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The E-Sylum: Volume 22, Number 8, February 24, 2019, Article 2


The latest issue of our print journal The Asylum is on the way to the mailboxes of Numismatic Bibliomania Society members. Here is the table of contents and a message from our President Tom Harrison. A great lineup of articles! -Editor


The Asylum
Vol. 37 No. 1
Spring 2019

Table of Contents:

The Coinage of San Serriffe By Pete Smith
Raised as a Numismatist by Aaron Oppenheim
Valentine's Day By David Pickup
United States Numismatic Literature and a Surprising Find By Cole Hendrickson
Intaglio Printing & Wiping Paper By Bob Bednar
"The Coin Collector" By Ray Williams
My Dad, His Bank and How to Start Collecting Coins By David Pickup
A Casual Discussion at the ANS: A follow up to "An Afternoon at Princeton University" By Ray Williams
The Sheriff and the Switcher: An Afternote By Joel J. Orosz
Lauer's Musterkarte 28: Within a Rare Catalog, an Even Rarer One By David D. Gladfelter

Message from the President
By Tom Harrison

Welcome to the first issue of The Asylum for 2019 that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. This being an odd numbered year, it is time to call for nominations for officer and board positions in the upcoming NBS election. If you have an interest in serving please email Maria Fanning at by May 1st so you may be included on the ballots to be mailed with the summer issue of The Asylum. Please also include a brief bio and photo to include with the nominations.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the NBS we are issuing a special summer edition of The Asylum to record your recollections of past NBS events such as live literature auctions, the invasion of Louisville or Pittsburgh, and any stories related to numismatic literature gatherings. We would enjoy hearing about weekend visits to fellow NBSers' libraries or an entertaining dinner rendezvous. Your remembrances of the fascinating personalities of our hobby are welcome whether they are a couple of paragraphs or several pages in length. Also, any photos you would be willing to share will be appreciated and greatly enhance this commemorative issue. As much as we enjoy reading about our numismatic forefathers, I believe current as well as future bibliophiles will be entertained by your stories that bring to light the events and personalities of the first forty years of the NBS in this time capsule. Think of it as passing your fond NBS memories forward. Thank you for your contributions that will record stories that might otherwise be forgotten.

With spring just around the corner, it is not too early to make plans for our annual gatherings at this year's ANA World's Fair of Money in Rosemont. We are looking forward to seeing many friends, old and new, at our Symposium, General Meeting and club table. Last year's benefit auction held at the General Meeting was a resounding success, not only in terms of the financial results, but also by the markedly increased number of generous donors and bidders. Again this year we are asking for donations for our benefit auction that will play a crucial role in the continued success of the NBS.

Even if you are unable to attend the convention, please consider this all-important opportunity to support your NBS. David Fanning has graciously offered to accept donated items and create a catalog for the auction. Your donations can be sent to Kolbe & Fanning, 141 W. Johnstown Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230. The deadline for receiving donations is June 15, 2019.

A numismatic literature display is another way to promote our hobby and showcase your favorite title or author. This year's registration deadline is June 15th. This gives you ample time to create an educational exhibit at this year's premier numismatic event.

Finally, please know that as we embark on our 40th year your support and contributions to this remarkable organization are sincerely appreciated! Each article to The Asylum, donation to our benefit auction, or literature display at the ANA significantly enriches your NBS. May your numismatic library provide investigation, discovery and most of all, enjoyment.

Remember, while The E-Sylum is free to all, only paid members of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society receive our print journal, The Asylum. Print/Digital membership is $40 to addresses in the U.S., and $75 elsewhere. A digital-only membership is available for $25. -Editor

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