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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 38, September 20, 2020, Article 12


Anton and Weinberg at the Taylor Sale
Alan V. Weinberg writes:

Frederick Taylor sale photo closeup - Bill Anton and Alan Weinberg "That's me standing with Bill Anton in the extreme upper right corner of the Taylor group photo. Surprisingly, well over 50% of those pictured are still alive and still collectors/ dealers. That speaks wonders for the health benefits of this numismatic hobby."

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Celestial Space Checks
Tom DeLorey writes:

1959 Nation of Celestial Space 1 Gold Celeston reverse "Apropos the Nation of Celestial Space, the foremost authority on it in the world is our very own Robert Rhue. He prepared a fabulous exhibit on it for an ANA convention some years ago.

"I own a few pieces of the Celestia ephemera myself, if only because my late first wife, Jean, grew up in Evergreen Park, IL, and had her bank account at the FNB of Evergreen Park when we met. Magnan, a clever marketing man and by no means a crackpot like the Emperor Norton I, issued "currency" for Celestia which were actually colorfully printed checks for One Dollar drawn upon the FNB of Evergreen Park.

"Now as to Magnan's claim that he had registered? his "deed" to all of space with the office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, that office was literally one block away from where I worked for Harlan J. Berk, so over a few lunch hours I looked up the registry site he had printed on his "Passport to Space" novelties. The site so cited did not have anything to do with him, so either it was printed wrong or he made the whole thing up."

Thanks. I'd only heard of the coins, not the checks. -Editor

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NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 : The Nation of Celestial Space (

An Odd 2008-D Hawaii State Quarter

Dented 2008-D Hawaii State Quarter Obverse Dented 2008-D Hawaii State Quarter Reverse

James Evans writes:

"I am hoping that other readers of The E-Sylum can help me make sense of this Hawaii D quarter. I received this coin in a roll of machine wrapped quarters from my credit union shortly before the COVID lockdowns began, probably January 2019. There were 39 other normal quarters in the roll.

Dented 2008-D Hawaii State Quarter Edge "At first I thought this one had been "smashed" or "hammered" by someone for whatever unknown reason. We've all seen damaged coins that give us pause and make us wonder "how did that happen?." However, this one caught my interest as being different than what I typically find or see photos of what are "damaged" coins. Other than the damaged spots there are no markings or damage to the coin. I can't make sense in my mind of how the damage happened while all other parts of the coin look untouched. Could it have gotten caught in the machinery used in sorting and roll wrapping facilities?

"Could this be a mint error or an error caused by the coin press equipment either during striking or after striking? Of secondary interest is that this is a "D" mint which I see very few of here in north central Massachusetts of any denomination. I would appreciate any information and expertise readers could offer that could explain what happened with this coin."

Strange beast. Thoughts, anyone? -Editor

Query: Familie Penningen
Bernard Olij of Malang Indonesia writes:

"In The Netherlands we have "Familie Penningen" as part of numismatics. What is the correct translation in English: Family Token, Family Badge or Familie Medal? I am a little confused about this."

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the term at all. Can any of our readers help? I found this page in Dutch on the Schulman B.V. website. Here's the Google translation. -Editor

In numismatics, the theme of love and marriage also plays a major role. As a memento of important family events such as birth, marriage, baptism and death, bourgeois families had tokens made from the end of the 16th century.

Marriage tokens
1621 Wedding token of Maarten Ruychaver In the seventeenth-century Netherlands, the (Calvinist) family occupied a central place. On wedding tokens, the prevailing seventeenth-century norms, values ??and morals regarding marriage and love can often be found in images and texts. Christian symbolism often plays a major role in this.

The 'anniversary wedding tokens' reflect the length of the marital union and were often used to emphasize the couple's social or personal success. It is therefore not surprising that the "wealthy class" in particular had these made in gold and silver. The gold copies were usually for the couple, the silver copies for the wedding guests.

This token was the first in a long line of wedding tokens in this family. In their descendants no fewer than 7 golden weddings were celebrated between 1621 and 1722, which were immortalized with commemorative medals. For the seventh Golden Jubilee, the wedding of Pieter van Loon & Agenta Graswinckel, a copper engraving was made by Jan Goeree.

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