New subscriber Alberto Paashaus submitted the following notes on the power of the slogan, "Buy the Book Before the Coin". -Editor Thanks a lot for your very nice welcome as a subscriber of The E-Sylum. I have been checking other issues from the newsletter since 2004, when I first heard "buy the book before the coin". By that time I was a compulsive reader and coin collector, but both addictions never crossed the same path until a day in London Coin Fair in Bloomsbury, February of 2004, when I was told those magical words (I was an exchange student there - I am from Brazil currently living in Portugal - and, if I am not wrong, I heard it from Del Parker, an American Dealer).
"Buy the book before the coin" is something definitely strong. You might not feel that much in America, where most of the dealers cultivate the feeling of having books surrounding them for reference or at least as a nice decoration - but they are there! Unfortunately, that doesnīt happen back in Brazil, which explains a lot the very limited issues of old reference books very important to understand its numismatic history, one of the most important in the world.
Now I am a very proud owner of an almost 100% read library of about 600 books, counting the magazines and bulletins, that expands almost every week with a new addition for the last two years, when I started dedicate myself to a proper book collection on Brazilian Numismatics.
Books and documents range from the 17th Century works up to our days, with many rarities, as an almost complete Meili collection (just one to go - people say you become a powerful collector when you get all his 7 works from the series Numismatisch Geldwessen and Numismatisch Samlung - just like on those Japanese cartoons - I couldnīt help it!).
This year is the year for books (my coin collection purchases will remain in "slow motion" in 2009) and I intend to write something this year on Brazilian Numismatics Books for a Portuguese Bulletin and I will surely have it translated and submitted here at The E-Sylum. I hope I can help you guys with anything you might need!
We're very glad to have Alberto with us, and we'll look forward to his reports on Brazilian numismatic literature. If any of our readers have or know of works on the topic, I'll pass the information on to him. -Editor
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