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The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 41, September 25, 2005, Article 3

NEWEST NUMISMATIC MUSEUM TO HONOR ENGRAVERS AND THE WORLD OF MINTING

Dick Johnson writes: "I have been privileged to be present
at the birth of many numismatic organizations, institutions and
events -- Coin World, Token and Medal Society, the new
Philadelphia Mint Dedication, my own companies and many,
many others. Last week I was present at the birth of what
is sure to become a very prominent institution in the numismatic
field.

I sat with nine other individuals who are pledged to create the
Gallery Mint Museum in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Four of
the thirteen board members were absent because of Katrina
affecting their own institutions, or other pressing duties. For
three days, however, the board members present discussed
site locations for the building to house this museum, hiring the
dedicated talent to manage this museum, the collections this
museum will house and exhibit, the finances and fund-raising
necessary to raise this institution to its proper level, and the
educational projects which such an institution could perform,
all for the numismatic community.

In effect, we planned the thrust of this institution, the course
it should take, and the dream of what it could become!

The discussions were always positive because this museum
will be different from every other museum in America, numismatic
or otherwise. This museum will concentrate on the tools and
techniques of how coins, medals and paper money are created.
It may display numismatic specimens, but it will more importantly
exhibit how these artifacts were made -- the engraving of dies,
the tools of the field, the equipment necessary to produce them,
with the great current of interest "how were these coins or
medals or paper money made?" running through every exhibit,
every publication.

E-Sylum readers will be hearing more about this organization
in future weeks. You will be asked to furnish ideas of what you
would like to know about minting technology, you will be asked
to contribute to this project, and  once it is established and in
place  you will be asked to visit it. We will all learn a lot at
this new museum."

[This is an exciting prospect for numismatics, and I encourage
all E-Sylum readers to support this project with vigor. -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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