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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 13, March 26, 2006, Article 7

MAIL BID AND INTERNET SALES

I noticed that the April 19, 2006 Coin Galleries sale is termed
a "Mail and Internet Bid Sale" on the catalog cover.  I haven't
been paying close attention and wonder if this is the first time
this term has appeared in print.  In numismatic literature, MBS
is the long-standing abbreviation for Mail Bid Sale.  Is the
Coin Gallery sale a MIBS?

Perhaps another term (such as "Absentee Sale" or "Catalogue Sale"
would be more appropriate and long-lasting.  After all, when the
telephone appeared, we didn't have "Mail and Telephone Bid Sales",
did we?  Dealers have always accepted bids via all manner of
technologies, including telephone, cable, fax, email and Internet
as well as the old-fashioned bid sheet.  "Mail Bid Sale" has never
been a completely accurate term, but "Mail and Internet Sale" isn't
entirely accurate, either.  Thoughts, anyone?

To view the online Coin Galleries catalog, see: stacks.com

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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