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The E-Sylum (5/19/2013)

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On the E-Sylum's Scope
Chuck Heck writes:

What I like most about The E-Sylum is the scope. So many different areas are covered --- Ancient, Foreign, US. Coins, medals, paper money, books, and books about books; stories about collectors and their collections -- and everything is just so interesting.

My hobby is limited to U.S. Large Cents --- and just the year of 1794 because it has 69 distinct varieties. But I always look forward to your outstanding e-mail.

Central States Author Grant Expanded
Bruce Perdue writes:

The Board of Governors for Central States during the Spring board meeting voted to increase the Author Grants program to $40,000 for the upcoming Fiscal Year. The maximum per author is still $5,000, but we can now support more research efforts. The program information is available at:

Morse Code on S.W. Chubbuck Tokens
Mike Greenspan of Houston, Texas writes:

After reading last week's E-Sylum about Morse Code on coins, I thought someone might have mentioned the attractive series of Merchant Tokens issued by S.W. Chubbuck, of Utica, NY, and catalogued by Russ Rulau as NY1055 through NY1063. Not only was Chubbuck a silversmith, he manufactured and dealt in Telegraph equipment, hence the advertisement on these tokens, including Morse Code. At one time, I owned his tokens in copper, brass, and white metal, but never found NY1060, the one issued in silver.

Chubbuck Morse code token obverse Chubbuck Morse code token reverse

Thanks! I located an image of the Chubbuck token on the site. Neat item! -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MORSE CODE ON MONEY (

Movie Review: Who's Minding the Mint?
Whos Minding the Mint Tom DeLorey writes:

I do remember seeing "Who's Minding the Mint" when it first came out as a made-for-TV movie. Naturally I was appalled, even at my tender age, at the blunders in the movie, including the use of "Mint" rather than "Bureau of Engraving and Printing" just because Mint was alliterative. It was dumb then, and it is dumb now. But that's Hollywood!

Joe Boling adds:

Fred Reed has two photos and some text about "Who's Minding the Mint" in his book, Show Me the Money!

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MOVIE REVIEW: WHO’S MINDING THE MINT? (

More Robots in Numismatics
George Cuhaj submitted these items in response to my question about robots in numismatics. Thanks! He writes:

The Canadian space arm thingie has been on two Canadian coins also, both with a holographic applique. KM#668, silver 30 Dollars, 2006. Same design in gold, 300 dollars, KM 678.

Austria had done a great series of technology on their bi-metallic 25 euro coins. Their 2011 features the Mars rover.

Canadian space arm robot coin2 Canadian space arm robot coin1

Austria 3204 f Austria 3204 b
Austria 25 Euro commemorative in Niobium center in .900 silver

Niue $1 R2-D2 Niue $1 C3PO
Star Wars: R2-D2, C3PO, courtesy of Niue/New Zealand Mint.

Niue $2 Battle Droid Niue $2 Both
Star Wars: battle droid, courtesy of Niue/New Zealand Mint.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: ROBOTS IN NUMISMATICS (

Indian Cricket Star Featured on Gold Coin
Philip Mernick forwarded this article about a gold coin picturing an Indian cricket star. While the coin itself is only 10 grams, this publicity image makes the coin look huge.

Cricket star coin

Philip writes:

How heavy if actual size?

To read the complete article, see: Sachin Tendulkar unveils gold coin engraved with his face (

The Roentgens' Berlin Secretary Desk
Gene Brandenburg forwarded a link to a great video of an absolutely amazing desk.

Roentgens Desk One of the finest achievements of European furniture making, this cabinet is the most important product from Abraham (1711--1793) and David Roentgen's (1743--1807) workshop. A writing cabinet crowned with a chiming clock, it features finely designed marquetry panels and elaborate mechanisms that allow for doors and drawers to be opened automatically at the touch of a button. Owned by King Frederick William II, the Berlin cabinet is uniquely remarkable for its ornate decoration, mechanical complexity, and sheer size.

This cabinet is from Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens.

To view the video, see: The Roentgens' Berlin Secretary Desk (

Joe Boling on Elder's Choice
Regarding John Kraljevich's ad, Joe Boling adds:

"It's the healthy choice. Tom Elder says so." I love it!

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