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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 34, August 20, 2006, Article 6

MORE ON SOMER JAMES

Dick Johnson writes: "Somer James was a Canadian businessman who went
into the stamp and coin business in Winnipeg, Canada. He was also an
author -- and publisher -- of numismatic books. With his partner, H.C.
Taylor they wrote and published "The Guide Book of Canadian Coins" in
1962 under the imprint of Canadian Numismatic Publishing Institute.
The book went through several editions and Somer James added Canadian
paper currency and tokens to subsequent editions. Another of his
publications was modern British coins. He published works of Jerome
Remick, Anthony Downe and Patrick Finn.

I was editor of Coin World when he first published his Canadian catalog
in 1962. He sent in a review of the book he had paid someone to write.
I refused to run it, instead wrote it as a news item rather than a
review.  Miffed at first, we met at coin conventions in later years
and became good friends. Great guy who was dedicated to the field."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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