THE GREAT DEBATE, A BIBLIOMANIC PERSPECTIVE
Michael E. Marotta offers the following perspective on our recent discussions of "The Great Debate":
"I was not at the debate, but I heard a lot about it," said the colonial collectors. Angel Pietri and Jim Spilman, cheering their champ, Michael Hodder, in E-Sylum v2#36.
I gave Buttrey's claims merit because I collected ancients and I respect Buttrey. I knew Michael Hodder's name but not much about him. I never heard of John J. Ford or Eric P. Newman. So, I did some research. This has been going on for over 30 years. The March 13, 1993 sale of literature offered by The Money Tree included a copy of John J. Ford's "The Franklin Hoard of United States Assay Office of Gold Coins: an Answer to Eric P. Newman". The 40-page book, written in 1967, one of 14 known, sold for $2500 on an estimate of $250. The copy was owned by
Lester Merkin who was one of the PNG arbitrators involved in the dispute over a $20 gold proof essai sold by Ford and denounced by Newman. Michael Hodder praised John J. Ford in
the Spring 1992 Asylum and Buttrey handed an RNS award to Newman on June 18, 1991.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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