Tuesday September 21, 2021 was the night of my Northern Virginia numismatic social group, Nummis Nova. Wayne Herndon was our host at the French restaurant Mon Ami Gabi in Reston Town Center. Chris Neuzil was already seated at our table when I arrived. We were soon joined by Jon Radel, Roger Burdette, Wayne himself and finally Julian Leidman. It was a small turnout, but made for a great discussion forum.
As a social group our discussions are not just numismatic, and we learned about family members, Chris' fender-bender, multiple facts and opinions about the ongoing pandemic, and Roger's dreams. Roger described a dream that could be classified in the modern category of "electric vehicle range anxiety", wherein he kept being frustrated in attempts to recharge and get to his final destination. He explained that he often writes down dreams to provide his acting-student daughter ideas for skits and plays. When someone questioned the usability of the premise, I said, "You could name it 'Waiting for Rogot'..."
With the smaller turnout numismatic displays were short in supply, but I passed around my recent acquisition from Fred Weinberg, a 1933 poster for banks about the implementation of the March 10 Presidential Proclamation on gold coinage. I'd seen it in his case at the ANA, and he kindly sent it to me for an offer. I'm happy to now have it as part of my numismatic ephemera collection.
I also brought with me the Where's George dollar I described last week. Jon looked it up online and reported its presence in Reston. At the end of the evening I spent it with a cash tip. It will be interesting to see whether and when it's reported again.
A few weeks back our old Nummis Nova regular Howard Daniel (now retired and moved to Florida) stopped by my house with some donation material. Included were copies of the November 2007 Premier Issue of Worldwide Coins magazine from Amos Press and Coin World. He'd had a table at a show next to Amos Press and picked up a box of copies the staff left behind. The publication apparently didn't take off, but was nicely produced. Can any of our readers tell us more about it?
Other topics centered on the American Numismatic Association and its role and relevance in the hobby and the world at large. When the topic of battling counterfeits online came up, I noted that well, outside groups ACEF, NGC and PCGS "just sent a sternly worded letter to Mark Zuckerberg."
There was discussion of the ANA's earlier creation and later sale of the ANA Certification Service (ANACS), and whether the organization was abdicating responsibility for a key need, and the impression that "the ANA hasn't done anything serious about counterfeiting since the Hobby Protection Act nearly fifty years ago."
It was another great evening of numismatic discussion and fellowship.
I'm looking forward to next time.
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
WAYNE'S AUGUST 2021 ANA DIARY, PART TWO
WAYNE'S NUMISMATIC DIARY: SEPTEMBER 19, 2021
Wayne Homren, Editor
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