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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 6, February 5, 2006, Article 23

HENRY BERGOS ON MEETING DON TAXAY

Henry Bergos writes: "I seem to have missed the earlier
discussion about Don Taxay. Sometime in the early/mid 70s I
went to the American Numismatic Society to ask about a 1915 cent
I had just bought as a proof. Doc Brady, I think, said that only
a few people could tell which ones are or aren't proofs. He then
called me back and told me that Don was upstairs in the library
on the second floor, and that he was one of the few. I excused
myself and asked him about the coin. His eyes lit up and he
pronounced it Proof. I thanked him profusely. He was a delight
to meet. I THINK we met a few more times but it's been a LONG time.

Regarding the most important numismatic books, I would nominate
Taxay's books on "The U.S. Mint and Coinage" followed by his book
on Commemoratives ONLY after Dickinson and Walter Breen's
Encyclopedia.  When I moved I took them with me in my hand luggage;
they were that important to me."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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