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The E-Sylum: Volume 16, Number 37, September 8, 2013, Article 22

QUERY: 'NUMISMATIC TIMES AND TRENDS' INFORMATION SOUGHT

Dave Lange forwarded this note about an old numismatic publication. Can anyone help? Thanks. -Editor

Numismatic Times and Trends I acquired an interesting coin newspaper on eBay that I hadn't encountered before. Numismatic Times and Trends for January 10, 1961 was Volume 1, Number 1, and it may be that there was never a second issue. 32 pages long, it appears to have been an attempt to emulate the success of Coin World, which was then just a year old. There's even mention of a pilot issue that was sent to selected dealers to gauge responses, a practice that CW had also employed.

The publisher, William J. Gruber, stated that the newspaper would be issued on the 10th and 25th of each month. It was published in New Orleans, and the Managing Editor was Kenneth E. Pierce. In fact, there's not a single by-line that I recognize among the contributors, though dealer William Fox Steinberg was mentioned in one story. Hank Spangenberger ran an ad offering modern U. S. coins and proof sets, things not commonly associated with his later interests. The whole publication seems to have been geared toward the then-hot market in modern proofs sets and BU rolls, with investment being the main theme.

This is a fun bit of hobby ephemera, and I'm wondering whether anyone else has encountered it or has knowledge of the persons who produced it. I've attached a photo of the front cover.

Wayne Homren, Editor

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