Heath MacAlpine is another of our longtime readers. Curious, I asked about his collecting interests and bingo - a new subscriber profile.
I suspect I'm like most numismatists; I have a number of different collections underway. I've been working on a Society of Medalists collection, almost done, and I'm looking forward to the long talked about book on the subject.
I'm starting to branch into U.S. Mint medals, and would love to see a comprehensive post-Julian reference. The Medal Collectors of America (MCA) is discussing funding research; that might be a good place to start.
On the coin side, I have both a post-colonial Latin American collection and a bi-metal collection that are in hiatus, while I'm actively working on an uncirculated "one of everything" of all the issues of my birth year (1959). Many of the issues in Krause that catalog for a few bucks or less are terribly difficult to find. Finally, I'm finishing up a Bureau of Engraving souvenir card/print collection.
Regarding numismatic literature, I would like to put together a collection of Joe Levine's Presidential catalogs. He was kind enough to provide me with several of his earlier ones, but I'll need to pursue the rest somewhere else. Under the influence of the Numismatic Bibliomania Socity, I've been spending more freely on books in recent years. I don't know that I have a theme, other then my own enjoyment and edification. I'm a member of the American Numismatic Association, the Ohio Numismatic Association, NBS, and the Fly-In Club. I should probably join the American Numismatic Society as well.
I'm currently serving as President of the Dayton-Kettering Coin Club. Beth Deisher from Coin World will be presenting on Chinese Counterfeits at our meeting on Thursday, June 3. I would love to find someone to do a presentation on numismatic literature; any ideas? All E-Sylum readers in the area have an open invitation to attend our meetings. They can get with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.