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The E-Sylum (3/26/2017)

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Last week Pete Smith asked, "What numismatic author painted the attached image? Can you name any other numismatic authors who were painters?" -Editor

Paintng by mystery numismatist

And the answer is.... Frank Lapa, the coin dealer who ended up in prison for murder. Fortunately, there are other far more upstanding numismatists who paint. -Editor

Pete adds:

The Lapa painting is currently on eBay for a "Buy it Now" price of $1000. It is identified as a copy of "The Golden Sunset" by John Keys.

Ken Bressett writes:

There is a very famous author who was very modest about his skill as a trained commercial artist. His name was Richard Yeo, although he was better known to most as R. S. Yeoman. Attached is a shot of one of his paintings that proudly hangs in my home. It was done while he was in retirement in Arizona sometime around 1986.

Yeoman picture

Thanks, everyone. Great question! Of course, it's a little tongue in cheek from author/artist Pete Smith who had two of his paintings reproduced in The Secret History of the First U. S. Mint and the cover image for 1792: Birth of a Nation's Coinage with three more paintings inside. See the lead article in this issue of The E-Sylum for more information on the new book. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: MARCH 19, 2017 : Quiz: Who Is The Numismatist Who Painted This Landscape? (

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