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The E-Sylum: Volume 24, Number 49, December 5, 2021, Article 32


Here are some additional items in the media this week that may be of interest. -Editor

110-Year Overdue Book Returned to Library

Bibliophiles should enjoy this New York Times item sent along by Len Augsburger - someone returned to an Idaho library a book that had been checked out in 1911. -Editor

  New Chronicles of Rebecca book

In 1911, someone checked out a copy of the book New Chronicles of Rebecca from a library in Boise, Idaho.

For the next 110 years, the city's libraries would survive pandemics, recessions and world wars — all without that copy of the 278-page series of stories by Kate Douglas Wiggin about an imaginative girl named Rebecca.

All that's known, she said, is that the book was returned either in late October or early November to a library in nearby Garden City. The librarians there sent the book to the main library in Boise because it still had inserts from an old library in the city that has since closed.

There have been other cases of books being returned decades overdue, but 110 years is an unusually long time. This year, a Wisconsin woman mailed a book that was 63 years overdue to the Queens Public Library in New York. In 2016, a 72-year-old Manhattan woman returned a book that was 57 years overdue.

To read the complete article, see:
After 110 Years, an Overdue Book Is Returned to a Library in Idaho (

1977-D Half Struck on Silver Planchet

Coin finds are out there for those willing to look. Here's a Coin World story of a collector's error coin discovery. -Editor

  1977-D half dollar on silver planchet

It took Maine collector Craig Wildes only 25 years of searching through 20-coin rolls of United States half dollars to discover an example of a 1977-D Kennedy half dollar struck on a silver-copper clad planchet.

The 1977 Kennedy half dollar mintage of 31,449,106 coins was all to have been struck on copper-nickel clad composition blanks. Error coin experts believe an unknown number of the silver-copper clad planchets from the San Francisco Mint were transferred to the Denver Mint mixed with copper-nickel clad planchets.

The San Francisco Mint struck 40% silver 1776–1976 Kennedy, Bicentennial half dollars for collector sets as well a copper-nickel clad issues for circulation.

Error coin dealer Fred Weinberg believes that approximately a dozen examples of the silver-copper clad (40% silver) 1977-D Kennedy half dollars were known to exist before Wildes' discovery.

To read the complete article, see:
Collectors discover 1977-D half dollar on silver planchet (

Free Coin Day December 18, 2021

Why search rolls when you can get a coin for free? -Editor

Free Coin Day Dealers from across the country are getting into the Christmas spirit by dropping silver dollars and gold coins into Salvation Army buckets this December and by marking Saturday, December 18, as Free Coin Day.

Free Coin Day will be a celebration of collecting, said event co-founder Rob Oberth. In 2019, Rob spearheaded the largest coin drop in history with the Great American Coin Hunt.

Free Coin Day will be slightly different. Instead of sending millions of Americans out to hunt unusual and obsolete coins and paper money items in circulation, dealers will cut to the chase and offer members of the collecting public a coin on the house.

To read the complete article, see:
Dealers Mark December 18, 2021 as Free Coin Day & Encourage Collectors to Give This Holiday Season (

The Guy Who Got Away With It

Your mother probably told you that cheaters never win, but out in the real world it does happen. Heists can be hard to pull off and keep quiet, but loners who can keep a secret sometimes succeed. Bank teller Ted Conrad walked away from his job one day in 1969 with a bag filled with $215,000 in cash (roughly $1.5 million today). He got away with it. We only know the story because of his deathbed confession 52 years later. Are one of those fugitive bills in your wallet or collection today? -Editor

Ted Conrad bank robber After walking out of the bank in Cleveland, he disappeared—and he eventually settled in suburban Massachusetts, assuming a new identity: Thomas Randele.

He had a couple of careers—golf pro and car sales—got married and had children.

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