Jeff Starck of Coin World writes:
Recently hot air balloons and numismatics were mentioned together in The E-Sylum. There is a gem
of a little book (96 pages) about the topic, called Lighter Than Air, 200 years of Ballooning in Numismatics, by Evelyn Malpas.
The book was published by the British Art Medal Society in 1989 and catalogs 461 numismatic items – mostly medals but a few awards and plaques and
the like – depicting balloons. A quick check of the American Numismatic Association library catalog confirms that it is available for loan to ANA
Who knew (not me)! Sounds like a great book. For illustration, I added an image of Coppin's Balloon medal, from an earlier
Featured Web Page. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
FEATURED WEB PAGE: COPPIN'S 1858 BALLOON MEDAL
BALLOONING NUMISMATISTS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n52a15.html)
HOT AIR BALLOONS ON TOKENS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n53a11.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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