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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 42, October 15, 2006, Article 16

ARTICLES TO LOOK FOR IN COINS AND COINAGE MAGAZINES

I didn't have enough time for detailed reviews of any books or
articles this week, but did want to mention some interesting articles
in recent monthly publications, specifically Coins magazine (by F+W
Publications, purchaser of Krause Publications) and COINage Magazine.

In the November 2006 issue of COINage, Leon Worden has a great
interview with John Mercanti - "No Small Change at the Mint" As
discussed in earlier E-Sylum articles, "Mercanti is bringing the
sculpting and engraving division into the future one baby step at
a time.  He is transitioning it from plaster and clay to virtual
reality, in which models are made from ones and zeros by digital
artists using touch-enabled computer interfaces that make it seem
they're sculpting in the physical world."

Also in the November COINage issue is David T. Alexender's latest
installment in The Great Collector Series, "Lester Merkin: Numismatic
and Gentleman - He Jazzed Up the Coin Auction World."  Despite the
botched headline, the article is great reading and includes an
interesting story of an encounter between Merkin, Walter Breen and
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, when Breen ("the barefoot guru")
"cast a horoscope for Jackie Kennedy despite the all-too-obvious
discomfort of her Secret Service escort."

In the December 2006 issue of Coins magazine, David Ganz' "Future
of Currency Foretold" article discusses the recent hearings on
numismatic topics in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Fred
Reed's "Warrior King Robert" honors the 700th anniversary of the
ascension of Robert the Bruce to the throne in Scotland.

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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