Last week Paul Bosco mentioned Werner Amelingmeier in his submission about John J. Ford. Paul wrote that Ford sold Amelingmeier many of the foreign coins in the Wayte Raymond estate. I asked, "What is Werner Amelingmeier's connection to numismatic literature?" -Editor
Alan V. Weinberg writes:
Ford took me to Werner Amelingmeier's house way back in the 1960's and we were there for several hours. Werner had glass plate negatives to a classic American numismatic reference and, as I recall, it was the original Maris New Jersey plate negatives which Ford planned to use to issue a reprint. Werner also showed me some complete, unbound original S.S. Crosby Early Coins of America texts and plates.
Karl Moulton writes:
Amelingmeier's connection was Ford's Numismatic Publications, which first became known as such with an ad on the rear cover of the January 1959 issue of The Numismatist. It was for the announcement the publication of "Penny Whimsy". Ford used Amelingmeier's money, and apparently his name as well.
This is the answer I was looking for. Ford Numismatic Publications also issued two or three fixed price lists. I have copies of these in storage but they aren't handy for scanning. Who can send us an image of one of these? And can anyone confirm that Amelingmeier owned the Maris negatives? Where are they now? -Editor
George Kolbe writes:
The Ford reconstructions and recollections were fascinating, particularly those of Paul Bosco. A JJF retrospective featuring Paul's roster of likely suspects would surely dwarf any ANA symposium ever held and might provide a perspective more balanced than the current one. Bring it on.
Werner Amelingmeier is prominently mentioned, I believe, in earlier issues of The Asylum, both by Ford and by Harry Bass. Back in the 70s, Werner sent me tons of numismatic literature on consignment, via the good offices of John Ford. Lots of Wayte Raymond publications and a wide variety of other works. I have always assumed that it was the remaining Ford Numismatic Publications stock.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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