Dick Johnson submitted these thoughts on numismatic books that don't exist (yet), but ought to. Thanks. -Editor
Dennis Tucker revealed how Dave Bowers writes so many books in last week's E-Sylum. Here is my list of five books I'd like to own
and read by Dave.
1. Numismatic Almanac. He has already started this but perhaps other book projects proved a higher priority. Please finish this Dave, as a
writer myself I would use it incessantly.
2. Future Coins. With his knowledge of coins, technology and economic factors of the past, he would be highly qualified to project what
coins we will be using, say, ten, fifty, a hundred years from now.
3. Chocking Off China's Counterfeits. A list of coins and other numismatic items which are known to have been made in China and
suggestions how to stop this damaging activity which could permanently curtail collecting..
4. Restructuring the ANA. As a former officer, president, and always in contact with our national organization, he has rare insight into
the inner workings of the American Numismatic Association. If only he could prepare a plan how it should be organized to prevent the problems it has
experienced in the past, turn it into the more dynamic organization it should be.
5. Numismatic Immortality. Coins and medals last forever. We have 2,000-year old coins, 500-year old medals and counting. What numismatic
items do we have or can create today which will reveal to mankind, say, five hundred or a thousand years from now what kind of people we were, our
interests and our activities? Shouldn't we see that these are in selected archival institutions around the globe for a more likely survival? Or,
if man has to leave this planet and travel to another what numismatic items should be taken to the new planet and preserved to record our earthly
existence? Same thing holds true for our numismatic literature. What numismatic books should be preserved forever?
I wanted to list ten books for this article, but these are my five most important. Perhaps others would like to add their suggestions.
I'm not sure Dave needs any more on his plate, but these are some great topics for discussion. A catalog and reference
collection of modern counterfeits would be quite useful, as would an up-to-date almanac. Dick's last question fits well with my work on the
Newman Numismatic Portal, which will be digitizing and making available many important numismatic books. Which are the most important for the hobby
(and the world)? -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
Q. DAVID BOWERS AND NUMISMATIC WRITING (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n02a17.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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