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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 2, Number 48:  November 28, 1999: 
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 


   We have three new subscribers this week: Iram Rolon, 
   John Wilson, and Bob Hatfield.  Welcome aboard!  This 
   brings our  subscriber count to 254. 


   A regional meeting of NBS was held at noon Saturday, 
   November 27th at the Michigan State Numismatic Society 
   show in Dearborn, MI.   Twelve people attended, including 
   myself, David Sklow, Myron Xenos, Dan Friedus, John 
   Wilson, Michael Sullivan, Carl Herkowitz, Joel Orosz, 
   John Bergman, John Burns, Bob Hatfield, and Bernie 
   Vanderbow (I hope I spelled that right ...)  

   A general discussion of numismatic literature ensued.  One 
   attendee noted that the group was "putting the BS into NBS." 
   Topics covered a wide range of subjects, including The 
   E-Sylum,  bookbinding and preservation, and the ANA's 
   Friends of the Library.  

   Dave Sklow noted that he'd already received some feedback 
   on his Asylum article on the early issues of The Numismatist, 
   linking the pedigrees of a couple sets listed in his article.  

   Joel Orosz mentioned a recent book store find, a genealogy 
   by noted U.S. collector Matthew Stickney of his mother's side 
   of his family.  The volume contained some biographical notes 
   and an engraving of Stickney himself. 


   The Money Tree sale of the library of the late Ken Lowe 
   began at 1:30 Saturday afternoon, in the same room as 
   the NBS meeting.  Over 20 floor bidders and two very 
   active phone bidders participated.  

   Some highlights included: 
   * lot 15: Newcomb, U.S. Cents 1801-02-03, 1925, $375 
   * lot 37: Newlin, Half Dimes of the U.S., 1883, $960 
   * lot 61: Crosby, Early Coins of America, 1875, $540 
   * lot 169: Chapman, Simpson sale, 1924, plated, $1950 
   * lot 170: Elder, Gschwend sale, 1908, plated, $1840  

   One of the most heavily bid items at the sale was lot 102, 
   Ken's 1994 Redbook, signed by over 75 numismatic 
   luminaries attending the 103rd ANA Convention in Detroit 
   that year.  Estimated at $100, the lot brought $450.  

   The hammer prices listed above do NOT include the 
   10% buyer's fee.   The mail bid portion of the sale closes 
   December 4th. 


   In response to last week's query about cent circulation in the 
   South,  Tom DeLorey wrote:  "This does not sound right. I 
   have read that cents (not pennies) were scorned out West 
   during the Gold Rush days, but they should have been an 
   important part of day-to-day commerce everywhere by 
   In "To Kill A Mockingbird," set in the deep South in, as I 
   recall, the late 1920s, there is a lovely little piece where Jem 
   Finch waxes ignorantly yet eloquently on Indian head pennies." 


   Paul Withers of Galata Coins in Wales announces the latest 
   edition of Sacra Moneta, their numismatic literature price list. 
   "It is not just a listing of a few new and secondhand books, 
   but has over 2000 books listed.  

   The contents of our list will be posted to our web site 
   in a few days when our regular postal subscribers have had 
   a chance to reply." 


   The November, 1999 issue of The Numismatist reports 
   (on page 1337) that the latest book restoration effort is 
   a two-volume set of "Thomason's Medallic History of the 
   Bible," printed in Birmingham, England ca. 1832-1837. 
   Each volume "contains 30 tissue-guarded, enameled 
   impressions of ... original silver medallions" inspired by 
   the artworks of da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, 
   Rembrandt, Reubens, and Titian. 


   The same article (Librarian Nawana Britenriker's 
   "Bookmarks" column), notes that the ANA and IBNS 
   (International Bank Note Society) have reached an 
   agreement to integrate the IBNS library holdings with 
   the ANA Library.  The IBNS Library listing will be 
   available on the ANA web site, and the books will 
   be available to ANA and IBNS members via the normal 
   circulation procedures. 


   This week's featured web site is  "Take Care, My Friend," 
   a remembrance of Ken Lowe written shortly after his death. 

  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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