On two consecutive days this August, thanks to the Numismatic
Bibliomania Society, I came face-to-face with a living numismatic
legend, two powerful publishers, and many quality literature collectors.
Q. David Bowers, Dennis Tucker, Wayne Homren and Dan Hamelberg were
all fantastic speakers at NBS meetings held during the 2014 American
Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money.
Leading off the NBS Symposium, on Aug. 7, was the legendary Dave
Bowers, who has written more numismatic books than anyone else.
He was followed by the “Godfather” of coin literature, Dennis
Tucker, of Whitman Publishing. He and Dave were both presenting on how
to get your numismatic book or article into print.
They also unveiled the very first copy of Dave’s latest book,
Coins and Collectors: Golden Anniversary Edition, published
by Whitman. Dave suggested that we both sign the book (I was
privileged to write its foreword), and then auction it to benefit the NBS.
Many a hand flew into the air; the last hand standing belonged to
“the collector’s collector,” Dan Hamelberg, enriching the Numismatic
Bibliomania Society by a whopping $1,500!
On Aug. 8, at the NBS annual meeting, Dan brought a display of
treasures from his matchless library, easily the finest American
numismatic literature collection ever formed.
Among them was a printed copy of the Congressional Act of April 2,
1792, which created the United States Mint, boldly signed by Thomas Jefferson.
Dan gave a fascinating talk about these documents, highlighting some
little-known facts about the 1792 Mint Act. For example, if an
employee was caught debasing the coins of the United States, the
penalty was death!
Wayne Homren, the founder and publisher of the NBS’s electronic
newsletter, The E-Sylum, discussed the past and future of
The past was a hoot: remember when a modem was an actual telephone
receiver fitted into a special cradle enabling connection with a
Wayne also discussed early efforts by coin dealers and collectors to
get online; one of the pioneers was the NBS website, which he
hand-built in the early 1990s.
The future will feature Wayne’s latest project, CoinLibrary.com,
which will be the one-stop destination for numismatic knowledge on the
Web, with curated content, so that only relevant results will be
included, and offering private information to be found nowhere else.
If this all sounds like your kind of fun, then head over to the NBS
website at www.coinbooks.org, and follow the instructions to apply for membership.
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