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The E-Sylum (4/9/2017)

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Len Augsburger, Project Coordinator for the Newman Numismatic Portal submitted this announcement of a new publication being made available in electronic form on NNP. -Editor

Personal Tokens and Medals of American Numismatists Author Pete Smith has contributed his Personal Tokens and Medals of American Numismatists to the Newman Portal. Dealer and personal tokens of numismatists are frequent “giveaways” freely distributed at various events, and many collectors unintentionally build collections as they empty their bags at the end of a trade show. Pete Smith saw more possibility and began systematically collecting these tokens, first issued in the 19th century.

Personal Tokens and Medals is a 542-page record of the Smith collection, now approaching 10,000 distinct items. Among the thousands of listings are a Q. David Bowers token for his automated musical instrument business, David T. Alexander’s wedding anniversary series, and an ANA Governor candidacy medal produced by Donald H. Kagin. It is safe to say that this is largest such collection in existence, and we can all be grateful to Smith for making it available to the wider community in documentary form.

Link to Personal Tokens and Medals:
Pesonal Tokens and Medals of American Numismatists (

Len adds:

Authors interested in publishing their work on the Newman Portal may contact me at .

This is a great opportunity for authors to preview their work-in-progress for comment and review; in cases where print editions of narrowly focused studies are not economically viable, the Portal can be a great option for publishing and preserving your work for future generations. -Editor
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