water.

"I've always wanted to know more or to find some documentation to back up the family story, so thanks for your article."

You're welcome! Kristen provided the medal images above, and a New York Times article about the rescue. Thanks. Thanks also to contributors George Cuhaj and Harry Waterson for sharing their information on these. -Editor

To read the February 28, 1926 New York Times article (subscription required), see:
24 RAIL EMPLOYES GET VALOR AWARDS (https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1926/02/28/100053549.html?pageNumber=80)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD HEROIC SERVICE MEDAL (https://www.coinbooks.org/v21/esylum_v21n39a11.html)

Nicholas Rhodes and the Coinage of Tripura Book
Peter Preston-Morley writes:

The Coinage of Tripura book cover "In your latest E-Sylum you refer to a book on the coinage of Tripura and its 'pointless synopsis'. I should point out (and doubtless others may too) that Nicholas Rhodes died in 2011. He remains much-missed in the world of Indian and Oriental numismatics."

The only information we had on this book came from the seller's marketing material, and the publication date was nowhere to be found. Like the Synopsis, the provided information was of little use. But this is a "Revised and Updated" edition, likely published post the death of Rhodes, perhaps even this year. Can anyone confirm the publication date? -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: THE COINAGE OF TRIPURA (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n28a03.html)

More on the "Release" of the Peratrovich Dollars
Regarding the "release" of the Peratrovich Dollar coins in Alaska, Dick Hanscom writes:

2020 Peratrovich dollar reverse "My bank, Mt. McKinley Mutual Savings Bank received an email from the Mint, with a phone number to call. They called and could not buy them at face value. They were instructed to go to the mint website to order them... at the same price as anyone. They purchased 250 for $289.75 plus $4.95 shipping.

"So, how do banks buy them at face value?

"The mint is disregarding the State's request for these to be released to circulation."

Paul Gilkes of Coin World reached out and learned that only orders of 1,000 coins will be accepted at face value. But shipping charges still apply, so banks would still be operating at a loss. -Editor

To read the Coin World article, see:
Banks ordering Alaska dollars from Mint must meet standards (https://www.coinworld.com/news/us-coins/banks-ordering-alaska-dollars-from-mint-must-meet-standards)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JULY 12, 2020 : Peratrovich Dollars Not "Released" (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n28a12.html)

Placebo Translation
Regarding Frank Robinson's search for a translation of the word "placebo" on the Bermanian Tickle-Token touch piece, Martin Purdy writes:

Bermania Titillo Placebo tickle token "I guess others will have been in "touch" already about this - either that, or I've missed a gag at Google Translate's expense - but anyway, "placebo" is Latin for "I shall please", which basically tells you the purpose of the tablet of the same name, i.e. it doesn't do you any good but it keeps you happy!"

Thank you! Makes sense. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
BOOK REVIEW: PLEASE IGNORE OUR TIME MACHINE (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n28a07.html)

Allied Military Note

Holocaust survivor banknote signed by American liberator

Regarding the Holocaust survivor's banknote discussed last week, Steve Feller writes:

"The note given by the American soldier to the survivor is for sure an Allied Military note used in Germany."

Joe Boling writes:

"Yes, it is the Allied military currency 10-mark note, distinguishable from the back in the absence of any denomination by its dimensions. The lower denominations were almost square, and the higher denominations longer rectangles (about the size and proportions of current US notes). The large M appeared on all of the notes in the series, and apparently represented M-arks. To me it always screams "one thousand.""

Thank you. I found an example of the note for sale on eBay. Here's the image. But I since learned that it's not QUITE what I thought. QUICK QUIZ: what country printed the note I found? -Editor

1944 Germany Allied military currency 10-mark note

To view the complete lot description, see:
GERMANY 10 MARK 1944 UNC ALLIED OCCUPATION WWII,ALLIED MILITARY CURRENCY 1944 IS (https://www.ebay.com/i/333522447686)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTE HELPS AUSCHWITZ SURVIVOR TRACE LIBERATOR (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n28a28.html)

H. W. Gumaer
Ken Bressett writes:

"I am trying to find some information about the numismatic activities of H. W. Gumaer who seemingly was a bookseller in the mid-1930's. Anything the E-sylum readers can supply will be appreciated."

Can anyone help? The Newman Portal has just a few references to Mr. Gumaer of Cortland, NY. -Editor

The Bebee Double-Denomination Note
Doug Pollock writes:

Adeline Bebee Double-Denomination Note "While researching in the Temple University Digital Library, I came across a 1957 Philadelphia Bulletin photo of Adeline Bebee at the American Numismatic Association convention in the Sheraton Hotel. In the fold of Mrs. Bebee's dress is a double bill printed as a five on one side and a ten on the other. I thought you might be interested in sharing the photo."

Thanks! Great photo, and some great notes. The image is being provided courtesy of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA. -Editor

To view the full image and archive record, see:
American Numismatic Association convention at the Sheraton Hotel (https://digital.library.temple.edu/digital/collection/p15037coll3/id/56080/rec/3)

A. M. Smith's "A History of Colonial Coins"
Dave Hirt writes:

In the post about numismatic author A. M. Smith, one of the titles listed was "A History of Colonial Coins". I have most of Smith's works in my library, but was unfamiliar with that one. I checked my library list, and do not have it. I then went to the Charles Davis book, American Numismatic Literature. It is not listed there. So, is this a title that we did not know before?"

I was also perplexed about that reference, but didn't have time to research it. Is anyone familiar with this title? I wonder if it's an article or monograph. I reached out to Jeremy Bostwick at Stack's Bowers, and the list of titles came from a descendant of A.M. Smith. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
COINS PEDIGREED TO NUMISMATIC AUTHOR A. M. SMITH (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n28a20.html)

Numismatic Inventory Template
Jack Topping of JET Numismatics writes:

JET numismatic inventory template "I created a free, printable inventory template sheet for numismatists to use in their collections. I know a lot of people are split between online software or a regular piece of graph paper to take inventory of their collection, so I tried making one of my own for everyone to use that isn't too bland but at the end of the day is still a printable sheet.

I made a separate page for it on my site instead of just a blog post; for anyone interested, it's here:
www.jetnumismatics.com/inventory ."

Have a look and try it out if it meets your needs. -Editor

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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