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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 28, July 10, 2011, Article 10


British Commemorative Medals Wins IAPN Prize
Jim Duncan of New Zealand writes:

Had you heard that Christopher Eimer's new edition of British Commemorative Medals and their Values had won the IAPN book prize? The first edition also won a medal from Krause in 1987! At least he's consistent.

BCMV Dust Jacket Front and Back Covers

I hadn't seen this. Congratulations! -Editor

Query: Article On George VI Rupee Die Varieties Sought
Web site visitor (and new subscriber) Arash Ilavia writes:

I am looking for an article by George Falcke on the die varieties for the George VI rupee coin (India), which was published in issue no. 34 of C.O.I.N. (Compendium of International Numismatics - Published by Society for International Numismatics probably a couple of decades back). Please let me know if you can help me with just a photo copy of the article from that magazine.

If anyone has access to this article, please send Arash a scan at . -Editor

Who Owns the Redbook Plate Connecticut Cent?
Regarding our discussion of the 1787 Conneticut cents illustrated in the Red Book, Byron Weston adds:

The consignor purchased it from the '86 Bowers & Merena sale. I will ask him if there is anything more he tell me about it but I would guess that the original owner would likely only be known to the auction house who sold it in 1986. Hopefully someone else might come forward with that pedigree information. I'd be just as curious as anyone to know!

Beware The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much john-charles-gilkey

Recently we published a review of the book The Man Who Loved Books Too Much, about the notorious book thief John Gilkey. Anne Bentley writes:

I don't know if he deals in numismatics, but since he's stolen philatelic material, thought the link below to his photo might be useful for your readers.

Anne forwarded the following note from John Waite of the Security Committee of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA). -Editor

Please be aware that convicted fraudster and thief John Gilkey is operating once again, likely out of northern California. A comic book dealer in New York state is his latest victim. Besides defrauding book dealers, Gilkey has also left his dubious mark in the print, stamp, and comics trades. He was arrested late last year in San Francisco following a parole violation, but was released after he (or someone) posted $75,000.00 bail. He then disappeared, but is active once again.

He is a serious criminal who continually looks for new opportunities and deceptions. An investigation by the SFPD is ongoing; there is an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Please do your friends the favor of re-posting this note to any and all lists of allied trades and organizations. Thank you very much.

John Waite Security Committee, ABAA

Photos of Gilkey at

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: BOOK REVIEW: THE MAN WHO LOVED BOOKS TOO MUCH (

North Dakota Submarine Battle Coin
An E-Sylum reader writes:

Here's an interesting story about a medal with a military connection.

Battle coin North Dakota is celebrating a milestone in the construction of USS North Dakota, the first nuclear submarine named after the state.

The former Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Donald Winter, asked Katie Fowler to be the sponsor of the submarine. On Thursday, a battle coin with Fowler`s face was presented to her.

Katie Fowler has been recognized for her volunteer efforts with two Navy Public Service Awards. She`s hosted visiting foreign government officials and dignitaries.

To read the complete article, see: Battle Coin Presented to Submarine Sponsor (

E-Books Ruined My Love Life
Kay O. Freeman writes:

This is amusing essay on another unexpected consequence of electronic reading devices.

It wasn't the first time I'd flirted my way into a Saturday night date with a simple phrase: "I love that book."

I had one good pickup line, and e-readers ruined it. I can no longer hit on a handsome man on a long commute by asking about his book because I can't see it. Gone are the days when, sitting on a train delayed in the station, I could imagine exactly where in the New York Public Library we would first kiss in the stacks between Mailer and Malamud or Foer and Franzen? E-books may be saving literature, but my dating life has suffered.

To read the complete article, see: Complaint Box | How E-Readers Destroyed My Love Life (


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