Ronald Fritz submitted these thoughts on interesting numismatic tours in New York City. Thanks! -Editor
Museum & Gold Vault Tour
I enjoyed reading the ANA edition of The E-Sylum and would like to comment on the one about numismatic tours in New York City.
First, let me give you a little background on myself. I am a member of the ANA, paid through December 2020 at which time I will become an emeritus member,
and two local coin clubs. I retired but spent thirty years as a banking regulator, mostly as a supervising bank examiner.
The tours that are discussed in the article appear to be mainly tours of the facades of buildings with a numismatic collection. One of the sites mentioned
offers much more to the numismatist. In the early 1990's I attended a seminar for regulators at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. The last day of the seminar
ended early and the Vice President of the New York Federal Reserve offered those of us who were interested a private tour of the bank's Gold vault. While U.S.
gold reserves are held at Fort Knox, most of the free world's gold reserves are held at the New York Federal Reserve Bank in a large vault five floors below
ground level, surrounded by bedrock. The gold is stored in 128 cages, each containing two to five thousand bars of gold (As I recall, one or two hold gold
In 1996, as president of the Northern Valley Coin Club, I contacted the Federal Reserve and arranged for our group to tour the vault. Although not as
extensive as the private tour I received, it was still a tour that the club members enjoyed. We also showed off our numismatic knowledge by filling in some
facts that the tour guides were not aware of.
It is worth contacting the Federal Reserve and inquiring about the possibility of such a tour if one is planning on visiting New York City. These tours have
to be arranged well in advance.
Dave Bowers adds:
Augustus Sage's family's 2nd floor apartment is still there. The VICTORY statue opposite the Plaza is a must, etc. How about the corner of 47th Street and
5th Avenue, 3rd floor, home to J. W. Scott and New Netherlands?
For more information, see:
Museum & Gold Vault Tour (https://www.newyorkfed.org/aboutthefed/visiting.html)
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW YORK CITY NUMISMATIC TOURS (https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/esylum_v22n27a09.html)
THE BOOK BAZARRE
OVER 500 NUMISMATIC TITLES
: Wizard Coin Supply has over 500 numismatic titles in stock, competitively discounted, and available for immediate shipment.
See our selection at www.WizardCoinSupply.com
Wayne Homren, Editor
The Numismatic Bibliomania Society is a non-profit organization
promoting numismatic literature. See our web site at coinbooks.org.
To submit items for publication in The E-Sylum, write to the Editor
at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
To subscribe go to: https://my.binhost.com/lists/listinfo/esylum
Copyright © 1998 - 2012 The Numismatic Bibliomania Society (NBS)
All Rights Reserved.
NBS Home Page
Contact the NBS webmaster