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The E-Sylum (1/29/2017)

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Meanwhile, Pete Smith offers some good news of a hobby figure who is thankfully still with us. -Editor

Bourne Sale 6 Dick Punchard The Charlie Davis Mail Bid Sale of February 18, 2017 has a group of photos from “The Invasion of Louisville” as lot 572. A number of people attending are mentioned including Dick Punchard. His name is in italics with the note, “Sadly in 28 years, we have lost those named in italics.”

I am pleased to report that Dick is alive and well at age 84. I spoke with him on the phone for about an hour on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

I met Dick more than 40 years ago. He introduced me to the Early American Coppers Club and was my mentor during the early years of my collection of large cents. We attended a number of EAC conventions together. Along with Wes Rasmussen, we also attended the important California copper sales in the 1980's.

Dick also introduced me to The Numismatic Bibliomania Society, He was a charter member. I might have been if Jack Collins had replied to my inquiry, but I missed out on that distinction.

Dick sold his library through an auction by Remy Bourne. He sold most of his large cents privately and I am fortunate to have a few of his 1793's in my collection. He dropped out of the NBS after selling his library.

In recent years he has been working on a book on the Minnesota G.A.R. posts and badges. This was published in October of 2016. I have ordered a copy and will report to The E-Sylum after I receive it.

To read the Bourne sale of the Punchard Library on the Newman Numismatic Portal:
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