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THE NEW GUIDE BOOK OF U.S. TOKENS AND MEDALS: WHAT'S IN, WHAT OUTBob Knepper writes:
The July 20 E-Sylum contains book reviews of "A Guide Book of United States Tokens and Medals". Your review mentions "Mardi Gras doubloons". The review by the Wilsons says "excluded are... clubs, fraternal societies".
The Mardi Gras doubloons are issued by the marching societies - so now I'm not sure whether they are included or not. Mardi Gras doubloons/medals already fill a medium size book. A few of the early, 1884-1895, doubloons from the Krewe of Rex happen to include "my" wildmen - though not very good ones. Thus I'm curious if they are in the new book.
When I read Bob's note I wondered if I'd misspoken in my review, but yes, Mardi Gras doubloons ARE included in Katie Jaeger's new Guide Book (p141-142), under the category of Celebration Souvenirs.
Richard Jewell writes:
I concur with your editorial review of the "Guide Book", but I feel a major area of United States medals were overlooked and not even mentioned, not even in the "Exclusion Preface". This would be the United States Assay Commission Medals from 1870-1977. Over a hundred years of medals and barely a mention (Chapter 9-National Medals, paragraph three). How could you have a "Guide Book" and exclude this national series?
It would be a major error if the book did not include the Mudie Series of National Medals. But there we aren't talking about a guide book, are we? Perhaps another Whitman book is in the works to cover this National series of United States Medals! Olympic Participation Medals were not mentioned either, but they may have been washed over in the "Exclusion Preface" with "not enough space for Olympic events"? All are possible suggestions for future reference works.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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