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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 17, April 24, 2011, Article 8

AUTHOR'S RESPONSE TO REVIEW OF AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL SOCIETY AWARD MEDALS BOOK

Tim Corio writes:

I am forwarding Andy Harkness' response to Dick Johnson's review of our book Agricultural and Mechanical Society Award Medals Of The United States, Second Edition that was published in E-Sylum, Volumn 13, Number 51, December 19, 2010.

Harkness Agricultural Medal 2nd Edition I am anxious to attempt to contact all of the those who read my old friend Dick Johnson's review of my book Agricultural and Mechanical Society Award Medals Of The United States, Second Edition in your publication.

Please forgive the incomplete offering I presented through lulu.com. I am a collector and historian obsessed with a 40+ year project of great challenge. Most of my project was completed before eBay came along. With the assistance of several people supplying me from eBay, I brought the collection's loose ends essentially together in recent years.

I thought that my findings would have to be shared through an estate auction. However, good friend Tim Corio, fellow member of the Rochester Numismatic Association, caught me by surprise.

I am 76 years old and have been in declining health for ten years. Tim offered to assist me with his wonderful expertise in photography and in preparing the essentials of my collection for a book.

I took on the task of organizing a complete type grouping of the medals and preparing the catalog numbering system and he did the rest God Bless him! It took us a year.

We knew that our offering had warts. But it's the best I can do at this end stage of life... a first effort to catalog this subject in the finest quality paper we could find.

But our consciences are clear because any viewer of our lulu.com page can review the entire book for free on line!!! If you need the quality photos, you'll have to cough up the purchase price.

I do have much support data and enthusiasm stored in my library and in my head and love to discuss the subject. I am available most evenings 7:30-9:00 to talk at 585-248-3899.

Sincerely,
Andrew Harkness

P.S. I must warn any caller that I break into tears whenever some one asks me to destroy the collection's integrity by selling him the pieces from some state or region.

Thanks to everyone for their participation in this discussion. Keep those great numismatic books and reviews coming! -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: BOOK REVIEW: AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL SOCIETY MEDALS OF THE U.S. (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n51a07.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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