The Numismatic Bibliomania Society


The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 37, September 11, 2022, Article 2


The Autumn 2022 issue of The Asylum is on the way from our sponsor, the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. Maria Fanning edits our print journal, and she submitted this report and President Tom Harrison's message. Thanks. -Editor

Asylumv40n3cover-1 The Asylum's Autumn 2022 issue will be mailing to NBS members soon. Thanks to everyone who sent in photos from the ANA in Rosemont this year. It great to see fellow bibliomaniacs and we hope to see more of you in Pittsburgh next August.

For the second year in a row the ANA has given The E-Sylum first place in the Electronic category of the Barbara J. Gregory Outstanding Club Publications competition. The Asylum won third place in the Special Publications category, as well. Keep the submissions coming!

We would love to receive more contributions, especially any experiences and opinions on having treasures bound, working with a bindery, and advice on when and how to do so.

In this issue:

  • NBS 2022 Symposium and General Meeting Reports by Joel J. Orosz
  • The NBS at ANA
  • "Etched in Steel but not Paper: The Lack of Writings from the Chief Engravers of the Mint" by Mike Costanzo
  • "Frossard's Sale 78: The Trivulzio Library, Part II" by David F. Fanning
  • "Enigmatic Numismystique: The Numismatist Purchase of 1908—Labor and Love" by Douglas Ward
  • "ASSOCIATIONS: Autographs • Annotations • Inscriptions Charles Ira Bushnell's Flandin's Catalogue of Coins and Medals: Part III, The Daniel E. Groux Broadside Sale, February 15, 1856" by Joel J. Orosz

President's Message
By Tom Harrison

Again this year, numismatic bibliophiles converged on the ANA World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois, from all four corners of the United States and numerous points in between. From Tuesday through Friday the NBS hosted their club table, strategically placed next to literature dealer Charles Davis's booth. The table gave convention attendees a chance to purchase a commemorative coffee mug to support the NBS, view highlights from Friday's charity auction, and most of all, it provided a gathering point for sharing their bibliomania.

Conventioneers were treated to an outstanding nine-case literature display titled A Select Numismatic Literature Collection, created by Erwin Brauer. Volumes displayed included rare items authored by Dickeson, Ormsby and Beazel.

NBS Treasurer, Chuck Heck, presented an entertaining and informative talk detailing his research and the production of his enlightening new book, Die States of 1794 United States Large Cents, at Thursday's Symposium. Chuck addressed a number of challenges and detailed solutions to help prospective authors navigate the complexities of publication.

I am pleased to report that both The Asylum and The E-Sylum received recognization at the ANA awards ceremony Thursday afternoon. The E-Sylum received first place in the electronic category of the Barbra J. Gregory Outstanding Club Publication Competition. Congratulations to Wayne, Bruce, John, and all of The E-Sylum contributors and advertisers for this well-deserved award. For over twenty years, The E-Sylum remains one of the real treasures of the numismatic community. The Asylum brought home third place in the speciality category of the Outstanding Club Publication Competition. Congratulations to our talented editor, Maria Fanning, and the first-class authors who, together with Maria, continue to make The Asylum one of the premier numismatic journals.

Highlights of Friday's General Meeting included the presentation of the George Fredrick Kolbe Lifetime Achievement Award, the annual charity auction, The Asylum author awards and a video tour of the amazing Joel Orosz numismatic library. The Kolbe award was presented to long-time literature dealer, author and NBS supporter, Charles Davis, a former NBS Board member and a past editor of The Asylum. Again this year, several generous donors stepped forward to provide fifty quality lots for the charity auction for which enthusiastic bidders competed to raise funds to support the NBS. On behalf of the NBS membership, I extend a heartfelt thank you to the open-handed members who raised over $10,000 for the NBS! The Jack Collin's Award was presented to Charles Sullivan and the Joel J. Orosz Award to Jim Neiswinter. In July, Len Augsburger and Lianna Spurrier produced a video recording of NBS Historian, Joel Orosz's, extensive library. As a result of their efforts and Joel's hospitality, we had an opportunity to enjoy a video tour and view a number of special volumes including an extensive collection of NBS archival material dating back to the society's inception. New this year, members were invited to remain for an informal social time following the formal part of the meeting to share a special item from their libraries and connect with old friends and new acquaintances.

The bibliophiles' week was capped off with a well-attended Money Talks presentation by NBS Vice President, Len Augsburger, titled Building a Numismatic Library for Pleasure and Profit. Len's discussion focused on different collecting strategies and the wide range of opportunities collectors have to assemble a significant library regardless of one's budget.

It was a great week of biblio fun and education thanks to the efforts of many dedicated members who generously gave their time and resources. Many thanks to everyone for your continued commitment to the NBS! Be sure to read Joel Orosz's detailed reports about the Symposium and General Meeting in this issue.

May your library provide investigation, discovery and most of all, enjoyment.

Remember, while The E-Sylum is free to all, only paid members of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society receive our print journal, The Asylum. Print/Digital membership is $40 to addresses in the U.S., and $60 elsewhere. A digital-only membership is available for just $25. -Editor

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