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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 45, November 7, 2010, Article 10

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: NOVEMBER 7, 2010

Confessions of a Used-Book Salesman
Regarding a Slate article we highlighted a couple issues ago, Dick Johnson writes:

How do some used book dealers go modern these days? With a bar code scanner and software. These scavengers search thrift shops and library book sales for books with high potential resale. I enjoyed the tell-all article by one of these bar-code-scanner-toting book buyers this week. He reveals how he does it, though somewhat apologetically. It's an easy read. So much so I read it twice for the sheer pleasure. As a book lover you'll enjoy it as well, I'm sure.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article see: CONFESSIONS OF A USED-BOOK SALESMAN (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n41a26.html)

Turkish Numismatic Contact Sought
Oded Paz writes:

I'm trying to contact ANY Turkish Numismatist or the Turkish Numismatic Society, without any luck. I found the name of Turkish Numismatist M. ISKENDER TARGAC on the E-Sylum archive, but without any contact info. Does anyone have any contact information for any Turkish Numismatist? Thanks so much.

Query: Louis Eliasberg
Joshua Holman posed this question to Dave Bowers, who forwarded it here:

I subscribe to Coin World and have read your "Joys of Collecting" column. I have a quick question. I recently was at doctor's appointment and was reading a Guinness World Records booklet that stated the Eliasberg collection was the most expensive coin collection. From what I've read online, Eliasberg had a complete set of gold, silver, and copper coins. Did the collection include modern day coins such as the Lincoln cent?

Dave responded:

It was complete in all series. You can borrow the catalogs from the American Numismatic Association Library, also the book I wrote, Louis Eliasberg: King of Coins, now out of print. If you want to BUY these you can find some book dealers listed in The E-Sylum, an e-mail newsletter you would probably like to know about anyway. Best of success with your collecting interest. Thank you for writing.

Time marches on, and so does the U.S. Mint. One has a better chance today than in Eliasberg's time to assemble all the coins Eliasberg did NOT have. It would still be a pricey proposition, considering all the various commemoratives and gold and platinum bullion coins produced since his death. How many coins would that require?


Wayne Homren, Editor

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