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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 22, May 29, 2011, Article 20


Author Robert Duphorne Has Passed
Numismatic author Robert Duphorne's granddaughter Bambi writes:

I just found your article about the book Robert Duphorne on Bust or Cap Quarters. Robert was my grandfather and that book was something he took pride in no matter what anyone said. He passed away May 21 2011 and all his knowledge and proof of the different varieties are in that book. I thank you for the kind words in your article about my grandfather.

Bambi, Robertís sidekick in coin collecting
And granddaughter

Here's an excerpt from the earlier E-Sylum article, published July 22, 2007. -Editor

Members of the John Reich Collectors Society receive the group's quarterly publication, the John Reich Journal. I picked up my copy on my visit home last weekend. One of the featured articles is "Robert Duphorne and the 'Other' Bust Quarter Book." by Louis Scuderi. The eight-page article is a trove of information on this relatively obscure title. I've had a copy in my library for years but never knew much about the author, and I doubt that any bibliophile knew much until now.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: ROBERT DUPHORNE AND THE 'OTHER' BUST QUARTER BOOK (

Utah Allows Gold and Silver Coins
Stephen Pradier forwarded this link to an article about gold and silver coins becoming legal in Utah.

To read the complete article, see: Gold, silver coins to be legal currency in Utah (

John Regitko of Toronto, Canada writes:

In the last E-Sylum, you gave credit, deservedly, to Darryl Atchison for editing the massive two-volume Canadian Numismatic Bibliography. The other person that deserves a lot of credit for getting it published is the person that laid it all out to make it eye appealing and easy to digest. That is none other than another E-Sylum subscriber, Paul Petch of Toronto, who also spent many hours to bring it to fruition.

Joe Boling On 'Mr. 888'
Joe Boling writes:

Mr 880 I have been on the road and burdened with projects since editing the new bond book announced in a late March e-Sylum - I have not had time to read the weekly offerings since than until now. So I have a few comments that may be so old as not to be relevant, but here goes.

I enjoyed reading about ' Mr 880' in the 3 April issue. Yes, I've seen the movie and taped it off of cable a few years ago. It's available from in a PAL region 2-encoded format, titled "El Caso 880" (subtitled in Spanish). Wish I had a multi-region DVD player. He (Mr. 880) must have really made an impression on the Secret Service, because he was still being talked about by Mark Surrency when he taught the US counterfeit paper course at ANA summer seminar a few years ago.

In the 10 April issue, I saw why Mark Surrency was talking about the Mr. 880 case - Ken Hallenbeck asked him about it (but I don't recall seeing the actual note - certainly not a crude $1 note as described in the Daily News article).

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MORE ON COUNTERFEITER "MR. 800" (

Rats Or Kangaroos?
On the Rats of Tobruk medal, Joe Boling writes:

In the 10 April issue, I must say that the rat on the Tobruk medal looks more like a kangaroo, but what would you expect from a bunch of ANZACs?

Rats Of Tobruk Medal

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: THE RATS OF TOBRUK MEDAL (

Joe Boling on Alan Grace
Joe Boling writes:

It was Alan, not Allan, Grace. I had only a few items bound by him - in each case a book (or set) that was in tatters from hard use or vandalism. The most extensive was an eight-volume set of Japanese books, two or three missing their spines. He repaired them (in half-leather), and built slipcases for all eight volumes. This set is now at the American Numismatic Association library (YOSHIDA Kensuke, Dai Nippon Kaheishi (A History of Japanese Currency), 1925-26 Coole J-47). Still with me are my forty-year-old Smith-Matravers and my first edition Munro, Coins of Japan. I am truly sorry to hear he is gone.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: Bookbinder Allan Grace Has Passed (

Harsh Lighting and Book Spines
Joe Boling writes:

That photo of the Fitzwilliam library room sure looks like it has extremely harsh lighting. Not good for exposed spines. Please tell me that those are not ordinary fluorescent bulbs.

Fitzwilliam Museum front study room

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: THE COIN CABINET IN THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM, CAMBRIDGE (

On 'Greaseproof Paper'
Joe Boling writes:

Both articles (April 24tn May 1st ) about the Hackney hoard of US gold coins referred to "greaseproof paper" wrapping the coins. I'll wager that the paper was actually heavily greased so as to make it waterproof.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MORE ON THE U.S. GOLD COIN HOARD FOUND IN EAST LONDON (

Daniel K E Ching's Rice Bowl Collection
Joe Boling writes:

I spent a day with Daniel K E Ching in 1976. More than any of his numismatic holdings, I remember his collection of rice bowls - all kinds of ceramic pieces. But we also spent time trading information about coins and notes, and three or four times during the day, he excitedly exclaimed "Isn't this fun?!" I'll not forget that enthusiasm.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MORE ON DANIEL K. E. CHING AND ARTHUR COOLE (

Why Charge Print Subscribers for Online Access?
Joe Boling writes:

The last line of Scott Tappa's plug for the digital edition of World Coin News is the rub - "Please note: The digital subscription is a separate subscription from your print subscription." Why? Amos Press makes its online editions available to any print subscriber. So does ANA.

I wondered about that, too.
Joe also noted some issue formatting errors that slipped thorough. I'll work with our webmaster Bruce Perdue to correct the online archive. Thanks! -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: May 22, 2011 (


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