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Welcome to The E-sylum: Volume 2, Number 17:  April 25, 1999:  
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.   


    Terry L. Guthrie is our newest member, bringing the number  
    of subscribers to 153.   Welcome aboard!  


    Board Member Pete Smith writes:  "I would like to react to  
    the featured web site   I have used  
    the web extensively for genealogical research.  I have found  
    that the commercial sites usually give access to free sites that  
    are just as available without going through the commercial site.   

    My favorite site for genealogical research is It is a free site that provides an  
    index  for more than 10 million names. (although many are  
    duplicates)   It provides links to private web pages that include  
    family history in different formats.  Once I land on a site that  
    has a name that I want, I usually find that the site has much  
    more on that family that is also of interest.   

    A word of warning on the use of the web for genealogical  
    research as well as other research.  There is a lot of garbage  
    out there.  Some people are not careful about what they put on  
    their web pages and include family links that are not correct.  
    Others  make mistakes in transcribing information from other  
    sources.  A researcher has to learn what looks trustworthy and  
    what looks suspicious.  If the information is important, it should  
    be confirmed through a reliable source."  


    Board Member Joel Orosz had a few tidbits for David  
    Davis' research:  "In the Cohen sale (1875), the buyer was  
    Herman Ely at $23.00."   

    "In the Levick sale (1859), my priced and named copy says  
    the buyer was  "Wilson", and the price was a munificent $1.80.  
    Of course, Cogan did describe it as "poor".  I assume that  
    "Wilson" was Rathmel Wilson, of Wilmington, Delaware.  He  
    was a buyer in the Lewis Roper sale of 1851, and purchased,  
    from the grandnephew of Charles Thomson, the Nova  
    Constellatio mark and quint.  See Bowers, History of U.S.  
    Coinage, pp. 134-35, and Garrett 1, lots 620 and 621."   

    Joel's report presents a problem, since others have reported  
    that their catalogs record the lot as a no sale.   Hmmm.  


    From the March, 1783 issue of the Gentleman's Magazine of  
    London:  "In commemoration of the American war, and the  
    independence of America that succeeded it, Dr. Franklin has  
    caused a medal to be struck.  It represents Hercules in his  
    cradle, strangling two serpents; a leopard, amazed at his  
    strength, is about to fall upon him; he is repulsed by France,  
    who, under the figure of Minerva, turns her shield, on which  
    are three fleurs de lis, towards him.  At bottom are the years  
    1777 and 1781, epochs of the capitulations of the armies of  
    Burgoyne and Cornwallis, represented by the two serpents.  
    On the other side is Liberty, emblematically portrayed by a  
    fine woman; and in the exurgue, Libertas Americana."  


    Tom Fort found the web site for the Hunterian Museum in  
    Glasgow, Scotland:  
    "They have a nice numismatic section, including material on  
    Scottish communion tokens."  

  Wayne Homren  
  Numismatic Bibliomania Society   

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