Author Allan Schein submitted this report on his recent trip to Mexico, where he received the Pradeau Award for his book Mexican
Beauty / Belleza Mexicana - Un Peso Caballito. Allan is on the left in the photo. -Editor
I traveled to Mexico City for the Sociedad Numismatica de Mexico International Coin Show and received my Pradeau Award in formal fashion on
September 2nd. Photo of the plaque attached. It’s the only kind of plaque my dentist approves of having. With me in the photo is Senor Alfredo
Martinez Mena, President of The Mexican Numismatic Society.
This show is one of the most social I attend. There is a group breakfast or luncheon every day, and on the day of the Awards banquet we
were serenaded by a Guitar soloist whose every expression was as passionate as his musical performance. American attendees included my good
friend and translator of my book Mexican Beauty, Roberto del Bosque from Brownsville, Texas. Also from Texas were Mike Dunnigan and
Angel Herrera Smith. Andy Lustig, Paul Brombal and Stephen Searle were some of the other Americans in attendance. Ex-patriot Americans Bob
Briggs, Duane Douglas and Kim Rud were also present, as always.
Allen's plaque and book
A very unusual item was offered to me in Mexico City by a dealer from Reynosa, Mexico which I purchased for a modest price. It was a Pocket
Watch made from two Caballito Pesos fitted with a hinge and dial. It needs some repair and a new crystal, if indeed it ever had one. But it's one
of those rare items that being the “Caballito Man” I had to acquire for myself.
My local watchmaker said he can make it work, so it will be quite a unique conversation piece when its repaired. It was fitted with a
rather small watch dial, but I like the fact that the eagle is mostly visible. I suppose a bad pun about “time flies” might be appropriate
under the circumstances.
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NEW BOOK: MEXICAN BEAUTY: MEXICO'S CABALLITO PESO
BOOK REVIEW: MEXICAN BEAUTY: UN PESO CABALLITO
Wayne Homren, Editor
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