The latest addition to the Newman Numismatic Portal is Benjamin Jefmer's offbeat numismatic record. Project Coordinator Len
Augsburger provided the following report. -Editor
In May, Wayne Homren discussed a 45 RPM record in his collection, which has now been digitized by the Newman Portal. These recordings, on
the “S. V. D. B.” label, are undated but likely coincide with the collecting boom of the early 1960’s. The songwriter was clearly versed in the
numismatic lingo of the day and familiar with key and semi-key issues of the 20th century American series.
The tunes are well crafted with a breezy country and western feel, and still amusing a half century later. “The Numismatic” describes
roll searching at the local bank and the equal joy and frustration of filling a penny board. “If You’re a Coin Collector” is perhaps a
stronger effort, extolling the virtues of such issues as 1950-D Jefferson nickels and 1914-D Lincoln cents. Both reflect the intersection
of popular music and numismatics at a time of pervasive “coin mania” in the American culture.
Link to Benjamin Jefmer recordings on Internet Archive:
Link to Jefmer records previously mentioned in the E-Sylum:
Give 'em a listen - these are entertaining. -Editor
Len adds this reminder:
The Newman Numismatic Portal is offering a user forum at the upcoming Baltimore show, including lunch, to be held on Friday, November
4, at 11am – 1pm at the Pratt Street Ale House, across from the Baltimore Convention Center. A few spots are still available, please
contact Newman Portal project coordinator Len Augsburger, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to reserve your place. We will start with a
deep dive of the Portal resources and work with individual users to locate items of interest. WiFi will be available; attendees are
encouraged to bring their laptops.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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