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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 15, April 10, 2022, Article 18

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: APRIL 10, 2022

Remembering David Gotkin
Ed Cohen writes:

David R. Gotkin "I grew up with David in Washington, DC. We lived in the same apartment building. I started him in coin collecting in the late 1950s. I never forgave him for getting in change my most coveted coins. From his father's work receipts, he found a 1909-S Indian cent. Within a month, he received at a neighborhood bazaar from one of my non-collecting friends a 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent.

"David would become a telephone technician and deal coins on the side. Eventually he sold the two coins that I deserved to find and became a full-time dealer. Every year when I visited his table, we started off with my unforgiving jealousy for his childhood luck. The conversations quickly turned to updates on our families. I was close with Dave's mom Ellie, who always treated me well when I visited from the first floor to the third. An avid bowler until her middle nineties, Ellie died at 100 several months before Dave."

Great memories - thanks. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
DAVID R. GOTKIN (1944-2022) (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n13a11.html)
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: APRIL 3, 2022 : More on Dealer David Gotkin (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n14a08.html)

More on the M. N. DAYCIUS Prank

  Homren copy M N Daycius flyer address side
Harold Welch writes:

"When I first read the article based on Sam E. Coudin's investigation of the M. N. DAYCIUS Prank, I immediately suspected another prank. A Google search didn't turn up any reference to that name. I'm not a genetic scientist, but DNA on a stamp that old seems a bit far fetched. Even if possible, who would damage a piece of numismatic history and spend the money to remove and have the stamps tested? Especially someone with a phony sounding name who doesn't seem to want to be identified?

"Sam E. could certainly be "Same". All I could find about Coudin is it may be linguistically related to "cousin". Same cousin? Could this be the original hoaxster taking a second bite at the apple? I anxiously awaited this week's E-Sylum to see the mystery solved by the many E-Sylum sleuths, but alas no one has called out "Mr. Coudin", but Pete Smith has demonstrated that he doesn't want to be identified. Can anyone actually confirm that he is a real person or is someone taking us for a ride?"

I asked, "What names can be made from the letters of "mendacious" ?" -Editor

Harold writes:

"Wayne Homren, you are the devil himself! 'Mendacious' rearranged is Sam E. Coudin! Perhaps you are the mendacious hoaxer from years ago who now wishes to confess his sins?"

No confession here. I was nearly taken in myself. Luckily I figured it out and had a good laugh before buying a plane ticket. Credit Len Augsburger with the 2022 'mendacious' name jumble.

A number of numismatic literature luminaries have passed from the scene since 1992. I've not gotten wind of any deathbed confessions and have a suspicion the culprit still walks among us. But while I'm glad DNA evidence unmasked the Golden State Killer, some lesser mysteries are best left unsolved. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NUMISMATICS MEETS MODERN FORENSICS (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n13a02.html)
MORE ON THE 1992 M. N. DAYCIUS PRANK (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n14a07.html)

More on Cowrie Shell Money
An E-Sylum advertiser writes:

GhanaCedi1979Flourish "As I was about to leave for the ANA in Colorado Springs, I got wind of what turned out to be a magnificent accumulation from an old world collector. So, I missed Ted Puls' talk 'The World's First Money, or My Money is Older than Your Money'.

"But a representation of this money was featured in one of our past 'Numismatic Wholesale' Esylum ads.....The Money Cowrie (Cyprea moneta) on a Ghanaian 1 Cedi Coin of 1979."

Cool - money pictured on money. Thanks. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
THE WORLD'S FIRST MONEY: COWRIE SHELLS (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n13a22.html)

The Red Book Index Gremlins Strike!
Tom Sheehan writes:

"At the PNNA (Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association) annual show, I bought the latest Red Book, spiral bound and wanted to check out the Libertas Americana medal. The index directed me to page 87. NOTHING. Went back to see if the regular hard bound edition listed it. Again NOTHING.

"Is this a rarity that will increase in value?"

  Libertas Americana Medal

I passed Tom's question on to Red Book Senior Editor Jeff Garrett and Publisher Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing. Dennis' response is below. Thanks. -Editor

RedBook_76th-edition_hardcover We've removed the Libertas Americana medal from the 76th edition of the Red Book. As for its loitering presence in the index? That's the numismatic-publishing equivalent of the gremlins that used to make mischief in Royal Air Force machinery!

Here's some background on the Libertas Americana medal and the Red Book:

We introduced the medal in the 2008 (61st) edition, published in 2007.

We gave it the approximate half-page of space previously granted to A Sketch of Coin Collecting in America, which itself was introduced in the extensive redesign of the 2006 (59th) edition, published in 2005. That essay served as a kind of entry-ramp from the colonial (pre-federal) issues to the regular federal issues that make up the bulk of the book.

This year we decided that, with last year's publication of the 75th edition, the Libertas Americana medal has had a good long run, appearing in 15 editions of the Red Book. We redistributed its half-page of space to beef up the Contract Issues and Patterns section with additional information (in particular, giving a bit more narrative text to the 1792 proposed coinage).

If Mr. Sheehan sends me his mailing address, he'll get a rare and delightful prize for being a keen-eyed (and fast!) Red Book reader.

To read an earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: GUIDE BOOK OF U.S. COINS, 76TH EDITION (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n09a03.html)

Warhol: When Numismatics Meets Art
Inspired by last week's image of Andy Warhol's dollar sign work, Tom Uram writes:

"I thought readers might like to see my newest exhibit, titled 'When Numismatics Meets Art'. I actually have the two dollar bill signed. Just thought it would be a fun project. How can you take a two dollar bill with a stamp on it, and really make it worth significantly more?"

  Uram Warhol exhibit

Thanks! I'll look forward to seeing the exhibit in person. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
Andy Warhol's $ : Andy Warhol's $ (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n14a22.html)

Fugio Cent on Philadelphia Bank Building

On Facebook Andrew Pollock shared this image form the Wells Fargo Building (the old First National Bank Building) at the intersection of Sansom and Broad in Philadelphia. Nice! -Editor

  Fugio Cent on Bank Building

To read the full post on Facebook, see:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=5670002876348139&set=a.501888213159657&type=3

  Stacks-Bowers E-Sylum ad 2022-04-10 Hong Kong Sale
 



Wayne Homren, Editor

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