This press release from the American Numismatic Society describes an upcoming event to remember researcher Del Bland. -Editor
Early American Coppers (EAC) and American Numismatic (ANS) will hold an event to remember specialist and friend Del Bland
On Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Early American Coppers (EAC) Convention in Dayton, Ohio, EAC and ANS will host a get-together to allow the many
friends and colleagues of the late Del Bland to remember, celebrate, and honor this extraordinary man. He passed away on October 16, 2018.
Delmar Norris Bland, born in 1933, first became interested in coins around the age of 17, filling slots of Whitman albums from rolls he got at the bank.
Before long he was laying out what was for him real money for the coins he most wanted-among them the United States large cents that would demand his attention
for the rest of his life.
Del became a full-time coin dealer in 1969, specializing in early US copper coins. Four years later he began serious research into those coins, a pursuit
that more than a quarter century later, in 2000, led to the publication of the widely respected provenance and condition census published in Walter Breen's
Encyclopedia of Early United States Cents, 1793-1814. It included over 4,000 coins and more than 25,000 individual entries.
Several months prior to his death, the ANS purchased Del's vast archive of research data, compiled over 50 years with meticulous information on the
condition, sale prices, and ownership of large cents. This huge, largely unpublished reference work weighs over 900 pounds, and occupies 40 feet of shelf
space. The Society is deeply grateful to members whose contributions made this purchase possible.
The EAC Convention will be held from Thursday, May 2, to Sunday, May 5, 2019. The memorial will be held in the evening of Friday, May 3, and ANS Librarian
David Hill will be among the speakers. Additional details will be made available soon. For more information on the convention contact Convention Chairman: Jack
Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) Dayton Convention Center (DCC) 22 E. Fifth Street Dayton OH 45402 (937) 333-4700 / (937) 333-4711.
To read the complete article, see:
ANS + EAC Remembers Del Bland (http://numismatics.org/eac-bland/)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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