At our September meeting, unstoppable auctioneer/educator Parry Bragg gave a presentation on Operation Bernhard, the Nazi effort to counterfeit banknotes (samples of which Parry passed around). Based primarily in a concentration camp, the operation leveraged inmate expertise in chemistry (to duplicate linen & ink); cryptanalysis (to crack the Bank of England’s serial number assignment); and forgery (to reproduce design & signatures), to produce banknotes that were virtually indistinguishable from the genuine article…
This story was too big for one presentation: Parry promises to complete the tale at our 31 October meeting. But if he doesn’t salute Hallowe’en by appearing in costume, will I be the only one who feels somewhat disappointed?
At our August meeting, ubiquitous auctioneer/educator Parry Bragg gave a presentation on the American Colonization Society featuring one of their coins. The organization sought to repatriate free blacks & former slaves to Liberia, a parallel effort to Great Britain’s establishment of Sierra Leone on the west coast of Africa. Both still exist as independent countries, although the population transfer was abandoned for a number of reasons (e.g., many acculturated English-speakers who’d been in North America for generations, were not excited to build homes in an unfamiliar climate, on unknown shores, with dubious neighbors).
The slabbed coin we examined resembled the one pictured (source linked here). Thanks to Parry for introducing an interesting new facet of numismatics!
At our June meeting, auctioneer/educator Parry Bragg answered a question posed by one of our members: What is Project 2013B? Back around 2013, pairs of dollar bills with identical serial numbers were created by the Federal Bureau of Engraving & Printing (BEP). Of course, that is not supposed to happen, so it presents a rare opportunity for an honest citizen to capitalize on a USG mistake.
DETAILS: Series 2013 replacement “star” dollar bills for Federal Reserve Bank “B” (New York City) were affected, being simultaneously printed in Washington D.C. & Fort Worth, Texas. This website gives more details, including the means to register your banknote, in the hopes that its twin comes to light. Good luck!