Numismatic literature dealer Howard R. Engel of Richard Stockley Books adds these notes about collector Bill English.
Judy Blackman had an instrumental role in the design of Bill's tribute medals minted on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Waterloo Coin Society last fall. In her own words from a February 1, 2023 personal communication to me, including her attached sketch to which she refers:
"I won the 2022 ONA medal design contest, which was initially based on this sketch I did of Bill included in the design, but later it was revised a few times due to issues with the Mississauga Mint for striking. You can see the difference in the finished product."
At the same 2014 RCNA Convention in Mississauga where I received Bill's gift of a 1969 Kitchener-Waterloo Heritage Festival medal, I picked up (from none other than the namesake owner and founder of my numismatic book business, Richard Stockley himself) my first set of the first 25 years (1956-1980) of bound volumes of the Canadian Numismatic Journal with Bill's name and his RCNA membership number 1808 embossed in gilt on the lower left-hand corner of each blue cloth front cover as illustrated by the attached image. His CNA membership was first announced in the Feb. 1958 issue of the CN Journal (Vol. 3 no. 2, p. 56), pointed out in red per the image. Apparently, for some mysterious reason, Bill had at least 4 sets bound and embossed in this way.
The image is from Volume 8 (1963) because it includes, on p. 242-243 (specifically from the June 1963 issue, vol. 8 no. 6) an image of then 40-year-old Bill (circled in red) in the group photo of the Executive of the then newly struck Ontario Numismatic Association (ONA). On facing page 243 is Bill's own authored report as ONA Publicity Director, from the first annual ONA Convention held in Vineland, Ontario and hosted by the St. Catharines Coin Club on April 26-28, 1963.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
CANADIAN COLLECTOR BILL ENGLISH TURNS 100
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