The E-Sylum v7#31, August 1, 2004
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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 7, Number 31, August 1, 2004:
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
Copyright (c) 2004, The Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
LAKE BOOKS SALE #75 PRL AVAILABLE
Fred Lake of Lake Books writes: "The prices realized list for
our sale #75 which closed on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 is now
available for viewing on the Lake Books web site at:
The PRL is available in either PDF or MS WORD format.
When you reach the "Past Sales" page either scroll down to
sale #75 or click on the link marked "2004" to see the links.
The sale was a very busy one and we appreciate the spirited
SPINK LITERATURE OFFERINGS
Hadrien Rambach writes: "As in every issue of the Numismatic
Circular, the oldest fixed-price list in the numismatic world,
founded in 1892, and now published every two months, the
August issue of Spink's Circular will offer many rare and out-
of-print numismatic books. There are 100 items in this
interesting issue, on many different subject areas:
Italian coins (a complete, but for a reprint of the 20th volume,
of the Corpus Nummorum), Banknote forgeries (two copies
of the rare Report of the Committeee
of 1819), English
coins (with a superb and almost complete set of the British
Numismatic Journal), etc. Some of the bindings on the books
in this list are exceptional: a full morocco binding on a copy
of the Monete Cufiche (Milan 1819), a superb set in the
original Spink morocco binding of the Biographical Dictionary
by Forrer (1904-1930), the crimson quarter morocco set of
Roman Imperial Coins from the Bastien library, a full calf
Numismata Orientalia by Marsden, etc.
However this issue of the Circular is mainly notable for its
antiquarian rarities. It includes no less than three different
and early editions of Budes De Asse, including an amazing
1532 Parisian edition which according to Dekesel is not held
in any public-library in Paris! This list of books also includes
the first edition of Agricolas De mensuris & Ponderibus.
A highly unusual item is also listed for sale, being a series of
coin-engravings by the famous artist Jacques Callot (1592-
1635). A large selection of coins is, as usual, also included."
AUCTION CENSUS DEADLINE EXTENDED
Karl Moulton writes: "By request, the deadline for the19th
century auction catalogue census, being conducted by the
Numismatic Bibliomania Society, has been extended to the
end of October. Several people with large libraries have
asked for more time. If you haven't added your material to
this compilation and wish to contribute, contact me at
numiscats at aol.com and I will send out a census form."
A WONDERFUL LITERARY SURPRISE
Lane Brunner writes: "The end of the day was the same as
most others. After a warm greeting from my kids following
work, I noticed a small box with a familiar label. "How nice,"
I thought, "a package from Charlie Davis." I just purchased
a copy of Musante's book on the medallic work of Bolen,
so I was anticipating a package and reasoned that Charlie
just sent it very quickly.
After dinner and time with the kids, I sat down for a quiet
read. Much to my surprise, the book was not the anticipated
one on Bolen's work, but rather a copy Gilboy's book on
Pillar coinage, "The Milled Columnarios of Central and South
America. Spanish American Pillar Coinage 1732 to 1772,"
and the book was number 4 of 500. This was indeed a
special book, albeit not my special book. Naturally, I
thought Charlie made a rare shipping error. Now, it's not that
I naturally assume Charlie makes mistakes; quite the opposite.
I could not, however, think of any other reason why I would
have received this wonderful book.
I sent Charlie a short email telling him of the book and
asking if I can forward the book to its awaiting new owner. A
little while later, Charlie returns my message indicating that the
book was a gift for me and he was asked to send it without
any paperwork included. I was speechless.
Since the topic of the book is rather focused and concerns
an area in which I am attempting to educate myself, it is a
timely and much appreciated gift. My literary benefactor
remains unknown, but is obviously someone who appreciates
fine numismatic literature. If the kind person who sent me this
wonderful gift is reading this passage, please know that the
book will have great use in research and education and will
be a valued addition to my library. Thank you so very much!"
NBS 25TH ANNIVERSARY ARTICLE
Thanks to Numismatic News for publishing online a short
article on the 25th anniversary of the founding of our Society.
Based on a press release by E. Tomlinson Fort, editor of our
print journal The Asylum, the article descibes the forthcoming
276-page special issue "containing articles from hobby figures
such as researcher Q. David Bowers, researcher Professor
John Cunnally, Dr. Christian Dekesel of the Bibliotheca
Numismatica Sicilians in Belgium, researcher Dr. David
Fanning, former NBS President Wayne Homren, Douglas
Saville of Spink and Son in London, and NBS President Pete
To read the full article, see:
The article has one mistake, however - it describes The
Asylum as being 25 years old, but the anniversary is of the
founding of our organization in 1979; the first Asylum
issue arrives a year later.
UH-OH: ANNIVERSARY ISSUE DELAYED
Tom Fort writes: "The good news is that we (myself, David
Fanning and George Kolbe) recieved the proofs of the
Summer issue of The Asylum from the printer. The bad news
is that they were not up to the standards we expected. I am
working to rectify these problems with the printer. Sadly,
they will delay publication and it is very unlikely that the issue
will reach members before the ANA convention. While this is
certainly a disapointment to many (especially myself), I feel
that it is better that we have first rate production to go with
our first-rate articles. The one silver lining in this large cloud is
that those who successfully bid on the proofs we will be
auctioning at the ANA wil get to read the issue before
everyone else. Also, I will have a bound proof with me at
the ANA, if you see me I will be happy to show it to you."
[Tom also wanted me to add, for the benefit of those attending
the Great Numismatic Libraries of Pittsburgh tour, that there
is a cat in residence at his home, so those with allergies should
be aware. -Editor]
ANA LITERATURE EXHIBITS
Chief Judge Joe Boling reports that there are four exhibits
totaling seventeen cases entered in Class 22, Numismatic
Literature at the upcoming American Numismatic
Association convention in Pittsburgh. Be sure to take a look.
Their titles are:
1. Coin Boards 1934-2004
2. A Tribute to Randolph Zander
3. An 18th Century Magnum Opus
4. Numismatic Literature of Western Pennsylvania Numismatic
Society Members: The First 100 Years
GRAVER PHOTOGRAPHIC NUMISMATICS TALK
NBS member Nicholas M. Graver returns to his home town,
presenting "Photographic Numismatics", a slide lecture in the
Numismatic Theatre at the upcoming ANA convention in
Pittsburgh, Wednesday afternoon, August 18 at 3:00. The
updated talk shows numismatic items related to Photography,
and all manner of Photo Antiques having a "money" connection.
Audience members will receive an elongated nickel, depicting a
photographer and his studio camera taken from a CDV photo
in the Graver collection. This piece describes Nick as
photographic antiquarian (collector of daguerreotypes, photos,
Readers not attending ANA, may receive the elongated nickel,
by sending a SASE to N.M. Graver, 276 Brooklawn Dr.
Rochester, NY 14618.
U.S. ESSAY, PROOF AND SPECIMEN NOTES, 2ND EDITION
The 2nd edition of Gene Hessler's "U.S. Essay, Proof and
Specimen Notes" has been published. From the Press Release:
A FEAST FOR THE EYES! That's what is being said about
the 2nd edition of U.S. Essay, Proof and Specimen Notes.
This expanded 272-page book is a banquet of remarkable
bank note illustrations that have never been published before.
For illustrations of U.S. paper money designs that "might
have been" and rare issued notes that are shown here for the
first time, this is the only source available. The first edition was
published in 1979.
"Meticulously researched and written by the premier researcher
of U.S. paper money of our generation, the new work rightfully
deserves a prominent place along side Gene Hessler's other
standard and classic U.S. currency, engraving and bond volumes."
Fred Reed, editor of PAPER MONEY
Paper money catalogs mention but have never illustrated three
1863 interest-bearing treasury notes of $500, $1000 and $5000.
The author has uncovered these rarities and now you can see
them for the first time. In addition to proofs and specimens of
rare notes you will see designs that will make you wonder why
they were never issued.
There are very few remaining drawings and sketches that
preceded the final design and ultimate engraving of bank notes.
In these pages there are examples of these rare images and
references to the artists who created them.
Collectors will want this book just for the color illustration on
the cover. Professor Roman Hellmann, retired designer for the
National Bank of Austria created this $1 design with the portrait
of Thomas Edison as a test piece for a De La Rue Giori Press.
In the foreword to the 1st edition, James A. Conlon director of
the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from 1967-1977 said,
"I am particularly impressed by Mr. Hessler's research on
proofs, essays and experimental designs-the what 'might have
been.'" This book includes information that would have been
lost, Mr. Conlon says, "if it were not for the imaginative
interest and diligent research of devoted scholars like Gene
Hessler. I learned new and interesting facts in the pleasurable
reading of this well-done work."
The foreword to this edition by Executive Vice President
Stephen L. Goldsmith of R.M. Smythe & Company lends
another perspective. "The new edition," he says, "comes at a
time when interest in paper money is at an all-time high, and for
a variety of reasons." This new edition will be extremely
valuable to collectors. Mr. Goldsmith continues, "I believe
there was another important element at work, the constant
effort of Gene Hessler, researching, writing, lecturing, and
tirelessly teaching us to appreciate the rich heritage of
America's paper money."
Gene Hessler, past editor of PAPER MONEY is the author of
three additional books (the Comprehensive Catalog of U.S.
Paper Money, An Illustrated History of U.S. Loans, 1775-1898,
and The Engravers Line) with another to be published in 2005;
he has written over 300 articles including columns for Coin
World and the Numismatist. He served as curator for The
Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum and the St. Louis
Mercantile Money Museum. Mr. Hessler, a retired musician
has traveled the world and has performed with many of the
most famous names in jazz and classical music. He is listed in
various editions of Who's Who in the Midwest, America and
The cost of the book is $40; a limited collectors' edition is $95.
Include $4 per order (not per book). Send orders to BNR Press,
132 E. Second St., Port Clinton, OH 43452. Order online at
www.papermoneyworld.net, or use PayPal
(bnrpress at papermoneyworld.net.)
PHILIPPINE JOURNAL BARRILLA INFO SOUGHT
Ralf Böpple of Stuttgart / Germany writes: "I have a question
for the E-Sylum community - maybe somebody can come up
with a quick answer. I am looking for the period during which
the Money Museum of the Central Bank of the Philippines
published their journal BARRILLA.
The first volume came out 1974, it was published quarterly
until 1979 and semi-annually thereafter. The Library of Congress
does not state that the publication was discontinued, but on the
homepage of the Central Bank there is no hit for the title as
search word. Does anybody know whether the journal was
stopped being published, and if so, when?"
ISRAELI NOTE FALLS VICTIM TO CREDIT CARD USE
Bill Rosenblum writes: "Another enjoyable E-Sylum as usual.
In regard to the item about the trooper collecting fines on the
spot via credit card it seems that the increased use of credit
cards in Israel has stalled the issuance of a 500 Sheqalim note
(about $110 US) there. The note was scheduled to be released
a few years ago but according to my contacts there so many
people now use credit cards that the need for the note has
decreased dramatically. Ten years ago very few Israelis (at
least the ones that I did business) with used credit cards; now
more than half my sales to Israelis is by credit card."
DICKESON PANORAMA ON EXHIBIT
NBS President Pete Smith writes: "Last night (7-29-04) I
visited the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. What drew me was
their exhibition "Currents of Change / Art and Life Along the
Mississippi River, 1851-1861." A highlight was a panel from
John J. Egan's Mississippi panorama, "The Monumental
Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley." They also had a video
screen where a viewer could scroll through the entire
panorama, some 430 feet long.
This panorama was used as a backdrop for Professor
Montroville Wilson Dickeson who toured and lectured before
the Civil War. He is known to bibliophiles for the first
American numismatic encyclopaedia published in 1858.
For me, seeing the Dickeson / Egan panorama was as exciting
as seeing four 1913 Liberty nickels. (But not as exciting as
seeing the fifth.) Also on exhibit was a large marble of
Hiawatha by Augustus Saint Gaudens, another numismatic
connection. The exhibit has been extended into October."
PITTSBURGH CONVENTION SUPPLEMENTAL WEB PAGES
Regarding the web address published last week for the
benefit of those attending the upcoming convention of the
American Numismatic Association in Pittsburgh, Bill
Rosenblum also asks: "Your list of eating establishments in
Pittsburgh will be put to good use. You said it was a
supplemental list. Was there another list published with
other places listed that I missed?"
There are no other restaurant lists that the convention
committee has published. "Supplemental" meant that all
the web pages prepared by the local committee are meant
to supplement the information provided on the ANA's
web site. The pages are hosted on the web site of PAN,
the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists. See
THE ENIGMATIC COUNTERSTAMPED QUARTERS
Regarding last week's item about the "E" and "L"
counterstamps found on the obverse of many 1815 and
1825 U.S. quarters, Tom DeLorey writes: "I tend to doubt
this theory, on the grounds that the counterstamps
apparently were done in the Mint with the coins resting in
the reverse die to prevent distortion of the reverse surface
during the counterstamping. The same thing was done with
the 1848 $2-1/2 "CAL." counterstamp, with the coins
resting in the obverse die during the process. A private
organization would not have had this option available to
them, unless one of their members was a Mint employee
with high privileges.
My personal theory is that the "L" was meant to
commemorate the widely heralded visit of Lafayette to
America in 1825. However, I have no idea who "E"
might have been. Does anybody have a good account of
Lafayette's tour that might prove a visit to Philadelphia,
and if so does it mention a traveling companion with the
Dave Kellogg writes: "I enjoyed the debate within the v7#27,
July 4th edition regarding the pronunciation of certain Latin
words. For example, "Another is the word Caesar. In
English, it's See-sar; in classical Latin, it's Ky-sar." And,
"The letter c in Latin was hard, regardless of what letter
followed ....". Based on the above, should we then refer to
the Celtic Civilization as the Keltic Kivilization? Or, if that
sounds odd, perhaps we should go with the soft c, as in
Seltic. The Seltic Sivilization - that sounds better. Now
about the Celtic Culture. I guess it should be the Seltic
CHASE MANHATTAN MONEY MUSEUM HISTORY
Regarding last week's question about the disposition of the
Chase Manhattan Money Museum collection, Robert J.
Galiette writes: "Gene Hessler may be a good source of
information regarding the Chase Manhattan Bank Money
Museum. He used to be curator of it. He's also an
accomplished musician and he'd tell me that it was very
convenient being in New York because he regularly had
musical engagements in which he could participate during
parts of the day.
His former work as curator is noted in some of his books,
such as on the dust jacket of "An Illustrated History of U.S.
Loans, 1775-1898", BNR Press, 1988, a book for which
Gene spent fifteen years gathering photographs of loan
documents that in many cases existed only as unique proof,
specimen or remainder examples.
Thanks for your invaluable work with the E-Sylum. It's a
labor of great dedication on your part to have it come
forward so regularly each week."
Martin Gengerke writes: "Regarding your story on the
whereabouts of the Chase Manhattan Money Museum
holdings - I can fill you in a bit on the paper money.
Some notes went to the American Numismatic Society,
but the bulk of the federal notes and (I believe) the
obsolete as well, went to the Smithsonian Institution.
One notable exception is the 1862 $1 Legal Tender note
with Serial Number 1, from the first series of the issue.
This note, with a vignette of Salmon P. Chase, is the first
Dollar Bill issued by the United States - it went to Chase,
and eventually to the Chase Bank. The bank still has it today.
The first $2 bill issued by the U.S. is also known, and
was sold by R.M. Smythe a few years ago."
Douglas Mudd, Curator/Director Money Museum,
American Numismatic Association writes: "The bulk of the
Chase Manhattan Money Museum collection went to the
National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian
something like 26,000 objects, including the primitive money
collection, the checks (as you mentioned), and a wide
selection of paper money and coins of the U.S. and the
Fred Reed gives this chronology: "In 1967 Gene Hessler
became curator of Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum.
The Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum closed in 1977.
David Rockefeller negotiated to give the Chase Money
Museum Collection to the Smithsonian Institution's National
Numismatic Collection. On Jan. 16, 1978, the Smithsonian
Institution acquired the Chase Manhattan Bank money
collection. On Feb. 7, 1979, the Smithsonian Institution
unveiled highlights from the Chase Manhattan Bank Collection
to great fanfare."
Pete Smith writes: "I believe the majority of the coins from
the Chase Manhattan Money Museum were put on long term
loan to the Smithsonian. I visited the Smithsonian around 1986
and saw a special exhibit of the Chase coins. I recall that I
bent over a case to get a close look at a "Jefferson Head"
cent and set off a security alarm. I believe those coins were
later transferred permanently to the Smithsonian.
The national museum's exhibit of coins was already old when
I visited. I believe it was installed some 20 years previously
and had not been updated to correct a few errors in the
exhibit. I agree that it is time for the exhibit to close, but I
wish it would be replaced with a new exhibit.
Gene Hessler writes: "I was the last curator (1967-1975) of
the Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum. I was
completely against closing the museum, since it continued to
draw numerous visitors every day, as many as 1500 per day
during peak tourist seasons.
When the bank decided to close the museum and donate the
collection to the Smithsonian for a major tax deduction, I saw
no need for the Smithsonian to have another 1804 silver dollar.
I explained this to the PR Department, who was responsible
for the museum. Therefore, I was responsible for and was
successful in having the 1804 dollar and a few pieces of world
paper money sent to the American Numismatic Society."
[My info on Eric Newman's role in obtaining the 1804 dollar
for the ANS was based on an item found on the ANS web
site. Thanks for setting the record straight. -Editor]
PROMINENT COLLECTOR UNMASKED?
Last week, W. David Perkins gave us this question at the end
of his submission on "a prominent early silver dollar collector
(active in the 1950s and 1960s)" He asked, "What was the
name of the prominent collector? Hint, this collector was
the subject of a talk I gave at the NBS Annual Meeting a few
years ago at the Philadelphia ANA Convention."
There have been no guesses submitted yet. I'll publish my
answer next week.
JOHNSON IS A FAST READER!
We at The E-Sylum love words, and Dick Johnson sends
us two new numismatic word definitions. He writes: "I'm
still reading the August issue of "Readers' Digest." Last
week I wrote about the typo 'model' for 'medal,' about the
athlete who won a 'bronze model.' That was on page 18.
This week I am up to page 47 (I'm a fast reader!) I
learned two new words -- 'arcadian' is related to
coin-operated games and 'paradigm' is a set of two coins.
I'll bet the last is a set of P-D ten-cent coins."
FEATURED WEB SITE
This week's featured web site is submitted by Larry Mitchell:
"This site provides information about the United Kingdom
Honours System, which includes the Order of the British
Empire, the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the Royal
Victorian Order, and several other awards. Provides details
about award eligibility, order of wear for badges and
decorations, and details about bravery awards such as the
George Cross, the Victoria Cross, and the George Medal:"
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