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The E-Sylum: Volume 11, Number 29, July 20, 2008, Article 20

GENE HESSLER BIO AND OTHER GLEANINGS FROM THE JULY 2008 NUMISMATIST

Gene Hessler The July 2008 issue of The Numismatist published by the American Numismatic Association has a number of items of interest to bibliophiles. The feature article is a biography of author Gene Hessler, winner of the ANA's 2008 Farran Zerbe award.

Gene's an E-Sylum regular, and contributor to numismatic publications including Bank Note Reporter, COINage, Coin World, The Numismatist, and Paper Money, which he edited from 1984 to 1998. Gene also served as curator of the Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum in New York and the Mercantile Money Museum in St. Louis.

The article, written by Fred Schwan, features a portrait of Gene with the numismatic books he's authored:

  • Comprehensive Catalog of U.S. Paper Money
  • U.S. Essay, Proof and Specimen Notes
  • An Illustrated History of U.S. Loans
  • The Engraver's Line
  • The International Engraver's Line


Gene Hessler's Bookplate Gene will soon publish another book, a memoir of his life titled Hey, Mr. Horn Blower. In Gene's other career as a professional musician, he performed alongside legends Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Julie Andrews and others.

George Heath tour costumed guides Also of interest to researchers and bibliophiles is Just What the Doctor Ordered, an article about ANA founder Dr. George Heath and efforts of the Michigan State Numismatic Society to commemorate the 100th anniversary of heath's death

Other items of interest are an article by Benjamin Smith on the 16th century numismatic reference Illustrium Imagines, donated to the ANA library by its namesake Dwight Manley, and an article by David Lange on the Old San Francisco Mint and its research facilities. David writes:

Fulvio Illustrium Imagines
During the 1980s and early '90s, the Old Mint became one of my favorite research facilities. As I began to write articles and then books, its vast collection of books, catalogs and unpublished documents were a real treasure troce. I especially prized its collection of annual Mint Director's reports, complete from 1873 to date. Though at first my visits were supervised, I soon got to know the staff well enough that they more or less gave me the run of the library. While the individual pieces of this resource still exist, they are no longer easily accessible to researchers. This was just one of the many losses the numismatic community suffered when the Treasury Department closed the OSFMM in 1994, citing an alleged earthquake hazard.


Lastly, Iíll mention a well-written and researched article by David Schenkman on an interesting 1902 medal honoring a visit to Syracuse, NY by Prince Henry of Prussia. Dave had brought the medal to a recent meeting of my Northern Virginia social club, Nummis Nova, where I got to view it close up.

Numismatists who arenít members of the ANA are missing out on some great reading.

Wayne Homren, Editor

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