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Welcome to The E-sylum: Volume 2, Number 15:  April 11, 1999: 
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.  


    Subscriber Bruce Burton is back in the fold at his new 
    email address.  Numismatic researcher David J. Davis 
 subscribed this week.  Welcome! 


    One of Mr. Davis' current research projects is the U.S. 
    Half Dime of 1802, the rarest date in the series.  He's 
    looking for sale prices and buyers of 1802 Half Dimes 
    in the following auctions.  If you own or have access to 
    priced and/or named copies of the following catalogs, 
    write to him at  

    Jos. N.T. Levick, Edward Cogan, 12/19/1859, Lot 187 
    Wm. A Lilliendahl, Wm. H. Strobridge 12/15/1863, Lot 696 
    John F. McCoy, W.E. Woodward, 10/28/1867, Lot 619 
    C.N. Bodey, John W. Haseltine 10/29/1872 Lot 271 
    Col. M.I. Cohen, Edward Cogan 10/25/1875, Lot 813  

    Subscriber Ben Keele is researching two diverse areas of 
    numismatics. He can be reached at  

    "First, I am looking for information on Biafra. 
    It was a small country that tried to break off from Nigeria in 
    1967.  It surrendered in 1970 after a bloody civil war.  I am 
    looking mainly for data on when, where, why and how Biafra's 
    currency was made and where its leader ran off to when Biafra 

    I am also researching National Banks of Hastings, Nebraska. 
    Any information on National Banks in Hastings would be 


    Member John Adams  ( writes: 
    "As I clean house, I find nice/near-complete runs of the 
    following:  A.N.A. sales, Johnson&Jensen, Kagin, 
    Kreisberg and Hans Schulman. Would anyone in E-sylum 
    be interested for the cost of the box and the freight ?" 


    Larry Mitchell, compiler of the NBS General Numismatic 
    Bibliography, writes:  

    Your bibliographer would like to thank Tom Fort for offering 
    some excellent suggestions apropos to our sections on Dark 
    Ages and Anglo-Saxon Coinages (several of Tom's suggested 
    titles will shortly be incorporated into these sections as an 

    Suggestions as to additions/updates/corrections are ALWAYS 
    welcome from EVERYONE (don't let the fact that you may be 
    a "newbie" to our hobby make you shy!).  I can't guarantee that 
    your suggestion(s) will make my "final cut", but I will guarantee 
    that ALL suggestions will be seriously reviewed for possible 
    inclusion. (I usually consider hundreds of titles for each section, 
    then pare the final selection down to no more than a dozen titles 
    [so as not to overwhelm folks new to the hobby] ).  

    Your updates/additions/corrections should be addressed to 
    either myself  directly ( or to Wayne 
    (, who will in turn direct them to 

    Keep in mind that our audience is predominantly English- 
    speaking, so titles in the English language are what we're 
    focused on.  

    Where am I headed next?  Well, my roadmap, in a very rough 
    way (there having been to date numerous digressions, shortcuts, 
    wrong turns, etc.,  along the way), is Clain-Stefanelli's excellent 
    NUMISMATIC BIBLIOGRAPHY.  Of course, much has been 
    published in the 15 years since this wonderful work came out, 
    so the opportunities to make helpful suggestions are numerous. 
    (Published titles on Celtic coinage, for example, didn't really 
    "explode" till after Van Arsdell reinvigorated this specialty with 
    his now-standard-reference CELTIC COINAGE OF BRITAIN 
    in 1989.)  So, turn to C/S page 523 and pray that I don't start 
    heading the wrong way down a one-way street....     :-) 


    Sections added this week (under MEDIEVAL COINAGES) are:  

          48. THE CRUSADERS 


    President Michael Sullivan reports that the first 1999 issue of 
    our journal, The Asylum, should be printed and mailed to NBS 
    members at the end of this month.  Bear with us - ink and paper 
    move at a naturally slower pace than the electrons that speed the 
    E-Sylum to you each week. 


     Recent subscriber Jim McGarigle (ID: krisjim) has a 
     collector site on Ancient and Medieval coins at 
     Judging from the front-page photo, he'll blend in well with 
     the existing inmate population here at the E-Sylum. 

  Wayne Homren 
  Numismatic Bibliomania Society  

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