Volume 14, Number 33, August 11, 2011
This is a special issue to publish content that didn't make it into last Sunday's issue. It's time-critical because of the upcoming convention of the American Numismatic Association in Chicago.
A special event is being planned - a reception at Bill Burd's numismatic library. There are also the annual Numismatics Bibliomania Society events and some interesting Numismatic Theatre talks.
I'll be at the convention this year, albeit for just one day - Friday. I'll be attending the NBS General Meeting and the Burd library tour later that day. I'll look forward to seeing many of my NBS and E-Sylum friends there. Be sure to say hello. We'll get back to our regular E-Sylum programming Sunday night. Meanwhile, if you'd like to highlight other convention events for our reader, please send me an email at email@example.com. Thanks.
There will be bus service from the ANA Convention departing at 2PM and returning by 6PM. Because of limited seating this event is by invitation only. If you received an invitation and have not replied please do so now by returning the RSVP card or email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org . Bill expects to have a few seats available on the bus so if you did not receive an invite but would like to attend send him an email.
I'm looking forward to seeing Bill's library for the first time. This is a great opportunity for numismatic bibliophiles to mingle, share information, and see a lot of great books first hand. I hope to see a number of E-Sylum readers at the event.
Below are excerpts from some earlier E-Sylum articles about his library.
William A. Burd deserves a medal from his customers. And the everlasting gratitude of every numismatic book author, publisher and member of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. He is building a numismatic library but not squirreling it away in his private back office for his exclusive use. No - he has put it right inside his coin shop where his customers can peruse any volume they desire.
"It is not a lending library," he points out, "but it is available to serious researchers looking for comprehensive information as well as to the casual collector who may want to obtain information on an elusive coin."
He started this library 13 years ago, shortly after he acquired the Daru Coin & Stamp shop in 1995. He stayed in the same location where a coin shop has been located for 40 years, renamed it the Chicago Coin Company, and now serves a community near the Chicago city line but still inside Chicago. It's two miles west of the Midway Airport in a nice neighborhood, he notes, where a lot of firemen and city employees live who must reside inside the city of Chicago.
Five years ago he added extensively to the library which now numbers over 12,000 items.That's not all books, he explained, but includes catalogs, periodicals and pamphlets. "We are always looking for old and unusual items to add to the library," he says.
To read the complete article, see: CHICAGO COIN COMPANY NUMISMATIC LIBRARY OPEN FOR VISITORS' USE (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v12n05a07.html)
To say that this repository of numismatic knowledge makes the Chicago Coin Company one of the most unusual coin shops in the country would certainly be an understatement. The story behind the library, the location and the principal is an interesting one.
In 1994, prior to striking out on his own, Burd had started researching numismatic subjects for his personal curiosity. Among the early topics researched were the history of the 1894-S dime and the second San Francisco Mint and the career of Superintendent Oscar LaGrange. Those forays led him into writing a couple articles that found publication in The Numismatist and led him to start building a reference library for personal use.
When he took over the Daru Coin shop, renaming it the Chicago Coin Company a couple years later, Burd said that all of the reference books he had at hand would probably have fit into two modest-sized cartons. At that time he was finding it necessary to frequently rely upon the resources of the American Numismatic Association library to fill in the research gaps.
To read the complete article, see: ARTICLE PROFILES BILL BURD AND HIS NUMISMATIC LIBRARY (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n29a14.html)
The following information on the NBS convention events is excerpted from emails from President Dan Hamelberg. -Editor
The regular NBS annual meeting will be Friday, August 19 from 11:30 to 1 pm in room #7. It will most likely follow the format established in previous years.
1) Member introduction
2) Dealer announcements
3) Treasury report and board meeting summaries
4) NBS member input
5) Election results and confirmation. New board member Elizabeth Hahn will take Frank Campbell's position; Dan Freidus will assume the presidency, and Marc Ricard will become vice-president. I will stay on the board, and all other current board members remain. The position of secretary will be combined with vice-president. At this point, Dan Freidus will take over the meeting.
6) Regular award announcements
7) Al Hoch award presentation. (John Adams and Charlie Davis to present) The Hoch family will be present.
8) Speaker presentation, Elizabeth Hahn, ANS Librarian
10) Wrap up comments
We will be passing around a deluxe copy of Joel and Len's new book on the mint at the Symposium for all to sign. They, of course, will be there to give a talk on the book. The symposium will be on Thursday, August 18 from 11:30 am to 1 pm in room #21 with the board meeting to follow at 1 pm in the same room.
In our July 17 issue I highlighted some of the ANA Numismatic Theatre talks that may be of interest to bibliophiles and researchers. Here's a replay of that information. -Editor
Numismatic Theatre, a popular feature of the American Numismatic Association's convention education programs, has been finalized for the 2011 ANA Chicago World's Fair of Money, Aug. 16-20. Numismatic Theatre consists of 30-40 minute presentations given by ANA members on a wide range of topics. Presentations will be held Aug. 16-17 and Aug. 19-20 in Room 3 of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
Tuesday, August 16
Wednesday, August 17
Friday, August 19
Saturday, August 20
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: 2011 CHICAGO ANA NUMISMATIC THEATRE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n29a09.html)