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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 49, December 6, 2020, Article 13


More on Dr. Gregory Brunk
Eric Hodge writes:

"I was sad to read of the death of Greg Brunk in your latest issue of The E-Sylum. I have never met Greg in person but have communicated by email. In 2014 Harry Manville asked Greg to contact me regarding any updates to Greg's book on world Countermarks, for the chapters concerning UK merchant countermarked dollars. This we did throughout 2015. He was such a gentleman and not only received my input with great thanks but also supplied me with thousands of scans and copies from his files of UK merchant countermarked dollars. Nothing was too much for him, though he always seemed to be having computer problems. His eyesight too created difficulties for him but he soldiered on regardless. His work output was prolific, it will be a sorry state of affairs if his updates were lost to numismatics. I am honoured to have known him, even for such a short time."

To read earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
GREGORY G. BRUNK (1949-2020) (

Early Digital Photography in a Numismatic Publication
Bob Van Arsdell writes:

"I believe Spink and Son in London should also be credited with an early use of digital photography in a numismatic publication. They ran an article in the June 1993 issue of the Numismatic Circular that carried a digital image. The article's available on line. The technical details of the digital image capture and processing are noted in the last two paragraphs of the article."

Here's the description and a link to the article. Thanks! -Editor

Ariconium coin On a different note: those who follow progress in the imaging sciences may be interested to know that the original illustration of the Ariconium coin used in this article was produced entirely by electronic means. The coin was scanned directly using a Hewlett-Packard Scanjet IIC flatbed scanner at 400dpi. The digital file was then adjusted for tone quality and unsharp masked using Adobe Photoshop 3.5 in an Apple Macintosh IIci computer. The image was compressed to 300dpi, dithered and bitmapped; the resulting file was printed on an Apple Laserwriter NT.

To read Bob's Spink Numismatic Circular article on his website, see:
Am Anomalous Yarmouth Stater (

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Frozen Dates
1780 dated MAria Theresa thaler reverse Regarding Dick Johnson's Vocabulary term "Obsessive Date" Martin Purdy writes:

"I've heard neither of these terms before - "frozen date" is the term I'm more used to, with regard to the Maria Theresa thalers, 1967 English pennies, etc. You live and learn!"

Indeed - live and learn. Thanks, everyone. -Editor

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ANA Member Numbers
ANA Member FaceBook logo Regarding the mention in a quoted article last week about "the 26,000 members of the American Numismatic Association," Joe Boling writes:

"Be aware that the last monthly membership count showed ANA membership at 29,887, up from 29,684 in September."

Thanks! Nice to see some growth. -Editor

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Gold Street and Thousand Dollar Road
NBS President Tom Harrison writes:

Gold Canyon street sign "Nearly 40 years ago we built our dream home on Thousand Dollar Road. When people hear our address they rightfully believe this must be in an upscale gated community, however until the last ten years it was a narrow graveled (well minimal gravel) country road. As the story goes the road received its name because nearly 100 years ago the county only allocated $1000 for construction. Over the years people have forgotten my name, but when I mention I live on $1000 Road they suddenly make the connection."

Gary Dunaier writes:

"There is a Gold Street in lower Manhattan. Technically, it may not count because in this case "Gold" refers to flowers, not money. Gold Street is one block away from 140 William Street, which served as the headquarters for the American Numismatic Society from 2003 to 2008."

Thanks! I wasn't aware of that. Gary passed along this history from the Forgotten New York site. -Editor

Gold Street street sign "When the Dutch arrived in the early 1600s they found a field in this general area that was filled with yellow celandine flowers, which they called the gouwe and subsequently the new settlement the Gouwenberg. The British, with their penchant for taking Dutch names and re-molding them for English-speaking ears, simply re-named it Golden Hill – which became the site of a battle between the redcoats and patriots in 1770. After a period in which the street was called Rutgers Hill, for patriot and Tammany politician Henry Rutgers (who owned vast land holdings in Manhattan), it eventually reverted to simply Gold Street. Fittingly the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (lots of gold there) is a block away, at 33 Liberty Street."

To read the complete article, see:

Money Drive street sign So far Tom and Gary are the only ones to respond to my call for money or numismatic-themed street or place names. Friends of our family once bought a new home on "Mansion Drive", but neighbors petitioned to have it changed to something less showy. So not everyone wants a ritzy-sounding name. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
LOOSE CHANGE: NOVEMBER 29, 2020 : Moneyed Street Names (

More on Snowden's Coins of the Bible
David Fanning writes:

"You asked about the first edition of Snowden's "Coins of the Bible." Here is a description from George Kolbe's Sale 67."

1866 Snowden, James Ross. The Coins of the Bible, and Its Money Terms. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1864. 72 pages, engravings of ancient coins, "an ancient coining press" and "a steam-coining press" in the text. 32mo: 15.5 x 10 cm. Contemporary black roan and marbled boards, gilt, extremities a little worn, covers loose, internally fine, easily restorable.
1864 Snowden Coins of the Bible title page Ex Antiquarian and Numismatic Society of Montreal. The first edition of this very scarce little book, based on a series of articles by Snowden originally appearing in the Sabbath-school Visitor.

Thanks. George has handled two examples of the first edition; my example and the one digitized by the Newman Numismatic Portal are the second "Enlarged Edition" (pictured here). -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: NOVEMBER 22, 2020 : Snowden's 1864 The Coins of the Bible (

More Numismatic Cats
Dave Lange writes:

"Regarding the destructive propensity of our feline friends, I have a story to add. Frasier, my cat pictured atop the Bowers catalogs, had a brother named, of course, Niles. While still a kitten Niles was inclined to gnaw on anything within his reach. My collection of Whitman coin folders was then stored in a wooden armoire which is just barely visible at the far left of the Frasier photo. One day I failed to close this fully, and I came back to find three early folders with their bottoms chewed away, one of them being a rare First Edition folder for Liberty Head Nickels."

Ouch! -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: NOVEMBER 29, 2020 : Numismatic Cats (

Bank of Pittsylvania, VA $20 Note Image Sought

Bank of Pittsylvania, VA $20 Note

Virginia Numismatic Association member Wesley Smith writes:

"Have you seen this note? This note was shown in Charles Affleck's book, Obsolete Paper Money of Virginia Vol. 2, on page 50.

"I'm working on a DVD about the history of paper money (1690 to The Civil War). I will pay $100.00 for a good digital image and permission to use on the DVD.

"Appreciate any help; please call (501) 472-3800, if you receive a message leave a good time to return your call. Thank you and happy hunting."

Can anyone help? -Editor

Cambodia Coin or Amulet?
Howard A. Daniel III writes:

Cambodian mystery piece1 "This piece was sent to me in 2003 from a European collector. The piece below with an image of the reverse was recently sent to me this year. Both owners bought them from their sources as Cambodian but I cannot find a Cambodia specialist who will verify it or describe the image to me.

"My description is a total guesstimate. The center figure in the triangle could be Buddhist monk who has passed away and is wrapped up to be preserved or to be cremated. The triangle could be a tomb or an oven. The left figure could be a kneeling monk and the right figure could be a Garuda or another bird. The three dots could signify the three different stages the monk reached before he passed or have another Buddhist meaning. There are several threes in Buddhism.

"Both uniface pieces are silver and weigh about 1 gram and have an 11 millimeter diameter. The 1 gram weight is close to 2 Pe for a Cambodian coin, which is a common weight for a coin before the mid to late 1800s. The pieces are both uniface and have a strong appearance of being Cambodian but there are other pieces with other designs which have been reported to be fantasies and even made outside of Cambodia.

"If anyone has any knowledge about this piece, please contact me at HADANIEL3@MSN.COM."

Cambodian mystery piece2 Cambodian mystery piece2 reverse

Interesting! Can anyone help? -Editor

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