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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 51, December 10, 2000, Article 13

BOWERS DUBIOUS ON DUBOIS 

   Dave Bowers writes: "It is interesting to learn of all of the cover 
   variations of the 1850 Eckfeldt-Dubois work. In case anyone is 
   interested, it is my somewhat studied opinion that W.E. Dubois, 
   a highly competent and literate man, turned "sour" in the spring 
   of 1859--the time when the openness of restriking, making 
   patterns to order, etc., so visible (cf. Taxay's "U.S. Mint and 
   Coinage," Joel Orosz' memorable study of Gilmor, etc., etc.) up 
   to that time, went "underground." This caused many of the later 
   statements of Dubois to be discredited. The problem with Dubois 
   is that, probably, 95% of what he said was truthful, but we are 
   all left to figure out exactly where the other 5% is." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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