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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 21, May 21, 2000, Article 2

CELEBRITY NUMISMATISTS 

   In kicking off this discussion, I noted that President Franklin 
   Delano Roosevelt was known as a stamp collector.  David L. 
   Ganz adds that "FDR was also a coin collector and medal 
   collector (little known). There is a modest exhibit in the 
   presidential library at Hyde Park. His cousin, Theodore, has a 
   nice collection of medals and awards at Sagamore Hill, in 
   Junior's home on the premises." 

   Bob Dunfield writes: "I have seen Jonathan Winters at several 
   coin shows, including the Santa Barbara and the Santa Maria 
   Coin Shows. At one Santa Barbara show at the Miramar Hotel, 
   he was kind enough to autograph a copy of the 'Bank Note 
   Reporter' for me! A picture on the front page showed a typical 
   dealer and collector scene, and Jonathan created a new caption 
   for the picture that was really quite funny!  He's quite a character! 

   On the book collecting side - my wife and I try to attend the 
   Burbank Book Fair as often as possible. I look for numismatic 
   material (which is sadly represented); in fact, Malter Galleries 
   are often the only dealers that have a reasonably good selection 
   - mostly ancient coins though. 

   Several years ago,  I spotted Jay Leno hurrying through the 
   aisles. From what I understand, he is an avid book enthusiast. I 
   informed my wife, Christine, that Mr. Leno and his entourage 
   were there, and she caught up with him in time to receive a 
   pleasant chat and an autograph on the book fair program! 
   Another really nice fellow!" 

   Fred Lake writes: "An easy way to pick out some famous names 
   is to peruse Martin Gengerke's "American Numismatic Auctions" 
   reference. He lists the consignors for most auctions held in the 
   U.S. 

   Some names that come to mind immediately are Buddy Ebsen, 
   Jascha Heifitz,  Hoagy Carmichael, Gary Burghoff ("Radar" on 
   M.A.S.H.),  Moshe Dayan (from Israeli politics), Harry Einstein 
   ("Parkyakarkus" from old radio days), and from more recent 
   times John LaRocquette. I'm sure you will receive many more 
   names of the famous or infamous who were collectors.  A 
   couple of more collectors of note come to mind. Adolph Menjou 
   (Movies) and Wayne Gretzky (Sports - albeit more of an 
   investor than a collector)." 

   Suellen Ruttkay of Coin World adds: "Penny Marshall, 
   director/actress, has been spotted at coin shows (generally in 
   California) over the years.  Her picture appeared in Coin World 
   some issues back -  She was referring to a "Coin World Ledger" 
   at a show (Long Beach, I think.)" 

   Mike Keating mentioned Penny Marshall as well.  Great name 
   for a coin collector, don't you think?    If we have a daughter, I 
   wonder if my wife would go for that name...?  Nah... 

   Harold K. Fears, Jr. writes: "My favorite was the baseball player 
   Andre Dawson.  He had a substantial collection that was put up 
   for auction several years ago." 

   From Carl Honore: "Celebrity Collectors who come to mind are: 
     1) Enrico Caruso (Opera Singer) 
     2) Andre Dawson (Chicago Cubs) 
     3) Jerome Kern (Composer) 
     4) Adolphe Menjou (Actor) 
     6) Hoagy Carmichael (Composer)" 

   Well, we've come up with a good list of American celebrities; 
   what about the rest of the world? 

   Doug Andrews writes: "for celebrity numismatist, I 
   nominate Farouk I, King of Egypt 1937-1952." 
   Any others? 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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