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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 40, October 4, 2020, Article 9


More on Ed Leventhal
Tony Terranova writes:

"Ed Leventhal was a class act. I was in his shop once, on a road trip to Boston. A gentleman walked in and showed Ed a bust dollar in a lovely circulated grade. Ed asked the guy how much he wanted for it. The guy said a price, to which Ed replied "l can't pay you that much because you would be cheating yourself". He proceeded to offer 30-40% more than the guy wanted for it. That was Ed."

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:

Coin Show Mask Reminder
Regarding the video on last week's Greater Tulsa coin show, Ken Berger writes:

"Everyone needs to remember to properly wear a mask! It should cover both a person's mouth & nose. Chris Harrell is wearing it incorrectly as he has it only covering his mouth. If he is encouraging people to wear a mask as he says, he should set a proper example."


Mike Marotta agrees. He writes:

"Chris Harrell does not have his nose covered. He is wearing his mask incorrectly and therefore ineffectively. I did not watch it at first, but I went back and viewed it. I captured half a dozen screenshots of people without masks. We will know soon enough if it was consequential."

Ken adds:

"I did watch the entire video. I noticed that although Chris wore his mask incorrectly, Gary Parsons wore it correctly & even conducted the interview with his mask on. Good for Gary!

"I'd estimate from the video that, at the most, only half of the people (dealers & customers) were wearing masks & I really didn't see any social distancing.

"I am glad I wasn't there. I miss the coin club meetings & shows very much but not enough to jeopardize my health (or possibly life) or that of my loved ones."

Planning and precautions mean little if people aren't following protocols. Every show will be different, but the uncertainty will keep a lot of people home for a long while. I've been pretty pleased with people in my area - proper mask-wearing is far more common. I steer far clear of the exceptions. -Editor

For more information, see:
Mask Etiquette and Care: What You Need to Know (

Len Augsburger pointed out a relevant comment from Gerry Fortin's blog from the Manchester, NH show this weekend. -Editor

Gerry writes:

"Commentary about Covid-19 precautions is warranted. I've never used so much hand sanitizer in my life! After every coin being shown or a completed purchase, I immediately squirted a shot of Purell as habit. Mask and glasses were always used.

What shocked me were several collectors wishing to shake my hand after a purchase. Where have these people been?"

To read the complete blog article, see:
October 3, 2020 The Coin Market is Back at Manchester NH Show! (

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:

Altered Banknote Souvenirs

Readers Bob Leuver and Bob Bednar shared some of the correspondence this week on altered banknote souvenirs such as this colorized $2 bill. -Editor

Trump colorized $2 bill

Keep your Collection Great with this brand-new Trump 2020 collectible!

A new election season is upon us, and what better way to honor our 45th President than with a brand-new Trump 2020 Colorized $2 Bill. No, this is not Fake News, but a tremendous opportunity for our collectors who appreciate President Trump. On the front, his official White House portrait image is transferred by us to the center oval of a genuine, authentic United States $2 Bill. Set against a backdrop of our beloved American Flag, one side of the bill is emblazoned with the 2020 date and his promise to Keep America Great! On the other side, a giant USA appears, a frequent chant of his supporters. No matter your political view, we're sure you'll agree this magnificent collectible is YUGE! Each comes complete with a deluxe display portfolio with Certificate of Authenticity. Don't wait, Get your Trump 2020 $2 bill today!

Bob Bednar writes:

"How can these guys do this with a $2 bill ? I bought one and it appears to be a clear printed poly Label on the face only."

Bob Leuver writes:

"I do not believe there is a law prohibiting the defacing of US currency or coins. There are many collector gambits."

Here's another one that leaves Jefferson alone. -Editor

Space Force $2 Bill

For more information, or to order, see:
Trump 2020 Colorized $2 Bill (
Space Force $2 Bill (

Rabbit Hole Coin Find in Gotland

Anne E. Bentley passed along this item about a hoard found in a rabbit hole in Gotland, Sweden. -Editor

Rabbit Hole Coin Find in Gotland

A 10th-century silver hoard has just been found on Gotland down a RABBIT HOLE. It contains dirhams and byzantine coins, plus a neckring and some other jewellery fragments.

To read the tweet, see:

Documentary: The Booksellers
John Sallay writes:

"Readers may want to know about "The Booksellers", a documentary about the antiquarian book trade in New York. It was made in 2019 and released early this year, but it is now available on Amazon (free for Prime members). It's very well made and features many notable authors, dealers, and collectors.

The 2-minute trailer provides a nice overview, at:

The New York Book Fair, Grolier Club, Argosy Book Store, Gutenberg Bible, the Fourth Avenue booksellers, the impact of the Internet, the aging of collectors and dealers, etc., etc., it's fascinating to watch. And the psychology – both dealers' and collectors' – will remind many of numismatics, not just numismatic books."

Thanks. Nice trailer. Check out the documentary. -Editor

The Booksellers Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. The Booksellers takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers.

To watch the documentary, see:
The Booksellers (

CSNS Announces Virus Medal Design Contest

Gerry Tebben of the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) passed along this announcement of a new medal design contest. Thanks. Good luck, everyone! -Editor

CSNS logo round As the Corona virus ripped through the world this year, life changed for us all, socially distancing us from our friends, family members and fellow collectors. Coin shows everywhere were canceled, including our own 81st anniversary convention.

The medal will be distributed at the 82nd anniversary convention and will mark both the canceled 2020 convention and the hoped for 2021 show.

The society is conducting a contest, open to everyone, for the best design. The winner gets their initials on the medal and a specially struck silver medal with the serial number "000."

The deadline is Nov. 1, 2020 - just a few weeks away.

For more information, contact Gerry at . -Editor

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