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Welcome to The E-sylum: Volume 2, Number 7:  February 15, 1999: 
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 


   Two new subscribers this week:  Carl Honore' and 
   Hank on  Welcome aboard!  

   Carl writes:  "I love books in general, especially ones dealing with 
   numismatics.  I am a dedicated researcher. ...   By the way:  the neat 
   photo of books at the top of your web page is now the wallpaper on 
   my computer. " 


    "The E-sylum" name seems to be a hit - we've received 
    compliments from a number of subscribers:  

     DENIS LORING: "I think the name is terrific!" 
     KEN BRESSETT: "I love the new name 'E-sylum.' Nice going. 
         Keep up the good work. Your efforts are very much 
     FRED SCHWAN:  "Nice job." 
     MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN: "This was the best issue of the 
         'E-sylum'  to date.  Great Job." 


   Michael also wrote a detailed reply to Wendell Wolka's 

   I studied the photocopy you sent in October regarding 
   the State Bank of Ohio $5 and the Ohio State Stock Bank 
   $5 counterfeit notes along with the descriptive text provided. 
   As you know most counterfeit detectors do not include any 
   illustrations of actual notes from circulation.  Rather, they 
   typically provide engravings from design elements or entire 
   notes for the express purpose of education.  

   The $5 State Bank of Ohio note matches the descriptive text 
   found in Hodge's 1857 edition. Other bank note lists from the 
   era also match the $5 State Bank of Ohio note.  There are 
   three publications subtitled "Bank Note Mirror" which contained 
   actual woodcut illustrations of counterfeit notes found in 

   Dye's Book of Bank Note Plates, an Accompaniment to his 
   Illustrated Bank Note Mirror for 1853.  See Champa lot 211 
   which reads "An album of reproductions of counterfeit notes, 
   both entire bills and selected vignettes."  

   Dye's Bank Mirror, 1853 and 1855.  

   Kennedy's Fac Simile Counterfeit Bank Note Detector. 
   Pittsburg, 1856.  See Kolbe-Adams lot 496 which reads 
   "lithographic  facsimilies of 8 counterfeit bank notes with 
   descriptive text."  

   Unfortunately, I've seen but don't own these items.  I suggest 
   two ideas: 1) an OCLC search;  and 2) Contacting Frank 
   Campbell at the ANS to locate the items for your research 


   In response to Saul Teichman's suggestion of an update to 
   Gengerke's list of U.S. auction catalogs -  

   FRED LAKE:  "As far as I know Martin Gengerke is still 
   planning to produce a volume 9 of his "Numismatic Auction 
   Catalogs"  listings.  

   DENIS LORING:  "Great idea, if and only if someone is 
   willing  to take ownership of the project and commit to seeing 
   it through to completion (and, of course, if Martin agrees)."  

   MICHAEL BERKMAN:  "I have already compiled a list of 
   20th Century auction sales for my own use and I would not 
   mind expanding it as a replacement to Gengerke. I would 
   welcome any participation from others who would like to add 
   to it, as it primarily covers the more recent auctionhouses (e.g. 
   Bowers, Kagin's, Paramount, Stack's Superior, etc).  Unlike 
   Gengerke,  it gives occasional notes as to the content of sale 
   and, when applicable, the different bindings and special editions." 


   In my copious free time, I've also been working on a web site for 
   my local club, the Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society. It's 
   still a work-in-progress, but you can check it out at  

   Numismatic bibliophiles may want to click on "History" to view 
   my paper on the early history of the society (1878-1889). 

  Wayne Homren 
  Numismatic Bibliomania Society  

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