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The E-Sylum: Volume 4, Number 6, February 4, 2001, Article 11


NBS Board member Bill Murray writes:

"My computer crashed, but my computer guru has me back on line with what he guarantees is a temporary fix. Perhaps I am late, but here's my say about Frank Katen:

I never got to know Frank Katen well personally, but his was the first numismatic book seller to send me books through the mail. I only recall one occasion where we actually had a conversation, and my memory of that reflects his reputation for being one of the real gentlemen of the world. My dealings with him always resulted in prompt and accurate reaction to requests. He was, and is, revered by all who knew him, and I never heard any word about Frank Katen that did not reflect his knowledge of numismatic literature, honesty and integrity."

John Adams notes:

"I attended Fuld #1, Fuld #2 and Wylie #1. Frank conducted those auctions with great dignity, the more so because there was so little competition and many lots went begging. Frank himself never begged - he just soldiered on, knowing, no doubt, that the hobby had to have a small beginning before it could have a big future. Needless to say, we would never have arrived at that big future were it not for Frank."

Wayne Homren, Editor

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