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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 5, Number 30, July 21, 2002:
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
Copyright (c) 2002, The Numismatic Bibliomania Society.


  We have one new anonymous subscriber this week.
  Our subscriber count is now 476.


  Another reminder of the NBS events at the upcoming
  ANA convention in New York City, now with
  the meeting times:

  Thursday, August 1, 2002   1:00 pm
  Numismatic Bibliomania Society Symposium
  Ziegfeld Room

  Friday, August 2, 2002   11:30 am
  Numismatic Bibliomania Society General Meeting
  Ziegfeld Room


  Chief Judge Joe Boling reports that there is one exhibit entered
  in Class 22, Numismatic Literature, at the upcoming ANA
  convention.  The title is "First Photographic Plate in American

  Gail Baker, ANA's Director of Education writes: "The World
  Series of Numismatics scheduled for the ANA World's Fair
  of Money in New York City has been canceled for lack of

  [This is a shame - the WSON was a big hit when first
  introduced.  Better luck next year.  NBS members were
  always well-represented among the teams.  Let's have a
  better showing of exhibits, too.  It's never too early to
  start thinking about Baltimore in 2003.  -Editor]


  NBS Member Howard A. Daniel III is manning the joint
  club table for Numismatics International/International Bank
  Note Society (NI/IBNS) at the ANA Convention in New
  York City.  The table will be manned from July 31 to August
  4, but on the last day (Sunday), it will be closing down around
  noontime with the rest of the tables.  Any NBS member is
  welcome to come by and use the table's chairs for a rest
  period, to meet other attendees, or to volunteer to man it
  while Howard looks over the bourse.


  Gary Trudgen, CNL Editor writes: "The August 2002 issue
  of  The Colonial Newsletter has been published.  This issue
  includes a tutorial on information that can be gained by
  weighing copper coins, a report on the recently discovered
  Massachusetts silver overstrike and a write-up on a new
  colonial coin type.

  Dr. Charles Smith has written a tutorial on the types of
  information that can be obtained by weighing a copper coin.
  Included are guidelines for obtaining valid weight comparison
  analyses for a population of several coins.  Weight loss due to
  circulation wear and chemical reactions on the coin's surface
  are also discussed.

  Michael Hodder reports on his discovery of a Massachusetts
  Willow Tree shilling overstruck on a New England shilling.
  It is the only known specimen of one Massachusetts silver type
  overstruck on a different Massachusetts silver type.  The coin is
  even more amazing because the reverse die and punch of the
  overstrike and host coins are new.  In keeping with Sydney P.
  Noe's die and punch labeling scheme, the new Willow Tree
  shilling is known as Noe 3-F and the New England shilling is
  labeled Noe I-E.

  Syd Martin and Mike Ringo describe a new colonial coin type
  which mules the obverse die of the Georgivs Triumpho token
  with the reverse die of a counterfeit Danish West Indies XXIIII
  skilling.  Two specimens are currently known with extensive
  circulation wear.  They probably passed as coppers valued
  at an English halfpenny because there is no evidence of silvering
  on either specimen.

  The Colonial Newsletter is published three times a year, April,
  August and December, by the American Numismatic Society.
  For subscription inquires please contact Juliette Pelletier via
  e-mail at or visit The Colonial
  Newsletter web page at


  Michael Sullivan asked: "How many of you attended
  G. Kolbe's "First ANA Numismatic Book Auction" in
  Baltimore, July 1993?"

  Denis Loring writes: "I was there.  Still have my (partially)
  named catalog."  [Your Editor was there, too, as I'm sure
  a lot of NBS members were.]


  Gar Travis provides the following links to indexes of
  Acts of Parliament on the Internet:


  Ron Benice, author of "Alaska Trade Tokens", writes:
  "Why are we still trying to connect a Rev. Bingle to the use
  of the word "bingle" as a name for tokens?   I had gently
  stated a few weeks back that the term predates the ARRC
  settlement and tokens of 1935.  Hal Dunn was more specific.
  The Chatanika tokens he mentioned as well as tokens from
  Long, issued circa 1914-1916, have the word "bingle" on
  them.  I  doubt that either Ed Willis or Fritz Welch who
  issued these tokens made up the term."

  Gar Travis sends this link to an illustration of an Alaskan
  token with the word "bingle" in the inscription - a 28mm
  bimetal token good for 25ยข in trade with Edw. C. Willis,
  of Long, Alaska.


  Joe adds: "For the translator looking for the best way
  to describe paper money collecting, I'd say that she is
  better off using the more clumsy construction.

  "Syngraphics" has never entered common usage, nor
  did it make it into the 2nd (most recent) edition of the
  OED [Oxford English Dictionary].

  Gene Hessler's "The Comprehensive Catalog of U.S.
  Paper Money" is still in print and available from BNR Press
  ( or

  I have always felt much more aware of Spink than of
  Seaby because Spink handles paper money."


  Kavan Ratnatunga writes: "I have seen the word "notaphilist"
  used in a book, but not sure if that Author made it up for the
  topic of "Paper Money" collecting.  It would probably be
  something that anyone would probably understand."

  Gar Travis, who coined the words "numigeoarthistography"
  and "numigeoarthistographer", writes: "What about a name
  for the collectors of currency -  "Notephilists" (pronounced:

  Of course I worry about the interpretation of words in circles
  other than those in which they are commonly utilized. Imagine
  if you told the local Sheriff that there were a group of
  "Sygraphists"  at the local meeting spot?  How long would it
  take him to "get up the dawgs"?

  Dave Bowers writes: "I think that the word "syngraphics" is
  one that has never made it on its own into numismatic language.
  I remember the late Grover Criswell saying it was confusing
  and even sounded "sinful," and that a better term should be
  devised. In many years of buying, selling, and researching
  paper money I don't recall ever having heard anyone
  introducing himself/herself as a "syngraphist".

  However, the equally improbable "exonumia" and the rarer
  usage, "exonumist," did catch on and are widely used today.

  When I was a kid a trick word was "exergue," meaning the
  place in the field of a coin or medal in which a date or other
  small notation was made, as in: "The 1916 Standing Liberty
  quarter has its date in the exergue."  However, I don't think
  I have ever had anyone use the term in conversation or in a

  COIN WORLD has come up with some curious, sometimes
  awkward terminology, such as "Winged Liberty Head" dime
  for what most of us call the "Mercury" dime.  Enough people
  follow COIN WORLD that I regularly hear the "Winged
  Liberty Head" term used."

  [An internet search for terms mentioned in this issue turned
   up the following results - Editor]

   bibliomania - 216,000 matches
   exergue - 50,000 matches (mostly in French)
   bingle - 13,700 matches (mostly proper names or German)
   exonumia - 4,590 matches
   syngraphics - 158 matches
   notaphilist - 23 matches
   numigeoarthistography - 3 matches


  This week's featured web page is from a site "dedicated to
  the exhibition and interpretation of Spanish colonial military
  artifacts from that vast region of southeastern North America
  which once comprised the Spanish Floridas and, to a lesser
  extent, Spanish Louisiana."   The page pictures "Patriotic and
  Commemorative Coat & Cuff Link Buttons," many of which
  are made from, or in the style of, contemporary coins.

Wayne Homren
Numismatic Bibliomania Society

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