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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 40, September 25, 2011, Article 13


Digital vs Face-To Face
Regarding Dave Bowers' statement that with so much available free on the Internet perhaps "No longer do we need to pay for anything. No longer do we need to go anywhere..." David Gladfelter writes:

Granted, the publishing industry and the U. S. Postal Service, among others, have suffered severe loss of business due to competition from the internet as a means of communication, but this results from technological change to which the industries are adapting. Change has been with us since before the horse and buggy era, and we need not lament it.

Those who prefer to skip a numismatic event such as last week's Whitman Expo in Philadelphia are missing out on saying hello to authors Len Augsburger and Joel Orosz (among many others, including of course our dependable reporter, Alan Weinberg). Last year at this show, Len and Joel led a walking tour of historic Philadelphia, including the site of the first U. S. Mint, the reconstructed house where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, and Congress Hall where participants were shown actual coins retrieved from the mint property and preserved by Frank Stewart himself. All accompanied by their knowledgeable commentary. Dennis Tucker and the people at Whitman know how to plan and present a great show. It's your loss if you choose to stay at home.

Larry Korchnak adds:

Communication is valuable in whatever form that it takes. As long as we are exchanging thoughtful ideas in a spirit of collaboration to increase knowledge, the format is inconsequential. Face-to face is good, but it has limitations. Digital technology permits us to go everywhere.

A Janvier Medal

Janvier medal

Howard Daniel for forwarded a link to this numismatic medal for sale at by Baldwin's. Thanks! The description is

France, Duval L Janvier, medallist, octagonal Bronze Plaquette, c.1900, view of Janvier's coining press, rev three reduced images of the obverse, Déduction et Frappe de Médailles, 22 Rue de Montmorency, Paris, 60mm x 52mm, in original card case (Jones, Art of the Medal 345; BDM VII 177).

A "Coin of Coins" Design From San Marino

San Marino 10 year euro

P.K. Saha forwarded this image of San Marino's soon-to-be-issued coin commemorating 10 years of the Euro. It's a "coin of coins" design. I'm not sure if it works, though - to me it just looks cluttered.

State Department Art & BookFair
Dick Johnson sent information about the State Department's upcoming Art & BookFair, noting that "This looks promising for anyone in the DC area."

Thousands of used books, paintings, art objects, textiles and treasures from around the world plus CD's, DVDs, maps, ephemera, stamps, paper currency, coins and much more will be available to the public at Art & BookFair 2011 on two weekends in October – October 15 & 16 and October 22 & 23 from 10 am to 4 pm – at the US Department of State in Washington, DC.

For the past 51 years the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) has been bringing fun and bargains to the State Department at its annual BookFair, one of the oldest continuous used book sales in the Washington metropolitan area. The Art Corner has considerably expanded over the years and to emphasize this wealth of art items, the event has been renamed Art&BookFair. There is also a Collector's Corner with rare and unusual books from fine libraries. Our donors have lived all over the world and many items can not be found in any other book sale.

Art&BookFair 2011 details: Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16 and October 22 & 23, 10 am to 4 pm; in the Diplomatic Exhibit Hall of the US State Department; entrance on C street between 21st and 23rd Streets, NW (the side of the building which faces the Lincoln Memorial). There is street parking and it is within walking distance from the Foggy Bottom Metro. Admission is FREE. On the LAST DAY, October 23, books are HALF PRICE.

For more information, see: Art&BookFair 2011 Will Take Place October 15-23 at the Department of State (

ANS Open-Source Collection Management System
Megan Fenselau of the American Numismatic Society forwarded this note. Congratulations!

September 16, 2011 ANS EADitor included in Society of American Archivists' Decription Expo 2011 9/16/11 The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce that EADitor, the open-source collection management and web publication system created by ANS web and database developer Ethan Gruber, has been selected for inclusion in the Society of American Archivists' Description Expo 2011.

Read the full press release online at

Another Form of Wishing Tree
Joe Boling writes:

In reply to the wishing tree question, there is a torii on top of Mt Fuji that is covered with embedded coins, as well. See attached photos.

Mt Fuji torii 2

Mt Fuji torii 1

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: WISHING TREES: TRUNKS STUDDED WITH COINS FOR LUCK (


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