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The E-Sylum: Volume 18, Number 29, July 19, 2015, Article 11


Sherlockian Numismatists To Meet In Chicago
In his Fourth Garrideb blog on Sherlockian numismatics, Greg Ruby writes:

Fourth Garrideb logo The Fourth Garrideb will celebrate its one year anniversary by holding its first annual meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 during the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money. This will be a dinner meeting at Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse at the DoubleTree Hotel, 5464 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018. This is directly across the street from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, site of the ANA show.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Those that expressed an interest in attending this meeting from our earlier e-mail announcement will be contacted individually to confirm details. If you would like to join us, please contact our Mycroft here (

Speakers Announced for JRCS Meeting
In today's issue of the JR Newsletter from the John Reich Collectors Society, Dr. Glenn Peterson writes:

I wish to invite members and guests to come to the JRCS meeting at ANA on Wednesday, August 12th at 8 AM in Room 44 of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. We will have two presentations at the meeting. One will be given by our young numismatist member Garrett Ziss on the subject of bust coin images on paper currency. He has found several attributable images of bust coins on the paper money of that era. After Garrett's presentation, David Finkelstein will give a presentation about U.S. Mint history. I am sure members will find these presentations very interesting.

'With the Coin Collector' Follow-Up
Regarding the New York Herald Tribune column "With the Coin Collector", Arnold Tescher writes:

Thank you and all those who contributed to my question last week about the NYHT coin column.

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Richard Picker's Museum Deals
Anthony Terranova of New York City writes:

The seeming implication that Richard Picker "picked off" the Ashmolean Museum is offensive.

My apologies - I should have been more judicious in editing this. The phrase "perhaps convincing them that one NJ copper was like any another" is speculation. We'll remove it from the archive. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JULY 12, 2015 : Richard Picker's Museum Picks (

Philadelphia (Or Thereabouts) Landmarks on Coins
Pete Smith writes:

Some weeks I do okay on your quick quiz. This week, not so much. I could only think of one landmark in Philadelphia that appears on a coin.

So, I read the article. It said, "In time for Independence Day, listed some of the landmarks memorialized in coinage that can found in the city that helped give birth to the nation — Philadelphia."

The article mentioned Independence Hall, The only one I identified.

The article also mentioned the Liberty Bell Center. I think that is a bit of a stretch. The Liberty Bell Center does not appear on a coin and had not been built when the Liberty Bell appeared on coins.

The article also mentioned the National Constitution Center. It mentioned a 1987 commemorative dollar. The National Constitution Center does not appear on the 1987 commemorative dollar.

The article mentioned the Delaware Tercentenary half. I wasn't thinking that Delaware was in Philadelphia.

Finally, the article mentioned the New Jersey state quarter. Again, I did not think of that as part of Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, it is warm in Minneapolis this week. If you are coming for a visit you might enjoy the Mall of America, the Valleyfair Amusement Park, the Canterbury Park racetrack, the Science Museum of Minnesota or the State Capitol. All are nice places to visit and none of them are in Minneapolis.

I wasn't sure if anyone would click on that link. If we expand the question to cover medals and tokens, I'm sure we'd find plenty, even without all the Philadelphia Mint items. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NUMISMATIC MISCELLANY: JULY 12, 2015 : Quick Quiz: Philadelphia Landmarks on Coins (

The Rocky Mountain News
Bill Rosenblum writes:

Aylesbury Vale-20150628-01018 I missed the original article when the Rocky Mountain News   token was mentioned. Back in the 1970s one of my customers wrote the pet column for the Rocky. She and her husband would come into my office 3 or 4 times a year to buy world gold coins. They were very distrustful of banks and kept their gold coins in a box which they placed in a huge bag of dog food believing that their guard dog would protect their coins better than a safe deposit box. Maybe their dog's name was Champion.

The Rocky closed its doors 3 or 4 years back and since that time the quality of the Denver Post, without competition, has greatly decreased. However sometime this year the Rocky has started to publish an online edition at

Unfortunately I like an actual paper newspaper so I forget to read the Rocky online. It must be an age thing. On our end of the block there are 9 houses, 3 of the houses are owned by young couples with young children. They don't get a paper delivered in the morning. However the other five houses with people aged 65 and over do get the paper delivered.

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JUNE 28, 2015 : Colorado's Champion: Rocky Mountain News Token (
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JULY 12, 2015 : The Rocky Mountain News (

1951 Festival of Britain Medal Made of Soap

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David Pickup writes:

Yesterday I bought a commemorative medallion produced for the 1951 Festival of Britain made of soap! It smells quite strongly of soap even though it is 60 plus years old.

At our meeting (Oxford Numismatic Society) yesterday three members of the society had been to the Festival and remembered the Royal Mint display which included selling commemorative Crowns.

I wonder how many other commemorative medallions were issued made of soap? I don’t want collectors to get in a lather about it and probably I have cleaned up the market.

Neat item. I don’t think I’ve encountered a medal made of soap before. -Editor

Wayne Homren, Editor

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