Hetty Green, Books from Budapest
Dave Hirt writes:
"I watched the video on Hetty Green. I have the book, Witch of Wall Street, by Boyden Sparks, the 1935 edition in my library. She was a very interesting person, living when she did in a man's world. She bested many of the best of them in financial deals. She was really not a bad person. She was just a miser who hated to spend money. She probably got that from her father, who once refused a gift of a 10 cent cigar, saying that he was perfectly happy with the 4 cent ones that he smoked, and didn't want to get used to something better. If Hetty was on the street, and saw you fall, she would be the first to help you up, as long it did not involve spending money.
"Hetty did buy her son Ned a railroad in Texas. This was his private toy. He loved to drive the engines. He got the title Colonel because of the railroad. I don't believe that Col. Ned got the money that he used to build his massive coin collection until after Hetty's death.
"Sorry that I missed the ANA show, but I went east instead of west."
Dave and his wife Emi often travel to Budapest.
"Greetings from Budapest. We have been here since July 27. I have two coin club meetings with my friend Balazs. Of course I have bought some books, two of them I will mention. One is on emergency money, every page full of color illustrations, 1723-1959. Money needed during times of war and upheaval. The other is of coins in the Hungarian national museum, a beautiful book which includes California gold coins including a $50 round coin gifted to them by Wass & Molitor., Hungarian assayers in San Francisco."
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
HUNGARIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM SAMUEL WASS COINS
HUNGARIAN MUSEUM WASS, MOLITOR EXHIBIT
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: AUGUST 15, 2021 : Hetty Green's Greenbacks
Kennedy Half Dollar Kitsch
Ron Guth writes:
"I came across this unusual piece today in an antique mall here in San Diego. It's a Kennedy Assassination memorial complete with a 3-D rendering of the Texas School Book Depository, the grassy knoll, and Elm Street. A polished 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar provides the numismatic tie-in. Worth $115?"
Wow. I can't say I've ever seen THAT before. I would think they could find a buyer based on the kitsch factor alone.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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