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The E-Sylum (7/21/2013)

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Thanks to Francois Velde
John Sallay writes:

Another outstanding issue, and an amazing response to my query regarding the 1768 Royal Academy medal from Francois Velde. As it turns out, I also have one of the other Louis XV medals he mentioned (which is also listed and pictured in the 1724 book he references). All those years of French class finally paying off (well, sort of…)!

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: THE 1768 ROYAL ACADEMY MEDAL DESIGN SOURCE (

Scary Hobby Ramifications of 3D Printing
Bill Eckberg writes:

I enjoyed seeing the bit about 3D-printed book. I don't know much about the technical aspects of 3D printing, but I've seen video of the process. I find it fascinating and bought my wife a 3D printed sterling silver ring a couple of years ago. The ring was very intricate and probably would have been impossible to make any other way.

With this technology advancing rapidly, it seems to me that it is worth speculating that the time is coming very soon when someone will make a 3D printer that can perfectly reproduce a coin with the correct microscopic detail, metal composition and weight. They will also be able to "edit out" the tics and other marks that identify the best struck counterfeits of today - after removing the marks they will no doubt add some new ones to disguise the fake even better. All this without doing any tooling on a die!

This will have obvious and profound ramifications for the coin market. Authentication will become all but impossible, and therefore rare coins will have value only if their pedigrees predate the time at which these "perfect" counterfeits come in to existence.

We live in a scary world.

I'm not sure any counterfeit can ever be "perfect", but these manufacturing techniques do add a powerful tool to the counterfeiter's toolkit. Today we already have to contend with not only faked coins, but faked packaging such as grading company slabs and stickers (wasn't that inevitable?). And don't get me started on faked pedigrees. Coin sellers have long sought to add an aura to their wares by claiming traceability to one famous collection or another, with or without any actual documentary evidence. This makes numismatic literature and research all the more important in today's world. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: A 3D PRINTED BOOK OF TEXTURES AND RELIEFS (

On Cataloging Encased Coins
Regarding books on Encased Coins, Bruce Perdue writes:

Rich Hartzog is correct in his assessment of the size of a book on encased coins if it were to attempt to list all know encased. There are several books currently available by state, which list the encased that are known for that state. Many collectors like Rich collect by state, city or type of business, e.g. car dealerships or banks. The variety of encased is limited only by the definition of encased coins.

I have an encased coin exhibit which illustrates the varieties by shape of the encasement, material of the encasement and the type of coins encased. It is seven cases and contains over sixty pieces and is by no means definitive. Any book on encased coins would have to be about collecting encased coins in general or about a specific type of encased as a catalog of that type. (e.g. state, car dealerships, banks, etc.)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JULY 14, 2013 : Rich Hartzog On Token And Medal Books Yet To Be Published (

2012 Finland 5 Euros Wildman Coin Follow Up
Bob Knepper writes:

Thanks to you and to Pabitra Sara in the last issue of The E-Sylum for the answer to my question, ie. that no KM number has been assigned to the Finish 2012 5 euro issued for Lapland.

I tried Mr. Saha’s suggestion and went to, advanced search, and entered Finland, 5 euro, CuNi-CuNiAl, and, separately, 2011 and 2012 but that just returned me to their search box. Oh well, not serious. Maybe one has to be a subscriber or something - or maybe they consider it NCLT and cover it, if at all, elsewhere.

Best wishes, and thank you for The E-Sylum. It is interesting reading even if it is seldom in my specialty.

Sorry for the confusion over the 2011 and 2012 issues of coins. They are two different coins and Pabitra had sent me images of both coins, but I'd only illustrated one of them in The E-Sylum. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JULY 14, 2013 : 2012 Finland 5 Euros Wildman Catalog Number (

Coin Twins: Vermontensium Pillarium

Fred Michaelson writes:

The E-Sylum keeps getting better and better and I've become a hopeless addict. Earlier today I opened up my cigar box full of old silver coins and had some fun with them. Suddenly I was struck by the similarity between a Two Reales piece and our own Vermont State Quarter. Now I must look for others.

Vermontensium Pillarium

I never thought of that connection before. Interesting. What other unintentional coin twin pairs exist out there? -Editor
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