Web site visitors Mike and Mary Kindred write:
We just saw the reference to our horse Numismatist in The E-Sylum. The origins of racehorse names come from many influences, but in this case, the name Numismatist came from the name of the Sire (Yankee Gentleman) and the dam (Near Mint).
We were told by an Englishwoman friend that every gentleman should have a collection. This, coupled with name Near Mint (an obvious reference to quality), inspired the name Numismatist.
Though we hold gold coins for investment purposes, neither of us would be classified as numismatists. The subtle play on words here is that we want the horse to collect all the coins he possibly can. So far, he has won four races, and collected over $141,000. He will run at Arlington Park in Chicago from May 1 through the end of September.
Thanks for the great story, and congratulations to you and Numismatist of his success. Good luck at Arlington Park! -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum item, see: A HORSE NAMED NUMISMATIST (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v11n49a25.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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