This week we open with a reminder of Tuesday's closing date for David Fanning's numismatic literature auction, so get those bid sheets in! Next up are some excerpts from Karl Moulton's new fixed price list. Lots of good reading material in this issue. It's getting late and rather than outline the rest of the issue as usual, I thought I'd work in a brief numismatic diary.
This weekend I travelled up to Pittsburgh for the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists show at the Pittsburgh Expo Mart in Monroeville, PA. COIN World editor Beth Deisher was PAN's guest for the show and we had a few minutes to chat. Beth spoke to an enthusiastic audience of over 80 young numismatists on Saturday. PAN's Coins4Kids program is a notable achievement.
Numismatic bibliophile extraordinaire Dave Hirt of Frederick, MD was at the show along with his wife Emi, and we had a nice chat about our libraries and the recent Sklow literature sale.
I also had the pleasure of speaking with Richard Jewell, who had a marvelous exhibit on the Erie Canal Completion medal. Included in the exhibit were examples in bronze, silver and gold, plus two large plaques bearing the design of the medal. Rich had acquired these just recently, and they came from an old building alongside the canal by way of an antique dealer and an alert coin dealer. PAN's exhibit area is another show feature which only keeps getting better and better.
I was making the rounds of the show pedaling duplicates and other items to clean up my safe deposit box and raise some cash. The effort was successful, but tonight I pulled together another pile of recent acquisitions that need to go into that box. At least now I'll have a little more room.
It was great to see so many of my friends, and I regret not having had more time to talk. Among others I ran into were John Paul and Kathy Sarosi, Blaine and Ted Shiff, John Eshbach, Dick Duncan, Jerry Kochel, Ray Dillard, Don Carlucci, Sam Deep, Josh Wadsworth, Larry Dziubek, Richard and Eva Crosby, Dick Gaetano, Skip Culleiton, Corleen Chesonis, Bill Hunter and Paul Schultz. I missed former Asylum editor Tom Fort who had been there Saturday morning.
It was a whirlwind visit, but very satisfying. Thanks again to everyone. To learn what coins President Bush keeps behind the Resolute desk in The White House, read on. Have a great week, everyone!
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Wayne Homren, Editor
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