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The Numismatic Bibliomania Society (NBS) is an educational association founded in 1979 to support and promote the use and collecting of numismatic literature. Numismatic literature includes books, periodicals, catalogs and other written or printed material relating to coins, medals, tokens, or paper money, ancient or modern, U.S. or worldwide.

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The Asylum Awards

NBS members can vote on The Asylum author awards: the Joel J. Orosz Award for best article of the year in The Asylum and the Jack Collins Award for the best article by a first-time author in The Asylum. Voting closes June 30, 2022.

Vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5VMRZV5

This Week's E-Sylum

May 22, 2022

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  • The Awards Page has been updated to show 2021 winners! NBS Awards Page
  • New NBS PodcastNumismatic Bibliographies, with David Fanning, interview by Lianna Spurrier. Podcasts can be heard here.
  • Back Issues  -  Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are now managing the distribution of back issues of the award-winning journal The Asylum. Back issues are available in limited numbers. An inventory of what's available can be downloaded at numislit.com/pdfs/AsylumBackIssues.pdf. Contact Kolbe & Fanning at orders@numislit.com or (614) 414-0855 to order.
  • The Asylum Author Index has been updated. It is available on the NNP or on The Asylum page.

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NBS Podcasts

NBS commissioned Lianna Spurrier to produce a bimonthly podcast for NBS. Below are the current 4 NBS Bibliotalk Podcasts to date:

  • Episode 12 - Civil War Tokens, with Cole Hendrickson
  • Episode 11 - A Top 100 Library, LIVE with Leonard Augsburger and Joel Orosz
  • Episode 10 - Napoleonic Medals, with Marc Charles Ricard
  • Episode 9 - Numismatic Bibliographies, with David Fanning

ALL Podcasts can be heard here.

NBS Podcasts are also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

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V40N2 Table of Contents

The Asylum Summer 2022

In this issue:

  • "David R. Drury Edmunds: An Appreciation" By Douglas Saville
  • "Remembering D.R.D. Edmunds" By George Kolbe
  • "BiblioFiles": Anthony R. Gonzales, Sr.
  • "Numismatic Literary Guild and Numismatic Bibliomania Society": Sister Organizations Devoted to Numismatic Literature By Wayne Homren
  • "Archbishop Sharpe’s Observations on the Coins of England" By Dr. John Rainey, MBE
  • "Walter Breen’s Birthdate" By David F. Fanning
  • "ASSOCIATIONS: Autographs • Annotations • Inscriptions Charles Ira Bushnell’s Flandin’s Catalogue of Coins and Medals: Part II, The Pierre Flandin Sale, June 6, 1855 Second Part of Part II" By Joel J. Orosz
  • "The Coin Atlas Handbook: Somewhat Outdated but Still Useful and Fun" By David Pickup
  • "The Lunatics Are Running the Asylum" By Darryl A. Atchison

Click on the link below for free PDF Copy of the Summer Issue V38N2:

Free PDF of Asylum V38N2 Summer 2020

Martin Gengerke has made his book on ANA Auctions Open Source and available for download by NBS Member at no charge. The book can be found on the >>Resources Page.<<

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