Catalog of the World's Most Popular Coins
Martin Purdy writes:
"I was struck by the quite critical tone of the references to Fred Reinfeld and Burton Hobson in last week's E-Sylum. Their Catalog of the World's Most Popular Coins was a volume I read cover to cover as a child, several times over on repeated borrowings from my local library, and some decades later I acquired a copy of my own to dip into in an attempt to recapture some of the fascination the book held for me almost 50 years ago.
"On a quick search of my numismatic book list I have five titles published by Sterling, all of which have either Reinfeld or Hobson as one of the authors, though not the one mentioned in your "overdue book" item. I accept they're at the "populist" end of the scale, but is that the only objection, or is there more to it than that?
I didn't see last week's comments as overly critical - they were simply acknowledging the "populist" nature of many of the titles. I do agree that Catalog of the World's Most Popular Coins was a useful work at the time.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
A LONG-OVERDUE NUMISMATIC LIBRARY BOOK
AINA Forum Update
Mel Wacks submitted this update to the upcoming AINA Zoom Forum with Dr. David Jacobson on "Antioch and Jerusalem, the Seleucids and Maccabees in Coins."
The next AINA (American Israel Numismatic Association) forum will feature Dr. David Jacobson, Associate of the Faculty of Oriental Studies Faculty, University of Oxford, and winner of AINA’s 2021 Shekel Prize Medal. The forum will be held jointly with the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society. Jacobson’s talk will be about
Antioch and Jerusalem, the Seleucids and Maccabees in Coins, the subject of his book with the same title. The zoom talk will take place on August 22 at 7 PM in England, corresponding to 2 PM EST, 11 AM PST, and 9 PM in Israel.
Please register in advance at
yuqDIpE9NfLI9WhrlTaNDA8YfwVYEJ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Jacobson’s work recounts the heroic story of the Maccabees and explains how they successfully took on the might of the Seleucid realm, illustrated by the coins issued by the main protagonists. The author writes:
What was an epic struggle of an oppressed people to win their national and religious freedom has provided much inspiration through the ages and continues to strike a strong resonance in our own times. However, the historical drama, as recorded in 1 and 2 Maccabees, with its unfamiliar roll-call of major players and place names, has acquired a considerable mystique. The coins put faces to many of these seemingly obscure names and help bring those stirring events back to life.
For more information, see the earlier E-Sylum article:
AINA FORUM: ANTIOCH AND JERUSALEM
Festival of Coins Contributors Sought
Matt Hill of All About Coins writes:
"We’re excited to be running our second ‘Festival of Coins’ from 17 to 26 September this year at
www.allaboutcoins.co.uk, and I wondered if you or any of your colleagues had any content you would like to put forward. Content ideas could include special articles, videos, coin galleries, exclusive insight into a collection and any special offers for collectors. I look forward to your thoughts on this idea and would very much welcome your involvement."
The Festival of Coins is a nice online event, allowing for participation from both sides of the Atlantic. Consider contributing.
To sign up for the free the All About Coins newsletter., see:
Hetty Green's Greenbacks
Col. E.H.R. "Ned" Green accumulated one of the greatest coin collections of all time with money inherited from his mother, the richest woman in America - Hetty Green. Chip Howell passed along this recent YouTube video from The History Guy about Hetty Green. There's nothing much numismatic here, but there is an interesting connection; Hetty bought deprecated U.S. greenbacks at 50 cents on the dollar, and made a handsome profit when they were ultimately redeemed at face value. But how much more would they be worth now in the collector market?
To watch the video, see:
Hetty Green: The Witch of Wall Street
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 - 2021 The Numismatic Bibliomania Society (NBS)
All Rights Reserved.
NBS Home Page
Contact the NBS webmaster