October 8, 1989 |
In the preface to the catalogue for the sale of his coin collection, New York City art dealer Gilbert Steinberg tells of his urge to collect, in a way that could be the model for the collector. Steinberg, whose coins will be auctioned on Oct. 17 at the Omni Park Central Hotel in Manhattan, says he began collecting baseball cards as a boy, then changed to postmarks and, after Army service, LP records. A flirtation with stamps ended when an air conditioner broke and soaked his collection.
November 19, 1989 |
For the Magnes Museum in California, sculptor Marika Somogyi has, in the last few years, created a series of medals to mark the centenaries of artist Marc Chagall, the Statue of Liberty and Israeli leader David Ben-Gurion. This year, Somogyi's fourth medal in the centennial series will honor Charlie Chaplin (1899-1977). Somogyi's innovative design for the Chaplin medal offers a cutout style, with Chaplin's Little Tramp figure climbing through the center hole. The medals will be 1 3/4-inches in diameter and will be issued in silver and in gold by the Jewish history museum.
February 4, 2000 |
The daring robbery in 1967 of the coin collection of Willis H. du Pont continues to occupy the FBI and watchful coin dealers. The latest coin to turn up is an 1866 silver quarter, found in Los Angeles last year. The coin, believed to be unique, does not have the motto In God we Trust on it. The motto was added to quarters struck beginning in 1866, but the du Pont example was made without it. Supposedly, the coin was struck at the U.S. Mint as a favor to druggist Robert Coulton Davis, who was suspected of supplying mint employees with laudanum.
March 31, 1990 |
The Police Marine Unit had been fishing for just over an hour when they struck paydirt - up from the muck came a duffle bag containing stolen jewelry, coins and silverware. The find in the Delaware River just south of Penn's Landing confirmed an anonymous tip and, for the third time yesterday, represented a development in the case of the West Mount Airy family terrorized by armed robbers. Earlier in the day, police working on another anonymous tip arrested two Roxborough men and charged them with the crime.
August 4, 2006 |
Everybody has a collection of some sort. Mine started with two parents, who also had started their collections with two parents a long time before me. In addition to parents, they had collections of sibs and cousins and friends. It was another world. I paid no attention to it. I was not curious. My maternal grandmother's family had lived in the same place since 1680 and my paternal grandfather was born there in 1862. I showed no interest. You think I'm going to start to talk about genealogy, don't you?
April 7, 1990 |
Two weeks before John J. Soeffing Jr. and his wife, Geraldine, were robbed at gunpoint in their West Mount Airy home, their older son discussed the possibility of burglarizing their home with the two men charged with the crime. John J. "Jody" Soeffing, 24, testified yesterday in Philadelphia Municipal Court that he also told the two men that his father kept a safe in the basement. "You wanted your parents' home to be robbed?" defense attorney Perry deMarco asked Soeffing. "That's not true.
March 7, 1996 |
BENSALEM Charges of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person were filed Friday against Steven Ottley, 33, of the 1000 block of Beaver Street, Bristol Borough. They stem from his having struck his three-month pregnant girlfriend in the chest and face with a gun during an argument, police said. Police responded to the Radford Inn, 4000 Route 13, at 7:51 p.m. and were told by the 20-year-old girlfriend that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend with a 9mm handgun.
March 25, 1989 |
Collectors of tools would be wise to put down their morning coffee and head to Lionville. Starting at 9:30 a.m. today, Barry Hurchalla will offer a wide variety of antique tools at the Lionville Fire Hall in Chester County, at the intersection of Routes 100 and 113 just south of the Downingtown exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Fortunately for late-risers, the top items in that sale will not go on the block until well after starting time, Hurchalla said yesterday. Stanley planes, for instance, always popular collectibles, will not be sold until 12:30 p.m. The top item in the sale, an 18th-century four-post cage-head brace, will be sold between 10 and 11 a.m. "It should be a $400 brace," Hurchalla said.
October 27, 2011
UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, gets less attention these days for its Halloween coin collection. The project started in Philadelphia in 1948, when the Rev. Clyde Allison and his wife, Mary Emma, wanted to "turn trick-or-treat into something good. " More than $164 million later, UNICEF still aims to improve the lives of children worldwide (youth.unicefusa.org). Back then, one cent bought 20 glasses of milk, UNICEF organizers said. Now Philabundance, the region's largest hunger relief organization, is launching a local Halloween coin campaign, and it needs 50 cents to provide one meal to one of the region's 900,000 food-insecure individuals.
August 12, 2011
A former Conshohocken police sergeant who admitted he pilfered change from parking meters to pay his bills was sentenced Friday to two years' probation. A CBSlocal.com report said Anthony J. Santoro, 47, a 22-year veteran of the Conshohocken police force, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to a misdemeanor charge of theft by unlawful taking. Santoro was immediately sentenced by Judge Steven T. O'Neill to probation, and also to make $1,500 in restitution to the borough. The incidents occurred in late 2009 when Santoro fell behind on his bills and was looking for a quick way to raise cash, the reports said.