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The E-Sylum: Volume 18, Number 38, September 20, 2015, Article 9

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: SEPTEMBER 20, 2015

Book Review: Who’s Who Among American Medallists
American Medallists Regarding Dick Johnson's new book on American Medallists, Anne E. Bentley of the Massachusetts Historical Society writes:

I ordered one for our library and am very glad I did! Dick has packed an amazing amount of information in this volume and his bibliography and index are enormously helpful. This was obviously a labor of love and I, for one, am very grateful for his hard work!

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: WHO’S WHO AMONG AMERICAN MEDALLISTS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n37a06.html)

The Most Used Individual Numismatic Book
Jeff Reichenberger writes:

This little tidbit was in our latest issue of NOW NEWS. (Vol. 53 No.3 Fall 2015.) (Numismatists of Wisconsin) Perhaps a candidate for 'Most Used Individual Numismatic Book'.

Worn 1993 Krause Standard Catalog of World Coins David, a collector from Wisconsin, collects world coins. He plopped his tattered 1993 edition of Krause’s Standard Catalog of World Coins down on my table and I just had to take a photograph of it. David carries the book to every coin show he attends. It serves not only as a reference but also as his check list, every page has been penned or penciled with checks, underlines, or annotations. His goal is to find EVERY coin in that book!! And, says David, “When the book wears out, I quit.”

For more information on the Numismatists of Wisconsin, see:
http://www.numismatistsofwisconsin.com/

A Mathematical Coin Puzzle
Gosia Fort writes:

I was browsing an old 1938 book "Mathematical Snapshots" when I stumbled on this problem illustrated with coins. I immediately thought of your young numismatists. Maybe math will not deter them from being interested in coin collecting but it seems to me a fun activity to test this problem.

Mathematical coin puzzle

Why, indeed? Seems obvious to me, but I always liked math. Great question. Now here's one for E-Sylum readers: are real coins pictured here? Which coins? -Editor

Morgan & Orr
Regarding the painting of the factory of Morgan & Orr, makers of coining equipment for the Philadelphia Mint, David Gladfelter writes:

They are listed in McElroy's Philadelphia city directories of 1852 and 1853 as machinists located at 461 Callowhill St. They made coin presses for the U.S. Mint. They issued a token (Wright 722) dated 1855 with an image of a coin press made for the Republic of Peru. Unfortunately I don't own this token.

Dick Johnson writes:

Morgan Orr and Company While researching artists of coins and medals in Philadelphia City directories I learned that Joseph Morgan and Arthur Orr were neighbors - they lived next door to each other. You can imagine their walk home from their foundry shop (as I remember it wasn't far). But even if they rode home in a carriage they undoubtedly talked to each other of the day's activities. Wouldn't it be interesting to overhear those conversations?

The painting is apparently still for sale. At $7,500 it seems a bargain to me. Someone in the numismatic community should purchase it - if not for display in their own home, then as a donation to an American numismatic organization. This ought to be kept where the numismatic world can find it. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: SEPTEMBER 13, 2015 : Morgan Orr & Company (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n37a12.html)

On Classical Numismatic Group's 100th Catalog
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Larry Gaye writes:

Congratulations on Classical Numismatic Group's 100th catalog and thanks for publishing the well written press release/history of this endeavor.

For many years my only source of information on Byzantine coinage came from CNG's catalogs. I just paged through my copy of number XIX, February 19, 1992 which featured an all Byzantine offering with many rarities that at that time I thought I would never own; I'm still looking for them though I have made a bit of progress. So many coins, so little time.

What a gift CNG - thanks, Victor, for pursuing the ancient world and bringing us these treasures.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
HISTORY OF CLASSICAL NUMISMATIC GROUP, INC. (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n37a10.html)

More on the Charlie Chaplin 'Gold Rush' Tokens of Early 1926

Charlie Chaplin Gold-Rush-Token
David Pickup writes:

Brian Edge's article in the Token Corresponding Society Bulletin of September 2007 {Vol.8, no.12} concerns these tokens. There are pieces for ten known venues in Northern England, plus a manufacturer's advertising ticket.

On page 159 of his book "The First Dictionary of Paranumismatica", Brian describes how two men dressed as Charlie Chaplin were charged with creating a disturbance in Manchester, after scattering a number of these brass tokens on the pavements of the city for the purpose of advertising

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NUMISMATIC REMEMBRANCES OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n37a17.html)

The Son of Douglas “Wrong-way” Corrigan
Last week's article on Larry Adams mentioned "A friend of Larry’s, Don Corrigan (the son of Douglas “Wrong-way” Corrigan)." Tom Sheehan writes:

I thought the son's name was Doug. He did a lot of work with Neal Shafer and I on the Panic Scrip book.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
DR. LAWRENCE A. ADAMS (1935-2015) (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n37a09.html)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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