The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 47, November 5, 2005, Article 1


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Several of this week’s contributors didn’t get an
acknowledgement from me for their submissions, as I’ve
been traveling and email access has been in transition –
my apologies.  Meanwhile, I’ll be visiting the Washington, D.C.
area often over the next several weeks.  No numismatic
adventures to report so far, but I did see some sights with
my family over the weekend, including the National Zoo and
in drive-by mode) the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument,
The White House and Old Executive Office Building.   If any
of the locals can tell us where they hide the parking spaces
on the weekend, please me know.  We drove past dozens
of closed parking garages and failing to locate a space,
opted for the Zoo instead.

Roger deWardt Lane writes: "Hello from South Florida,
one week and a day after Wilma, which left us with
no power for a week and the telephone line down (no
DSL) too. The fact that the TV cable was out also was
a good relief from watching the news. When I got my
computer back after the storm the first thing I read
was The E-Sylum. (I got the previous one late Sunday
night before the Hurricane."

The week brings news of record-setting prices for
numismatic items of many types, including coins, paper
money and even numismatic literature.  It’s interesting
to see how the participants dream up catchphrases for their
press releases.  One item is compared to the Holy Grail,
and another to the Hope Diamond.  So what will the next
mega-sale be compared to, now that these slogans are taken?
“This piece is the Magna Carta of counterstamped Lithuanian
Subway tokens…”

So what’s the most expensive numismatic book? See our
lead story.  In other news, the Latin Paper Money Society
library finds a new home and an American Bank Note Company
vignette book comes up for sale.    Among the controversies
touched on in this issue are the use of English letters on
Korean banknotes, the recent resignation of the head of the
Canadian Mint and calls for reform at the American
Numismatic Association.   We also give the ANA a pat on the
back for David Sklow’s efforts to educate the general public
about selling coins.   As if that weren’t enough, this issue
has two more interesting excerpts from William Blades' 1888 work,
"The Enemies of Books,”  and we learn all about the coins placed
on the eyelids of the deceased President Abraham Lincoln, and
where these coins are today.  Enjoy!

Wayne Homren
Numismatic Bibliomania Society

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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