Mel Wacks writes:
I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of Colin Bruce. I had the pleasure (and fun) of working with him on the issues of Hutt River Province for Unusual World Coins. He was a towering
figure in our hobby.
Dealer Richard Lobel of Coincraft in London wrote about Colin Bruce in a Numismatic news piece published September 17, 2017. Here's an excerpt. -Editor
For those who cannot place the name Colin Bruce, whenever you pick up a copy of one of the Krause catalogs of world coins or a volume of Pick on world bank notes, they were done by him. They are
in existence because Colin edited them and made them happen.
The late Chet Krause had the courage to invest the time and money in backing them, but Colin made them happen. They worked well together and were close friends for many years, although Colin was a
much better driver than Chet.
I remember when the first catalog of world coins was just being put together. Colin and the crew would go around coin shows borrowing world coins to be photographed back in their hotel room. It
was an incredible amount of work to even attempt. But when the first "phone book," as it was known, came out, the coin collecting fraternity looked on in amazement, wonderment and admiration. Over
the years, he greatly improved it and expanded it going back to cover world coins as early as the 17th century.
Pick on bank notes was greatly improved and enlarged; again multiple volumes were issued with Colin at the helm. Even if at times it was frustratingly slow, it finally got done.
Without these important catalogs, our industry would be a far less knowledgeable place and no doubt there would be fewer collectors and dealers in existence. They are books that everyone uses even
To read the complete article, see:
Viewpoint: Many friends remember Colin Bruce
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
MORE ON COLIN R. BRUCE II (http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n38a17.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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