Robert Socrates Bashlow
Dealer in New York. Proprietor of the White Oak Trading Co., Williams Trading Company, Trans-African Development Company and QWERTYUIO Press. Unmarried.
He produced copies of the Continental Currency about 1962 and cast copies of a Nova Constellation Quint. He produced the "Bashlow restrikes" of Confederate cents. More than 30,000 pieces were struck in various metals in 1961.
In 1962 he was expelled from the ANA. He died in a mysterious hotel fire in Zaragosa, Spain. The death toll was estimated at eighty victims. It remains undetermined if the cause was accidental or terrorism.
Russell Rulau wrote, “he died in a mysterious hotel fire in Spain in wjich he was the only fatality. (NN 2/16/99) This was untrue.
Obit NN 7/28/1979Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies