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Welcome to The E-sylum: Volume 2, Number 10:  March 8, 1999: 
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 


    New subscribers this week are Adam Sterling, Marc Melch  
    and Lionel Silva - "I collect archaic and classical greek  
    coins. I was a collector of US coins for thirty years and  
    changed to ancients about four years ago.  I also like  
    reading about ancient coins, history, etc." 


    Thanks also go to Larry for publicizing our updated web 
    site on the NUMISM-L, COINS, and BIBLIONUMIS-L 
    internet mailing lists. 


   The book British Copper Tokens 1811 - 1820, by Paul and 
   Bente Withers, has been printed and will shortly be  
   available. The book covers the tokens of England, Wales,  
   Scotland and Ireland, including the Isle of Man and the  
   Channel Islands. For more information, contact one of  
   the distributors:   Paul at Galata Books:  or Allan Davisson: 


    Authors Barry Tayman and George Fuld are seeking  
    information about Canadian Blacksmith tokens for 
    an upconing monograph.  Reports of all pieces, 
    common or rare, are welcome.  For more information, 
    contact George at 


    Fred Lake's latest Function Associates sale #45 will  
    close April 6th, 1999.  For more information contact  
    Fred at   Remy Bourne's public  
    auction #9 will be held in Rosemont, IL April 9-10.   
    For more information contact Remy at 


    Randolph Zander, in Part 3 of his Numismatic  
    Reminiscences article published in the last Asylum,  
    describes Ray Byrne as "a joyous collector - He  
    enjoyed his subject, and he certainly enjoyed  
    numismatic company - he founded the Pittsburgh 
    Sphinx club - a meeting of serious coin people 
    [ even if you called them sphincters]..."  

    The Sphinx Society lives on, and I've been glad to  
    be a member for several years now.  It's a model  
    that serious collectors might consider emulating  
    in other cities.  It is a club without officers: no  
    committees, no reading of the minutes, no anything  
    except numismatic fellowship.  The group meets  
    monthly at a local restaurant; members take turns  
    hosting the meeting and giving an informal talk on  
    a numismatic subject - always a relaxing and  
    enjoyable evening. 


    In Robert Turfboer's English translation of Pierre 
    Bastien's book "Les Numismates" (The Coin Collectors)" 
    we learn the story of "Baron Lodovico Soltieri, a 
    wealthy Florentine who collected coins from his own  
    city exclusively.  Despite this specialty, he never 
    missed a European numismatic conference and had come  
    to this one also...  

    "He was always accompanied by a beautiful woman whom 
    he invariably introduced as his wife.  The real  
    baroness, a chronic invalid, never left the family  
    palace and her husband always traveled in the company 
    of one of his mistresses.  People in numismatic  
    circles whispered that Soltieri collected more  
    Florentines than Florentine coins."  


    One of the most unusual numismatically-related  
    sites on the internet is "Where's George - The  
    Great American Dollar Bill Locator"  at  Readers can enter  
    the serial numbers of dollar bills passing through  
    their hands and track their later progress around  
    the country with the help of like-minded bill 
    trackers.   Strange, but true... 

  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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