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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 25, June 18, 2006, Article 9

DICK JOHNSON: TEN NUMISMATIC BOOKS I?D LOVE TO READ

Dick Johnson writes: "Here is a list of ten numismatic books
I would purchase and love to read if they existed:

10. Confessions of an Illicit Coin Slabber.
 9. How To Design a Modern Coin.
 8. The Western Gold Bar Controversy ? The 24 Karat Truth.
 7. Coin Grading By Ouija Board: A More Accurate System.
 6. Coin Con Catalog ? A Comprehensive List of Criminals in Numismatics.
 5. The Secret History of Walter H. Breen.
 4. The Red Book of Numismatic Literature.
 3. ANA Politics, Scandal and Rumor ? The Truth Revealed.
 2. The Official History of the United States Mint.
 1. Coin Engraving Through The Ages."

[Number 6 is a topic I've been curious about for some time.  We've
discussed some "Numismatic Ne'er-Do-Well's" in the past - murderers,
thieves, adulterers, pedophiles, plagiarists, etc.  It would make
for an interesting read.

[Number 4 is another interesting one, and right on target for
bibliophiles.  Charlie Davis' book on American Numismatic Literature
is a great reference, but long outdated as far as pricing goes.
Denis Kroh's book on ancient coin literature is also long out of print.
A compact, up-to-date reference to numismatic literature would
be most welcome.  As with any such book, the hard part would be
deciding what to include in the limited available space, and by what
criteria.

What are your thoughts, readers?  Are any such books already in
the works?  Anyone willing to tackle a new project?   Other ideas
(serious or otherwise) for books that aren't but ought to be?
-Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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