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The E-Sylum: Volume 22, Number 5, February 3, 2019, Article 34


Here are some additional items I came across in the media this week that may be of interest. -Editor

Kolbe & Fanning Sale 151 Results

Steve Roach published an article February 1, 2019 on the results of the recent Kolbe & Fanning numismatic literature sale 151. Highlighted are B. Max Mehl catalogs and two key works by George Francis Hill on Italian Renaissance medals. See the complete article online. -Editor

b-max-mehl As John W. Adams wrote in United States Numismatic Literature, "The career of B. Max Mehl was an impossibility. He had at least three strikes against him: 1) he was an immigrant Jew in a then-gentile hobby; 2) he was located in Fort Worth, Texas, at a time when 95 percent of the business was done on the East Coast; and 3) Lilliputian in stature and colorless in terms of personality, he adopted a business plan that relied on creativity and promotion. Quite obviously, Mehl did not realize that he was licked before he started. He just knew that it was a lot more fun to sell coins than to sell shoes. From there, he took it one step at a time."

Kolbe & Fanning added, "Of his numismatic publications, Mehl's ubiquitous Rare Coin Encyclopedia provided a steady source of income, his Numismatic Monthly deservedly brought respectability, and his series of auction sale catalogues spanning fifty years allowed him to handle far more than his share of the great American coin collections of the day."

Coin World columnist Joel Orosz observed in 2015 that the larger than life Texan "was America's leading coin dealer because of brilliant marketing, not expertise about coins."

To read the complete article, see:
A Texas-sized trove of B. Max Mehl auction catalogs (

Iconic Coin Collectors

Lianna Spurrier published a piece February 1, 2019 about four iconic collectors - Eric Newman, John Ford, Louis Eliasberg, and King Farouk. -Editor

Iconic Coin Collectors

To read the complete article, see:
Who's Who: Iconic Coin Collections You Should Know (

Josh Tatum and Racketeer Nickels

Also, check out Lianna's earlier January 16, 2019 CoinWeek article on Josh Tatum and the "Racketeer" Nickels. -Editor

Fact or Myth Racketeer Nickels banner

To read the complete article, see:
Fact or Myth: Josh Tatum and Racketeer Nickels (

Old Mint Press Strikes New Medals

from the Nevada Appeal, here's an article about the minting of new commemorative medals on the old Carson City mint press. -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
Nevada legislative leaders stamp commemorative medallions (

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Coin Launch

A Coin Update article by Lou Golino covers the launch ceremony for the 2019 Apollo 11 50th anniversary coins. -Editor

The launch event was attended by several astronauts and their families and other invited guests such as current and former members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee who played roles in creating the coins. These included new CCAC Chairman Thomas J. Uram, who delivered remarks on behalf of U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder and who was a member of the jury that selected the winning obverse design; former Chairman Gary Marks; current member Erik Jansen, who represents the general public; and Michael Olson, who is also a member of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation's board and noted that astronauts and their families at the event were excited about the coins, which sold briskly.

To read the complete article, see:
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Coin Program launched on January 24 (

Wayne Homren, Editor

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