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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 2, January 13, 2008, Article 17

WAYNE'S NUMISMATIC DIARY FOR JANUARY 7, 2008

On Monday evening I had the pleasure of attending the third
meeting of the numismatic social club I started here in
Northern Virginia.  Eight of us met for dinner at a restaurant
in Herndon, VA.  The good news for me was that the location
was within walking distance of my office.  The bad news was
that my son Christopher had basketball practice and I had to
run home to deal with our other two kids while my wife took
him to the school gym.  But after some racing around I made
it back to the restaurant in plenty of time for a post-dinner
drink and numismatic "show and tell".

I sat next to Chris Neuzil.  It was the first time we met.
I invited him at the suggestion of Joe Levine - he collects
U.S. Mint medals relating to the War of 1812.  He's also our
newest E-Sylum subscriber.   Another E-Sylum subscriber that
I met for the first time that night was Bill Eckberg, who
recently submitted his review of Karl Moulton's book.  I
invited him at the suggestion of Tom Kays. It was a pleasure
to meet them both.  In addition to Chris, Bill, Joe and Tom
were "regulars" Dave Schenkman, Wayne Herndon and Roger Burdette.

Dave started off our show-and-tell by passing around three
different tokens of John Krohn, subject of the cover article
in the January Numismatist.  I passed around a number of
recent numismatic publications, including the Sotheby catalog
of the Washington/Lafayette Order of the Cincinnati and
'Striking Change' by Michael Moran.  My numismatic display
was a set of Daniel Carr's Amero coin patterns, which we've
discussed earlier in The E-Sylum.  Tom Kays passed out copies
of a numismatically-related fiction article 'The Gallows Man'
from an 1850 Southern Literary Messenger.

But none of us could top Joe Levine, who passed around a
galvano of the famous Huey "Kingfish" Long Washroom Warrior
Medal.  Cast in bronze, the galvano measures 9 1/2" x 8 1/2"
at the extremities.   In the shape of a toilet seat, it
commemorates the night in 1933 when the drunken politician
had an altercation in the men's room of a Long Island nightclub.
The medal was struck by Medallic Art Company.   While visiting
Medallic Art in the early 1980s Joe spotted a plaster model
for the medal and paid for a galvano to be made for him.

The evening ended all too soon for me, but it was great to
have the opportunity to rub shoulders with some great local
numismatists.  Our next meeting is scheduled for February 12th.

 HUEY LONG WASHROOM WARRIOR MEDAL: HOW MANY WERE STRUCK?
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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