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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 32, August 8, 2010, Article 2



Regarding this week's American Numismatic Association convention, NBS Past President John W. Adams writes:

Our Numismatic Bibliomania Society Symposium takes place on Thursday the 12th at 11:30 am. I will be speaking on "Medallic Portraits of Admiral Vernon". No less than 14 previous authors have written in depth on the subject - these include such luminaries as Edward Hawkins, C. Wyllys Betts and Jose Medina. I will try to explain the irresistible allure of these medals and then answer an historical mystery: why was the loser of the battle of Cartagena showered with medals and the winner cashiered by his King?

Current NBS President Dan Hamelberg's President's Message in the latest issue of our print journal, The Aylum, gave a great overview of our club activities planned for the upcoming convention of the American Numismatic Association in Boston. Here are the key sections. I hope many The E-Sylum readers can be there; unfortunately I won't be attending the convention this year. -Editor

NBS logo August is just around the corner! I hope all NBS members are marking the week of August 9 on their calendars. In addition to our NBS meetings there are meetings sponsored by just about every major numismatic group. Additionally, the week will be full of lectures and seminars for every numismatic taste. If early American history is of interest to you, Boston is the cradle of the revolution and offers an abundance of “living” U.S. history references along the Freedom Trail: so much to do, so little time!

Our NBS schedule at the Boston ANA in August is set. The NBS Symposium will be held on Thursday, August 12 at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm). The symposium will feature John Adams with a presentation and discussion of his new book, Medallic Portraits of Admiral Vernon. In his review, Joel Orosz says “Medallic Portraits of Admiral Vernon does such a superb job of defining the previously indefinable, the only numismatic book in English to which it can appropriately be compared is Sylvester Sage Crosby's Early Coins of America.”

This “don't miss” presentation will be held in the Fairfax-A Room in the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Please note that the Sheraton Boston Hotel connects directly to the Convention Center and the Bourse Floor. The NBS Board meeting will immediately follow the symposium at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the same room.

The regular NBS meeting will be held on Friday, August 13 at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Massachusetts Historical Society. This is just a few blocks from the convention center. John Adams was instrumental in making the arrangements for us to have our regular meeting in one of the special library rooms in the MHS.

The regular meeting will include notes from the board meeting (previous day), current NBS status, literature dealer announcements, input from members, fund raiser auction (with Brad “open up your checkbook” Karoleff), future NBS projects, and a few surprises.

Our featured speaker will be Frank Campbell. Frank will highlight some of his favorite memories on books and personalities during his outstanding career as librarian of the ANS: another “don't miss” presentation. We will also be given an opportunity to look over some of the significant collections at the MHS, so plan for a little extra time. This should be a great meeting.

Donations. If you have any numismatic literature material that would be suitable for the NBS auction, please bring it to the regular meeting. The auction proceeds provide funds that allow us to continue our grants and awards. As you know, Brad will maximize the bidding on all the lots to maximize our treasury. Again this year we are providing a $1000 ANA summer seminar scholarship to some deserving Young Numismatist.

—Dan Hamelberg

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John and Nancy Wilson add:

We received reliable information regarding taxi and shuttle service at the Boston Airport. Cabs to the convention center and nearby hotels run around $45 or $50. One different mode of transportation that would be lots cheaper would be contacting or calling them at 888-437-4379 and reserving space on the van. A reservation is required and it is $14 each way per person. The number and email are accurate. Hope this helps.

Wayne Homren, Editor

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