The Numismatic Bibliomania Society

PREV        NEXT        V 04 2001 INDEX        E-SYLUM ARCHIVE

Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 4, Number 01, January 5, 2001: 
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 
Copyright (c) 2000, The Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 


   Against the better advice of Julian Leidman (who wrote: "Take a 
   week off and post on the 14th,"  here's this week's issue, a few 
   days early.   I hope to see some of you at the F.U.N. show 
   tomorrow, although it looks like my travel plans won't get me 
   to the convention center in time for the 11am NBS meeting. 


   We have two new subscribers this week:  Society of Paper 
   Money Collectors (SPMC) President Frank Clark, courtesy 
   of Fred Reed, and Jim Wiley, courtesy of Larry Dziubek. 
   Welcome aboard!     After removing three invalid email 
   addresses from the list, our subscriber count is now 357. 


   The 2000 No. 4 issue of The Asylum has been printed 
   and mailed to all paid-up NBS members.   Work has 
   already begun on the No. 1 issue for 2001.  Please 
   consider supporting the society with an ad in the issue. 
   Why not publish your want list?  Perhaps one of our 
   members has just what you're looking to buy, or need 
   to borrow for research. 


   The American Numismatic Association Library's 2001 
   "Buy or Bid Book and Auction Catalog Sale" catalog will 
   be available TO ANA MEMBERS ONLY beginning 
   February 2nd.  It will be published on the ANA web site 
   and printed copies may be obtained for a fee.   Proceeds 
   from the sale go towards new books, and book rebinding 
   or restoration. 

   NBS Vice President Tom Sheehan, Kurtis Hawk, and 
   James Bixler all contributed to the catalog, which 
   features 228 lots of books and 395 lots of catalogs. 
   Members of FOLLIS (the Friends of the ANA Library) 
   may place bids before bidding is opened up to the general 
   membership in February. 

   For more information contact ANA Librarian Nawana 
   Britenriker at this email address:, or 
   by calling 719-632-2646. 


   Allan Davisson writes: "I will bring a mock-up of the Daehn 
   reference on the English language literature on Greek 
   numismatics with me to Florida and FUN.  Some of the most 
   important specialists in Greek material have seen and praised 
   the work. With their permission, I am including parts of their 
  comments in ads." 

  [The book was first mentioned in The E-Sylum on November 
  12, 2000 (Volume 3, Number 47).  Refer to that issue for 
   more information. -Editor] 


   Bill Burd writes: "Regarding W. D. Perkins remarks about 
   Green,  there are no pictures in "The Day they Shook the 
   Plum Tree".  There is a nice photo of Green between page 
   166 & 167 in  "The Witch of Wall Street" dated 1935, 
   copyright 1930, Doubleday.  The same photo shows up in 
   an article on the 1913 Liberty Nickel in "Coinage" July 
   1966, page 42.  This article is referring to the nickel 
   owned by McDermott and sold in a Kelly auction to the Bebees. 
   I have an auction catalog of the sale autographed by James Kelly, 
   Mrs. McDermott, and the Bebee's.  This coin is now at the 

   George M. Vanca  of Santa Clarita, CA writes: "I just received 
   the latest E-Sylum and as always, enjoy it.  Thank you. 

   Concerning W. David Perkins' comments about research he 
   has done on Col. Green, and his mention of the first picture 
   he has seen of him in ten years of  study - you might let him 
   know that there are a number of pictures of Col. Green in 
   various books on stamps and stamp collectors. 

   As we know, Col. Green was a prolific collector of many 
   things, but in  addition to coins, he had a tremendous love 
   (and healthy budget) for  stamps (inverted Jenny, etc.). 

   I have seen numerous pictures of Col. Green sitting inside 
   his carriage meeting with various New York dealers to 
   purchase stamps. There are usually some interesting stories 
   behind the man that enhance his colorful image. 

   "The World's Greatest Stamp Collectors" by Stanley M. 
   Bierman, MD, has a chapter (and picture) on Green. 
   "Fun and Profit in Stamp Collecting" by Herman Herst Jr., 
   supplies additional information on him. 

   Perhaps by examining some of these books, Mr. Perkins 
   might acquire some helpful information about Col. Green 
   for his research." 


   Stephen Pradier writes: "I found a web site that offers 
   "Sources of Conservation Supplies and Services" which 
   has a multitude of links for book preservation and supplies. 
   A majority of these service suppliers are used by the Library 
   of Congress, Smithsonian Institution and libraries in general. 

   The web site is as follows: 

   When you live in the country a lot of services are hard to find. 
   I contacted one supplier,  Heckman Bindery,  and they 
   service the general public as well as large institutions. They 
   are at They have a 
   contact list and web pages displaying some of their book 
   conservation products. Unfortunately some books cannot be 
   repaired or just should not be repaired in order to retain 
   their original covers etc.  Please feel free to share this 
   information with the rest of the E-Sylum subscribers." 

   Phil Carrigan adds: "as to Library Supplies -- I buy stuff 
   from Gaylord Bros in NY  800/634-6307.  I made this 
  contact thru my employer and our scientific library." 


   Stephen adds: "I spoke to Paul Withers (GALATA in the UK) 
   over the holidays and he mentioned that his book "British Copper 
   Tokens 1811 - 1820" was awarded the IAPN bronze medal at 
   the NY show."  Congratulations! 


   George Fuld writes: "I visited with the relatives of Jacob 
   Perkins (with the same last name) during the year 1958-9 in 
   Newburyport.  They only had two numismatic items in their 
   possession.  One was the oval gold funeral medal (Baker 
   169) in an ornate case with Masonic symbols in it.  They agreed 
   to sell me the medal for $150, but retained the case which they 
   donated to the local historical society.  I unfortunately did not 
   get a photo of the case. 

   In addition, they had a coin die of Baker 60,, the General of 
   the Armies colonial coin, obverse only.  They wanted $5,000 
   for the die, and I could not offer them even a fraction of that. 
   I did contact Mrs. R. H. Norweb to see if she wanted to 
   purchase the die and donate it to the ANS.  She politely refused. 

   Later in the year, Albert Collis purchased the die for an 
   undisclosed price.  As it is well known, this die was the source 
   of the uniface Collis restrikes that appeared on the market.  The 
   die was a SOHO product, probably Hancock, which Perkins 
   must of picked up when he visited London in the early 1800's." 


   In honor of the big F.U.N. show, this week's featured web 
   site is the home of the Florida United Numismatists.  The site 
   includes selected articles from past issues of their journal, 

  Wayne Homren 
  Numismatic Bibliomania Society 

Content presented in The E-Sylum is not necessarily researched or independently fact-checked, and views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the 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.  Visit the Membership page. Those wishing to become new E-Sylum subscribers (or wishing to Unsubscribe) can go to the following web page link.

PREV V3        NEXT        V 04 2001 INDEX        E-SYLUM ARCHIVE

NBS Home Page    Back to top

NBS ( Web