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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 51, December 17, 2006, Article 1

WAYNE'S WORDS

Among our recent subscribers are Ray Murphy, David E. Schenkman, Bill
Nyberg, Arnold Miniman, John Dannreuther, James Wiles and David Yoon.
Welcome aboard!  We now have 1,019 subscribers.

Happy Birthday to my eldest son Christopher, who turns eight tomorrow.
We worked on adding to his statehood quarter books last weekend but I
couldn't bribe him into helping me with an E-Sylum review of The
Official Red Book of Washington and State Quarters.  He and his brother
Tyler are big readers, but it'll be a while before I can pull a Bill
Keane and let one of my kids take over my editorial duties for a day.

All three of my kids have a lot to learn about numismatics, but they
have picked up a few things from their old man along the way.  Other
concepts come naturally, but need a little work.  When my wife found
the right half of a dollar bill in six-year-old Tyler's pocket this
week, she asked where the rest of it was.  He said he wanted to give
his friend at school half of his dollar, so he tore it in two and gave
the left half away.

Cutting a Spanish pillar dollar into pieces of eight came just as
naturally to people centuries ago, but there is a slight difference
between paper and silver.  Just ask two-year-old Hannah.  While playing
today I said "Here's my money," handing her a play dollar and coin.
Pointing to the paper she said "that's a dollar."  Pointing to the
coin she said, "THIS is MONEY!"

This week's issue brings news of a new editor for the NBS print journal,
The Asylum, and word of new books on the Denver Mint and world coinage.
Reviewed in some detail is the upcoming Holabird-Kagin Americana fixed
price list of precious metal ingots and specimens.  In other precious-
metal news related to numismatics, the U.S. Mint bans coin melting and
Korea unveils new, cheaper-to-manufacture coins made of copper-coated
aluminum.

In research news, David Gladfelter discusses Labor Exchange notes of
the Great Depression, Rich Jewell and Roger Burdette correct a
misstatement about the creator of the ANS Saltus medal, and Bob
Rightmire provides an update on his Guttag Brothers information quest.

What do Joe DiMaggio, B.B. King, William Safire and Natan Sharansky
have in common?  And what interesting numismatic story is to be found
in a 1962 issue of Adventures in Radioisotope Research?  Read on to
find out. Have a great week, everyone!

Wayne Homren
Numismatic Bibliomania Society

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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