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Baltimore ramblings, part one - People

People in the hobby.

Baltimore was a fine place to meet contributors and collector friends.

Firstly, I'd like to mention Mark Anderson and Scott Lindquist, contributors to our U.S. Paper Money catalogs, Mitch Battino contributor to our World Coin Catalogs, and Jon Morowitz and Art Matz contributors to our World Paper Money Catalogs.


It was especially nice to meet Art. He has been most helpful with organizing contributors with suggestions on Latin American notes, then sending them in on a regular basis. I've been corresponding with him for over ten years and this was our first face-to-face meet. We even made time to have a very nice lunch with good conversation.

Fellow railroad medal collectors Daniel Benice was in attendance with his son and we had a good first meeting. Another medal collector who I spend time with was Paul Johnson, current executive director of the recently re-named Royal Canadian Numismatic Association was also in attendance. Paul was an active exhibitor in the late 70s and 80s, we had first meet when I went up to exhibit at a Toronto TOREX show in 1977, and then later CNA conventions in London and Montreal.

Wayne Homren, editor of the weekly on-line e-newsletter on numismatic books and the hobby was honored with the Burnett Anderson award for writing. He and I worked together nearly 20 years ago as research assistants on Fred Reed's historic book on Encased Postage Stamps.

My former co-editor of the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Neil Shafer was inducted into the ANA Hall of Fame.