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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 32, August 6, 2000, Article 7

I THOUGHT I COLLECTED OBSCURE STUFF 

   The August 2000 issue of the TAMS Journal, official 
   publication of the Token and Medal Society, contains 
   an ad by Denis Loring seeking tokens or medals depicting 
   a manatee.   Now that's specialization!  I've seen dolphins 
   on coins, but can't recall a manatee appearing anywhere. 

   Several years ago, your editor developed a code phrase 
   for obscure numismatic specialties.  Whenever I had 
   trouble making someone understand why I like numismatic 
   ephemera, I'd explain that "it's sort of like collecting die 
   varieties of Lithuanian subway tokens."   "Oh, OK," they'd 
   say, thinking to themselves, "I get it - this guy's a nut". 
   You got it. 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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