In last week's item about Paul Hollis' book American Numismatist I asked:
What other work of numismatic literature has the title American Numismatist ?
George Kolbe writes:
Isn't there an inaccuracy in the above query dealing with pluralization, to say nothing of the absence of the most common word in the English language (used four times in the present sentence alone, or six if you include the parenthesized text)? ;-)
It was more fun leaving out the definite article; Pete Smith's note is a case in point.
Pete Smith writes:
Dr. George Heath published a newsletter with the title, "The American Numismatist." He quickly shortened this to just "The Numismatist."
Several years ago Gail Baker recruited me as a judge for one of her quiz games at the ANA. This was shortly after the ANA journal was shortened to Numismatist. There was a question about The American Numismatist. I announced that Heath changed the name to appeal to a younger demographic. A few people got the joke.
David Gladfelter writes:
Why, that venerable periodical started up by Dr. George W. Heath in September-October, 1888, and now known as “The Numismatist” (formerly “Numismatist”).
For extra credit: At the time there was another periodical with the title “The American Numismatist”, published in Paterson, N. J., but that one folded after a year or so.
Your question was almost too easy for us inmates.
American Numismatic Society librarian Elizabeth Hahn writes:
I was reading through the latest E-Sylum and always enjoy the little quizzes that you include at the end of some articles. When time permits, I like to try and answer them. Your latest question caught my eye, namely, you ask "What other work of numismatic literature has the title American Numismatist ?" A quick look at the ANS Library collections reveals that there were two early periodicals with that title. Both claim to be monthly publications for coin collectors, although one comes from Paterson, N.J., and the other from Saco, Maine. I've attached a photo of each for reference.
The American Numismatist, Patterson, NJ 1886
The American Numismatist, Saco, ME, 1901
Thanks, everyone! As Dave Bowers noted in his American Numismatic Association Centennial History, apparently George Heath was initially unaware of the New Jersey periodical published by C.E. Leal. Leal's journal continued for 12 issues, though December 1887. Beginning with Vol 1, No 2, heath shortened the name of his publication to The Numismatist.
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