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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 29, July 17, 2022, Article 28


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

The Legionary Denarii of Mark Antony

A CoinWeek article by Michael Shutterly discusses the Legionary Denarii of Mark Antony. -Editor

  denarius struck for Mark Antony's 3rd Legion

This denarius was struck for Antony's 3rd Legion. It sold for $1,400 at an auction in January 2021. This legion was probably the legion that appears in the historical record as Legio III Gallica, a legion that Julius Caesar raised during his campaigns in Gaul and which Antony took over after Caesar's death. It is also possible that this was an entirely different 3rd Legion, one which Antony himself raised in North Africa.

To read the complete article, see:
CoinWeek Ancient Coins – The Legionary Denarii of Mark Antony (

Cash Found Under Porch

Paul Horner passed along this article about a man who found an old stash of cash under his porch. Thanks. -Editor

  New Jersey porch cash find

A New Jersey man discovered a load of cash under the porch of his Wildwood home.

Area resident Rich Gilson was making renovations on his home before he went digging and discovered the expected load of cash.

He later found two tightly rolled cigar-shaped wads of cash containing $10 and $20 bills. Gilson said that he found over $2,000, which was said to be preserved in its original 1934 condition.

"Either somebody robbed a bank and buried it there, or somebody didn't trust the banks in 1934 during the height of the depression," he told Fox 29 Philadelphia.

Paul adds:

"I wonder if he just took it to the bank, or had sense enough to visit a coin shop first. I see some $10 silver certificates in the stash."

Of course, paper money isn't dated by year of manufacture like coins. These notes are from the "Series of 1934" and could have been printed several years after that date, meaning the stash could well date from the 1950s. I doubt many of these would be worth much more than face value in this condition. Nice find regardless. -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
New Jersey man discovers $2,000 cash from 1934 under his porch (

Jim Thorpe 1912 Olympic Gold Medals Reinstated

In the latest update to the ongoing saga of "amateur" vs "professional" athlete, Jim Thorpe's 1912 Olympic Gold medals have been reinstated. -Editor

Jim Thorpe was reinstated Friday as the winner of the 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon in Stockholm, more than a century after he was stripped of his gold medals for violating amateur sports rules at the time.

In an announcement, the International Olympic Committee declared Thorpe the winner of the events, which coincided with the 110th anniversary of his decathlon win. King Gustav V of Sweden proclaimed him as "the greatest athlete in the world."

Thorpe, a Native American, returned to a ticker-tape parade in New York, but months later it was discovered he had been paid to play minor league baseball over two summers, an infringement of the Olympic amateurism rules. He was stripped of his gold medals in what was described as the first major international sports scandal.

In 1982, the IOC gave Thorpe's family duplicate gold medals to his family but his Olympic records were not reinstated, nor was his status as the sole gold medalist of the two events.

To read the complete article, see:
Jim Thorpe reinstated as winner of 1912 Olympic gold medals after being stripped (

Woman Hospitalized After Picking Up $1 Bill

Here's another one of those "don't pick up that money!" stories, this time from Nashville. -Editor

Drugged money Renee Parsons said she picked up a dollar bill off the ground at the McDonald's on Highway 70 and soon passed out.

It was only a matter of minutes after picking up the dollar bill that Renee Parsons felt as though she couldn't breathe and her body began to feel numb.

Justin Parsons said his wife's speech began to slur before she went unconscious, while he drove to the closest hospital. I grabbed my husband's arm with the same hand that I had the money in and said, Justin please help me, it won't stop it's getting worse.

The family says the responding Metro police officer told them the dollar bill had likely been used to cut or store drugs.

To read the complete article, see:
‘I thought I was dying': Woman hospitalized after picking up $1 bill in Nashville (

The Undead Numismatist

Planning to fake your own death? Better find a new hobby. -Editor

We never hear from people who do this job well, but to succeed at pseudocide, you really do have to be prepared to give up everything you know and love — for good. You can't talk to anyone you know (they're being watched), you have to give up your pets (harder than family, sometimes) and you have to figure out how to support yourself off the books, getting paid under the table or in cash. Your college degree means nothing. Your specialized skill becomes useless. All of your hobbies and interests are bunk, because those things are precisely what investigators like Ahearn and Rambam will be analyzing obsessively for signs of you. Rambam once spent weeks going to mind-numbingly boring coin shows around New York City to locate a coin collector who had supposedly died, and that's exactly where he caught him.

And while he's lurking at coin shows? The rest of his team is lurking everything else. Any investigator worth their salt has a network of local, on-the-ground specialists that help them stay on top of leads, who speak the language if they're in a foreign country and who know the ins and outs of every neighborhood they're investigating.

Has anyone heard this story before? Who was the undead numismatist? -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
Inside the World of Investigators Who Know You've Faked Your Death (

Wayne Homren, Editor

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