` Decipher the Notes in the Margin of 1504 Edition of Homer’s Odyssey and Earn $1,000 ‘

#AceHistory2Research – April 28 – Once upon a time, somebody read this 1504 edition of Homer’s Odyssey and, apparently taken by it, wrote in the margins of Book 11, describing the journey to the underworld of Hades.

The man who donated the book to the University of Chicago wants to solve the mystery of what was handwritten around the text, and is offering $1,000 to whomever can successfully decipher the notes.

The unidentified donor suspects the script is a kind of 19th-century shorthand, possibly French, but “he acknowledges that this hypothesis remains unsupported by any evidence offered to date,” according to the University of Chicago.

The notes appear on only two pages.

It may be worth noting the University of Chicago is the same college where, in 2012, a mysterious package arrived, addressed to “Henry Walton Jones, Jr.,” better known as Indiana Jones.

It turns out that item was a replica from the 1989 film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” The piece of memorabilia had apparently had been sold on-line and fell out of its outer packaging en route to its buyer.

This mystery is sure to be a lot tougher to crack. We broke out our secret decoder ring, but were immediately stymied when we realized the book’s text is written in Greek.

Perhaps there is somebody out there with the time and expertise to break the code. If so, there’s a $1,000 waiting, as well as an unprecedented amount of nerd cred.

So, what are you waiting for? Spread the word and let’s solve this thing.

Link to University of Chicago follow link and down the text and enjoy:

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#AceHistory2Research SALT LAKE CITY A $10 Mormon gold…

#AceHistory2Research – SALT LAKE CITY – A $10 Mormon gold coin fetched $705,000, and a $20 Mormon gold coin sold for $558,000 at auction a few weeks ago.

They were the rarest of a seven-piece collection of Mormon coins made in 1849 that brought in nearly $2 million at an auction staged by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

The territorial coins, put up for sale by a collector, went to an undisclosed buyer. Bidding ended Thursday night.

Tyson Emery, a coin expert at All About Coins in Salt Lake City, said coins and currency were scare when Mormon pioneers arrived in Utah in 1847, and the settlers began making their own coins primarily to buy goods from the East.

“The gold that they used to make these Mormon gold coins came from the original California gold strike, probably right from the American River at Sutter’s Mill,” he told the Deseret News (http://bit.ly/1h1t3cv ).

Only 46 of the $10 gold coins were made, and just a few are still around. Emery had predicted the $10 piece would sell for at least $500,000.

The equipment used to make the coins was crude, and not a lot of coins were made as a result. While rare, Mormon coins are put up for sale from time to time, Emery said.

Mormon currency came in denominations including $2½, $5, $10 and $20. Simple and rugged designs showed clasped hands, with uneven lettering and numbers.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints History Museum has a replica display featuring coins, dies and other equipment.

The prices for the other coins that were sold at auction this week ranged from $64,625 to $235,000.

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1. Information from: Deseret News – April 28 – http://tinyurl.com/djby8

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