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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 9, February 27, 2000, Article 9

CRITIC'S CORNER:  BREEN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA 

   ANA Museum Curator R.W. Hoge writes: "Walter Breen's 
   Encyclopedia is another good choice.  We use it quite 
   frequently here in the ANA Museum.  The analyses of 
   individual coin listings are of course very helpful, and 
   Breen is outstanding in providing historical context.  His 
   footnoting and indexing are not very straightforward, 
   however, and even after all these years I find the 
   inclusion of the coin photos AFTER their descriptions 
   a bit disconcerting.  The book is much more fragile, in 
   terms of its binding, than it would at first appear, and I 
   urge users to handle it carefully.  (At least it's not as bad 
   as Mitchiner's ORIENTAL COINS AND THEIR 
   VALUES series, for example, to cite another example 
   of an important and popular work with this kind of 
   problem.)" 

   In response to D.Wayne Johnson's question about 
   Breen's secret code, George Kolbe says: "By the way, I 
   have the answer: 297B = bumptious!"    Actually, I was 
   thinking 297B = "mendacious" ... 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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