Re: Read the MB book?
The Hollisters (jastl@SLIP.NET)
Fri, 6 Feb 1998 17:58:05 -0800
Phillips Phamily wrote:
> I'll jump in and offer my 2 cents worth....
> I solicited a definition, from this wise list, to whizzed coins a few
> months ago for my son who was earning his Coin Collecting MB. Our troop did
> not have a copy of the MB book so Ricky was trying to earn the badge with
> just the written requirements, no background and supplemental information.
> Ricky had several books from the public library but none defined "whizzed."
> And the only references on the 'Net to whizzed coins were through MB pages,
> listing the requirements, not defining.
My feeling has long been that the Internet is the Source of All
Knowledge. So I was surprised at your last sentence above. So I gave
it a whirl. I typed in "whizzed coins" as search words in Infoseek. It
brought up several sites, including one for Coin Market Slang. Here's
the quote I lifted from that site:
In the early 1970s, a technique was developed among certain
dealers of burnishing their coins on a wire brush wheel. This simulated
mint luster to the ignorant. Scores of such coins were foisted off on
the boobs before a hue and cry ended the practice. Whizzed coins soon
became impossible to sell, and the whizzers moved on to greener
pastures. Perhaps they switched to artificial toning or puttying or
other more lucrative games."
Anita H. <JASTL@slip.net>
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City