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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 6, February 5, 2006, Article 8

FIRST ISSUE OF JOURNAL FOR SO-CALLED DOLLAR COLLECTORS.

Dick Johnson writes: "Volume one number one of the "So-Called
Dollar Collectors' Club Journal" arrived this week and I am
impressed. Granted, it is only 11 pages, but hey, it's a start!
High quality, great illustrations in sharp detail and vibrant
color; off to an excellent start with three interesting articles
and a membership report.

The E-Sylum published the notice when a group of California
so-called dollar aficionados started gathering names and dues
for the proposed club (v07n23a09.html).

Eighteen months later, it is out of the gate and worth the wait.
I hope officers Jeff Shevlin and Tony Swicer continue this same
quality as they step up the tempo of publication.

Masthead of the slick-paper journal list a dozen positions on
the journal and the new organization with half of them open for
volunteers. The hope is interested collectors among the 103
members will step forward to fill these positions. Mention is
made of the organization's website - www.SoCalledDollar.org -
where discussion of the medal specialty has an internet forum.
It lists 19 subjects open for discussion.

Numismatic author W. David Perkins wrote in this first issue
about Dick Kenney's 1953 publication (published by Wayte Raymond
in his Coin Collectors Journal), and the 1961 Announcement flyer
of Hal Hibler and Charles Kappen, two major events in this field's
cataloging efforts. Shevlin contributed an article on Continental
Dollar restrikes and Swizer on his collecting in the field in
the 1980s.

There is an unchallenged rule in numismatics: if you want to
spur interest in a specialty, then publish a catalog on it. Here
we have a mature collecting specialty with the standard catalog -
by Hibler and Kappen - now 43 years old. The field is ripe for
some serious discussion and the new journal is the ideal forum.
Perhaps a new catalog is in the near future as well.

Interest in the series remains high. Joseph Levine reports
so-called dollars were the most popular area of his medal auction
sale last December with surprising prices realized. Speaking of
prices, as a group they have advanced beyond those listed in the
price guide my partner, Chris Jensen, and I published in 1978.
They have even exceeded the inflated values originally published
by HK.

Shevlin reports he is holding open the charter status of membership
for those interested in this coin-like medal series. If you are
interested, join now, while you can still get volume one number
one of the Journal. Initial dues $15. Email Tony Swicer at
Swicer@adelphia.net for an application. Or write to him at P.O.
Box 5823, Lake Worth, FL 33466.  Shucks, send him the fifteen
bucks now and fill out the application afterwards.

So-called dollar catalogers Dick Kenney, Hibler and Kappen
wrote about this infant specialty decades ago; it has now reached
adulthood as a collector topic of widespread interest. And now
it has its own journal."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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