New York: 1961. THE METROPOLITAN NUMISMATIC JOURNAL. Walter H. Breen, editor. Issue 1 (May-June 1961). 8vo, self-covered. 16 pages. Fine. [with] Breen, Walter, and Lynn Glaser [editors]. THE NUMISMATIC JOURNAL. No. 2 (November 1961). 8vo, original printed card covers. 28 pages; illustrated. Fine. [with] Metropolitan Coin Co. CHOICE COLONIAL COINS. Paul Weinstein, undated (1961). 8vo, self-covered. 16 pages, illustrated. Near fine. Item #4676
All three publications derived from the short-lived Metropolitan Coin Co., founded by C. Lynn Glaser and Paul Weinstein. The fixed-price catalogue is rarely seen and includes, as promised, some choice coins indeed. According to Ken Lowe (ìAmerican Numismatic Periodicals from 1860 to 1960: An Overview Based on Remy Bourneís Book of the Same Nameî), ìapparently between 200 and 300 copies of the first issue [of The Metropolitan Numismatic Journal] were produced. The second issue, dated November 1961, was renamed The Numismatic Journal as [Lynn] Glaser took over the journal and withdrew from the Metropolitan Coin Company which had moved to New York City where it was operated by Paul Weinstein.î It is substantially more rare than the first issue. Youthful hubris aside, both issues of the Journal are numismatically significant, having been ìexplicitly intended for ... the advanced collector,î i.e., any collector who ìis beyond the roll, bag, proof set and/or commemorative stage; who is mature enough in attitude and orientation to read other things in coin publications besides advertisements; whose interest in coins, in short, goes beyond the How Much Is It Worth stagnation.î Breen contributed to the first issue articles on a 1795 dollar overstruck on a 1794 dollar, Massachusetts silver, and a new sub-variety of 1794 cent. Glaserís contribution was ìThe Beginnings of Inflationî at the U.S. Mint. In the second issue, the two collaborated on ìMiss Libertyís American Debut,î a meritorious exposition on numismatic iconography. Following the Q&A and a ìNew Discoveriesî section, the issue features the concluding segment of Breenís Massachusetts silver checklist. Despite Glaserís assertion that ìfuture issues will appear bi-monthly,î the Journal ceased publication after its second issue. Today, it is perhaps most memorable for the brief convergence of two of Americaís most talented numismatic scholars, both, alas, with proverbial feet of clay.