The gang was already there. We had a private room at the Herndon Bertucci's restaurant. The attendees were me, Chris Neuzil, Roger Burdette, Traci Poole, Wayne Herndon, Bill Eckberg, Joe Levine, Julian Leidman, Dave Schenkman and Mike Packard.
Dave was soon to head to Colorado Springs to teach the Civil War Numismatics class at the American Numismatic Association's Summer Seminar. He's teaching it together with Wendell Wolka. It's his 15th straight year of teaching. Wayne Herndon also mentioned the ANA in conversation; just before the meeting he had been on the phone with ANA Convention Coordinator Brenda Bishop discussing the logistics of setting up his tables at the upcoming ANA Worlds' Fair of Money in Baltimore. I was the General Chairman for the 2004 Pittsburgh convention, and Brenda's a gem.
Dave picked "your favorite numismatic error" as the theme for the evening. He passed around a 1985 Lincoln Cent struck on a dime planchet. Mike Packard had a 1797 low head Half Cent struck over an off-center double struck Large Cent. Now that's a neat error, although apparently ALL of the known specimens are struck over Large Cent. If that's how the mint intended to manufacture them, is it really an "error"?
I do own a decent little set of errors on U.S. $1 bills, but was unable to find time get to my safe deposit box to get them. So I chose my usual fallback - related books from my library. I passed around the 4th edition of The Error Coin Encyclopedia by Arnold Margolis and Fred Weinberg, and It's Only Money (A Comedy or Errors) by Jess Bausher and Charles Dolan. The latter is a rarely seen 1966 publication.
Tipped in the back of the book is a copy of the June 22, 1968 Pennypacker Auction of the Jess Bausher collection,
consisting of Early American coins and featuring his famous "Error Coin Collection" used in compiling the book "It's Only Money"
In other numismatic items, Dave passed around a beautiful medal that made a lot of us drool - a lovely bronze Libertas Americana medal. He found it at a coin dealer's shop several years ago, where it was mixed in loose with other items in a plastic bag and offered to him at $5.00 (yes, the decimal point is in the right place)! He paid a fair wholesale price at the time, though, giving the surprised dealer a four-figure sum (six if you include the .00).
As always, evening ended all too soon. It's always fun to chat numismatics with fellow collectors.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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