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The basic premise about the coin is true. Only 4 of the 1861 Confederate half dollars were struck, making it a highly sought after coin. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 12 August 2010.
+ "In late April 1861, 4 Confederate Half Dollars were struck on a hand press by...employees of the New Orleans Mint. Because of the high relief of the coin die, a test striking was made to see if coins would release from the Confederate die...made by printing plate engraver A.H.M. Peterson...who was unfamiliar with techniques required to engrave coining dies. The coins were struck using a U.S. obverse die (Seated Liberty) and the Confederate die made by Peterson," en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederate_States_of America observes. Mike Bedard 4.21.15
Location: Thirty minutes into the episode, Paul stands on the corner of Lebanon and Wilshire. This is an actual, although unremarkable, location which is just 2 blocks from the Los Angeles Central Library at 630 W. 5th Street, which is shown in the next scene. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 12 August 2010.
TCOT Synonymous Spy. In an apparent attempt to avoid trademark infringement while still making a voguish espionage allusion, Perry refers to Della as ”Operative Naught-Naught-Seven.” (Naught means the digit 0 [zero]). And this was some thirty-five years before the copyright laws became more draconian. Submitted by gracenote, 4/16/2011.
The Curious Coffee Set Two cups from The Curious Coffee Set make an appearance on the table in front of Paul and Perry at the restaurant where Della meets them for their delayed luncheon. jfh 07Feb2017.
Uncredited Actors: As Minerva looks around her uncle’s store to see if anyone is listening, Don Anderson and an escort walk along the sidewalke in front of the glass door of The Numismatic Shop. Later, he’s a silent cop standing at the back door. Submitted by gracenote, 4/16/2011.
+Don also show up at the bar when Perry and Paul have dinner and later as a courtroom spectator on Perry's side. Submitted by BigBill767, 6/18/2016.
+ As Operative Naught-Naught-Seven makes her report, Bert Stevens and his dining companion walk behind the restaurant booth. Submitted by gracenote, 4/16/2011.
+This episode marks the last appearance of Bert Stevens, who died of a heart attack just four days after this episode originally aired. Submitted by gracenote, 7/26/2011.
Goof: Perry slightly mispronounces planchet, which is a plain metal disk from which a coin is made, while he reads from a book. Submitted by gracenote, 4/16/2011.
Sightings: In the lobby of the Wilshire Palace is an oblivious Distinguished Gentleman #1, reading his newspaper. Quiet Old Man #1 and Little Old Lady #1 appear in the rear of the courtroom gallery. Read more about them and other favorite frequent faces. Submitted by gracenote, 4/16/2011.
+We find the Distinguished Gentleman #1 grabbing a bite to eat at the back of the room where Perry, Paul, and Della are dining. He later shows up at the museum admiring artwork as Perry and Paul examines coins. Miss Carmody makes a courtroom appearance in the front row behind Perry. Submitted by BigBill767, 6/18/2016.
Character Names The Panhandler (Kelso)'s first name is Gerald. jfh 07Feb2017.
The phrase “Don’t take any wooden nickels,” alluded to in the story, is a warning against being duped in one’s business dealings. Submitted by gracenote, 4/16/2011.
Location: About 48 minutes in, Paul and Perry fly to San Francisco and we see the exterior of the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in Golden Gate Park, where an expert tells of purchasing the coin. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 26 August 2011.
Brent Building: A new tenant was introduced. A sign for "Adams & Son - Bonds" was visible at the corner when Perry and Della got off the elevator. Submitted by H. Mason 4/15/15
Business for Perry: Paul's client needed Perry's help again. Submitted by H. Mason 4/15/15
Paul Drake: For the second time Mr. Drake used a fake name when he presented himself as J. Davis in the hotel (see episode 184). This does not include episode 125 when another person introduced Paul as "Mr. Henry". Submitted by H. Mason 4/15/15
Paul Drake - Witness: Paul was on the witness stand for the eighth time. Submitted by H. Mason 4/15/15
The Pitkin Corollary: apparently, the Pitkin Principle doesn't apply if the name grasps at straws without the aid of dual surnames: we never learn if Minerva is related to either Abner or Frank, but we've little doubt she has a memorable appelation. Postulated by Notcom, 052516
+Which leads, of course, to the fascinating question of whether the show's writers ever pulled a "Reverse Pitkin"--changing an ordinary ESG character name (e.g. Sam Plotkin) to a weird variant thereof (e.g. Henderson Plotkin). Inquiring minds would like to know, Submitted by BobH, 26 May 2016.
This is the only PM appearance for model/actress Nancy Berg, who had a credited role in the movie "Fail-Safe"...MikeM. 2/7/2017