Reader Jon Radel writes:
Ah, no wonder you looked vaguely familiar; you look much like your photo at the top of every E-Sylum. :-)
My son reported on the way home that he'd had a grand time at the show which, of course, included getting some goodies and getting a chance to explain what the four Lincoln cents next year are going to be "for." Thanks for putting that on.
E-Sylum subscribers turn up everywhere - I've bumped into them at coin shows across the U.S. and last summer in London. It's nice to meet another one here in my back yard. I asked Jon about his collecting interests. I found them interesting, and thought our readers would, too. So here's something we haven't done in a while - a Subscriber Profile. -EditorI started with pennies in Whitman folders about 1966, had moved on to material from Thailand (my father traveled there a lot for some years and brought goodies home for me) and attempting to get one coin from every coin issuing entity ever by the time I was in high school. I was serious enough for a time that you will actually find my name in credits for several of the Standard Catalogue of World Coins books from the 1970s.
It all got packed up for college and the following decades (some plastics are better than others for 20 years of storage)!
Meanwhile, I started collecting flags and books about them. And then my son, now 7, got interested in coins (thank you, state quarters and presidential dollars!) and dragged me (with very little resistance, mind you) back into coin collecting.
I largely focus, at the moment, on coins and bank notes of eastern Africa (I used to live in Kenya), Thailand, and modern local currencies (Berkshares, Lewes Pounds, Salt Spring dollars, etc.). The last in particular are an interesting challenge for research, and give me a feel for how banknote collectors must have felt before Dr. Pick came along.
I occasionally wonder where I'll find the time and money to collect everything I collect. Of course, having a very enthusiast fellow coin collector in the household is energizing....
I also collect the books about everything else I collect.
Bravo, Jon. Anyone who collects books about their hobby interest is welcome in the Numismatic Bibliomania Society fold. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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