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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 2, Number 33:  August 16, 1999: 
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 


   Our newest subscribers are:  Tim Cooper,  Sam Deep, 
   David Evans, Ken Hallenbeck, Dan Hamelberg, 
   John Huffman, Jim Matthews, Mike Metras, Larry Sekulich, 
   James Taylor, Jon Warshawsky, Ute Wartenberg, and Kerry 

   This brings our current subscriber count to 199, just one shy 
   of our goal of 200.  But if we're lacking in quantity we're 
   overcompensating in terms of quality.  This class includes not 
   only some top publishers, researchers and literature collectors, 
   but present and former ANA and ANS officers and staff. 
   Welcome aboard, all! 


   Most of the above subscribers were recruited at the ANA 
   convention.  We also distributed a few hundred copies of a 
   publicity flyer, and hope it will lead to additional subscribers 
   in coming weeks.   Literature dealer Remy Bourne offered 
   to distribute copies of the flyer with his upcoming sale catalog, 
   and this should also help grow our numbers.  Thanks, Remy! 


   Bill Fivaz writes: "Wayne...Thank Q for continuing to send info 
   on the organization - it's very much appreciated.  

   Question:  Do you know if anyone is working on an update of 
   the old and revered H&K (HIBLER & KAPPAN) "So-Called 
   Dollars" book?  It's in very bad need of updating, and I think 
   someone who is qualified could do the hobby a great service 
   (and probably make a few bucks along the way) by 
   undertaking such a venture.  Any knowledge on this? 
   Regards, Bill"  

   Well, I'm afraid I don't know if any update is in the works, 
   but perhaps one of our readers does.  The book is certainly 
   easy to sell these days - it's one of those titles Ken Lowe 
   referred to as "the Kreugerrands of numismatic literature" - 
   books that aren't sexy, but can always be counted on to 
   find buyers. 


   David Cassel writes: "In my research in the Postage Currency 
   Coins area, I have come across some documents that may have 
   been written by the hand of Mint assayers, William E. DuBois 
   or Jacob Eckfeldt, circa 1863.  

   In order for me to establish this, I need to have comparison 
   handwriting analyses of each of the men to be reasonably 
   certain who penned the documents that I would like to include 
   in my new book entitled: United States Postage Currency 
   Pattern Coins.  

   Can you or any of your members send me a Xerox of a writing 
   sample of either man or both.  My fax line is 305-662-9400 
   and my mailing address is David Cassel, 5995 SW 97 Street, 
   Miami, Fl. 33156.   I will be very grateful for anyone's 


   New member Mike Paradis writes:  "I received a letter from 
   David Hirt and a copy of The Asylum.  I am thrilled and in the 
   process of reading EVERY word.  I noticed through the ANS 
   search directory that The Asylum had a writeup about 
   Numismatic Notes and Monographs.  Is there anyone I can 
   contact to get a copy of that Asylum or just the article?"  

   The answer is that our Secretary, Dave Hirt, maintains our 
   stock of back issues for sale at $5 a copy.  Photocopies are 
   available for any sold-out issues. 


   It is nice to see our earlier efforts to put our index on line 
   through Harry Bass' Numismatic Indexes Project are paying 
   off.  If you haven't tried it yet, you should - the index covers 
   most major numismatic publications including The Numismatist, 
   Coin Collector's Journal, The Colonial Newsletter, and most 
   publications of the American Numismatic Society.  There is a 
   link to NIP from the  NBS web site: 
   Click on "Numismatic Indexes", then "Numismatic Indexes 


   Outgoing NBS President Michael J. Sullivan was unable to 
   attend the ANA Convention due to unfortunate last-minute 
   mechanical difficulties somewhere in the state of Indiana. 
   But he sends the following note:  

   "The NBS Writer's Award for 1998 is presented to Mr. 
   Randolph Zander for his wonderful series of articles on the 
   hobby's history.  Mr. Zander secured over 50% of voters' 
   support, which is an astounding tribute to his contribution to 
   The Asylum.  His award will be sent via mail this week to 
   his residence.  While we only present a single award each 
   year, it is notable to also mention that last year's Writer's 
   Award recipient, Joel Orosz, tied himself for second place 
   in the voting with his Printer's Devil series and his article on 
   Ken Lowe.  We appreciate the continued contributions from 
   all of our members who make emission of The Asylum 


   The general meeting of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society 
   was held at 6:30 PM Friday, August 13th.  About 40 people 
   attended.    Nawana Britenriker, ANA Librarian, reported on 
   the ANA Oral History Project &  book preservation work at 
   the library.  Audible gasps were heard when she reported that 
   $600 had been spent on restoring a copy of A.M. Smith's 
   Visitors Guide to the U.S. Mint.  The funds had been donated 
   by the Women In Numismatics (WIN) group and were 
   earmarked for this specific volume, which had seen much use 
   and abuse over the years.  

   Dr. Ute Wartenberg, ANS Executive Director, gave us a virtual 
   tour of the new ANS Headquarters and Library Facilities, which 
   should give their library 30 years' worth of expansion room.  

   Finally, John Burns recounted some stories of visits to the 
   numismatic libraries of Armand Champa, Frank Katen, and 
   others, including the infamous five-pound meatball prank 
   played on John by Armand (see the Money Tree's "Out on 
   A Limb" for the full story and picture). 


   Having promoted the Buttery/Hodder debate in this space we 
   would be remiss in not mentioning it.    As spectators entered 
   the room Thursday morning  "it was like a wedding,"  one 
   witness said, as proponents of the opposing sides took their 
   places on opposite sides of the room.  The room was soon 
   filled to capacity since, as one wag put it,  "everyone wants to 
   see a train wreck..."  

   The event was certainly a spectacle, as moderator Ed Rochette 
   did his best to keep both the participants and the audience in 
   line.  Afterwards, one observer likened it to "a Greek Tragedy", 
   where doom is foreshadowed from the start.  

   No doubt much will be written in weeks to come about the 
   event, in The Asylum as well as the mainstream numismatic 
   publications.   Somewhere in this morass lies the numismatic 
   truth, and someday it may rise to the surface.   But it was an 
   ugly side of human nature that rose to prominence that 
   morning, and it was not a pleasant sight.  

   A number of events were set into motion which will play out 
   over the upcoming months (or years), including the threat of 
   a lawsuit  and a generous offer to fund the large expense of 
   scientific analysis of the disputed assay bars.   This may take 
   longer than the Gold Rush itself to completely play out... 


   This week's featured web site is the Edmonton Numismatic 
   Society, home base of our new subscriber, Dan Gosling:  

  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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