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Unique Materials Relating to the Founding of the Numismatic Literary Guild and Early Volumes of the

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Unique Materials Relating to the Founding of the Numismatic Literary Guild and Early Volumes of the
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[Numismatic Literary Guild]. MATERIALS RELATING TO THE FOUNDING AND EARLY YEARS OF THE NUMISMATIC LITERARY GUILD. Letters, newspaper clippings and other materials: a two-page typewritten letter on NLG letterhead dated Jan. 19, 1968 from NLG founder Lee Martin to Coin World editor Margo Russell describing the aims of the new organization and inviting her to join; a single-page typewritten letter on NLG letterhead dated Feb. 22, 1968 from Martin to Russell discussing initial publicity for the organization; a photocopy of a two-page letter from Martin to World Coins editor Russ Rulau dated Mar. 13, 1968 discussing the ways in which the NLG was organizing; a handwritten letter from Martin to Russell dated May 15, 1968 on elaborate hand-colored stationary (featuring the remnants of what were wax-impression letters spelling out NLG) welcoming her to NLG membership; a June 12, 1968 press release announcing the organization to the wider numismatic press; a photocopied (but hand-signed) press release in the form of a letter dated July 12, 1968 from Thomas W. Becker (NLG Public Relations) regarding a photo exhibit the NLG planned for the upcoming ANA Convention in San Diego; an undated two-page press release published soon after the ANA Convention regarding the organization's activities there; various materials from 1969 including newspaper reports of NLG activities and a typewritten letter from Martin to Russell dated Mar. 19, 1969 on a different but also elaborate hand-colored stationary. [with] Numismatic Literary Guild. NUMISMATIC NEWSLETTER / THE NUMISMATIC LITERARY GUILD NEWSLETTER / THE NLG NEWSLETTER. Title varies. Santa Ana, etc. A substantial group, consisting of: Vol. I (1968), Nos. 1-4 and 6. Vol. II (1969-70), Nos. 1-4, 6-7, 9-10 and 12. Vol. III (1970), Nos. 1-3, 5-8. Vol. IV (1971), Nos. 1-6. Vol. V (1972), Nos. 1, 3-5. Vol. VI (1973), Nos. 1-2, 4-5. Vol. XI (1978), Nos. 1-6. Vol. XII (1979), Nos. 1-4. Vol. XIII (1980), Nos. 1-4 [No. 3 misnumbered]. Vol. XIV (1981), Nos. 1-4, 6. Vol. XV (1982), Nos. 1-5. Vol. XVI (1983), No.1. Vol. XVII (1984), Nos. 2, 4-5. Vol. XVIII (1985), Nos. 3-4. Vol. XIX (1986), Nos. 2 and 4. Vol. XXI (1988), Nos. 2-5. Most issues 3-hole punched for inclusion in a binder. Vol. VI, No. 5 has an elongated cent affixed to it, as issued. Occasional press releases and other materials also included. Lot also includes early membership rosters and a copy of the 25-Year History of the NLG written by David Alexander. Generally near fine. Founded in 1968 as an organization for numismatic writers, the Numismatic Literary Guild remains an active organization today. Membership was initially kept rather small in number--but Coin World editor Margo Russell was an obvious pick to be one of the first members invited to join. Substantial runs of the NLG Newsletter are rarely offered, with the earlier issues being especially difficult to find. Perhaps more important here, however, are some of the early organizational letters written by founder Lee Martin to Margo Russell. The first, dated January 19, 1968, must be one of the first letters written on NLG letterhead. It includes the following postscript: "I do hope fellow members will begin the use the N.L.G. after their by-lines. (Will the editors allow this????)" Initial goals for the organization involved the development of a library of coin photographs and negatives for use by numismatic writers and the publication of a monthly newsletter as a means of communication amongst such researchers. Though affiliated professionally with COINage, Martin recognized the vital role a weekly publication like Coin World could play in getting the NLG off the ground, and he was careful to always keep Russell in the loop regarding the NLG's activities. A fascinating group of material.