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The E-Sylum:  Volume 6, Number 7, February 16, 2003, Article 2

THE FIRST 'NUMISMATIST' ?

  George continues: "Kolbe & Spink are in the final throes
  of publishing an English translation of Ernest Babelon's
  landmark introduction to ancient numismatics and its
  literature. Here's a little gem found in this upcoming
  publication pertaining to recent E-sylum discussion on
  the origins of THE AMERICAN NUMISMATIST and
  THE NUMISMATIST.

  In Babelon's chapter on English numismatics and its
  literature is found the following: "Maximilian Borrell
  founded a periodical which only lasted one year: 'The
  Numismatist, a monthly publication exclusively devoted to
  the familiar illustration of the science of Numismatography'.
  London, 1851, in 8, in two parts."

  This information is hardly unknown but I doubt that it is
  widely known to American bibliophiles.  It is interesting to
  note that the sub-title adopted by Heath in 1894 is more
  than a little similar to Borrell's, i.e., "An Illustrated Monthly
  devoted to the Science of Numismatics."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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