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The E-Sylum: Volume 22, Number 21, May 26, 2019, Article 4


It's also time for NBS members to elect the Board of Trustees. Here are the candidate bios from the latest issue of The Asylum. -Editor

NBS 2019 Board of Trustees Slate of Candidates

2019 is an election year for the Numismatic Bibliomania Society's Board of Trustees. Active NBS members will receive a ballot in the next issue and a link to vote online.


Tom Harrison Tom Harrison, current president
It has been my privilege to serve as President of the NBS the past two years. I started collecting numismatic literature in the late 1970s when a groundswell of excitement was building for this long neglected branch of numismatics. In 2008, following nearly a twenty year hiatus from the hobby, I returned with a renewed enthusiasm. I look forward to working with the Board and the entire NBS membership as we continue to explore ways to increase enthusiasm and share our passion for numismatic literature with the greater numismatic community.


Len Augsburger, current vice president
Leonard Augsburger Len Augsburger serves as Project Coordinator for the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis, and has written widely in the field of American numismatics. He has won two Book of the Year awards from the Numismatic Literary Guild, and recently published, with co-authors Joel Orosz and Pete Smith, 1792: Birth of a Nation's Coinage. In conjunction with this work, Augsburger cataloged the Donald Partrick collection of patterns of 1792 sold by Heritage Auctions in 2015. A Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, Augsburger also serves as vice president of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club.


Chuck Heck, current acting treasurer
Chuck Heck My name is Charles Heck, but everyone knows me as Chuck. My interest in early U.S. history and early U.S. coinage began at age 6. My mom and dad would take my brother and me to Lake George for two weeks every August and I thrived on the local history. At age 8 my dad gave me his boyhood coin collection and that sealed my addiction to numismatics.

I cannot believe how a hobby has enabled me to meet so many talented, interesting, and friendly people. And now as I get older, I find that the people and the stories mean more to me than the coins. What a great ride this has been!

Professionally, I am a C.P.A., licensed in the State of New York. My areas of specialization are Corporate and Personal Taxation, Non Profit Accounting, and Estates and Trusts. NBS is a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation that has been determined by the IRS to qualify as a Public Charity. I understand the rules that Public Charities, Private Operating Foundations and Private Non-Operating Foundations must follow. I also know how to prepare and interpret financial information. I know that I can serve NBS well as its Treasurer.

TRUSTEES (Vote for Six)

David F. Fanning, current trustee
David Fanning David F. Fanning is a principal of Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers, an auction and retail firm located in the Columbus, Ohio area. A student of numismatic literature since childhood, he holds a Ph.D. in English from the Ohio State University and is a life member of the ANA. He is an elected Fellow of the ANS and a Board Member of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, in addition to being a member of the Rittenhouse Society and a founder of the Attinelli Fellowship. He has published widely on numismatic literature, North American colonial coins, medals, U.S. federal coins, Islamic coins and other topics.

Dan Hamelberg, current trustee
Dan Hamelberg Dan Hamelberg is a current ANS Trustee, an ANA & ANS Life Member, a Member EAC, FUN, LSCC, C4, Flying Eagle & Indian Cent Collectors Society. He is also a past NBS President and has been a board member for many years, as well as receiving the NBS's George F. Kolbe Award for Lifetime Achievement Numismatic Literature. He has assembled a significant U.S. Coin collection of "First Year of Type" and a comprehensive collection of U.S. Numismatic Literature.

"I would like to see more engagement with young collectors as they are the future of our hobby. The NBS needs and deserves an active board of directors with officers to match to maintain and improve a society devoted to the hobby of Numismatic Literature."

David Hill, current trustee
David Hill David Hill is the Librarian and Archivist at the American Numismatic Society, and he also oversees the satellite operation of the Newman Numismatic Portal that is based there. He has over twenty-five years of experience working with books and archival materials, having held positions at the Columbia University Archives and Columbiana Library, the Berkshire County Historical Society (Massachusetts), the Westchester County Archives, and Iona College Library (New Rochelle, N.Y.). He has been with the ANS since 2010. His numerous articles on numismatics and numismatic literature have appeared in ANS Magazine and The Asylum.

Sydney Martin, current trustee
Syd Martin I currently serve as President of the American Numismatic Society. I was the editor of the award-winning Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C4) Newsletter for over 10 years (retiring in 2016). I believe in the adage "buy the book first," and have built an extensive numismatic library. My primary collecting interest is in pre-Federal coinage and colonial medals, and I have authored three books dealing with these topics. I am a member of ANS, NBS, MCA, C4, TAMS, EAC, and ANA.

W. David Perkins, current trustee
w-david-perkins W. David Perkins is a longtime collector and researcher of the early United States silver dollars 1794-1803. Dave also collects Civil War Store Cards, tokens and Numismatic Literature, including books, catalogs and documents pertaining to the great early silver dollar collections and collectors. His interest in Civil War Store Cards started with a discovery that his great-great-grandfather issued two Detroit, Michigan Civil War tokens in 1863.

Dave was a consultant to Bowers & Merena in the cataloging of the Eliasberg early silver dollars and with Heritage Auctions for the Eric P. Newman early quarters and dollars, and has cataloged and consulted on early dollars and other coins and tokens for a number of numismatic auction firms. He has spoken on the early dollars at a number of ANA Numismatic Theatres and has taught a class on the dollars at the ANA Summer Conference. Dave has also been a contributor to a number of numismatic books over the years.

Dave is a past Secretary / Treasurer of NBS. In addition to NBS, Dave is a member of numerous numismatic organizations and clubs including the ANA, ANS, JRCS (LM), NLG, EAC, TAMS, CWTS (LM) and others. Dave is an officer and is Treasurer of the John Reich Collector's Society. He has authored dozens of articles for a wide variety of publications including The Asylum, John Reich Journal, Coin World, TAMS Journal, Civil War Token Journal, The Gobrecht Journal, NOW News and Talkin' Tokens. His articles have won literary awards from NLG, JRCS, CWTS, TAMS, NTCA and NOW.

Dave Steine
Dave Steine I was born in southeast Minnesota into a family of automobile fanatics and collectors. My father and all five of his brothers had a passion for vintage Cadillacs. By the time I was five years old I was working in my father's hobby shop helping to restore old cars. I became interested in coins when one of my uncles showed me some early gold coins.

My mother would go shopping for fruits and vegetables at a local market and nearby a couple doors down was a little coin shop ran by an elderly lady. I would ride along with Mom and with my money saved from doing chores and helping with the cars, maybe five bucks a week, I would buy some interesting coins.

Today I live on a class A trout stream in western Wisconsin with my wife Judy and our two golden retrievers, Daisy and Lily. Our two sons Bryon and Ben are grown and work with me in our family business remanufacturing automotive engines and parts. We have close to 100 dedicated employees working at Tri Star Engines and Transmissions, the company I founded over 30 years ago. In addition to collecting coins and numismatic books I also collect Ford and Shelby automobiles and memorabilia.

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