This issue marks the end of our 1st year - and what a year it's been! We've travelled to shows at Chicago, S1. Louis, Charlotte, New York, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Atlanta and London. We've met scores of dealers and collectors of ancient coins and antiquities; shared experiences; and developed new friendships along the way.
Vol. I, NO.1 was a 12-page tabloid with a healthy proportion, I must admit, of "house ads." Our past two issues, by way of contrast, have been a meaty 20 pages with major articles and strong diversified advertising. They have in fact been so packed with information that we temporarily had to suspend our in- house series on Master Images, as well as some of the smaller regular features.
The Celator, I am proud to claim, is a resounding success. Partly because it is a much-needed medium, but mostly because of the active participation of its readers. Our circulation now approaches 3,000 copies per issue, over 500 of which are personal paid subscriptions. Those numbers may not seem significant to collectors of U.S. coins, but all of us that have anything at all to do with ancient coins know that they are respectable numbers indeed.
We still have some minor problems, but we are aware of them and are working toward effective remedies.
Some special thanks are in order for ' Kris, Karen and Janet, the girls that help me assemble and distribute The Celator, sometimes working until 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. the night before printing. Thanks also to David Liebert for his faithful l and enlightening series of articles about antiquities; and to Dennis Kroh for his unwavering support in promoting The Celator both through advertising and distribution.
The Empire Coins bourse table has many times served as our "operating location" at shows and conventions.
The excellent feature articles by Diane Schauer, Vince Kosik, Colin Pitchfork, John Barton, Dennis Kroh and Allan Davisson deserve our highest praise, because they exemplify the fraternal spirit that we strive to foster and enhance. In the same spirit, we thank all of those subscribers who have written and shared their views as well as their warm wishes.
We certainly would be remiss not to extend our gratitude as well to the multifarious Publisher/editor of The Lodi Enterprise, Bill Haupt. Bill has shared with us his valuable knowledge and experience, his facility, and his encouragement over the past year.
Our next issue, Vol. II, No.1, (January 1988) will be a special anniversary issue and we are working hard to make it the biggest and best issue yet. It will also mark our transition from a bi-monthly to a monthly tabloid. Current subscriptions will continue to be filled at the standard rate of $1 per issue. For those subscribing late in 1987, this will mean of course that your renewal will come at something less than a calendar year. Renewals will be offered at the rate of $12 for 12 issues (third class) or $18 for 12 issues (first class) to U.S. and APO/FPO addresses. Canadian subscriptions will be offered at the same rate as U.S. 1St class ($18 for 12 issues). Foreign subscriptions, because of the additional postage cost, will be offered at $30 for 12 issues (air printed matter).
We extend our warmest wishes to all for a happy holiday season, may your stockings be filled with numismatic art treasures! See you at the New York International, meanwhile, keep those letters and articles coming in and be sure to let us hear your point of view.