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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 46, November 12, 2006, Article 21

SUBSCRIBER PROFILE: RUSS GORDON

New subscriber Russ Gordon of South Orange, NJ writes: "I was born
and raised in South Africa, and in the late 80’s, my wife and I chose
to emigrate to the USA. Up until that point, I’d not yet been infected
by “Numismonia”. I had, however dabbled a little in Kruger Rands and
South Africa Long Proof Sets, more from a need to counter rampant
inflation in South Africa than from a numismatic standpoint.

We settled in Massachusetts, and were introduced to the concept of
“Sunday Flea Markets” by a neighbor. There were many coin dealers
present at this particular Flea Market, and what immediately grabbed
my attention and made the penny drop (excuse the pun), was the ability
to buy a piece of history and hold it in the palm of my hand for a
very moderate price.

I developed an immediate, smoldering and lasting love affair with
Flying Eagles and Indian Head Cents, a love affair which prevails
to this day. Some might even call it an obsession, but I am blessed
with a very understanding wife! As my life has progressed, so has
the size and quality of my accumulation, which is still limited to
mainly Flying Eagles and Indian Head Cents.

I have always prescribed to the belief that one should “read the
book before buying the coin”. One of the many books I have bought
and read is Rick Snow’s Red Book, “A Guide Book of Flying Eagle and
Indian Head Cents”. On page x of the introduction to this book,
Rick makes references David Bowers' book, “The Buyer’s and Enthusiasts
Guide to Flying Eagle and Indian Cents”. In order to quench my thirst,
and to drink from the fountain of knowledge, what better resource
could there be? Try as I might, I just cannot locate a copy of this
elusive book. Kind of like a search for the Holy Grail."

[I did a quick search of some of my usual online book haunts and
came up empty - I thought for sure I'd find several copies available
for sale - thousands of copies were printed and sold.   Perhaps these
just aren’t turning up in the secondary market yet.  If anyone can
help Russ locate a copy, please let us know.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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