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Burns Library

John Burns Memorial Reference Library

Burns LibraryThe John Burns Memorial Reference Library is a traveling numismatic reference library available at coin shows throughout the country.  The purpose is to provide an area to relax and browse through the reference books on the shelves.  The books are part of the inventory of the late numismatic book dealer John Burns and additional book donations from friends.  Coin Show attendees are welcome to use the books but are not permitted to take any of them from the show floor.   All books must be returned to the shelves before exiting the coin show.

The library traveling debut occurred at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in August of 2015.  It was very well received and was used by collectors, dealers, and exhibit judges.

We hope to expand this library and be able to offer it at many coin shows and make it a traveling enhancement to numismatists.  A memorial library fund has been created to help make this concept a reality.  Please consider making a donation.

The Library will be set up at the PAN Fall Coin Show September 13 – 15, 2018

Recent book donation from Whitman publisher and author Dennis Tucker made at the Fall PAN Show and Convention. Your presentation at our Lecture Series was very enlightening regarding these recent coins and medals produced by the mint. This donation of your latest endeavor, American Gold and Silver: U.S. Mint Collector and Investor Coins and Medals, Bicentennial to Date is a quite the fine addition to our library. Thank you!

Latest Book Donations:






LIBRARY Who's Who Medalists


LIBRARY Lincolns Metallic Imagery


Accepted Credit Cards Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists