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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 7, February 14, 2010, Article 10

COLONIAL NUMISMATIC BOOK AND CATALOG SURVEY PUBLISHED

Ray Williams writes:

I received my C4 Newsletter yesterday and the Colonial Numismatic Book and Catalog Survey is there. I was impressed with what the NBS did with their survey and it inspired me to have one done in the colonial community.

It's interesting to note where different books and catalogs place. The mindset of the participants seem to be specific to what they collect, as colonial collectors generally specialize in an area. Take for instance where Syd Martin's book on Wood's Hibernias places with respect to Miller's reference on Connecticut Coppers. Surely Syd's book has set a new standard to which authors should strive to write books on specialty topics. But the number of Wood's Hibernia Collectors is far fewer than the number of Connecticut Collectors.

There are many observations to be made from the posted survey results and can they can be the topic of many good numismatic conversations for a time to come. In any case, it was a fun project and C4 Member Steve Frank is to be thanked for his work to make it happen, I'm glad I twisted his arm to take on the project! I'm not ashamed that I stole the idea from NBS and I will steal (borrow) a great idea from wherever I can find one.

As a member of C4 (the Colonial Coin Collectors Club), I received my issue earlier this week as well. Congratulations to the club and compiler Steve Frank. His article discusses the survey methodology as well as the results, which include separate rankings for books, catalogs, and web sites.

There are a lot of importance decisions to be made in running such a survey and presenting the results. The article does a good job of discussing the pros and cons of various approaches, which will be useful for those compiling such surveys in the future.

One feature missing from the C4 survey are descriptions of each of the books and catalogs listed. The published version of the NBS survey of the 100 Greatest Works of Numismatic literature included a paragraph or so about each book, written by Len Augsburger.

I won't spoil the suspense and publish the results, but not surprisingly, some of the same works that scored high in the NBS survey also scored well here.

Wayne Homren, Editor

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