Featured Vesta McCurry's WW1 love token coin is going home!

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by lordmarcovan, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    I read the whole thing now and I was truly touched! t2338.gif j/k But it did make me feel good from the bottom of my heart. :cigar: Sincerely, the man upstairs is going to reward you 10 fold minimum for that good deed you did! thumbupp.gif You's a good man! angel7.gif
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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    And finally, here we have Nancy Ferrazzuolo, Vesta's granddaugher, holding Vesta and Howard's long-lost love token, which is now back in the family fold.

    Doesn't get any better than this, folks. Thank you to @Trish and everyone else who nudged me into starting this quest, and helping find the family connection.

    (And again to @Randy Abercrombie, for "buying me out", which obviously he didn't have to do.)

    Saga successful. :)

  4. markr

    markr Active Member

    LordM, you are the best!

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  5. howieh

    howieh Suzie’s hubby

    Wonderful,wonderful,wonderful and a tip of my hat to you LordM
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  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Nope, or I'd have been hunting for descendants instead of buyers from the get-go, instead of being prodded into it.

    Glad it worked out the way it did, though.

    It was great even before the "Abercrombie Surprise".
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  7. markr

    markr Active Member

    LordM: If you were more of a greedy entrepreneur, you would have been searching for descendants to sell the coin to them at a hugely marked-up price. So, I stand by my prior comment: You are the best! :)
  8. Black Friar

    Black Friar Well-Known Member

    Happy New Year to all.
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  9. BuffaloHunter

    BuffaloHunter Short of a full herd

    We truly have some exceptional souls in this forum. What I like to call "my kind of people". LordM and Randy A - class acts - doing things that everyone should strive to do.
  10. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Or, more usefully, "the kind of people I'm trying to be".
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  11. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I assure you, it takes some prodding and trying on my part, too. I mean, I'm a good guy and all, but people give me a wee bit too much credit for benevolence sometimes. "Saint Marcovan" is a (mostly) mythical entity.
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  12. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    Don't worry LordM, I won't think of you as a "Saint!" ;) That said, this story is a "God" thing to many, well, at least in my eyes. :D And you got the pic of Vesta's granddaughter showing the long lost love token! :cigar: Pretty dang cool, no matter how you slice it! thumbupp.gif
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  13. Vince11229

    Vince11229 Well-Known Member

    I cannot express it any better than this. So I will just say ditto. Bless you one and all.
  14. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I haven't forgotten my promise to submit this story to The Numismatist.

    Well, I hadn't totally forgotten, despite sitting on my hands and letting most of 2019 slide by. I guess it's time to get busy, huh? Assuming it's not already too late. I have sent an email to Barbara Gregory as suggested by @messydesk, to gauge whether there's any interest there.

    As mentioned, I think it would be perfect, since this year is Howard and Vesta's 100th wedding anniversary.

    If there is any interest, I'll have to get busy, and fast. There is much work to do in retooling this into an article, since it developed in a rather jagged fashion here and over on the CU site. But I can do that.
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  15. messydesk

    messydesk Well-Known Member

    And if you need help proofreading or with editing suggestions, just let me know.
  16. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Article submitted. Squeaked it in just under the September 15th deadline (for the December Numismatist), and 10 words below the 600-word limit.

    (The latter took surprisingly little editing on my part, considering how verbose my writing tends to be.)
  17. markr

    markr Active Member

    @lordmarcovan Given your superb writing and the nonsense that is often published in the Numismatist, I am disappointed that your story was limited to only 600 words. Nonetheless, it will be WAY cool to read it. I hope this is the start of many articles! :happy:
  18. Stevearino

    Stevearino Supporter! Supporter

    Thanks for updating this saga, @lordmarcovan. I missed all this the first time around but started at the beginning and got the whole story!

    I'm glad you had a successful ending to your search. This winter I bought a frame at a thrift store in AZ that contained a wedding certificate from Oklahoma Territory in 1900. I tried everything I could to find descendants of the couple: wrote to genealogical societies, visited a genealogical center, wrote to a county newspaper, searched on ancestry.com. Nothing. Nada. Finally gave up and sold it along with a whole bunch of other things at an auction.

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  19. messydesk

    messydesk Well-Known Member

    600 word limit? Gads, Doug blows past that here routinely in a single post. I wonder if this restriction is new since their format changed from being more of a journal to being a more of a magazine. I suppose they might reserve longer articles for invited authors.
  20. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    That was what I was told for the "News and Notes" section. 400 to 600 words. I suspect you're right about the invitation thing. I am an unknown, having never submitted an article before.
  21. Stevearino

    Stevearino Supporter! Supporter

    Hey. Unknown there, but well-known and well-loved HERE on CT. That's what counts.

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