The E-Sylum v6#20, May 18, 2003

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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 6, Number 20, May 18, 2003:
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
Copyright (c) 2003, The Numismatic Bibliomania Society.


   Among recent new subscribers are Professor Li Tiesheng.
   Welcome aboard!  We now have 558 subscribers.


   Hadrien Rambach reports: "The 54th Symposium of
   Wolfenbuettel (Germany), which was consecrated on
   "European 17 Century Numismatic Literature", took place
   from 6th to 10th May 2003.  Under the direction of Drs.
   Dekesel and Staecker, this symposium was brilliantly
   organised, and allowed many scholars to discuss on this
   really interesting period of the development of the numismatic
   science.  The symposium should be published asap, and it
   will really be worth being read !"


   Howard A. Daniel III writes: "Ken Berger's search for a
   Philippine counterstamp book is fortunately not too common,
   but it can be very frustrating to come across numismatists and
   others who will not share information about acquiring

   At this year's ANA Convention in Baltimore, there will be a
   Philippine Collectors Forum (PCF) on Friday.  I am creating
   a Philippine Numismatic Bibliography (PNB) and need input
   from all E-Sylum subscribers about these references in their
   libraries.  Even if there is only one page in a reference about
   this subject, please tell me about it.

   I will have my laptop and printer at the NI/NBS/IBNS club
   table at this convention and will print a copy of my PNB for
   anyone requesting it.

   I would like to invite everyone with any interest in Philippine
   numismatics to attend the forum.  Many collectors, dealers,
   researchers and publishers are coming to it from all over the
   world, to include the Philippines, so it will be a great event!"


   Saul Teichman writes: "A new 8th edition of the Judd book
   will be coming out at the ANA convention.  For more
   information, see:"

   From the web page:  "The 8th Edition of the Judd book is
   being produced by our friends at Whitman Publishing and
   should be available by the 2003 ANA convention. The
   price for the new edition will be $29.95.

   This new edition has been completely reformatted to make
   it more usable.

   Dave Bowers, with the help of Saul Teichman and others,
   including the core of the membership, has
   completely revised the text, adding much new information.
   Many more images are also included."

   Chris Karstedt of American Numismatic Rarities sent
   some additional information about the book's pre-publication

   "In recent months, a number of America's best known
   scholars and dealers have been working apace in the
   creation of a magnificent new book on pattern coins, to be
   known as the "Judd 8th edition", but mostly in name only.
   Dave Bowers has virtually completely rewritten the text from
   1792 to the latest patterns of modern times; Robert Hughes
   and his consultants have created estimated market values
   in three grades plus auction  prices for most of the varieties;
   and Saul Teichman and others have presented historical
   research and die details."

   "This new and expanded edition includes:
     Price updates
     Population reports
     Judd identification numbers
     Rarity numbers
     Auction appearances
     Full-color hardbound cover

   You can receive this book at our special pre-publication price
   of only $25 plus $5 shipping. Call Melissa Karstedt today at
   866-840-1913 to reserve your copy.  It will be shipped to you
   immediately upon publication, scheduled for July 2003. Or, you
   can go to to complete an order form
   that can be mailed or faxed  to us.  We're sure that many
   readers of The E-Sylum will want to own a copy.  Our
   complete information is as follows:

   American Numismatic Rarities, LLC
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   NBS President Pete Smith writes: "I am looking for copies
   of a periodical, "The Personalized Medalist" produced by
   Jerry Remick around 1985.  A former subscriber told me that
   about a dozen issues were distributed.   Photocopies would
   be fine for my research purposes.  I would appreciate getting
   any responses forwarded to me by mail at:  Pete Smith, 2424
   4th Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418."


   Pete also asks: "I am looking for information on the person
   who produced a counterstamped silver coin marked "J. E.
   Skalb / Numismatist / Boston."

   I have nothing on Skalb in my notes of references.  I would like
   to identify the era and anything of interest about Skalb."

   [In a first for The E-Sylum, Pete's submissions arrived via the
   U.S. Postal Service.  Since they were short, I typed them in for
   publication.  We aim to serve.  -Editor]


   Dick Johnson writes: "I have just returned from a 2-week tour
   where I visited several private mints gathering last-minute data
   for my upcoming directory:  American Artists, Diesinkers,
   Engravers, Medalists and Sculptors of Coins and Medals.
   These plant tours opened my eyes; it has been 25 years since
   I worked for Medallic Art (in New York City and Danbury)
   where I was intimately concerned with medal design, die
   preparations, stamping and marketing of high-quality medals.

   Here are my comments on the current status of the American
   Medal from my recent observations:

  (1) Private Mints are vibrant, business was brisk at both
         plants I visited.

    (2) However, Speed is killing Art in current medal

   Either customers are demanding product in too quick a time
   or the medalmakers have come to offer such service that
   medallic artists are being shut out of creating the fine art
   medals of the past. The bulk of  the work is being done by
   hand operators using tracer controlled milling engravers,
   rather than reducing sculptors' oversize models on die-
   engraving pantographs. Craftsmen have won out over artists.

   (3) Medal manufacturing is now a scion of the advertising
        specialty field.

   (4) Computers are dominating medal design, and even
         some die preparation.

   (5) Every medalmaker I visited had carved out their own
         niche in the medallic field, despite competition among
         all their fellow American medalmakers.

   (6) Current medalmakers are encouraging innovation, in
        the diestruck items they produce, in some parts of their
        production (using all the old equipment I was familiar
        with a generation ago), but mostly in creative mounting.
        The later now give new clients the answer to the age-old
        question, "What do you do with a medal?"

    Too much of what I saw going through these plants,
    however, were destined for the recipients' junk drawer
    (or a melting pot!), and should any of these medals ever get
    into the hands of some future numismatic dealer would be
    tossed into their cheapest junk box.  Too many corporate
    logos, too many devices alone without any reason for their
    issuing, all of this because of the influence of the advertising
    specialty field.

   Oh, how much better would all that effort and money be put
   to creating medals in what medallic art does best -- creating
   mementos of historical importance for future generations,
   honoring, say,  an organization's anniversary or a company
   milestone. That is, striking a medal for a significant event!"


   Darryl Atchison writes; "Can any of our readers tell me what
   the second C. in the name F.C.C. Boyd stands for?   According
   to publications by Pete Smith and Dave Bowers, the first C.
   stands for Cosgrove but there is no mention of the second C.'s
   meaning.  Perhaps it didn't stand for anything."

   [Boyd was a famous American collector who cataloged the
   1922 New York American Numismatic Association auction.
   He was also well known as a collector of U.S. Fractional
   Currency, and when an organization of collectors formed, they
   took Boyd's initials - FCCB now also stands for the Fractional
   Currency Collector's Board.    I've been a member for longer
   than I can remember.   The group has a web site at this
   address: Unfortunately,
   the site does not seem to even mention Boyd.  -Editor]


   Tony Tumonis of Tucson, Arizona writes: "I thought that I had
   the smallest book, but after reading this newsletter I now know
   otherwise.  I have a copy of ARRANGEMENT OF UNITED
   STATES COPPER CENTS 1816-1857 by Frank D. Andrews
   1883 / Pocket Edition 1934.  Price One Dollar.  It measures
   3 1/2" x 3 3/4", with 38 pages."


   Nick Graver writes: "I enjoyed the latest E-Sylum, as always.
   I almost began to mention which articles interested me most,
   and quickly realized what a job that would be.  So many were
   very interesting.

   I cannot believe I am only now reading about the "Postage
   Stamp Envelopes" after all these years in the field.  Amazing!
   Half a  century of collecting, and still such exciting things to
   read about.  E-Sylum has been the most interesting part of
   numismatics for the last several years."

   [I have three postage stamp envelopes, and took them out of
   the safe deposit box this week to show at local club meetings.
   I bought them several years ago to go with my collection of
   encased postage stamps.  I first learned of them in a visit to
   the ANA Library in 1980.  I looked up Civil War in their
   catalog, and found a 1920's article by H. Russell Drowne
   in the AJN.  Very little has been published on them since
   then, although they are cataloged now, in the Krause/Lemke
   U.S. paper money book, I believe.  -Editor]


   Darryl Atchison writes: "I would like ask our readers if
   anyone is aware of publications on  French, Spanish and
   Dutch medals.  I am particularly interested in those which
   include medals presented to North American Indian Chiefs.
   I have all  of the major references on British, U.S. and
   Canadian medals and I am looking for publications
   covering the medals of the other three nations.  I would
   particularly interested if there are any texts such as Hawkins
   (Medallic  Illustrations of British History) or Betts (American
   Colonial History Illustrated by Contemporary Medals) for
   France, Spain or Holland.  It is not essential any such texts
   be in English."


   A letter to the Editor in the May 19th issue of COIN WORLD
   makes reference to American numismatist Joseph Mickley.
   The writer is Dr. Gerald M. Levitt, author of the 2000 book
   "The Turk, Chess Automaton."

   "The Turk" was a mysterious contraption created in 1769 by a
   Hungarian nobleman named Wolfgang von Kempelen. "The
   Turk" was a mechanical man positioned over a chessboard.
   In performances, Kempelen would open it to reveal a rat's
   nest of  gears and machinery, then challenge audience members
   to play the Turk.  Very few were able to beat it.   Audiences
   were baffled and many concluded that they'd witnessed a
   machine that could think.   Napoleon and Charles Babbage,
   inventor of an early computing machine, played games against
   the Turk.   Edgar Allan Poe wrote essay about it.  In 1826 a
   later owner brought the machine to America, and in 1854, it
   was destroyed in a fire.

   At the end of Levitt's letter he mentions that "Joseph Mickley,
   the noted American coin collector, is closely associated with
   Turk history."   Can anyone tell us the connection?

   A web search turned up the fact that a reproduction of The
   Turk has been created and it "will make an appearance at
   the National Open Chess Tournament at the Riviera Hotel
   in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 14, 2003.   There will be no
   charge for admission.  Performances are scheduled at 9 a.m.
   and at 4 p.m."  See


   The E-Sylum has touched on the subject of digitizing
   numismatic literature in the past.  A May 20th article in
   the New York Times may gives us a glimpse of the
   future - a book-scanning robot that can process literature
   faster than humans.

   "Putting the world's most advanced scholarly and scientific
   knowledge on the Internet has been a long-held ambition for
   Michael Keller, head librarian at Stanford University. But
   achieving this goal means digitizing the texts of millions of
   books, journals and magazines - a slow process that involves
   turning each page, flattening it and scanning the words into
   a computer database.

   Mr. Keller, however, has recently added a tool to his crusade.
   On a recent afternoon, he unlocked an unmarked door in the
   basement of the Stanford library to demonstrate the newest
   agent in the march toward digitization. Inside the room a
   Swiss-designed robot about the size of a sport utility vehicle
   was rapidly turning the pages of an old book and scanning the
   text.  The machine can turn the pages of both small and large
   books as well as bound newspaper volumes and scan at
   speeds of more than 1,000 pages an hour."

   For the full text of the article, see


   A related exchange appeared this week in the colonial coins
   email list.  When the subject of scanning photographic plates
   came up, Neil Rothschild attempted "to explain that a Chapman
   catalog ... needs to be treated with respect."  He wrote:

   For the benefit of those that have not ventured into bibliophilia
   but are contemplating such foolishness...

   The original Chapmans were bound in white cloth and boards
   (WCB), as is mine.  The back of the sown signatures are
   heavily glued.  The glue has generally gotten brittle over the
   years.   They generally don't like to lay flat, and attempting to
   lay them flat could damage the binding and the original bindings
   have a lot of value vs a later re-bound copy.  This is especially
   true of the thicker sales, such as Earle and Jenks.   Not to
   mention damaging a plate while attempting to scan or
   photograph it.

   My plated Earle sale is considered to be a nice copy and I
   want to keep it that way. I have another Earle in it's original
   WCB binding, from the Bowers sale of the Champa library
   (not plated).  In a discussion with Charlie Davis, who
   catalogued that library, he told me that that copy was among
   the nicest white cloth and boards he had ever handled.  If
   that is true, then there probably aren't any that CAN be laid
   flat without damage.  Even that copy is very stiff, and, in fact,
   the inner binding has "creased" right at the colonial section
   (prior to my acquisition).  So that copy could possibly be
   laid flat almost anywhere except in the colonial section!.
   I should note that Charlie's comments were not directed
   specifically at the binding, or it's willingness to open, but
   applied to the general condition of the book.

   This is true of most older material in original bindings.  I recall
   a discussion with Dan Friedus about this where he mentioned
   that he had, or was contemplating, building a book stand with
   the sides at about a 90-120 degree angle so a book could be
   opened and supported without damaging the binding.

   There is a conflict between research needs and bibliophilic
   (read: economic) preservation.  The best numismatic
   literature [for research] is the ratty, disbound stuff that can't
   be hurt.      Anyone contemplating building a serious library
   should  carefully consider that conflict and what they are
   going to do with that material."


   Following Neil's reply Stan Stephens added:
   "You are absolutely right about the conflict between research
   and preservation when it comes to rare old numismatic material.
   I only have two original Chapmans 1) plated Stickney 2) non
   plated Jenks. Both with prices neatly written in by hand. The
   cool thing about them is that I am only the second owner. They
   came from that weird estate auction in the middle of West
   Virginia three summers ago. Mr. George Bowers, the owner,
   had been dead for 40 years. It was not until all three of his
   sisters who lived in the Bower's 29 room home were finally
   dead (none ever married) did a few lucky distant relatives find
   out that a small fortune waited for them. There were essentially
   no changes made to inside of the house since Bowers died.
   There were over 20,000 books including many numismatic
   rarities.  For instance three Crosbys were part of the collection.
   When I got the Stickney home and opened it up I found
   three pages of hand written notes detailing the arrival of Halley's
   Comet in 1910. You see Mr. Bowers was also an amateur
   astronomer and yes, a very nice brass telescope was among
   the auction items."

   [Your editor heard about the Bowers auction only after the
    fact, or he would have hightailed it to West Virginia to be
    there.   The handful of coin dealers who attended had a
    field day.  Like many country auctions, low-value items sold
    to the crowd for high prices.  But the truly rare stuff went
    for a song.   A web search found two references to Bowers
    and the sale.  Excerpts appear below.  Follow the links for
    the full article

   "Businessman George Bowers, of nearby Mannington, was
   the ultimate shopper, a material man who amassed over a
   museum's worth of stuff in his 28-room home.  These effects
   could fill San Simeon, publisher William Randolph Hearst's
   massive mountaintop California retreat.

   Bowers died in the 1940s after building up the Bowers
   Pottery Co. and the Warwick China Co. His china was
   elegant. The other half of the business wasn't. Pottery
   in Mannington meant porcelain, and porcelain meant toilets
   and other bathroom fixtures.

   People in town knew the Bowers family was well off.  But
   few, if any, realized just what treasures were contained inside
   the walls of the ever-expanding house on High Street that had
   been owned by Bowers' father.

   Through the years, the collection grew, filling to fit the
   contours of the house. It seems there was nothing George
   Bowers would not buy. After he died, his three daughters
   remained under the same roof where they had grown up,
   never marrying. Their home became stuck in time, frozen
   in 1945.

   Bowers' last remaining daughter, Frances, died in March.
   In her will, she directed that all her father's belongings be
   auctioned off."

   [From The Journal newspapers, reprinted from the
   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

   This page has a photo of books being previewed before
   the sale.


   David Klinger wrote the following item for the MPCgram,
   and with their permission we're reprinting it here.   It
   illustrates Len Augsberger's point about how fast the
   Internet is growing.  What I wrote the Money Talks article
   there was very little information to be had about the camp
   or its tokens, but now there is a nice web page picturing

   Len wrote: "I recently read about money used at a
   Japanese-American internment camp in Crystal City, Texas
   during and just after WW II. I had never seen such money
   which was described by Wayne Homren in an ANA "Money
   Talks" script as follows: "The camp at Crystal City, TX, a
   hundred miles southwest of San Antonio, was a converted
   migrant farm labor camp.  The facility housed entire families,
   and held a peak population of over 3,000 people.  Residents
   of the camp were allotted a standard sum of money in fiber
   tokens.  These tokens could be spent for food, clothing, and
   other items at the camp canteen.  The tokens came in
   denominations ranging from one cent to $5.  When the camp
   closed, all the tokens were supposed to be destroyed.  But
   a few of these tiny tokens survive today."

   These tokens are not mentioned in "WW II Remembered".
   The inscription on the reverse of each of these tokens reads:
   "Alien Detention Station, Crystal City, Texas". The obverse
   shows value in letters and numbers.

   What surprised me during my research on this topic was
   that this internment camp was not only used to house
   Japanese-Americans but German-Americans as well. I was
   not aware that over 11,000 German-Americans were interned
   during WW II.  I wonder if any of these German-Americans
   received reparations as did the Japanese-Americans?   In any
   case, you can see these tokens at the following web site, along
   with interesting info and links related to the German-American


   Howard A. Daniel III writes: "I don't know Professor Li
   Tiesheng of the China Numismatic Society, but I am personally
   very, very reluctant to send numismatic books to China
   because I have seen so many of them translated into Chinese
   and published without permission or royalty to the copyright

   I am a specialist in Southeast Asia and have found almost
   every book about that region being published in China is a
   complete copy of another book or assembled from several

   Even though China has signed the international copyright
   laws, they are not being followed or enforced.  And many
   of the worst violators are numismatic societies and
   government museums, and they do not even mention the
   original author(s) and/or titles in their versions, so they
   appear to be original work.

   If any numismatic references are sent to the professor, I
   would suggest sending only those long out of their copyright."


   One of our few female subscribers, Ana Gram, sends this
   message:  "Ah-Haa!  You've been tricked.  S. Q. Lapius
   was really that 19th century funster, Sal Quips."


   American Numismatic Association Librarian Nancy Green
   writes: "The ANA library  has three copies of Coinage in the
   Balkans, 820-1355, by D.M. Metcalf.  We also have one
   copy of Coinage in South-Eastern Europe, 820-1396, by
   Medcalf. The preface indicates that this is the second edition.
   It was published as Royal Numismatic Society Special
   Publication no. 11 in 1979."


   Stephen Pradier writes: "For those of you seeking a
   bookbinder I have great news for you.  I have located a
   small family bindery (10 people) located in Norfolk, Virginia.

   For a long time I used a bindery located in Illinois.  I had
   quite a number of books that I wanted to have bound and
   would prefer a binder that was local or at least in the state.

   I also wanted a binder who could do the type of work that
   I wanted where I was not limited to only what materials and
   bindings that they could do. I searched the Internet, not really
   believing I could find one here but to my amazement I did.

   The name of the bookbinder is Longs-Roullet Bookbinders,
   Inc.  I phoned and spoke to Mr. Roullet to see if he could
   perform the type of binding work that I needed.  I was
   impressed to learn that he has done work for the White House,
   Colonial Williamsburg and academic institutions here in Virginia.
    In addition to all of that Mr. Roullet schedules pick-up and
   delivery service.

   For me it means no more packing up to the post office. If you
   have ever shipped books you know what I mean. I scheduled
   a pick-up date and time with Mr. Roullet and he arrived right
   on time. I provided him with six large boxes of numismatic
   catalogues and journals.

   Today I received two bound volumes for catalogues that I
   wanted bound.  One was for the B. Max Mehl, 1941 Dunham
   Auction and the other was the four part Armand Champa
   Library Auctions, bound as one.   Both were bound with
   marbled boards and endsheets, quarter leather spines with
   raised hubs.  The B. Max Mehl volume also took advantage
   of panel lines, scripted rules, and the fleurs de lis for "breaking
   up" the imprint on the spine. Both volumes were bound with
   color-coordinated silk headbands.  Both volumes were

   Mr. Roullet has even extended an invitation to tour his facility
   as well as allowing for some actual hands-on experience.   I
   hope to take him up on.  The Roullet Bookbindery has a web
   site at

   There is a very interesting bio for Mr. Roullet, his wife and
   daughter on his ‘About Us’ link at the bottom of their web
   page.   I, for one, highly recommend Mr. Roullet’s work.
   Anyone who is looking for a binder will not be disappointed."


   Fred Schwan writes:   "I love marginalia (although I did not
   know the word until today).  Sure, there can be ugly and
   distracting writing, marks, drawings, and the like, but very
   often there is useful or at least interesting information.  The
   books that I use the most are full of annotations, corrections,
   supplements, comments, and even questions.

   In fact, I believe in this practice so much that I have
   attempted to influence others in this way. With only a few
   exceptions, books published by BNR Press are printed on
   paper suitable for marginalizing (yikes).   With the
   publication of the fourth edition MPC book, we took the
   idea a step farther by providing space specifically intended
   for note taking and the collectors' edition even included
   planning calendars!

   From the standpoint of a (numismatic) book collector, I still
   find marginalia a good thing. Indeed, I think that the ultimate
   form of a book is the personal marginalized (new meaning to
   an old word) copy. I would certainly love to have Ray Toy
   or Alfred Swail's personal copies of their respective books.
   For that matter I would like to have Neil Shafer's personal
   copy of his Philippine guerrilla or small size paper money
   books. Numismatic books owned and marginalized by
   serious collectors (in my areas of interest) have space waiting
   for them in my library.

   [I would prefer the term "annotated" to "marginalized".  Isn't
   note-taking what interleaved copies are all about?  How
   come no one ever publishes interleaved editions anymore?
   Maybe it's just too expensive, but leaving enough blank space
   in the regular edition seems like a good compromise. -Editor]


   "Give an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of
   typewriters, the theory goes, and they will eventually produce
   prose the likes of Shakespeare.

   Give six monkeys one computer for a month, and they will
   make a mess. "

   "Researchers at Plymouth University in England reported this
   week that primates left alone with a computer attacked the
   machine and failed to produce a single word.

   "They pressed a lot of S's," researcher Mike Phillips said Friday.
   "Obviously, English isn't their first language."

   A group of faculty and students in the university's media program
   left a computer in the monkey enclosure at Paignton Zoo in
   southwest England, home to six  Sulawesi crested macaques.
   Then, they waited.

   At first, said Phillips, "the lead male got a stone and started
   bashing the hell out of it.

   "Another thing they were interested in was in defecating and
   urinating all over the keyboard," added Phillips, who runs the
   university's Institute of Digital Arts and Technologies."


   This week's featured web site is from the Gold Rush Gallery's
   web site. "An Illustrated History of the Georgia Gold Rush
   and the United States Branch Mint at Dahlonega, Georgia"
   by Carl N. Lester.  Very well done, and includes an 1861
   inventory of the mint.

  Wayne Homren
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