Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"Case" Standing Liberty U.S. Quarter

I used to handle quarters like the one above when I was a child. Large silver content of maybe 70 to 80% pure silver in U.S. coins up until 1965.

One of my pet peeves is about all the dead presidents on U.S. money, cult of personality and all that.  That the symbols of liberty are much more fitting in a democracy.

I ran into the term “case quarter” some twenty five years ago. Never heard it before or since. It is I believe a regional term from the south. And more info:

caser/case = five shillings (5/-), a crown coin. Seems to have surfaced first as caser in Australia in the mid-1800s from the Yiddish (Jewish European/Hebrew dialect) kesef meaning silver, where (in Australia) it also meant a five year prison term. Caser was slang also for a US dollar coin, and the US/Autralian slang logically transferred to English, either or all because of the reference to silver coin, dollar slang for a crown, or the comparable value, as was.
Five shillings being ¼ one quarter of twenty shillings or a pound of the old style English money changed into decimal system in the 1970s. One hundred pence now equals a pound etc.


New York Yankee Fans Sing “Sweet Caroline” to a Wounded Boston with Love From New York City

New York City Loves Boston

Yankee Stadium - NYC

Fenway Park - Boston - Home of the Red Sox

As a writer in a global culture I begin to realize how discounted all words are these days even within our own local cultures.

As such I begin to think that symbols and gestures as in differing cultures trying to communicate is the best way to address some issues.

In the case of the tragic bombing in Boston and Boston losing its cherry regarding the global violence of a global culture’s possible birthing pains, the fans in Yankee Stadium New York sang Boston Fenway Park’s favorite song “Sweet Caroline” in solidarity by way of the Red Sox and paying respects to the people and victims in Boston. 

Well stated New Yorkers and Yankee fans.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music

I never went to any Diamond concert but here I go with my story about Neil Diamond. I used to start work at 7AM in Rockefeller Center. On some days I would get off the express bus and walk over to 48th to a particular deli “Scott’s” that served a very tasty and cheap bacon and egg sandwich to go. This was in I think July 2001. Well anyway Scott’s is just off NBC’s glass front on the street for the Today Show. Well on this day at 6:30 the plaza was packed with 1,000 people and Neil was doing a warmup for the Today show at 7 AM. The crowd was absolutely on top of every music note and lyric, screaming, clapping, jumping. I stood across the street and listened for a bit and then sadly had to get to work three blocks away.

I remember walking along dark streets and hearing echoes of “Cracklin Rosie” bouncing off the walls of skyscrapers and remember it because it happened a couple of weeks before 911. I remember Neil Diamond with not only a fondness for his music but the memory I have of him in NYC before NYC changed on 911. Whatever. 

~~ My Facebook Page, May 21, 2011