Bits & Pieces... by David Sundman

Numismatic Bibliomania

[photo: Joel Orosz giving a presentation on the first U.S. Mint in Philadelpia]

Joel Orosz giving a presentation on the first U.S. Mint in Philadelpia

Joel Orosz, Ph.D., is a well known numismatic author and board member of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. Here he is giving a slide lecture with Leonard Augsburger [not shown] to an audience of 35 at the NBS annual meeting in Milwaukee. The talk was a teaser for the book Len and Joel are now finishing about images featuring the first U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.

One of my loves is collecting and reading numismatic books. In a moment of weakness a couple of years ago I agreed to run for election for Secretary-Treasurer of the NBS. I have found that once you win that office, no one seems to want to run against you so I am probably in for a long time. Collectors of numismatic books and literature are a fun group with a very dry sense of humor, as you can tell from the title of the organization. Bibliomania has been described as “a disorder involving the collecting of books… to the point where social relations or health are damaged.”

The Numismatic Bibliomania Society is a non-profit organization promoting the enjoyment and collecting of numismatic literature both old and new. If you are bookish by nature and enjoy numismatic book collecting yourself, a membership application is available online. To join, print the application and return it with your check to the address printed on the application. Membership is only $15 to addresses in the U.S., $20 elsewhere. For those without web access, write to: David M. Sundman, Secretary/Treasurer, Numismatic Bibliomania Society, P. O. Box 82 Littleton, NH 03561.