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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 5, Number 12, March 17, 2002:
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
Copyright (c) 2002, The Numismatic Bibliomania Society.


  We have one new subscriber this week: Larry Korchnak,
  courtesy of Ed Krivoniak.   Welcome aboard!   Our
  subscriber count is now 443.


  George Kolbe would like to remind our subscribers that his
  current sale closes on FRIDAY March 22;  his past sales have
  usually closed on a Saturday, so don't miss the deadline!


  Charles Davis writes: "Our sale on March 9 concluded
  successfully with the following highlights:  The complete set
  of the American Journal of Numismatics brought $8,000;
  the contributor's set of autographed Red Books $4,000;
  Volumes 3, 4/5, and 6 of the Numismatist brought $2650,
  $1100 and $975 respectively; near unique and unique Elder
  photographic plates $2,000 and $1700, Elder's plated
  Mougey $1375;  FCC Boyd's scrapbook of New York
  Tokens $2100, large paper Pembroke plates $650; Slafter
  on Vermont Coinage $500; Chapman's plated Beckwith
  $900; Robert Coulton Davis' signed large format Heath
  $2000, Frossard's Numisma $2500; Grose's catalogue of
  the McClean Collection $1500.

  A special word of note is due on the Canadian Numismatic
  & Antiquarian Journals advertised as complete.  Upon
  examination, we noted that Volume 13 of the first series was
  not complete, lacking Nos. 3 & 4.  What the original owner
  had done was bind 48 blank leaves plus two exhibition
  catalogues from the Society in lieu of the missing issues in the
  Volume 13 case, making it the same size as previous volumes.
  We missed that defect during the cataloguing but noted it
  subsequently and removed the set from the sale.

   The two missing items appear to be great rarities and are
  lacking in sets owned by three or four other Canadian specialists
  and the Champa set as well.  Adding to the mystery is the fact
  that under the bookplate of the Cleveland Public Library was
  that of Victor Morin of Montreal.  We understand he was once
  President of the Society and wonder how rare these two issues
  must be when someone of his stature could not acquire them.
  Perhaps NBS should conduct a census of these issues."


  Fred Lake writes: "The catalog of our mail-bid sale of
  numismatic literature #63, which has a closing date of April 9,
  2002, is now available for viewing on our web site at:

  There are many unique and interesting items in this 640-lot
  catalog, including the first draft of the Walter Breen book on
  Large Cents, written in 1986 with margin notes by Del Bland.
  You will also find a Deluxe Edition of Rick Coleman's book
  on "Second Restrike Proof Half Cents", the superbly produced
  hardbound copy of the Gene Reale Collection, many early
  "Redbooks" (including both printings of the First Edition),
  hardbound George Kolbe catalogs, and much more.

  Please email me with any questions regarding the sale or
  numismatic literature in general."  Fred's email address is


  From a press release: "The Museums of the Central Bank
  of Costa Rica are organizing the First Central American
  Numismatic Conference, to take place from September 1
  8-21, 2002, in the Museum's locale in San José, Costa
  Rica. This congress is designed to allow Central American
  numismatists to exchange knowledge, experiences, and
  research methods.  We have also provided for the
  presentation of papers on other Latin American countries,
  in order to enhance the intellectual reach of the congress.

  Overall aim:  To present the most recent research findings
  in the area of Central American numismatics, in order to
  compare approaches and methodological advances in the
  study of coins

 Specific goals:
    1.      To bring together the leading researchers in the
             field of Central American numismatics
    2.      To promote periodic communication between
             Central American researchers in order to share
             experiences in the field of numismatics
    3.      To promote regional studies into the history of
             coinage in Central America

  Thus far we have received preregistration forms from
  collectors and researchers in the United States, El Salvador,
  Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, and
  Chile, who intend to participate as attendees or as presenters.

  Throughout the congress we will be providing simultaneous
  translation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English.
  For more information about the congress please consult our
  web site at or that of the
  Numismatic Association of Costa Rica at"


  Carl Honore writes: "I have this weird habit of combining two
  of my favorite hobbies, musicology and coin collecting.  In the
  biography of composer Jerome Kern by Michael Freedland,
  he mentions that Kern joined the ANS around 1941.
  However, the ANS has no mention of Kern as a member.
  Neither does the ANA .  It is well known that he was a coin

  Can anyone shed any light on his membership in either
  organization?  Also, does anyone have a copy of the Kern
  Auction catalog for sale?   My email address is:"


  Richard Crosby asks: "Can anyone point me to some
  information on Buffalo nickels with a reeded edge?  I
  understand these were made outside of the mint by
  someone named Ira Reed."

  A web search turned up a page at
  "For souvenirs at the 1941 American Numismatic
  Association Convention, dealer Ira S. Reed offered
  104 sets of 1937 Cent and Five Cents with specially
  reeded edges (done outside the Mint).  He sold the
  two-coin sets for $4 each."

  The page pictures the obverse and reverse of the
  coin, but alas, does not show the edge.   Do any of
  our E-Sylum readers have anything to add?


  W. David Perkins of Littleton, Colorado, writes: "For my
  research on the early United States silver dollars 1794-1803,
  I am looking for a copy of the 1949 A.N.A. 58th Annual
  Convention Sale, Numismatic Gallery, August 21-24, 1949
  with buyer's names (or initials) for the early silver dollar lots,
  or the bid book (which I believe exists) with the same

  I am most interested in buyers names for Lots 140-212 and
  Lots 718-725.  The majority of these lots were consigned to
  this sale by Adolph Friedman, who acquired them in the 1945
  sale of The World's Greatest Collection of United States Silver
  Coins.  Friedman bought the majority of the early silver dollar
  1794-1803 lots in The WGC sale.  (Source, Bid Book for
  The WGC Sale of Silver Coins).  Thus buyer's names for the
  1949 A.N.A. sale will provide an important pedigree link,
  and one I have been looking for over a long period of time.
  I can be contacted at WDPERKI@ATTGLOBAL.NET
  Thank you."


  Dick Johnson writes: "The books stopped coming by mail
  October 17th. Mail handlers in the United States Copyright
  Office at the Library of Congress refused to open packages
  because one envelope, addressed to Senator Tom Daschle,
  contained anthrax powder the week before.

  The Library of Congress, along with many other government
  agencies, diverted all their mail to be irradiated at plants in
  Lima, Ohio, or Bridgeport, N.J. Afterwards the Library's
  treated mail was stored in trailers.  It's still there.

  Samples of the treated mail have exhibited paper that has
  become brittle, turned brown and the glue rendered ineffective.
  Books are literally falling apart and the life of the paper,
  normally expected to last for a hundred years or more, now
  has an uncertain lifespan.

  The Copyright Office is facing other problems: By the time
  they do open these packages the $30 copyright fee checks
  will be older than six months, past the time most banks will
  accept for payment.  But what's even worse, music and
  sound recordings on tape are in melted plastic jewel boxes!

  Savvy publishers have been sending their copyright deposit
  packages by FedEx or private messengers and these are
  being processed.  Read more in a story from the 
  Plain Dealer:


  Denis Loring writes: "At the "New York is Book Country"
  street fair several years ago, a dealer had a milk carton
  labeled "Coin Books, $1.00".  All the carton contained
  was Red Books and Blue Books, apparently from the '60's
  and onward.  But I started digging anyway, got down to
  the bottom of the box, and found a first edition and a fifth
  edition Red Book.  Paid him the full $2.00."


  Howard A. Daniel III writes: "I was recently in Jacksonville,
  Florida, at the invitation of the Anthropology Department of
  the University of North Florida.  I had met the department
  head in Jakarta, Indonesia, a couple of years ago at a mutual
  friend's house.  When he learned I had just given a talk to
  the Numismatic Society of Jakarta, he asked me if I could
  give a talk at his university and I accepted.

  When I learned there was going to be the ANA National
  Money Show 2002 in Jacksonville, Florida, I corresponded
  with the professor and we set up  March 6 as my date to
  speak, which was the day before the three-day show
  started.  Since the professor was interested in Indonesia, I
  brought  several pieces from that area of Southeast Asia,
  but I also had one other large concentration of material
  from the area of the Golden Triangle of  Myanmar (Burma),
  Lao (Laos) and Thailand (Siam).  The latter pieces were
  because a young man with Lao-Hmong parents sent me an
  email and asked me to bring some pieces that his parents
  and elders had told him and his wife had disappeared.
  Then I added a few more pieces from other Southeast Asian
  countries and the military and colonial powers of the region.

  The young man turned out to be an enlisted man in the U.S.
  Coast Guard and  was shortly going to its Officers Candidate
  School.  He was shocked to see so many Hmong pieces,
  and I brought duplicates, which I gave to him (and his wife)
  for himself and his parents.  Tears were coming out of his eyes.
   I asked him to send me another email to remind me to send
  him addresses of  numismatic and book dealers where he
  and his family (and other Hmong) can buy authentic numismatic
  pieces (there are many fakes!) and books about them.  Not
  only did I make a great young man very happy, but I think I
  made  a new numismatist too.

  The talk was in a lab and included Masters and PhD candidates
  from the Anthropology, Archaeology and History Departments
  during a one hour and twenty minutes lunch break.  Some
  brought their lunches and others ordered pizza from Papa
  John's.  I laid out all of my pieces on a large table and added
  two of my books about Vietnamese numismatics, history,
  banking and economics.  There was about thirty minutes before
  my talk when all of the attendees came up to my table at one
  time or another, and I allowed them to handle the pieces, ask
  questions, and for me to ask them about their interests.

  Many of the attendees were amazed to learn that numismatists
  and numismatics were a rich source of information and pieces
  very relevant to their studies and work.  Some were nodding
  their heads in agreement with some of what I was saying, but I
  noticed too many of them with shocked looks on their faces
  because they had missed us!    This was a shock for me to
  learn they did not know about our field, but I became very
  happy make many more people aware of us.

  The purpose of this item is to request that NBS members to
  offer themselves to other university and college departments.
  I am sure we can bring many new people into using us and
  our libraries, but also to encourage many of them to join us
  in numismatics.

  A second purpose is that I learned that  some of them are
  working on the excavation of Fort Caroline, a former French
  fort in the channel.  If you have any information about that
  fort, please contact me and I will give you the email of my
  professor, so he can pass it on to the right people.

  A third purpose is to tell you that I very much enjoyed the
  NBS meeting at the show.  It is always good to find I am
  not alone in my addiction to purchasing, reading and caring
  for books.

  Please contact me at
  if you have any questions about the above."


  In honor of St. Patrick's day, this week's featured web page
  is from The National Cathedral and Collegiate Church of
  Saint Patrick (Dublin), which mentions Jonathan Swift's
  connection to numismatic history:

  "Swift is most famous throughout the world as a writer, and
  in particular as the author of Gulliver's Travels. Gulliver's
  Travels was written after his appointment as dean of the
  cathedral and was published in 1726.  Although now thought
  by many to be a book for children, it is in fact a political satire.
  The book was an immediate success, the first print selling out
  in a week.  It soon became available all over Europe,
  translated into various languages.

  Shortly before this another of Swift's writings had greatly
  heightened his profile in Ireland.  In 1725 the English
  Government had proposed to impose a debased copper
  coinage on Ireland; certain individuals including Mr. Wood,
  the manufacturer of the coins, stood to make a large profit.
  There was an immediate outcry against the proposal but
  repeated representations from politicians and public figures
  in Ireland proved of no avail.   Swift entered the controversy
  with a series of letters written under the name of J.B. Drapier.
  With a mixture of scorn, satire and economic sense, the
  Drapier poured ridicule on the proposed coinage.

  The Drapier Letters raised the prospect that English goods
  might be boycotted.  Walpole?s government was very uneasy
  at the growing agitation and the new Lord-Lieutenant,
  Carteret, offered a reward of £300 to discover the name of
  the author of the letters.   Although everyone knew Swift was
  the author no-one would come forward and name him. A
  government charge against the publisher of "scandalous
  seditious libel" collapsed when the jury refused eight times
  to return a guilty verdict.

  Finally, due to the huge popular clamour raised by the letters
  the proposal had to be withdrawn. Swift became recognised
  as a great national hero and patriot and in 1729 was
  rewarded with the freedom of the city of Dublin."

 Wayne Homren
 Numismatic Bibliomania Society

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