Date: Sat, 25 Mar 1995 12:02:41 -0800

From: Anton Sherwood dasher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETCOM.COM

Subject: picayune

Tom Klingler wrote:

I decided to call the New Orleans Times-Picayune to find out why they

adopted such an odd name. The answer is as follows: When the paper began

publishing in 1837, it sold for six and a quarter cents, approximately the

value of an old Spanish coin which had been known as a picayune. In the

years that followed, only the name remained the same--the paper now sells

for a whopping fifty cents.

And what would a collector pay for such a coin now?

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