NBS President Tom Harrison filed this report following this past week's American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money. -Editor
The Numismatic Bibliomania Society’s 40th anniversary milestone is now history. It was a great week of biblio fun, education and fellowship. Again this year
we hosted the NBS club table near literature dealers Charles Davis and Kolbe & Fanning. The table provided an opportunity for friends of the NBS to view
items from Friday’s benefit auction, receive a commemorative 40th anniversary coffee mug for a $25 donation to the NBS, and most of all, it served as a
gathering place to share our passion for the hobby.
Tom and Pam Harrison
On Thursday our Symposium featured two outstanding presentations. First we were excited to have NBS Vice President, Len Augsburger, provide a fascinating
in-depth discussion on the legendary first six volumes of The Numismatist. Also, we were privileged to welcome American Numismatic Society Deputy
Director, Dr. Gilles Bransbourg, who gave a presentation on the ANS publication policy and shared other news from the ANS.
Friday’s General Meeting included The Asylum author awards and the presentation of the George Fredrick Kolbe Lifetime Achievement Award. The Jack Collins
Award for the best article by a first time author was presented to Michael Shutterly for his fine article Buy the Book for the Coin : Books for the Byzantine
Coin Collector. The Joel J. Orosz Award for the best article appearing in The Asylum was presented to Joel J. Orosz for his outstanding article
Associations : Del Bland’s William H. Sheldon - Inscribed Copy of Early American Cents : Before the Sheriff nabbed the Switcher.
The George Fredrick Kolbe Lifetime Achievement Award was last bestowed in 2015. This year the Board awarded this medal to the late Charles Ricard who with
his son, Marc, designed and funded the dies for this prestigious medallic award. The meeting also featured presentations by The E-Sylum Editor, Wayne
Homren, and Newman Numismatic Portal Coordinator, Len Augsburger, reporting on The E-Sylum and Newman Numismatic Portal respectively.
Again this year, our one major fundraising event, the benefit auction, was a success due to many generous donors and enthusiastic bidders stepping up to the
plate. Your generosity raised over $5000 for the NBS! On behalf of the entire NBS membership I want to share a heartfelt thank you to the donors, bidders and
to David Fanning for cataloging the sale and serving as our auctioneer.
The special 40th anniversary week was capped off by a tour of Dan Hamelberg’s incomparable library on Sunday. Not only was this an opportunity to visit the
most comprehensive private library of American numismatic literature, but it also provided a wonderful day of fun and fellowship. A very special thank you to
Dan, his wife, Connie and to Len Augsburger who made the travel arrangements.
As a result of many devoted members giving of their time, talent and resources this was an amazing week of NBS enjoyment from start to finish. THANK YOU
Wayne Homren, Editor
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