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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 37, September 11, 2022, Article 12


Happy Anniversary
Regarding The E-Sylum's 24th anniversary, John W. Adams writes:

The E-Sylum logo "Out of little acorns grow tall oaks ! Congratulations on outperforming even the wildest hopes and expectations !! Happy 24th !!!"

Thank you! -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:

Congratulations to Randy Clark for NLG Book of the Year
Connecticut Coppers book cover The Board of Directors of Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C4), and the C4 Publications Committee, extend their heartfelt congratulations to Randy Clark for receiving the 2021 Numismatic Literary Guild's Book of the Year award for The Identification and Classification of Connecticut Coppers (1785-1788). The award was presented at the 2022 ANA World's Fair of Money in Chicago last month.

This recognition is richly deserved. C4 is a non-profit numismatic organization of coin collectors dedicated to the dissemination of useful knowledge about Colonial Era coins. C4 has published other award winning books on Colonial numismatics but this is the first time one of its publications has received the top NLG award. Congratulations to Mr. Clark for this well-deserved recognition.

Chris McDowell submitted this nice note on behalf of the Colonial Coin Collectors Club. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:

Bread Story of Money 'Story of Money' Trade Cards Follow-Up
Regarding Julia Casey's find of information on the 'Story of Money' Trade Cards, Steve Woodland writes:

"This info is awesome! Please pass on my great thanks to Julia."

DONE. We love it when readers can answer longstanding research questions. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: SEPTEMBER 4, 2022 : 'Story of Money' Trade Cards List Found (

Dealer Charlie Dochkus
Dave Hirt writes:

"The other day I was looking through a book, and found a note about dealer Charlie Dochkus. Do any of our readers remember him? He traveled from Philadelphia to an auction house near Boyertown Pa. Almost everything in that place was for sale. Farm items, Coins, Stamps, Antiques, etc. The coins were sold at auction. I think it was around 1954 or 1955.

Afterwards I walked with a group to the Dochkus car in the parking lot. The trunk was opened. It was Full of numismatic items for sale. There were a lot of bargains, but I was still a teenager without much cash, so I did not buy anything."

Interesting. Does anyone else have a Charlie Dochkus story? -Editor

First Auction Catalog Image of Paper Money
Dennis Hengeveld writes:

"I am doing research on World Paper Money in pre-World War II auction catalogs. There is a surprising number of listings in early catalogs, which was unexpected (but a nice surprise). The earliest lots with World Paper Money I have found so far were offered in the 1870s (a variety of items, including banknotes from Argentina and China), which is amazing since there wasn't a whole lot of world paper money in circulation at the time, and the number of collectors must have been minimal. Unfortunately, the detail in the listings is minimal, but this is of course typical for auction catalogs of that era. That said, this got me thinking. We know that there were regulations regarding the reproduction of currency and postage stamps, which means that it is unlikely any were plated that early. But, what would be the first appearance of a plated piece of US and/or World Paper money sold in an auction? Maybe some of your readers would know?"

Great question! I don't know. Readers? -Editor

The Papers of Clifford Hewitt
1932 Chinese silver dollar American Numismatic Society Librarian David Hill writes:

"It was interesting to see the photograph of the junk shown on the 1932 Sun Yat-sen silver dollar in last week's E-Sylum.

"This photograph, along with other pasted images, was used in several preliminary designs that can be found in some papers of Clifford Hewitt in the ANS Archives. I wrote about Hewitt a while back for ANS Magazine, which is available on the Newman Numismatic Portal."

  Hewitt design 2
  Hewitt design 1

Thank you. David also sent the above images. -Editor

Clifford Hewitt For the ANS catalog entry for the Hewitt papers, see:
Clifford Hewitt Chinese Mint collection, 1930 - 1971 (

To read the ANS Magazine issue on NNP, see:
American Numismatic Society Magazine: 2013, Issue 3 (

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:

The Price Veterans Paid For Our Freedom
Darryl Atchison writes:

"I just finished reading this week's edition of The E-Sylum and, as usual, it's brilliant.

"The article on Peggy Terry and the 'owed' 5 shillings was both very moving and very important. Hands down, my favorite article in this issue and a story that I am sure I will remember for many years!

Royal Air Force Vet Debt Paid "It's very clear that a genuine and sincere connection was made between Mrs.Terry and the young serviceman who is now stationed at the same airfield as she was in World War II and this isn't unusual. Servicemen and servicewoman from around the world can understand and appreciate the stories we tell each other about our experiences - whether those stories are tragic or comedic. Often times, the same story can be both!

"Sadly, I fear that most of the current generation have no understanding of the price that Allied veterans paid for our freedom - in World War I and II particularly.

"Congratulations to both Mrs. Terry and the RAF. I have no doubt that her family will cherish the coins and photos that Mrs. Terry was given on the day for many years to come.

"And seeing Mrs. Terry receive even this tiny bit of recognition and appreciation was a great way to start off my week!

"Thanks again for another fantastic issue."

Thanks also to David Pickup for submitting the story. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
LOOSE CHANGE: SEPTEMBER 4, 2022 : Royal Air Force Vet Debt Paid (

Queen Elizabeth II Banknotes of Ceylon

  Ceylon Five Rupees banknote face
As the world mourns the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, it is useful to remember that her portrait appeared in Ceylon currency notes dated 1952-June-3rd, even before Great Britain began using her picture on their currency notes, which was only in 1960. It was also the world's first dated currency with the Queen's portrait on it. Kavan Ratnatunga writes:

"A note from my wife's father's collection (now with me) appeared in the Sunday Times today as a tribute to her passing.

"The Ceylon currency notes with her portrait, dated 1952-June-3rd, a year before her coronation are the world's first dated Currency Notes with her portrait after she ascended to the throne on 1952 Feb 6th. The denominations Rs1, Rs2, Rs5, Rs50, and Rs100, excluding the Rs10, were issued with the date 3rd June 1952. Hong Kong dated 1952 July 1st, Cyprus 1952 September 1st, and Bermuda 1952 October 20th followed.

"The Ceylon Rs 10, dated 1953-July-1st is the first to be issued after her coronation on 1953 June 2nd.

"Was Ceylon also the first Commonwealth Nation to stop using the QEII portrait on their Banknotes? Last issued with date 1954 October 16th with new notes after the Sinhala Only Act being issued with 1956-07-30 and the Armorial Ensign of Ceylon. (Please correct me if any statement of this paragraph is wrong, Thanks)

"Why did the Queen appear on Bank of England Notes first only in 1960? Even the colonies did not use the British Monarch's image until the mid-20th century. Ceylon used the Monarch's image on banknotes only from 1941 to 1954, but on coins from 1815 to 1957. Why is there such a difference in the usage of the Monarch's image between coins and banknotes?

"I hope an E-Sylum subscriber will explain."

All great questions. Can anyone help? -Editor

To read the Sunday Times piece, see:
Ceylon, first in the world to have the Queen's portrait on currency (

For more information on Kavan's website, see:
Central Bank of Ceylon Queen Elizabeth II - 1952-1954 (

Australian Florin Lieutenant Bars
Dave Lange writes:

"I've been a subscriber to the magazine Naval History since its first issue in 1986. I spotted this interesting piece with a numismatic connection in the October 2022 issue."

The article discusses makeshift Lieutenant bars fashioned from an Australian florin following a promotion at sea during WWII, far from a Navy uniform shop. Cool. -Editor

  Naval History - October 2022

National Book Lovers Day
Roger Moore writes:

"Thought this was cute."

  Things Book lovers Do

Thanks. We missed celebrating National Book Lovers Day last month (August 9th). Follow the link below for Part 2 of the cartoon. -Editor

To read more Adrienne Hedger cartoons, see:
Happy National Book Lovers Day (

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