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Have you ever been to Costa Rica?

I’m on vacation. I have traveled to the Central American country of Costa Rica. I am never too far away from numismatics, though.

One of my missions this week was to carry down two Numismatic Literary Guild Award plaques that Paul Green was given Aug. 9 during the NLG Bash at the American Numismatic Association convention in Milwaukee. They were given to his widow to join other plaques that Paul had won that are hanging on her living room wall.

Paul won this year for the weekly “Item of the Week” column in Numismatic News as the best continuing series of articles on coins in a numismatic newspaper. He also won for his three-part William Walker series in World Coin News.

William Walker is a national topic in Costa Rica. He was an American who took over the government of Nicaragua and then invaded Costa Rica in 1856. He was beaten back across the border thanks in part to a brave teenager named Juan Santamaria who volunteered to carry a torch while under gun fire to the house in which Walker was holed up with his men. The house was burned, driving Walker out, but Santamaria was killed at the age of 17. His bravery is remembered. There are statues to him in Costa Rica. He has appeared on Costa Rican bank notes. The main airport just outside the capital of San Jose is named for him. He has a holiday.

The William Walker series in World Coin News tried to do justice to the historical topic and apparently the NLG judges believed it did.

Mayela, Paul’s widow, is happy to see her husband’s work is valued by others. I am happy to have been the bearer of  good news.

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2 Responses to Have you ever been to Costa Rica?

  1. andylustig says:

    I visited Costa Rica a few years ago and spent a couple of days in San Jose. I e-mailed Paul Green a month in advance to let him know I’d be there, and asking if there was anything to do in the way of numismatics. He arranged meetings for me with Manuel Chacon at the Museo de Numismática and with Mauricio Soto, a prominent local dealer. (Mauricio came up with a couple of wonderful things for my collection of Central American Republic coins!) We also set a date to get together with a group of his friends at the Grand Hotel, where we spent a couple of hours at the beautiful lobby bar. I’m looking forward to my next visit, but it’s sad to think that Paul won’t be around this time. Thanks again for a great two days, Paul!

  2. michael colin says:

    Greetings, Dave. I’m producing a documentary about William Walker, and I’d be very interested in reading the series by Paul Green noted above. Do you have a copy you could email me, or know where I could find it online?

    Thanks,

    Michael Colin
    mcolin47@yahoo.com

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