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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 31, July 30, 2006, Article 5

RAY WILLIAMS ON THE FIRST ANS NUMISMATIC CONVERSATION

On Friday Ray Williams posted a write-up to the Colonial Coins
group about the "Numismatic Conversations" event held earlier this
week at the American Numismatic Society in New York.  He writes:

"On Wednesday I spent many enjoyable hours at ANS in NYC. The first
of many Numismatic Conversations was held, this one concentrating
on Connecticut Coppers. This is how it functioned:

An invitation was sent out to the numismatic community to attend
this event in person. There were about 30 or 40 present. Robert Hoge
(ANS Curator of North American Coins and Currency) had about 30
representative CT Coppers from the ANS collection for display and
discussion. These coins were projected on a screen using a camera
and a LCD projector. It was an enjoyable evening of sharing information
and seeing many friends. One attendee brought a unique variety of CT
Copper to share with us.

What was occurring behind the scene is a landmark event. The video
projection of the coins, and a second video of the attendees were
fed to a web site. In real-time, the observers online could see what
was happening at the event. There was a teleconference also in use,
where through the use of a speaker phone system, several CT Copper
specialists from around the country participated in the discussion.
This evening was a technological experiment which worked quite well.

I applaud the ANS in this effort to bring numismatics to the
numismatist! With just a little fine tuning, I feel this type of
forum can be implemented online for the general public in the near
future. It was fun being present for the initial trial and
experimenting... sort of like being an observer of the first flight
at Kitty Hawk, or being present at the First NJ Copper Symposium."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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