"Alan Grace informs me that the deluxe
edition of my Buffalo Nickel book has been delayed by his
supplier of marbled paper. It's possible that the books won't
be ready in time for those hoping to give them as holiday gifts,
and for that I apologize. I will ship them as soon as they are
received by me.
In the meantime, the regular edition is in stock and available
from me at $30 plus $4.50 shipping. My mailing address is
POB 288, Morris Plains, NJ 07950-0288. AOL has been giving
me fits, so please address any email inquiries to
On another subject, I recently became engaged to Alba Acosta,
with our wedding planned for August of next year (after the ANA
Convention, of course). Though Alba has no interest whatsoever
in things numismatic, she has already entered the realm of NBS
trivia by being named in the dedication of my new book.
Marriage brings with it instant fatherhood, as Alba has an
eight-year-old daughter named Amanda.
As may be imagined, this new adventure has prompted a number
of changes. My overgrown collection of coin boards, folders and
albums is gradually finding its way to the basement until such time
that we can upgrade our digs, and some of my less often used
books may soon join them in the darkness. I suspended my
collecting of "nice" coins over a year ago, though having so many
old albums around has compelled me to begin filling them with
coins purchased at or near their silver value. Thus, my old
childhood sets, most of which were disposed of years ago, are
gradually being replaced. Ironically, when one adjusts for
inflation, silver coins are now worth less at their bullion value than
they were when I was taking them from circulation at face value.
As they say in this part of the country, go figure!"
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