Len Augsburger's "Budget Collector" column in The E-Gobrecht (the electronic newsletter of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club) has a connection to numismatic literature. With permission, here's an excerpt.
In other news, an interesting item popped up
at the Chicago Coin Club annual auction held on November
10th. The printing plate used to impress the
cover on Harry X Boosel’s book on 1873 coinage
fetched $80 in spirited bidding. Pictured here is the
printing plate itself and the book cover. As can be seen, the printing plate clearly illustrates the closed and open 3
types seen on 1873 coinage.
Relating the correct title of this
book in print is something of an enigma. You can call it
“1873-1873,” which seems to be the right name, but then you
haven’t properly conveyed the idea of the closed and open 3s.
Boosel would have loved our modern computers, which in theory
should be able to implement a font that displays both the
open and closed 3s correctly.
(Author’s note – we’ll leave this
as an exercise for the editor and see how he does! [Editor: I
tried all the fonts available on this Microsoft Publisher program
and here is the best I could do: . Can anyone do better?])
Boosel’s other “nit” related to his middle name, which
was a single letter X without a period. That one is a little bit
easier to type correctly. Ye columnist was the successful bidder
on this lot, and the underbidder related to me that he had
other delectable Booseliana which I can not relate here, but
trust me, it is neat stuff. We will have to get these pieces put
back together at some point – it disturbs my sense of order to
see this material broken up into multiple parts. Of course that
is partly my fault for bidding too much!
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