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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 21, May 21, 2000: 
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 
Copyright (c) 2000, The Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 


   We have one new subscriber this week: Peter Moon, who 
   "saw a write-up about the Numismatic Bibliomania Society in 
    the April 1999 issue of  "The Numismatist".   Welcome aboard! 
   This brings our subscriber count to 302. 


   In kicking off this discussion, I noted that President Franklin 
   Delano Roosevelt was known as a stamp collector.  David L. 
   Ganz adds that "FDR was also a coin collector and medal 
   collector (little known). There is a modest exhibit in the 
   presidential library at Hyde Park. His cousin, Theodore, has a 
   nice collection of medals and awards at Sagamore Hill, in 
   Junior's home on the premises." 

   Bob Dunfield writes: "I have seen Jonathan Winters at several 
   coin shows, including the Santa Barbara and the Santa Maria 
   Coin Shows. At one Santa Barbara show at the Miramar Hotel, 
   he was kind enough to autograph a copy of the 'Bank Note 
   Reporter' for me! A picture on the front page showed a typical 
   dealer and collector scene, and Jonathan created a new caption 
   for the picture that was really quite funny!  He's quite a character! 

   On the book collecting side - my wife and I try to attend the 
   Burbank Book Fair as often as possible. I look for numismatic 
   material (which is sadly represented); in fact, Malter Galleries 
   are often the only dealers that have a reasonably good selection 
   - mostly ancient coins though. 

   Several years ago,  I spotted Jay Leno hurrying through the 
   aisles. From what I understand, he is an avid book enthusiast. I 
   informed my wife, Christine, that Mr. Leno and his entourage 
   were there, and she caught up with him in time to receive a 
   pleasant chat and an autograph on the book fair program! 
   Another really nice fellow!" 

   Fred Lake writes: "An easy way to pick out some famous names 
   is to peruse Martin Gengerke's "American Numismatic Auctions" 
   reference. He lists the consignors for most auctions held in the 

   Some names that come to mind immediately are Buddy Ebsen, 
   Jascha Heifitz,  Hoagy Carmichael, Gary Burghoff ("Radar" on 
   M.A.S.H.),  Moshe Dayan (from Israeli politics), Harry Einstein 
   ("Parkyakarkus" from old radio days), and from more recent 
   times John LaRocquette. I'm sure you will receive many more 
   names of the famous or infamous who were collectors.  A 
   couple of more collectors of note come to mind. Adolph Menjou 
   (Movies) and Wayne Gretzky (Sports - albeit more of an 
   investor than a collector)." 

   Suellen Ruttkay of Coin World adds: "Penny Marshall, 
   director/actress, has been spotted at coin shows (generally in 
   California) over the years.  Her picture appeared in Coin World 
   some issues back -  She was referring to a "Coin World Ledger" 
   at a show (Long Beach, I think.)" 

   Mike Keating mentioned Penny Marshall as well.  Great name 
   for a coin collector, don't you think?    If we have a daughter, I 
   wonder if my wife would go for that name...?  Nah... 

   Harold K. Fears, Jr. writes: "My favorite was the baseball player 
   Andre Dawson.  He had a substantial collection that was put up 
   for auction several years ago." 

   From Carl Honore: "Celebrity Collectors who come to mind are: 
     1) Enrico Caruso (Opera Singer) 
     2) Andre Dawson (Chicago Cubs) 
     3) Jerome Kern (Composer) 
     4) Adolphe Menjou (Actor) 
     6) Hoagy Carmichael (Composer)" 

   Well, we've come up with a good list of American celebrities; 
   what about the rest of the world? 

   Doug Andrews writes: "for celebrity numismatist, I 
   nominate Farouk I, King of Egypt 1937-1952." 
   Any others? 


   Lawrence J. Lee, curator of the Byron Reed Collection 
   at the Durham Western Heritage Museum, was pictured in 
   an article in the May 23rd issue of Numismatic News.  The 
   article covers a presentation he made at the Central States 
   Numismatic Society show on research into "A Remarkable 
   Piece Lately Found in Philadelphia".  The title is taken from 
   a presentation by William Sumner Appleton to the Boston 
   Numismatic Society in 1861.  The piece, pedigreed to 
   Joseph Mickley and Charles Bushnell, is of unknown origin, 
   and Lee's "research into the legends, letter punches, and 
   iconography" is beginning to shed some light on the unusual 
   coin, whose legends read "Confederatio Americanus 
   Juvenus, Tyrannis in Peretum Abeit Terra (translated as 
   The Youthful American Confederation, Let the Earth be 
   Forever free From Tyrants." 


   Another subscriber has been publishing some of his 
   research:  Fred L. Reed, III has an article on sculptor 
   James Earle Fraser in the May 22 issue of COIN World. 


   Purdue fan and Ohio resident Wendell Wolka writes: 
   "Reading in this week's E-Sylum of your graduate days at 
   the UoM (yuck -- the Weasels!) reminded me that, in 
   addition to the Cornell site, there is another web site 
   connected with the Making of America project.  The 
   University of  Michigan has a similar site at: 

   Wendell reports finding a number of items related to his 
   paper money research: 

   "Report of the debates and proceedings of the Convention for 
   the revision of  the constitution of the state of Ohio. 1850-51. 
   Volume 1 (Lots of debates on banks and banking regulation) 

  Remarks on currency and banking; having reference to the present 
  derangement of the circulating medium in the United States. 1857 


   One of your editor's research interests is the specie panic 
   of 1862, caused by financial conditions of the U.S. Civil 
   War.  Citizens of France are running into similar severe 
   cash shortages as a result of a strike by armored car 
   security guards. 

   A May 19th article in the Wall Street Journal notes: 
   "If this is a cashless society, count me out. -- That's the 
   message from disgusted French men and women who 
   suddenly can't find a functioning money machine or who 
   must leave the supermarket empty-handed because the 
   teller doesn't have the right change. 

   Merchants are grumpy, too.  "I went to the bank and they 
   say they don't have any more one- or two- franc coins," 
   groused an apron-clad Joel Jatteau as he arranged fresh 
   mackerel on his fish stand on the east side of Paris." 


   In response to Mike Jones' last question, Jørgen Sømod of 
   Denmark writes: "First edition of Schjöth published in Oslo 
   1929 I remember as dark gray paper bound." 

   George Kolbe writes: "I've handled a couple of dozen or so 
   original 1929 editions of Schjoth over the years but all I recall 
   were bound in dark red (i.e. crimson) cloth, with distinctive gilt 
   lettering [actually, I have a recollection of having seen one in 
   wrappers but that may be a figment of my imagination].  I have 
   seen multiple copies of two different bindings, and some copies 
   are taller than others, suggesting that the work may have been 
   bound in batches.  Lockhart's 1915 catalogue of his 
   collection of Chinese copper coins was issued "with flimsy 
   paper covers" though, predictably, it is usually encountered in 
   a private binding." 


   The NBS web site has been averaging over 300 hits per 
   day for some time now.   On May 5th we had what may 
   be a record: over 800 hits.   The search feature is being 
   used, too, by the general public as well as numismatists. 
   Queries such as "monnaies provinciales", "diocletian", and 
   "leonard forrer" are mixed in with "quarter coin books", 
   "wheat pennies", and "1949 penny".  If any of our literate 
   subscribers would care to write up some information on 
   such topics, we'll consider it for publication on the web 
   site.  It would be nice to be able to present meaningful 
   information and guide visitors to the appropriate numismatic 


   This week's featured web page is "Banknotes of Africa and the 
   Middle East", from the private collection of Dan Bellin. 

  Wayne Homren 
  Numismatic Bibliomania Society 

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