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The E-Sylum: Volume 26, Number 41, October 8, 2023, Article 14


Second Life for the 2005 EAC Convention Brochure
Bill Eckberg writes:

"Every time I see one of David's videos on early copper on The E-Sylum, I have to laugh. His logo at the introductions is made up of (mostly) early copper coins in a pile.

"He didn't create that. It served as the back cover that I had created for the 2005 Annapolis EAC convention brochure. He cut it in half along the middle and used the right half for the left side and the left half for the right side of his title pages.

"When I saw him later, I asked him if he was aware that he had usurped (I didn't use that word; I just like it) copyrighted material without attribution. After he blanched noticeably, I told him he had permission henceforth to use it for free. He relaxed and kept using the image for as long as he did videos at EAC shows.

"Here is an image of the original brochure cover. The boat image came from Red Henry, and about six of the coins on the reverse were from my own collection at the time; the rest were used with permission from auction companies. It's always a joy to see the old friends in the videos and old copper friends in the introductions to the videos."

  EAC 2005 convention brochure
  PAges from Penny Wise title card

Great story! Thanks. Nice work on the brochure - no wonder it saw new life. Great coins. -Editor

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More on NumiStudy

I reached out to Jon Lusk for an update on the NumiStudy software for researching die varieties of early American copper coins. -Editor

Jon writes:

NumiStudy is still being updated and sold. The original three are still in the saddle. (Myself [computer stuff], Bill Noyes [photography, grading and comments], and Dan Demeo [pedigrees]) We have released version 6 and are working on the next one, due out late next year. The program itself has seen major upgrades to its functionality.

Individual databases are priced as follows:

Amount Current coin records
Sheldon $1,500 11,948
Newcomb $1,500 14,637
Half Cent $500 2,441
Colonial $1,500 3,973

OR All databases with program for $3,000

It's a lot of money I realize, but when a user comes up at a show and says
"Thanks - the database just saved me $5,000 when it showed me what the coin I was about to buy looked like 5 years ago and the current picture of the coin today!"

"The dealer tells me it's 5th finest and I see pictures of 11 coins that are better...."

"It was great to see the price history on a coin I was looking at. Helped with my decision."

Thanks. For inquiries, Jon can be reached at . -Editor

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AI-Generated Numismatic Images
Justin Hinh writes:

AI-generated image of slabbed silver bullion coin "I wanted to bring up a topic that I think readers would find both interesting as well as giving them a chance to add their own perspective to the matter.

"On Friday, Microsoft updated Bing's AI art generator model to Dalle-E 3 and it's a massive leap forward. I played around with it to see if it could create photorealistic images of coins and the results are staggering. This was what I created in 15 seconds. We're not there yet, but we're getting darn close.

"That got me thinking about what the ramifications will be once anyone anywhere can generate a realistic image of any coin in any grade. I thought I would toss out this question to your readers to see what issues they see with this tool being released to the world once it's perfected. I'm curious about what we coin collectors should be wary of once AI images are indistinguishable from real images."

Interesting! Thanks. Impressive at first glance. These things are destined to get better over time. Here's an interesting article I came across this week. -Editor

Now, enough pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are in place that we can start to see what AI can actually do, at least in the short term. Many pieces are still missing, though, and this is a temporary state of affairs, AI continues to improve.

We have these pieces which let us guess at the shape of the AI in front of us. It isn't science fiction to assume that AIs will soon talk to you, see you, know about you, do research for you, create images for you - because all of that is already built, and working. I can already pull all of these elements together myself with just a little effort. That means AI can quite easily serve as personal assistant, intern, and companion - answering emails, giving advice, paying attention to the world around you — in a way that makes the Siris and Alexas of the world look prehistoric.

To read the complete article, see:
The shape of the shadow of The Thing (

More on Damaged Money
Ken Berger writes:

"In the past, I both lived and traveled to various countries in Asia. It is quite common in many countries for less than perfect bank notes to be rejected. I once had trouble converting a $100 bill in Hong Kong (before its turn over to mainland China) because it had gotten wet. In addition, smaller bills are harder to convert than larger ones. I only convert $100 bills.

"Also, besides being in pristine condition, the note should be of the latest series. In the Philippines (unlike in the U.S.), when a new series is issued, the old series is no longer valid. Because of this, money changers in the Philippines will not accept anything but the latest series because they believe that other countries treat older series notes in a similar manner. During my last trip to the Philippines, I met some Chinese tourists in a restaurant. They had the equivalent of a few hundred dollars U.S. in Philippine bank notes from an earlier visit. They were both shocked and disappointed to learn that all their older Philippine bank notes were now worthless.

"So, in summary, only convert large bills of the latest series in pristine condition."

  Torn $20 bill pieces together

Thanks for the advice! -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: OCTOBER 1, 2023 : On Damaged Cash in the Philippines (

Where Not To Find the Hell Gate Treasure
Ken Berger writes:

Hell gate "I grew up in Astoria (specifically Hallet's Cove), one and a half blocks from the East River. Everybody was familiar with the story regarding the gold coins. However, I have always understood that the treasure is now buried under tons of landfill when the shoreline was expanded. So, people searching for it in the water are wasting their time."

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Reading Kindle Books Without a Kindle
James Higby writes:

Morgan and Peace Dollars 5th Edition book cover "I am thrilled that the three volumes on Morgan dollars are going to be made available in digital format. However, I know absolutely nothing about Amazon's Kindle, let alone how to get it on my computer. Perhaps in you could elaborate for us newbies on how it works and how to get it on our machines."

Well, it's not as simple as downloading a .pdf of the book you purchased - Amazon doesn't want to let anyone share their e-books. But there are options which don't require the Kindle device. Here's what Amazon says. -Editor

  • Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
  • Read instantly on your browser with Kindle for Web.

Supported Operating Systems:

  • PC: Windows 8, 8.1, 10, or 11.
  • Mac: OS x 10.14 or higher

Note: If your operating system isn't supported, use our Kindle Cloud Reader.

Install or Update the Desktop Kindle App on Your Computer (

That second link is the Kindle Cloud Reader - e-books that you purchase from Amazon will appear here and you can read them directly in your browser without downloading a thing. -Editor

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Query: We Shall Persevere

Nobody asked, so I will. What is the source for the motto "We Shall Persevere" on the 2023 American Liberty silver medal? As a medal and not a (bullion) coin, it needn't include all the inscriptions required by law on coins. But it's an interesting juxtaposition to see the gold coin and silver medal obverses side-by-side, one with "In God We Trust" and the other without it. -Editor


To read the complete article, see:
2023 American Liberty Gold Coin and Silver Medal Launching (

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