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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 13, March 26, 2006, Article 3

BOB HEATH'S MEDAL CATALOGS TO CONTINUE

Dick Johnson writes: "Mary Mansfield, Robert Raymond Heath's
daughter, has informed me of the plans to continue the New England
city medal catalogs first created by Bob in 1977 and continued over
the last twenty-five years. Bob died December 11, 2005 (E-Sylum,
vol 8, no 54, article 2, December 25, 2005).

Sam Allen has agreed to take over both the New Hampshire and
Maine series. Bob Hewey will continue the Connecticut book. Peter
Irion was offered the Vermont cataloging chore. Bob's instructions
were to have Anne Bentley at the Massachusetts Historical Society
chose who will spearhead the Massachusetts series. For Rhode Island,
Bob's instructions were to have Richard Lavimodiere work that state,
he has replied he will "do what he can."

She further added "Bob started selling off his medal and coin
collection a few years ago.  However, we did find several coins
and medals in his file cabinet.  We are planning on contacting
the Centennial Auction company in NH to see what they think of
the collections."

May I offer a suggestion?  How wonderful it would be if these
catalogers would work together and perhaps cooperate with Illinois
numismatist Sheldon Banoff -- who collects city medals of ALL
American cities -- and compile one major catalog of the entire
nation. I know, collectors may only collect those of one state,
but how far more useful to the entire field to have all this
numismatic data in ONE reference volume.

I have mentioned in E-Sylum before the superior numbering system
created by Bob and used throughout his catalogs -- he numbered
every city in the state listed alphabetically -- then numbered
the medals in chronological order. How marvelous! And every medal,
old or new, could be added by this numbering system forever! It
is surprisingly easy to locate any specific medal by this system.

Perhaps E-Sylum readers -- who would be the ultimate consumers
of any United States city medal catalog -- would care to chime
in. What is your preference? One master volume or separate state
pamphlets?"

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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