The E-Sylum v17#02 January 12, 2014
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An electronic publication of
The Numismatic Bibliomania Society
Volume 17, Number 02, January 12, 2014
WAYNE'S WORDS: THE E-SYLUM JANUARY 12, 2014
JOHN H. BURNS 1958-2013
SKLOW SALE #21 CLOSES FEBRUARY 15, 2014
NEW BOOK: DANISH-NORWEGIAN-SWEDISH NUMISMATIC BIBLIOGRAPHY
NEW BOOK: MONETA PUBLICATION 167: HONG KONG MINT
NEW BOOK: ROMANIA TOKENS, TAGS AND CHIPS
BONHAM'S TO SELL AUGUSTIN DUPRÉ ARCHIVE
AN AUGUSTIN DUPRÉ GALLERY
WILLIAM S. APPLETON'S REMARKS ON AUGUSTIN DUPRÉ
YVES BARIL AND THE "DEVIL'S HEAD" PORTRAIT
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JANUARY 12, 2014
PRESIDENCY RELINQUISHED MEDAL RESTRIKE REVISITED
BRASHER DOUBLOON REALIZES $4,582,500 AT HERITAGE AUCTION
GREENBACK BACKER ELDRIDGE G. SPAULDING'S BANKNOTE
COLLECTING CITY OF NEW ORLEANS SCRIP
MORE ON THE DEERFIELD, MONTANA HORSE CAR TOKEN
MORE ON COUNTERFEITS, REPLICAS AND FANTASIES
PETITION QUESTIONS FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENNIAL COIN
QUERY: YEATMAN & ARMISTEAD TOKEN INFORMATION SOUGHT
EARLIER COIN DEALER PHONE NUMBERS FOUND
PUNCTUATION PUGILISM PERSISTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: STARR GILMORE
DICK JOHNSON: ANA HALL OF FAME FALLS FLAT
JOHN MERCANTI DESIGNS AUSTRALIAN EAGLE COIN REVERSE
WORTHLESS ZIMBABWE NOTES RISE IN PRICE
PROS AND CONS OF POLYMER BANKNOTES
GREENING THE WORLD BY CLEANING THE WORLD'S BANKNOTES
COIN HOARDS AND GOOGLE MAPS SHOW ANTIOCH'S INFLUENCE
BLUMEL COIN CARD POSTCARD ALBUM CENSUS
HOW ROMAN COWS BECAME COINS
PHOTOFUNIA: CREATE A COIN FROM ANY PHOTO
FEATURED WEB PAGE: PHRYGIAN CAP
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WAYNE'S WORDS: THE E-SYLUM JANUARY 12, 2014
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This week we open with sad news of the loss of a fixture on the U.S. coin show circuit, numismatic literature dealer John Burns, who passed away Friday night during the FUN show in Florida. He will be greatly missed.
Other topics include the upcoming Sklow literature sale, three new numismatic books, New Orleans scrip, author Starr Gilmore, the ANA Hall of Fame, and banknote cleaning. But the news for numismatic researchers this week came from Bonhams, which announced the upcoming auction of an archive of historical documents, coins and medals created and owned by Augustin Dupré (1748-1833).
To learn more about the rise and fall of the Hong Kong Mint, the Diplomatic Medal, the 1787 Brasher Doubloon, engraver Yves Baril, Congressman Eldridge G. Spaulding, John Mercanti's newest project, and how Roman cows became coins, read on. Have a great week, everyone!
Editor, The E-Sylum
JOHN H. BURNS 1958-2013
John Burns at his PAN show table (Credit: Pat McBride)
My phone and in-box lit up last evening with word that numismatic literature dealer John Burns had passed away at the F.U.N. show in Florida. Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing posted an announcement and tribute on the Collector's Universe forum. I soon heard from Tom DeLorey, Wayne Herndon, Andy Singer, Pete Smith Michael Sullivan, Myron Xenos, David Sklow and others.
John was a regular fixture at several major coin shows, setting up with thousands of numismatic books for sale. He was a fellow student at the University of Pittsburgh, and he was among the first to respond to my flyers announcing the formation of a student coin club. There wasn't one on campus and I'd decided to start one.
It was John who helped introduce me to numismatic literature. Later he introduced me to numismatic bibliophile Armand Champa, who became another lifelong friend. And through Armand's famous "Invasion of Louisville" library tour, I in turn met John J. Ford, Jules Reiver, Ken Lowe, Myron Xenos and a host of other bibliophiles, many of whom also became lifelong friends. Those friends and our mutual interest led me to found The E-Sylum, and here we are today. Thanks, John - may you rest in peace.
Our mutual friend Pat McBride of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) helped John load his van before the FUN show, and later hopped a plane to Florida. He again helped John set up his display at the show. Although John had travelled with Paul Cunningham (as they often did), they ended up in separate hotels on this trip.
>From what I've been able to gather from various reports, John attended a dinner Friday night with companions including Charlie Horning, Steve Crain, Richard Meaney, Glenn Peterson and Brad Karoleff. Pat McBride called John on the phone about 11pm, and he seemed fine; he was in his hotel room and looking forward to the rest of the show, which is typically a big one for book sales. Pat may be the last person to speak with him. John didn't appear at the show Saturday and was found in his hotel room about 3pm Saturday.
Here's the text of Dennis Tucker's announcement:
"I just received some sad news from a reliable source at the
FUN show: numismatic literature dealer John Burns passed
away in his hotel room last night.
John was one of the most knowledgeable numismatists
of our generation, a great enthusiast for the hobby, a
longtime contributor to the Red Book, and advisor to
Whitman Publishing. In order to represent the books he
sold, and to best assist his customers, he read every
single volume and studied them carefully, making him
one of the most well-read people in the field. Always
a gentleman, with interesting insights, unique perspective,
and friendly concern for others, John was a credit to
the hobby community. I always enjoyed our conversations
and looked forward to catching up with him in person at shows.
John Burns will be sorely missed."
So sad to hear the news - talked with John earlier this week at FUN and he just didn't seem to be feeling well.
Oh this is so sad. He will be missed. (Rick Snow)
That is very sad news. John was a real gentleman and a great person! My condolences to his family.
Oh, this is a shock. John is from my area and he was one of the first people I met when I got back into coins. Not long after that I ran into him at an ANA and wondered why he traveled all that way (I had no idea he did anything more than Western PA area shows - what did I know). I was happy to sit and chat at that ANA since he was the only person I knew there - then when authors I recognized kept stopping to say hello to John it dawned on me he was far from the local book guy. Although we generally crossed paths only a couple times a year, he always greeted me by name and we always had great conversations. He even drafted me to help move his books in one time at a show, a task that taught me coins weren't as heavy as I once thought. Last I got to talk to him was in October at the PAN show, where I picked up a couple of books from him like always.
I heard this news late in the day here at the show and was just shocked.
John was one of the nicest, most considerate, most intelligent, most articulate people I've ever met, and as noted previously a true credit to the hobby.
I'm really going to miss him. (John Agre)
To read the complete discussion thread, see:
Rest in Peace, John Burns
Brad Karoleff writes:
Charlie Davis and I were in shock at the news. We got together Saturday night to have a drink and raise our glasses to our old friend. His last night on earth was spent doing what he loved - having a nice meal, some drinks, and conversation with friends. He was a good man, and I'm sorry to see him go.
Michael Sullivan writes:
John was a wealth of information, always willing to engage in conversation, and always had interesting stories to share. He will be missed by many.
Dave Lange writes:
I left the FUN show Saturday afternoon around 3:30 for the two-hour drive home, and I did not learn of John's passing until reading the email announcement Sunday morning. I am so deeply saddened for this gentle giant with whom I spent many a pleasant hour over books or beer, the latter usually at a favorite Baltimore bar and grill. John worked so hard to get up his display of books at show after show, and he always kept a good attitude at even the slowest of them. His wit was wry but never mean spirited, and I truly admired him for that. I also, however, feared for his health and suspected that we would lose him too soon.
Joel Orosz writes:
John was, of course, larger than life in so many ways--his girth (I weigh as much as a young grizzly!), his physical strength (I believe he tossed the caber in Highland Games), his exceptional numismatic knowledge (he all but singlehandedly won the World Series of Numismatics some years ago), and his appetite (as witnessed by the giant Del Frisco's meatball he consumed when visiting Armand Champa)--were all out-sized by any mortal measurement.
It was a ritual for me at ANA conventions to approach his table, have him pick up an empty chair one-handed (and in John's hand, a full-sized chair appeared to be doll-house furniture), and admonish me to "Have a seat so we can shoot some s--t!" John was as fearless in conversation as he was physically, regularly eviscerating anyone he considered to be a fool or a shady operator, and in terms that would qualify as libelous by any legal definition, but he also possessed a generosity of spirit that led him to spontaneously help people--not necessarily just his friends--without seeking public applause for doing so.
He made his daily bread the hard way, hauling what was literally tons of inventory over thousands of miles of highway to get to the main stops on the show circuit. Over the years, I found a few gems lurking within that inventory, most recently, at the 2013 ANA, a copy of Don Taxay's Counterfeit, Mis-Struck and Unofficial U.S. Coins with the Fuld blurb pasted over the Pittman blurb on the dust jacket.
Whether you knew John, heard him speak, benefited from his numismatic knowledge, or just saw him across the bourse floor, you knew that he was a genuine American original. In his case, the hackneyed expression is completely true: we will never gaze upon his like again.
Paul Cunningham writes:
John Henry Burns was a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma!
If he was your friend, he would do anything for you. If you had an enemy, he had the same enemy. He had your back.
John was a movie buff of the highest order. I know something of the movies but he could put me to shame with little effort.
He loved women, all of them. Young or old, thicker or thicker, he wanted to get acquainted with them all.
Books or coins, paper money, old, new, value? He could debate these ideas for hours.
He liked guns, all size, all calibre: he feared for an uprising of the unwashed, the politically liberal, the unschooled.
He would brag about the 25,000 books be had read, the 1000s of movies he'd seen; I ask him: "If you're so smart, why are you still peddling books? Why don't you get a job by which you can lead, at least, a sub-standard life?"
I would pester him about that and his heath, but he would argue that he was fine and he was going to live to be 90.
John Henry Burns was a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma! God speed you, John Burns.
Ray Williams writes:
That is sad news! I've known John for years. Every Spring the Garden State Numismatic Association holds a convention here in New Jersey. As an officer, I was given a complimentary room in the hotel. For 10 years or more, I let John share my room for free. being a book dealer, and not making tons of money on books, I felt this was an added incentive to participate in our conventions. What is a convention without a book dealer?
The discussions we had for hours... He had an excellent knowledge across the board in numismatics. He cared for his elderly Mother well into her 90's. She passed away last year I believe. I will miss John, his hulking frame, his booming voice, his knowledge, his strong political viewpoints, and his smiling face. I won't miss helping lug books into the convention from his van!
He'll be missed!
Cindy Wibker of the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) writes:
The decorating company carefully put John's book stock onto three pallets and shrink-wrapped them today. FUN is leasing a climate-controlled storage facility for the books until we know what to do with them. He also had two cases chained to his table. The chains were cut and two FUN officers (VP Bob Hurst and Treasurer Carrie Best) inventoried the cases. There was a laptop computer, a phone charger and a checkbook.
I've been in touch with Cindy since I heard the news. Many thanks to FUN for securing John's inventory.
John Burns Memorial Ad
John Kralvevich is organizing a memorial ad for John in an upcoming issue of Coin World. The cost per person will vary with the number of signers. If you'd like to participate, contact John at
jkamericana at gmail.com
John Burns holding an 1804 dollar and a 1913 nickel (Credit: Pat McBride)
SKLOW SALE #21 CLOSES FEBRUARY 15, 2014
David Sklow reports that catalogs for his numismatic literature mail bid sale #21 have been shipped. He forwarded the following announcement.
DAVID SKLOW - FINE NUMISMATIC BOOKS
MAIL BID SALE # 21 CLOSING FEBRUARY 15, 2014
Featuring selections from the working library of numismatic literature dealer Orville 'Jim' Grady including very rare convention photographs of the ANA, items from the William Bareford library, the late Gordon Frost, Charles Moore, Gene Hessler, Remy Bourne, a nice offering of medals & badges of the ANA, and some very interesting items from the library of Myron Xenos.
Rare Official Convention Photographs Of The American Numismatic Association 1925-1937.
Very Rare 1930 Silver Ana Convention Medal, Buffalo N.Y.
Rare 1947 Three Piece Ana Convention Medal Set [Bronze-Silver-Gold], Buffalo, N.Y.
Scarce 1910 ANA Convention Badge, N.Y.C.
Scarce 1914 ANA Convention Badge, Springfield, Ma.
Scarce 1921 ANA Convention Medal & Badge, Boston, Ma.
Rare 1932 ANA Convention Badge, Los Angeles, Ca.
Extremely Rare 1958 Special Gold-Filled Convention Badge With Gold
Other Assorted ANA Badges & Medals, And Medal Sets From The 1920's To 1970's.
The Art And Craft Of Coin Making By Cooper.
Tradesmen's Tokens Of The Eighteenth Century By Atkins
Early Issues Of The American Journal Of Numismatics 1866-1890
Fixed Price List & Prices Paid For Lists Of U.S. Coin Dealers Volumes I, II & III By Bourne.
Early American Car Advertisements, 1966, By Q. David Bowers.
Q. David Bowers Numismatist: Bulletin No. 2.
Deluxe Henry H. Clifford Sale By Bowers & Ruddy.
Deluxe Three Volume Set Of The Norweb Sales By Bowers & Merena.
Original Leather Bound Six Volume Set Of Annals Of The Coinage Of Britain With The Seventh Supplemental Volume, 1819 By Ruding.
Numerous Deluxe Editions Of G.F. Kolbe Auction Catalogs In Cloth And Full Leather.
Complete Set Of Auction Catalogs Of Joseph Levine [Presidential Coin & Antiques].
Long Run Of Official ANA Convention Auction Catalogs [1939-1986] Privately Uniformly Bound In Black With James Thompson In Gilt.
Deluxe Leather Numbered 114 Of 135 A Register Of Half Dollar Die Varieties And Sub Varieties By Beistle.
Deluxe Quarter Leather World's Greatest Collection U.S. Silver Coins.
Deluxe Quarter Leather World's Greatest Collection U.S. Gold Coins.
Super Deluxe Full Leather World's Greatest Collection U.S. Silver Coins, With Slipcase, Inscribed To Harold Bareford By Abe Kosoff & Abner Kreisberg.
Deluxe Quarter Leather U.S. Gold Coins And Territorial Gold - Numismatic Gallery, 1948 Inscribed To Harold Bareford By Abe Kosoff & Abner Kreisberg.
Deluxe Bound Numbered No. 11 Adolphe Menjou Catalogue, Inscribed To Harold Bareford By Abe Kosoff & Abner Kreisberg.
Deluxe Bound Numbered No. 4 T. James Clarke & Thomas Melish Catalogue, Inscribed To Harold Bareford By Abe Kosoff & Abner Kreisberg.
Deluxe Bound Numbered No. 9 James Sloss Collection.
Deluxe Bound Numbered No. 63 Edward Schwartz Catalogue, Inscribed To Harold Bareford By Abe Kosoff.
Deluxe Bound Edwin Hydeman Catalogue, Inscribed To Harold Bareford By Abe Kosoff.
Many Other Deluxe Catalogs From The Late Harold Bareford.
Rare Unique Prepublication Paste Up's Of The Auction Catalogs Of Orville 'Jim' Grady.
Complete Set Of Cal Wilson Literature Catalogs.
Complete Set Of Cal Wilson's Numismatic Repository.
Complete Set Of 'Out On A Limb' The Money Tree By Ken Lowe & Myron Xenos.
Small Size Coin Cabinet, Once Belonging To Dave Hess.
Complete Four Volume Set A History Of Banking In All The Leading Nations, 1896.
Deluxe Full Leather California Gold Dollars, Half Dollars, Quarter Dollars, 1979 By Kenneth Lee, Published By G.F. Kolbe. With Original Purchase Receipt Of Armand Champa.
WATCH FOR FUTURE UPDATES AS TO CONTENT OF OUR
MAIL BID SALE # 22 CLOSING JUNE 15, 2014
Featuring Part One of the Library of Numismatic Literature dealer Karl Moulton, including vast runs of auction catalogs, both regular & deluxe bindings, plated sales, and long runs of periodicals.
David Sklow-Fine Numismatic Books
P.O. Box 6321
Colorado Springs, CO 80934
numismaticbooks at aol.com
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