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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 42, October 16, 2022, Article 16

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: OCTOBER 16, 2022

Sylvester Sage Crosby's Resting Place
Mark Vitunic writes:

"After reading in last week's E-Sylum Pete Smith's article on S.S. Crosby that Crosby is buried in "Monroe Cemetery in Lexington, Massachusetts" I realized "Wow, there's a Munroe Cemetery ("u" not "o") like one mile from my house!". Adding more to the confusion, Crosby's grave is curiously not listed in the directories at findagrave.com nor on the town website. Today being a beautiful fall day warranted a walk-through just to find out for sure - and I located it. Crosby is buried with his 2nd wife right next to the grave of his pre-deceased first wife, who is the only one listed in any directory."

  Sylvester Sage Crosby tombstone

Wow - thank you! Great photo. Nice to see the marker is in good shape. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
SYLVESTER SAGE CROSBY (1831-1914) (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n41a20.html)

On "Sleepers" in Large Auction Lots
Gil Parsons writes:

Lot 300 French numismatic books 1 "In response to your question about the Peter Tillou sale, I, like Hedley Betts, purchased only one lot of numismatic books and one lot of medals. I do not fully understand why some of the lots went as high as they did, but the results illustrated both the problems and the potential of sales of this sort. Unless one is present it is difficult to consider "job lots", which almost inevitably contain "sleepers" when the auction house is of a general, rather than specialist type. I only wanted a small part of the lots I bought, but scored in realizing that the most worthy medal was one not even mentioned in the catalog!

"With regard to the profusion of general books on offer, what is one to make of descriptions like "fifteen leather bound books on history" or some such when the catalog cites only one or two titles? Unsurprisingly, of the books, I bid on little and bought nothing.

"As a minor sidelight, I exhibited with the Tillous on multiple occasions at a rather fine provincial show in Connecticut. The business continues and features the very finest of early American furniture and arts. Were I possessed of a house and setting appropriate to such pieces there would be imminent danger of extreme damage to the exchequer!!"

Thank you. I've rarely purchased bulk lots, unless you count the times I've purchased whole libraries. There are often surprises within, and usually pleasant ones. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
PETER H. TILLOU NUMISMATIC LITERATURE SALE (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n40a04.html)
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: OCTOBER 9, 2022 : Bidding in the Peter Tillou Sale (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n41a15.html)

Altered Fractional Currency Portrait
Michael Merrill writes:

"Perhaps of interest as an artful currency alteration, young man/old man, like some of us aging coin dealers."

  Altered portrait fractional currency note

Cool. I can't decide if he looks more like Larry Adams or Mike Markowitz. -Editor

On Dent's Run Gold Tales
Tom DeLorey writes:

"I hope that the PAN attendees slap their knees and have fun at the Dent's Run Gold fandango during their Civil War Money & Memorabilia Exposition. That hog laundromat is one of the least credible of many a story made up over the years to sell treasure hunting magazines.

"This one is part of the genre wherein vast treasures were lost whilst being transported in wooden wagons.... decades after any such freight would have automatically been moved by train. Most versions of the story do not say where the gold was coming from, though some say that it was mined in Ohio, which is not exactly known for its gold mining output. Most versions say that the gold was intended to pay Union soldiers, though how you could do that with large gold bars nobody ever says."

The speakers will "share some local lore about the Treasure..." Facts are something else entirely, and in short supply regarding any local lore or conspiracy theory. "Why don't you ever see a hippopotamus hiding in a tree?" "Because they're really GOOD at it!" -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
FALL 2022 PAN CIVIL WAR SHOWCASE (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n41a21.html)

Collection Display Trays
Jeff Rock writes:

"In the Aug 21 issue, Ron Guth's video on the 1942 ANS exhibition of Massachusetts silver was most interesting. Eons ago I had asked Richard Doty about it when he was curator (and it was still at 155th Street!), but he couldn't locate any information. The reason for my interest was that I own T. James Clarke's original display trays for his coins in that exhibit - complete with the printed information on the first tray! One of those weird things that collectors seem to acquire and hang on to, even though they will never be used and take up space on the shelves!

"The individual coin boxes from his company didn't come with this group, and the coins would likely have stayed in those until they were sold. There are four trays in the group, two with the black waxy paper still there, one with the underlying cotton felt, and one just blank. I also find I have a couple of Colonel Green's storage cases, and some of the original wooden boxes that Virgil Brand's US Coin Co. stored their inventory in...and I am sure there are other things lurking on the shelves too!"

  T. James Clarke Massachusets silver display trays 1
  T. James Clarke Massachusets silver display trays 2
  T. James Clarke Massachusets silver display trays 3
  T. James Clarke Massachusets silver display trays 4

Cool. Thanks. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
THE 1942 ANS EXHIBIT OF MASSACHUSETTS SILVER (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n34a08.html)

Coin Collector QEII Commemorative Issue

Matthew Hill of Warners Group Publications reminds us that the next issue of Coin Collector will be a special commemorative issue following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. -Editor

Queen Elizabeth II: 1926 - 2022 • Commemorative issue

Coin Collector QEII Commemorative Issue cover Following the sad news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, issue 17 of Coin Collector will be a special commemorative issue, reflecting on her remarkable reign and the many thousands of coins issued since 1952.

Solely dedicated to the ‘Elizabethan coin era', the souvenir magazine will chart the story of QEII coins and banknotes, and reflect on the new coins of King Charles III.

Plus, expert collecting guides including:

A beginner's guide to groats Coins of the Commonwealth - the coin history of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and more The first Irish coin? The origins of Irish coinage explored Price guide to Queen Victoria 'Bun Penny'

For more information, or to order, see:
Coin Collector, QEII Commemorative Issue (https://www.allaboutcoins.co.uk/store/back-issues/all-about-coins/coin-collector-17/)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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