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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 50, December 10, 2006, Article 3

GEORGE FREDERICK KOLBE ON THE NEW ADAMS BOOK, SALES, MOVING, AND THE ANA

Numismatic literature dealer and NBS co-founder George Kolbe writes:
"A potpourri of things are going on in GFK land:

Nearing publication is John W. Adams' landmark reference work on
Comitia Americana and other related early American medals, including
the Libertas Americana pieces. Brim full of historical and technical
information never published before, it is destined to become an
instant classic. The illustrations may be the finest ever appearing
in a modern American numismatic work, utilizing the stochastic printing
process which, like photography and classic photographic printing
processes, allows for enhanced detail under magnification.

Numismatic Bookseller No. 48 "Moving Sale" is now accessible at our
website: www.numislit.com. We thank the nearly 200 persons who ordered
items from the printed version of this fixed price list of bargain
books. Because of them, the revised version of the list now online
has shrunk from 32 pages to 16. Lots of good things are still available
and even those on our mailing list may wish to take a second look at
items "currently" unsold.

Auction sale 102 has been rescheduled to March 15, 2007; auction 103,
slated to feature the second part of the Alan Meghrig Library, is
scheduled for June 7, 2006.

Lastly, construction is moving apace and we hope to be in our new
facilities in early Spring 2007. Our thanks to all of those who have
wished us well.

On another front, I urge all members of the American Numismatic
Association to become involved in the upcoming elections. The future
of the organization is in peril. Without assigning blame, in my
opinion it is time for wholesale change and a recommitment to core
principles upon which the association was founded. Recent and
upcoming editorials in Coin World and elsewhere provide a variety
of views and it appears that there will be a wealth of new candidates
running for the board.

We should remember that founder Dr. George Heath was both a coin dealer
and a coin collector; that ANA was meant to serve both; and that the
humble beginnings of ANA should remind us that grandiose schemes to
raise cash in an effort to broaden the base of the organization may
be having an opposite effect. At the least, it is alienating many
longtime supporters. John Ford often reminisced about the "days when
coin collecting was fun." I believe that it still can be and for many
it is.

I will be voting for members of the Board of Governors of the
American Numismatic Association whose views best further that
approach."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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