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Karl-Heinz Wemhoff, Master Check-Kiter

Here is an account of a bold check-kiting scheme that probably would not be possible nowadays. As with many of these crimes, it sounds like it was more work than making an honest living.

Original article here.





Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 26, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Money, 1960s, Europe

Deer Semen Fundraising

Recently filed campaign contribution reports reveal that Ana Lisa Garza, who primaried unsuccessfully to be the Democratic candidate for a seat in the Texas state house, received more than half her campaign contributions in the form of frozen "deer semen straws" — which came to an estimated value of $51,000.

ABC7 News explains that down in Texas "deer semen has been a popular way to support political and charitable causes for years." This is because deer semen straws can fetch thousands of dollars within the deer-breeder community. And so, they've become a form of currency.

Deer Semen Straws. (Source: deerregistry.com)

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 24, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Money, Politics

The Cheerios Dollar

If you have any Sacagawea dollars lying around, it's worth taking a closer look at them, because some of them may be worth more than face value. Quite a bit more. Anywhere from $5000 to $35000 each, if they're a so-called Cheerios Dollar.

In 2000, when the coin was introduced, 5500 of them were given away in boxes of Cheerios as a promotion. Turns out that these Cheerios Dollars were slightly different than all the other Sacagawea Dollars.

The tail feathers of the eagle on the reverse side of the coin had more details than the normal coin, and this made them more valuable. However, most of these Cheeries Dollars disappeared into circulation, and only around 70 of them have ever been found.


Detail of the tail feathers on a normal Sacagawea Dollar



The tail feathers on a Cheerios Dollar

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 12, 2018 - Comments (11)
Category: Money

Truth Dollars

The mid-1950s fundraising campaign for Radio Free Europe:

"Every dollar buys 100 words of truth..."

So if you don't give anything it's all gonna be lies!

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 27, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Money, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #345

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 06, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Money, 1950s

83-Year Payment Plan

With the arrival of 2018, Henry Hepper can now finally stop making those monthly payments.

Detroit Free Press - Sep 29, 1935

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 01, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Money, 1930s

LaVere Redfield, the Silver Dollar King

One of history's more-eccentric rich guys.




Brief essay here.


An outstanding incident from his life.



Source of article.




Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 30, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics, Money, 1950s

The Shabby Millionaire

1989: John Barrier of Spokane, Washington went into Old National Bank to cash a $100 check. Then he asked to have his 60-cent parking ticket validated. The cashier refused, saying that merely cashing a check didn't entitle him to free parking. Barrier had a manager called, who also refused to validate the ticket. Barrier suspected that they were refusing because he was dressed in shabby clothes like he had just gotten off a construction job. So he withdrew the entire $2 million he had deposited there and took his money to another bank, Seafirst Bank of Spokane.

The tale of the shabby millionaire eventually ended up being told in Seafirst's company newsletter. From there it made its way to a local newspaper column, and then leapt to the front page of USA Today and national headlines.

Both banks confirmed the basic details of what happened, although a representative for Old National Bank later insisted that they had, eventually, validated Barrier's parking ticket.

Detroit Free Press - Feb 21, 1989



The Akron Beacon Journal - Mar 29, 1989

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 13, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Money, Pranks and Revenge, 1980s

Ex-millionaire Lives With Pigs




Original story here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 20, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Eccentrics, Money, 1960s

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