Last week Barry Tatum asked if anything was known about the denominations of the money found in the pockets of John Jacob Astor, who died on the Titanic. Pete Smith submitted this great response. Thank you! The image is from an earlier article about other cash recovered from the shipwreck.
What was in Astor's Pocket?
There are a couple of references that list the personal effects found with the body of John Jacob Astor including Encyclopedia Titanica. As each of the recovered bodies was examined, there was an inventory made of the personal effects. Astor was number 124 out of 330 bodies listed.
Gold watch, cuff links gold and diamond, diamond ring with three stones, £225 in English
notes, $2440 in notes, £5 in gold, 7s. in silver; 5 ten franc pieces, and gold pencil; and pocket book.
The value of the notes is given but not the denominations. If not recorded here, it is likely the
denominations were not recorded.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: OCTOBER 29, 2023 : Query: The Astor Cash Stash
Wayne Homren, Editor
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