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The E-Sylum (8/18/2013)

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More on the Ban on Cuban Coins and Banknotes
Dusty Royer writes:

A point of interest regarding Cuba. A friend of mine, who will remain nameless as she has already had more than her share of problems with this, informed me of the following:

She has a website and also does a list of banknotes for sale. Among the items offered are Cuba, North Korea and Sudan. A customer in Great Britain bought one of the Cuban notes and paid with PayPal. Shortly after he received the note, he was contacted by PayPal and told to send them an affidavit that it would not go back to Cuba. This is even though it was a date in the 40s! She contacted one of her congressmen and was told, yes it's doesn't make any sense but it's part of the embargo and "that's the way it is". I wonder when they will start checking at coin shows to see if any of this material is for sale on the floor! There doesn't seem to be an end to this nonsense.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: EBAY STILL BANS CUBAN COINS AND BANKNOTES (

Three Dollar Gold Piece Mintage
Regarding Bob Leonard's question about $3 gold piece mintage, Tom DeLorey writes:

According to the 1971 U.S. Mint Report, the total number of $3 gold pieces produced was 539,792. This does not include the 1870-S.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: AUGUST 11, 2013 : Leonard Questions Three Dollar Gold Mintage (

Corrections to the August 11, 2013 Issue
Tom DeLorey writes:

As Sacagawea died in 1812, I doubt that that is a photograph of her and her child. It may be two people portraying her and her child.

Indeed. I was in a rush and didn't do any fact-checking on that one, but Tom's correct. Other readers called this one out, too, including Ken Berger, Ken Spindler and Wayne Mitchell. Thanks. -Editor

Ken Berger writes:

This picture has been circulating on the Internet for a while and is NOT of Sacajawea. Sacajawea died in 1812! Photography (or any of its various forms) had not even been invented at that time.

Wayne Mitchell writes:

How could the photograph be of Sacagawea since the first known photograph of anything wasn't taken until 1826-27, the first known photograph of a living person not taken until 1838-39 and she died December 20, 1812? I've seen the photograph once before elsewhere and thought it and one time mistake, but here it appears again.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MORE BABIES ON COINS (

I managed to screw up several words in the item on the Heath and Mishler awards. I managed to misspell Cliff Mishler's name in the headline, had "ward" instead of "award" and miscapitalized "E-Sylum". Sheesh. We'll fix these in our archive. Thanks to Ken Spindler and Rich Hartzog for spotting these. Sorry! -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: THE 2013 HEATH AND MISHLER AWARDS (

Ken Berger writes:

The first sentence lists new subscribers. I've heard of weird names in my life but the new subscriber, Welcome aboard, is possibly the weirdest I've ever heard.

Another oops on my part; that's a holdover from my template that I forgot to change when we didn't get any new subscribers during the week. Our webmaster Bruce Perdue already caught that and fixed it in our archive. Thanks. -Editor

Steve Bishop writes:

A quick correction to the item on Ivan III. The image I sent was from the current edition of The Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, and shows the rouble coin. There are a couple of similar portraits on coins in the Brekke book you mentioned, but they are rare patterns, and I felt that the rouble more closely represented a coin that the average collector would encounter.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MORE BABIES ON COINS (

Charles Barber & the Goddess Ceres
Ken Berger writes:

Not only does Liberty bear a striking resemblance to the Goddess Ceres on the French one franc coin but Charles Barber has Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap. Marianne, the national emblem of France, is shown wearing such a cap. So, in a way, Barber's Liberty portrait is more French than the one after which he modeled it.

Gallic Barber

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MORE COIN DESIGN SIMILARITIES: BARBER AND WEINMAN (

Russian Babies On Coins
Fred Michaelson writes:

This coin has Tsar Nicholas I on the obverse, and on the reverse is his wife Alexandra Feordorovna (Princess Charlotte of Prussia) surrounded by her 7 children. The one at the bottom left looks like a baby. I thought I had seen a similar one with Nicholas II, the last Tsar, but I couldn't find it.

Russian Coin obv Russian Coin rev

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MORE BABIES ON COINS (

On That eBay Lot of U.S. $100 Notes
Regarding the eBay listing mentioned last week, Jon Radel writes:

I read that as $1000 in 100s, I.e. 10 notes. Worth about 645 pounds so not a good deal at the lowered price of 800 pounds. They might even be real.....

We may never know now - the eBay listing has been pulled. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: EBAY STILL BANS CUBAN COINS AND BANKNOTES (

Medal Commemorates Quicentenary of Florida's Discovery
Joseph Crespo writes:

A medal celebrating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida has been commissioned by the Tampa Bay Coin Club through a private mint. Since the 1913 medal [HK-661], I do not think this event has been honored with any other piece. For a few more details visit the page .

Florida Quicentennary medal

Having just returned from a Florida vacation, I can confirm that after 500 years, it's still there, sinkholes and all. And after publishing so many tales of 2,000-year old finds elsewhere in the world, it's refreshing to report that ANY event happened here on U.S. soil as long as even 500 years ago. We're still a new kid on the block of nations, but we're getting older. (Yes, I know North American history didn't start when the Europeans arrived, but that's when events began to be recorded). -Editor
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