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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 12, March 19, 2000, Article 7

BINDING AS A SAVIOR 

   Craig N. Smith writes: "I read with interest the various comments 
   regarding the binding of periodicals.  Although I agree with 
   George Kolbe that binding rarely pays in an absolute sense, I 
   wonder if we are being short sighted in viewing this on only a 
   return on investment proposition. 

   Perhaps, a longer or different view should be taken.  I wonder 
   how many complete copies of the Numismatist would exist, if 
   none had ever been bound?  I think one could argue that many 
   of the existing copies would have been carelessly thrown away 
   by relatives who did not recognize the value of this little known 
   periodical.  By binding these issues in volumes, the series takes 
   on the value of something that appears to be of greater value 
   than just an individual issue might have to the non-numismatist. 
   I think it could be argued that the very act of binding imbues 
   these periodicals with a greater value than they might ordinarily 
   appear to have." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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