The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 40, October 1, 2006, Article 1


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Since we've had so many new subscribers in recent weeks, I'd like
to say a few words about what The E-Sylum is all about.  Well, it's
hard to pin down since our topics are so broad, but basically, our
readership includes people interested in numismatic literature,
research and writing in all areas.  "Just plain collectors" are
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This week's issue has just one book review, but by coincidence
the issue has TWO references to the legendary Palace Collections
of Egypt (Farouk) sale.  Interestingly, both references are to coins
so rare they never existed in the first place!

The power of the Internet to connect people is shown again in this
issue, where we hear from the purchaser of the Cape Cod Canal medal
discussed in earlier issues.

Also this week we learn more about Julius Guttag, read a behind-the-scenes
account of the BEP's mutilated currency recovery department, learn
how to do numismatic oral history interviews, ponder the politics
of including issues of separatist states in numismatic catalogues,
learn who was hanged in front of the U.S. Mint in New Orleans and
how to make change for a Liberty Dollar. And what does the Wookey Hole
Mill in Britain have to do with U.S. numismatics?  Read on to find out.
Have a great week, everyone!

Wayne Homren
Numismatic Bibliomania Society

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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