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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 7, February 17, 2008, Article 1

WAYNE'S WORDS: THE E-SYLUM FEBRUARY 17, 2008

Among our recent subscribers are Rick Gross, courtesy of Alan
Weinberg, Jim Bevill, Brenda Costner and Stephen Mihm. Welcome
aboard!  We now have 1,113 subscribers, who are being treated
to a whopper of an issue this week.  While not every issue is
quite this lengthy, the mix of topics is quite typical - numismatic
research queries and answers, first-hand reports from witnesses to
numismatic history, some interesting items culled from news reports,
and the first-time publication of some interesting information
related to numismatics.

This week we open with sad news of the death of Sam Pennington,
who was a regular correspondent on the topic of medals.   He
will be missed.

We have a number of book announcements and reviews this week
including Testimonia Numaria (volume II), Berk's "100 Greatest
Ancient Coins", Bowers-Sundman's "100 Greatest American Currency
Notes", and Ambio's "Collecting and Investing Strategies for U.S.
Gold Coins".  Also, Fred Reed provides an update on his upcoming
work titled 'ABRAHAM LINCOLN, the Image of His Greatness:  Ideal,
Idol & Icon'.

Responses to earlier items include George Kolbe on things
found in books, plus other topics such as coins struck to
commemorate the reign of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii and
the answer to our quiz question.  One new query involves coins
and medals at the Library of Congress; another relates to
Columbia University's Lombat Prize for numismatics.

The top item in the news this week is welcome word of the safe
return of New Zealand's stolen medals.  Next comes word of
storm damage to a fascinating 1850's "Counterfeit House" in
Ohio, and a great article on the making of "The Counterfeiters",
a film based on the true story of Operation Bernhard, the Nazi
concentration camp counterfeiting operation during WWII.

In the "just for fun" department is a discussion and link
to the 1951 Amos and Andy television episode about a rare coin.
Be sure to watch it!

Other interesting topics include Alan Weinberg's coverage of
Heritage's sale of the Walter Husak collection of early large
cents, and a great account of a heated altercation between
prominent former Philadelphia Mint personnel in 1895.  To learn
which numismatic personalities whacked one another with a cane
and an umbrella, read on. Have a great week, everyone.

Wayne Homren
Numismatic Bibliomania Society

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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