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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 36, September 3, 2006, Article 6

ALISON FRANKEL'S DENVER ANA EXHIBIT REVIEW

Alison Frankel writes: "Here's a short take on the ANA convention
in Denver, where I gave a lecture on the evidence that the Fenton
1933 Double Eagle is the Farouk coin:

I had the pleasure of meeting a few of the devoted members of the
NBS at the ANA convention in Denver, which reminded me once again
what a boon you all are to American numismatics. Your scholarship --
and delight in the scholarship of other coin researchers--is one
of the forces that keeps coin collecting from becoming mere commerce.

I brought my family (husband, two daughters, brother- and
sister-in-law, niece, and nephew) to the convention to introduce them
to the alternative universe of numismatics. The adults were duly
respectful. My brother-in-law said that if he weren't about to send
two kids to college he could see himself beginning a collection of
Roman coins. My husband, who purchased our family's one and only rare
coin, a 1908 no-motto Saint that he gave me to celebrate the publication
of Double Eagle, was gratified to see the interest in double eagles.

But for me, the big shock was the kids' enthusiasm. All four of them
were smitten, particularly with the bourse floor displays of ancient
Greek, Roman, and Hebrew coins; with the Goldbergs' exhibit of 100
Coins that Changed the World; and with the Brasher Doubloon and the
first-strike silver dollar. I could see on their faces the sense of
wonder at holding (or at least seeing) objects that connected them to
history they'd studied in school. That's the power of coins—strong
enough to crack even a quartet of teenagers."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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