The E-Sylum:  Volume 7, Number 50, December 12, 2004, Article 4


  Jorg Lueke writes: "I would like to announce the 
  creation and release of the Electronic Numismatist, 
  a .pdf collection of the rare first six volumes of
  the Numismatist.  The project will hopefully be 
  continued to include all volumes prior to 1964.  
  More information can be found at and is 
  reproduced below.  The cost for this set is $29.95.
  History and Description

  Dr. George Heath started the Numismatist (initially 
  called the American Numismatist) in the fall of 1888. 
  In that year and the following the magazine's purpose
  was to market Dr. Heath's offerings as well as connect 
  with and educate fellow numismatists. I am uncertain
  of the success of the former, but the latter objective
  was achieved and the magazine quickly grew. In 1890 
  the magazine began to fill out with a series if articles 
  and the volumes from 1891 and 1892 are filled with 
  wonderful historical and still practical articles. 
  In 1891 the American Numismatic Association was founded
  and the Numismatist would soon be adopted as the official 
  publication, an honor the magazine still holds to this 
  day. The first six volumes are very difficult to find.

  The Electronic Numismatist

  The Electronic Numismatist is a project to convert the
  old issues of the magazine into electronic format. The 
  reasons and benefits for this are many. 

  To preserve the information contained in the magazine. 
  Contemporary accounts of numismatic events give us an 
  unfiltered view on what collectors thought of events 
  as they occurred. The first set of six volumes saw the 
  introduction of the Barber coinage as well as the 
  Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The Numismatist also 
  offers interesting biographical sketches of famous 
  numismatists like Lyman Low and Ed Frossard. The 
  articles are often times apt in the present day as 
  well. The Numismatic Foundation Stones series is 
  priceless. Where else can you learn how to build a 
  classic coin cabinet?

  To make the information more easily accessible. 
  Books are wonderful but also a little difficult to use. 
  Electronic files can be searched, linked, cut and pasted, 
  taken on laptops and CDs. Articles on similar subjects 
  can be accessed with the click of a button. They are 
  simply more practical especially when combing though 
  large amounts of data.

  To increase the exposure of modern numismatists to 
  this material.

  Numismatic material from the late 19th century can 
  be expensive and difficult to locate. By converting 
  the data to electronic formats it can be made accessible
  to anyone. There is no need to worry about staining a 
  rare text.  

  For fun! 

  How much did a 1793 cent cost in 1893 anyway? The 
  advertisements are scanned and preserved as found.
  We have converted, bookmarked, and indexed onto 
  .pdf the first six volumes of the Numismatists issued
  from 1888-1893 into the first compilation of   
  material called The Electronic Numismatist. 
  Subsequent volume sets are planned in the following 

  Vol 7-16 (1894-1903) Apr.2005
  Vol 17-26(1904-1913) Jul.2005
  Vol 27-36(1914-1923) Oct.2005
  Vol 37-46(1924-1933) Feb.2006
  Vol 47-56(1934-1943) May.2006
  Vol 57-66(1944-1953) Aug.2006
  Vol 67-76(1954-1963) Nov.2006

  The final set of volumes and a master index comprising
  all volumes will be free to those who have ordered the
  prior volumes.

  Changes and Cost

  We have attempted to keep the feel of the magazine as 
  close to the original flavor as possible. To be useful
  we felt strongly about adding the bookmarks and indexes.
  In some cases the layout has been altered.   We have 
  also standardized certain names to make them easier to 
  find. Finally, we have interjected updated comments, 
  especially to highlight areas of study that have seen 
  significant changes. We have also kept some of the 
  original spelling oddities and hope the magazine will 
  feel historic even as it is presented in a new medium 
  for the first time.

  Unfortunately it takes thousands of hours of labor and 
  thousands of dollars to convert, edit, check, arrange, 
  scan, type, acquire and organize this material. While
  the original text is in the public domain the new 
  structures, indexes, commentary are copyrighted with 
  all rights reserved.   We do wish to share as much of 
  the information and will be happy to release portions 
  for non-commercial use but we must also make an effort to 
  recoup the labor intensive cost of this process.

  The cost for this first set of volumes is $29.95. When 
  you order you will receive a file (include $2 to be 
  shipped a CD via mail) and a personalized password you
  will need to open the file. That's it!


  You can see some sample pages including the index at: Sample

  Email all questions to numismatist at
  [Digitizing The Numismatist has been a much-discussed 
  project over the years, and it's nice to see it finally
  starting to happen.  It is only likely to be completed
  if the project is commercially viable.  So if you have
  the urge to have this periodical at your disposal in
  electronic form, don't procrastinate when it comes to
  ordering your CD. The sample files look quite clear
  and readable - take a look online.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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