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Welcome to The E-sylum: Volume 2, Number 9:  March 1, 1999: 
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 


    No new subscribers this week;  keep passing the word. 
    Who do you know who would be interested in joining us? 
    Denis Loring has posted a notice of our new web address to the 
    rec.collecting.coins internet newsgroup.  Where else should we 
    be publicizing ourselves? 


    Member William Malkmus, compiler of the index for The Asylum 
    writes:  "It had to happen sometime -- but with the official christening 
   of the 'E-sylum' we will have to meet it head on!   ... doubtless, 
    someone will eventually have to compile an 'E-ndex' to the 'E-sylum'."  

    He was concerned about the numbering and dating of the early 
    issues of what is now the E-Sylum.   Luckily, NBS Historian Joel 
   Orosz and I have been archiving them, and sometime later this year 
   we plan to add the archive to the NBS web site. 


    Larry Mitchell is steadily working on the general numismatic 
    bibliography for our web site.  Sections 27-30 have been 
    added this week.  Please let us know if you have any comments:  Click on "Bibliography". 


    We were saddened to hear this week of the death of Raphael 
    "Ray" Ellenbogen of the Columbus, OH area.   A longtime NBS 
    member and Asylum contributor, Ray was an avid collector and 
    researcher of paper money.  He served on the board of the 
    Society of Paper Money Collectors (SPMC), and had just 
    attended the recent F.U.N. show in Orlando, FL.  John and Nancy 
    Wilson noted "he was a gentleman's gentleman, and will be missed." 


    In more Ohio news, Dave and Sherry Sklow of The Money Tree 
    have completed their long-planned move to the Cleveland area. 
    Dave took over the task of cataloging Money Tree literature sales 
    after the death of Ken Lowe.  Once the Sklows get settled in 
    their new home, we can look forward to more regular Money Tree 
    sale catalogs and coin show appearances. 


    Carl Honore "would like to recommend two volumes to 
    collectors of early American copper.  These are two anthologies. 
    The first is entitled United States Large Cents 1793-1857 and edited  

    by Warren Lapp and Herb Silberman.  ... There is information on 
    anything and everything from uses and abuses of large cents ... to 
    "A Visit To The Mint, in 1812".  

    The second recommended volume is Early American Copper Anthology 
    published by Sanford Durst.  This book contains the collected works of 
    Sylvester Crosby, Frossard and Hays, S. Chapman, Clapp and Newcomb, 
    and ends with an essay on the Oscar Pearl collection by Abe Kosoff. The 
    collector can appreciate the work of Sheldon-Breen-Paschal more by 
    reading the works of their predecessors. " 


     Also thanks to Denis Loring, there is a new link to the NBS web site 
     on Bob Johnson's  GOLDSHEET Numismatic Directory at 

    Online since July 1995, GOLDSHEET is one of the oldest and 
    now the largest collection of coin sites, over 1200 links.  Check it 
    out and if you find a site of special interest to bibliophiles and other 
    numismatic researchers, please let us know and we'll feature it 
    here in a later issue. 

  Wayne Homren 
  Numismatic Bibliomania Society  

  The Numismatic Bibliomania Society is a 
  non-profit organization promoting numismatic 
  literature.   For more information please see 
  our web site at 
  There is a membership application available on 
  the web site.  To join, print the application and 
  return it with your check to the address printed 
  on the application.   For those without web access, 
  contact Dave Hirt, NBS Secretary-Treasurer, 
  5911 Quinn Orchard Road, Frederick, MD 21701  

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