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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 24, June 12, 2022, Article 32

LOOSE CHANGE: JUNE 12, 2022

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

Noteworthy Physical Cryptonotes to be Unveiled

We're discussed the physical cryptonotes offered by Noteworthy, a startup company that hired an all-star cast of professionals to design their product. This article says the notes were to be unveiled at a conference this past week. -Editor

Noteworthy, the premier architect of physical cryptonotes is excited to announce the next phase of its project with the official reveal of its 1 bitcoin cryptonote. Created by cryptocurrency pioneer Peter Vessenes and former Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing within the U.S. Treasury Larry Felix, alongside the foremost designers and innovators in central banking and currency printing, the notes are available for reservation and will be ready for purchase later this year.

Noteworthy Founder Peter Vessenes and MyEtherWallet Co-founder Kevin Monahan will be presenting the cryptonotes during a fireside chat on Thursday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m. Peter will be available for comment or interview on-site from June 9 - June 11.

Noteworthy notes are intricately designed and counterfeit-resistant without compromising quality. The front of the cryptonote will notate the type of the cryptocurrency, while the back is adorned with abstract concepts that represent the contemporary vision of the project. Swiss franc designer Manuela Pfrunder created each cryptonote with intentionality of design - seeking to combine color schemes and graphics that effectively represented the essence of blockchain technology. Each 1 bitcoin cryptonote contains a secure cryptographic microcontroller and offers a comprehensive suite of the banknote industry's most advanced security features.

But as of this writing I haven't seen any post-event publicity with more information or an image of the notes. Anyone? -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
Noteworthy to Unveil its Groundbreaking Physical Cryptonote at CoinDesk's Consensus Conference (https://www.yahoo.com/now/noteworthy-unveil-groundbreaking-physical-cryptonote-155900102.html)

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
BITCOIN BANKNOTES (https://www.coinbooks.org/v24/esylum_v24n11a32.html)
DESIGNING A BITCOIN BANKNOTE (https://www.coinbooks.org/v24/esylum_v24n28a34.html)

Creator of Offensive Maryland Challenge Coin Identified

They've found the maker of that controversial Maryland State Police challenge coin we discussed last week. -Editor

Maryland Big Greenie challenge coin Officials from Maryland State Police said they have identified the individual who created and distributed a Challenge Coin inscribed with the Maryland State Police logo along with graphic imagery and offensive language.

In a statement Wednesday, authorities said their investigation found the design and manufacture of the coin were coordinated by a former member of the Maryland State Police, who left the Department in 2012.

The coin in question displayed the state police insignia with an illustration of a woman in thong underwear. The words I'm offended are printed on the underwear and the words Generation Butt Hurt appear above the drawing.

To read the complete article, see:
Maryland police say creator of offensive ‘challenge coin' identified (https://wtop.com/maryland/2022/06/maryland-police-say-creator-of-offensive-challenge-coin-identified/)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
MARYLAND CHALLENGE COIN PROMPTS PROTESTS (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n23a29.html)

Navigating the World of Rare Coins on eBay

Ya gotta love the clever graphic in this article from the Baldwin's Bulletin. -Editor

  Navigating the World of Rare Coins on eBay

It sounds like the plot of a bizarre TV drama. A well-connected antiques dealer with a penchant for Savile Row suits is arrested on forgery allegations. Then more details emerge: the staff of Moses is among the ‘rare' items he's offering for sale. Numismatists can also purchase two of the 30 silver coins that Judas was paid for betraying Christ. Amazingly, this isn't fiction. It's a true story involving Kochi resident Monson Mavunkal, who was arrested last year.

Even without bizarre cases such as the Judas silver, the world of coin collecting and buying is no stranger to con artists out to make money. It's said that the first coins, minted around 600BC in what is now Turkey by King Croesus, created an instant market for forgeries. And it's been an ongoing fact of numismatic life ever since, which can make the world of dealing and collecting even more difficult to negotiate.

Added into this problematic mix in 1995 was the huge online marketplace that is eBay. This boasts an estimated two billion daily transactions, making it difficult to police… meaning the treacherous can more easily exploit the trusting. Should numismatists avoid it and its imitators at all costs? We sought expert advice…

To read the complete article, see:
BUYERS BEWARE? NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF RARE COINS ON EBAY (https://www.baldwin.co.uk/news/buyers-beware-navigating-the-world-of-rare-coins-on-ebay/)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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