Joel Orosz writes:
Vol 8, No 54, December 25, 2005, “Whatever Became of Don Taxay?
The article that proves two things: the editor of The E-Sylum works on Christmas Day, and Don Taxay remains the Amelia Earhart of numismatics.
Five important works on North American numismatics were
written by Don Taxay:
"Counterfeit, Mis-Struck and unofficial U.S. Coins" (1963)
"The U.S. Mint and Coinage" (1966)
"An Illustrated History of U.S. Commemorative Coinage" (1967)
"Money of the American Indians (1970)
"Scott's Comprehensive Catalogue and Encyclopedia
of United States Coins (1971)
After this burst of scholarship, Taxay faded from the scene.
In the Colonial Coins mailing list this week, Ray Williams
asked "Speaking of Don Taxay, does anyone know whatever
happened to him? He just disappeared and fell off the edge
of the earth..."
Various stories and rumors were mentioned, ranging
from reports that Taxay had moved to India, had a sex
change operation, lives among the Seminole Indians
somewhere in the Everglades of Florida, or tends bar or
dances on stage in Las Vegas. Any, all or none of these
may be true. While entertaining, perhaps some of our
readers can shed further light on the subject. When is
the last time anyone recalls hearing from him? What
were his plans?
Everyone loves a mystery, and this topic is one of my favorites as well.
To read the complete original E-Sylum article, see:
WHATEVER BECAME OF DON TAXAY?
To read some of the follow-up responses, see:
DON TAXAY WHERE ARE YOU?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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