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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 1, January 6, 2008, Article 12

TAMS JOURNAL, THE NUMISMATIST, AND EXONUMIA ARTICLES

Terry Trantow writes: "I find it refreshing that the
January 2008 issue of The Numismatist features an exonumia
story as their feature item on their cover, while the Token
and Medal Society (TAMS) continues to struggle from a lack
of such articles and support.

"ANA member William D. Hyder has produced a wonderful
work about a portion of the life of John Krohn, who had
issued two storecards as ‘Colonial Jack’ and ‘Sailor Jean’,
circa 1908, to finance his travels across the United States.
I see this American Numismatic Association issue as a
milestone in its direction of the future of their magazine
content.

"As a longtime member of both ANA and TAMS, I have to
think we may be approaching the time where it may become
desirable for these two organizations to combine for the
benefit of both numismatists and exonumists. While I would
abhor seeing TAMS dissolve as an entity, perhaps becoming
part of the ANA may the only way for it to survive [with
this most recent ANA issue, perhaps it should become part
of TAMS!].

"Coin collecting for the most part today is dull: there
is much talk about record coin prices which are beyond
the budget of most ANA members, or of mint errors or new
US Mint editions, which seem to wish to produce new designs
for coin varieties to the Public.

"Exonumia offers a far more interesting venue, requiring
one to delve into the past to recapture the history of a
particular piece. In my opinion, the production of new US
coin designs won’t begin to offer competition to the
current collector market that exonumia provides."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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