Board member Dave Perkins published an account of his visit with NBS to Dan Hamelberg's library last month in the September 15, 2019 issue of the JR Newsletter, an
electronic publication of the John Reich Collectors Society. With permission, here it is. -Editor
Prior to this year’s ANA Convention, fellow collector and JRCS member Mike Clark and I signed up for a visit to Dan Hamelberg’s Library and home. This visit was scheduled for
the Sunday after the annual ANA Convention in Chicago.
While we went primarily for the Numismatic content, we were pleasantly surprised to see historical items from the early United States including rare maps, manuscripts,
autographs, coin art and coin glass, baseball memorabilia and many other items in this extensive collection.
Click on the link below to see a short video of what is termed” The Invasion of Champaign.” Imagine a library collection with over 13,000 Numismatic auction catalogs that would
cover five football fields of linear space! Or one favorite of mine, a plate photo from the June 25-27, 1890 Parmelee Sale together with two of the actual coins plated, the 1796
15 Stars and 16 Stars Half Dollars in PCGS AU55 and PCGS XF45 respectively! These are both “First Year of Issue” coins that Dan also collects.
How about a neat coin clock made out of 1878 dated Liberty Seated Dollars, Half Dollars, Quarters and Dimes. Or the inventory (book) of the Col. E.H.R. Green coin collection,
prepared by F.C.C. Boyd (of World’s Greatest Collection fame). And an original Revolutionary War map of Boston.
Warning, you may want to periodically pause the video in order to study all the items visible in the video background.
Needless to say, it was quite a day!
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
INVASION OF CHAMPAIGN VIDEO ON NEWMAN PORTAL (https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/esylum_v22n34a10.html)
WAYNE'S 2019 ANA DIARY: PART II (https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/esylum_v22n34a20.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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