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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 44, October 31, 2010, Article 8

MORE ON MASAMICHI OKA AND JAPANESE EDITIONS OF WHITMAN COIN BOOKS

Ken Bressett submitted these thoughts on Japanese editions of Whitman coin books. -Editor

The E-Sylum just keeps getting better with each issue. It’s almost addictive and we could not live without it. Keep up your great efforts. I assure you that your dedication and hard work is much appreciated by all of your readers.

Modern World Coins Japanese

The article in the last issue of The E-Sylum about the new Whitman Catalog of Modern World Coins brought back some fond memories of years ago when Dick Yeoman and I worked with Masamichi Oka on several projects from 1970-1977. He was a fine gentleman and visited our offices in Racine a couple of times while we were working on the books. I still treasure a lovely international clock that he gave to me on one of his visits. Later, I was pleased to get to know his son Masahiro on his visits to the conventions in this country.

At that time the following editions of Whitman coin books were translated and published for sale in Japan: Modern World Coins 9th, 10th, and 12th. Current Coins of the World 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th. I have copies of each of these in my library. All but MWC 10th, and CCW 3rd are inscribed to me by Masamichi Oka. I do not remember why I do not have the 11th edition of MWC, or if it was ever published. As far as I know none of these editions were sold in the states so I would assume they are all rather scarce in this country.

Thanks, Ken! It's first-person reminiscences like these that are the best part of The E-Sylum. Now for another fun part - a QUICK QUIZ. How many books by U.S. numismatic authors have been translated into GERMAN? -Editor

My quiz question has already stumped Ken Bressett, who writes:

You pose a tough question about German translations. I can’t think of a one. I do however, have some special Whitman books that may be of interest to E-Sylum readers. The Guide Book of Mexican Decimal Coins by Ted Buttrey was translated into Spanish as Guia de Las Monedas Decimales Mexicanas in the 1960’s, and A Guide Book of English Coins (Bressett) was ‘translated’ into ‘British English’ and priced in pounds sterling for several editions from 1966-1968. A pirated edition of Klawans’ An Outline of Ancient Greek Coins was published in Greek sometime around 1970.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NEW EDITION: A CATALOG OF MODERN WORLD COINS, IN JAPANESE (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n43a07.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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