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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 7, February 17, 2008, Article 25

QUERY: NUMISMATICS AND COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY'S LOMBAT PRIZE

David Lange writes: "I was reading the February issue of
Naval History Magazine when I came across an interesting
reference. In an article about historian Charles Oscar Paullin,
it was mentioned that he was a recipient of the $1000 Lombat
Prize. This is (or was) awarded every five years by Columbia
University for "the best work published in the English language
on the history, geography, ethnology, philology or numismatics
of North America." Of course, it was the reference to
numismatics which caught my attention.

"Paullin won the award not for numismatics, but for his
authorship of the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the
United States, published in 1932. This book is evidently long
out of print, and I found one copy for sale at $275.

"I attempted to locate a reference to the Lombat Prize on
the internet, but I couldn't find anything in a Google search
or at the Columbia website. Perhaps this award no longer exists,
but I would still expect to find some reference to it beyond
that already cited.

"Do any readers know of this prize, and has it ever been
awarded for a numismatic work?"

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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