One constant feature of early E-Sylum issues were announcements of new additions to the NBS web site bibliography, created for us by Larry Mitchell. One at a time, Larry submitted bibliography entries one subject at a time. The bibliography grew to 100 entries on primarily non-U.S. topics.
When we made the transition to the new improved NBS web site we converted the bibliography pages to a new Wiki format. Like the well-known Wikipedia, the NBS Wiki is a place where individuals can add and update content of their own.
I was pleasantly surprised recently when E-Sylum reader Tom Wetter contacted me volunteering to flesh out the Wiki bibliography for U.S. numismatics. Tom is familiar with the ways of the Wiki, and has a great collection of American numismatic literature to boot.
Tom has done a marvelous job, as you can see by browsing the updated bibliography. As a starting point, we decided to begin with the 100 Greatest Items of United States Numismatic Literature from the recently published survey by Len Augsburger for the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
Len contributed the text from his article on the survey, and Tom recruited contributions of images and text from numismatic literature dealers including George Kolbe, David Fanning and Charlie Davis. Tom and I also contributed many images from our personal libraries. It was Tom however, who did the real work of pulling this all together on the web site. Thanks!
Tom Wetter writes:
Entries are being updated on a regular basis. The goal of the Wiki project is to create a "bibliophile's bibliography", whereas each listing is simply not just a line item, but a comprehensive listing containing all known versions, reprints & deluxe issues, minutiae, and photographs of each item. Check it out!
Care to contribute? Photographs are needed for many items. Additions and corrections are always welcome.
Many pages are still placeholders at this point, but here are few examples of fleshed-out pages in the format we expect to use for the remaining pages. Comments and criticism are welcome.
CROSBY, Sylvester Sage. EARLY COINS OF AMERICA. Boston: 1875.
Stack's. THE JOHN J. FORD, JR. COLLECTION. PARTS 1-21. New York: 2003-2007.
Bowers & Ruddy Galleries. THE GARRETT COLLECTION SALES. PARTS 1–4. Los Angeles: 1979-1981.
SHELDON, William H[erbert]. EARLY AMERICAN CENTS. New York: 1949.
BURDETTE, Roger. THE RENAISSANCE OF AMERICAN COINAGE (Volumes 1–3). Great Falls, VA: 2005, 2006, 2007.
KOLBE, George Frederick. THE HARRY W. BASS, JR. NUMISMATIC LIBRARY. PARTS 1–4. Crestline, CA: 1998–2000.
To view the complete 100 Greatest Wiki page, see:
THE ONE HUNDRED GREATEST ITEMS OF UNITED STATES NUMISMATIC LITERATURE: A Survey of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society
To view the complete NBS Wiki Bibliography, see:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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