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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 13, March 26, 2000: 
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 
Copyright (c) 2000, The Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 


   We have four new subscribers this week:  NBS Member Brian 
   Hingerty, Nolan Mims (referred by Fred Lake),  Larry Lee, 
   Curator, Western Heritage Museum (home of the Byron Reed 
   Collection), and Sebastian Heath of the American Numismatic 
   Society.  Welcome aboard, one and all.  This brings our 
   subscriber count to 291. 


   Asylum Editor E. Tomlinson Fort and his wife Gosia are the 
   proud parents of a baby daughter.  Tom reports: "the world's 
   youngest numismatic literature collector is Annamaria Fort, born 
   22 March 2000 at 9:07 AM, weight 6 pounds 10 ounces. 
   Fortunately, she looks more like her mom than her dad." 
   Mother and baby (and Dad, too) are doing fine, and your scribe 
   can attest that the child has a fully functioning set of lungs. 


   An article in the March 23rd Wall Street Journal notes: 
   "The dot-com world has finally found an executive who really 
   knows how to mint money." 

   "Philip Deihl, director of the U.S. Mint, is leaving to run after helping turn his corner of the federal 
   bureaucracy into a savvy consumer marketer.  The 
   online jewelry-sales arm of Zale Corp., of Irving, Texas, 
   is expected to name him President today." 

   "Though he is eager to get to, he concedes he 
   has one possible shortcoming:  He wears almost no 
   jewelry himself.  "I'm too old-fashioned to wear anything 
   like an ear stud or nose ring," he jokes, "though working 
   at a dot-com may change that." 


   George Kolbe reports: "The fourth and final major section of the 
   Harry W. Bass, Jr. Numismatic Library will be sold at public 
   auction during the Long Beach, California Coin Convention on 
   June 10, 2000. The catalogue has been printed and will be sent 
   out in early May. 

   Catalogues may be ordered by sending $25.00 to George 
   Frederick Kolbe, P.O. Drawer 3100, Crestline, CA 92325. 
   In the meantime, the catalogue is accessible at our web site:   The estimates of the 600 lots in 
   the sale total some $250,000 and many great American rarities 
   are featured: Colonel Green $5 & $10 Gold photographic 
   albums; a unique 1868 manuscript on American copper coins by 
   Henry Phillips; American Numismatic Association "Official 
   Publication No. 1"; an 1881 Andrews on cents; sets of The 
   Numismatist, AJN, and rare E. Mason periodicals; dozens of 
   plated Chapman sales, including a superb Henderson; John 
   Robinson's 1875 "Subscription" Crosby; superb paper money 
   rarities (Ormsby, Lee Confederate, Bond Detectors, Heaths, 
   unique copies of Schultz, many more); unique research materials 
   on fractional California gold coins; Linderman's 1867 "Rules" 
   concerning patterns; an original inventory of Waldo Newcomb's 
   American colonial coins; etc. 

   Presently, we're working on our June 13th sale (catalogues will 
   be sent free to all ordering Bass 4 - also available online in late 
   April).  Featured are "great" antiquarian numismatic works , 
   including the first edition -1517- of the first illustrated numismatic 
   book, a superb library on Renaissance medals, key works on 
   virtually all numismatic topics. Between the two sales, a half 
   million dollars of rare and desirable numismatic publications will 
   be offered for sale in a three day period." 


   Alan Luedeking  writes: "I want to thank the responding members 
   for the super feedback on slide scanning --- with hundreds of 
   mounted slides stored in a  particular order, there was no way I 
   was going to send them out. I look forward to attempting the 
   suggested scanning solutions and will report the results in due 

   Besides wanting to digitize slides for easier presentation and 
   e-mailing, now I'm particularly intrigued by Mr. Metras' 
   observation on the possibility of scanning even small areas of 
   the slide; I've long thought of doing a little contest amongst 
   friends in my particular area of specialty: identifying a banknote 
   from a vignette, or the coin from just a device or part thereof. 
   Careful masking and rephotographing was out of the question 
   timewise; this new approach should make the game feasible..." 


   In discussions on the ANS members' mailing list, ANS web 
   manager Sebastian Heath notes that he and the Society's 
   photographer are "right now are putting the processes in place 
   by which the Society can handle millions of online images and 
   terabytes of data. This will be the end result of putting our entire 
   collection on-line. We are years from this point but are thinking 
   about it now. We are also in the initial stages of raising money 
   for this endeavor." 


   Georges Depeyrot of France sent notice that the third volume 
   of  the series "Inventory of Coin Finds in Armenia" by Khatchatur 
   Mousheghian, Anahit Mousheghian and Georges Depeyrot has 
   just been published.  "This volume contains coin finds from Duin 
   (4-13th c.) and the inventory of Sasanian and Byzantine coins 
   (pre islamic) found in Armenia (6-7th c.) with a general study of 
   history, economy and settlement in Armenia during this period." 
   The book may be ordered via 


   New subscriber Lawrence J. Lee, Curator, Byron Reed 
   Collection, writes: "Fellow inmates of the E-sylum: another 
   technopeasant now joins your ranks.   The only thing better 
   than the Asylum is E-Sylum! 

   I had contacted Wayne several months ago about getting help 
   finding catalogs with early collector Bryon Reed's name in them so 
   that I can determine the pedigree of Reed's coins. Karl Moulton was 
   kind enough to supply me the Reed data from his named Parmelee 
   catalog, so I was able to determine which lots and coins (105 
   total!) Reed purchased at the pivotal sale. 

   I now can refine my request even further. We know Reed traveled 
   yearly back to New York to visit relatives, and he often would 
   attended major sales in person. On the other hand, it is also 
   known he purchased coins through agents, including Ed Frossard, 
   John Haseltine, Lyman Low and Ed and George Cogan.  So I am 
   looking for any pre-1890 named catalog that mentions Mr. Reed. 
   In particular, I am now interested in finding named catalogs for the 
   following sales: 

   Haines 1881, Marvin 1881, Bushnell 1882, Riddle 1882, Newlin 
   1883, Bushnell 1884, Levick 1884, Randall 1885, Tilton 1886, 
   Snow 1888, Davis 1890, Doughty 1891, Ely (uncertain which 
   ones) Jenks (uncertain which one(s), but for sure Haseltine #69) 

   Any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated. Thank you." 
   Mr. Lee can be reached at: 


   Though no one knew it at the time, November's sale of the 
   Ken Lowe library would be the last sale for The Money Tree. 
   Several E-Sylum subscribers were in attendance at the sale, 
   which took place in Dearborn, MI, on Saturday November 
   27th, 1999. 

   John and Nancy Wilson penned an article about the sale for 
   the December 7, 1999 issue of Numismatic News.    The 
   final passage of the article follows: 

  "We would like to say a few words about our friend Kenneth 
   M. Lowe.  He was a good friend of almost everyone that is 
   known in our numismatic hobby.   To sum up Ken’s life - he 
   was like Will Rogers who never met a person he didn't like. 
   We never heard Ken say anything bad about anyone, and he 
   always had a smile on his face.  He always had a kind word 
   or cute greeting when you met him at a convention.  He was 
   a great conversationalist.  We have been receiving The Money 
   Tree catalogs almost from the start and always enjoyed 
   participating in their sales.  Over the years, Ken edited one of 
   the most interesting publications you could ever find, “Out on 
   a Limb.”  Every year after the ANA convention, he would take 
   the time to do an article in the Limb on the convention.  It was 
   always interesting and well done.   His passing left a great void 
   in our numismatic hobby.  This two part sale of his outstanding 
   library (floor & mail bid and mail bid only), is a testament to 
   how great a collector Ken was when it came to numismatic 
   books and literature." 


   An article in the March 21st Wall Street Journal about the 
   work of British artist Cornelia Parker mentions one work 
   which is "a coil of wire framed behind glass, described as 
   a silver dollar drawn into a thread as long as the Statue of 
   Liberty is high.  "Measuring Liberty with A Dollar" Ms. 
   Parker calls it." 


   This week's featured web site is "Serbian History Through 
   Coinage", presented by the Serbian Unity Congress. 

  Wayne Homren 
  Numismatic Bibliomania Society 

  The Numismatic Bibliomania Society is a 
  non-profit organization promoting numismatic 
  literature.   For more information please see 
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  return it with your check to the address printed 
  on the application.   For those without web access, 
  contact Dave Hirt, NBS Secretary-Treasurer, 
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