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07 Dec 2017

OBSOLETE PAPER MONEY 1782-1866

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This book is a must have for anybody that is interested in collecting or studying obsolete paper currency between the years 1782-1866. It is written by Q. David Bowers with a forward by the late Eric P. Newman. These men are two of the greatest numismatists to have lived, in my opinion. They both are personal heroes of mine. The passing of Mr. Newman was a sad day for our hobby. This book takes us back through a time when our country had more than 100,000 different combinations of denomination and design for circulating notes at one time. It was so bad, that banks and merchants handling money, had books and pamphlets with hundreds of pages telling them how to identify counterfeits and value guides of all the different currencies. The first chapter covers Early American Paper Money. It ends on chapter 21 with Obsolete Bank Notes: A State-by-State-Guide.

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05 May 2017

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MEXICAN MONEY REFERENCE BOOKS

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Since today is Cinco de Mayo, I decided to put up this second set of Mexican money reference books I use. This is a 2 volume set with more volumes planned. They are written by the Don and Lois Bailey with contributions from many experts in this field. They are put out by Whitman Publishing where they are available for purchase. For a more detailed review please visit that web site, these are by feelings. Volume 1 covers coins from pre-Revolutuion through several Coin Reforms, varieties,patterns and many other numismatic topics through 2012. There are great descriptions of the coins with many pictures and illustrations.

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02 May 2017

MEXICAN BEAUTY BOOK REVIEW

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I recently, 17 April, put up a blog on my Mexican Un Peso Caballito. It received some nice comments with a few people never hearing about this famous coin. So I thought I'd put up a blog on my main reference book about it. This blog is going to be a short one on my feelings about the book. If you want a more detailed review I suggest you go to Amazon. The author is Allan Schein and the entire book is written in English and Spanish. If one is interested in the Caballito coin this is a must have reference book. The illustrations and photos are numerous and very beautiful and clear. It goes over the varieties of the coin with clear examples. One also learns a great deal about the designer Charles Pillet and illustrates some of his other works on coins and medals. It is simply "THE" book on Belleza Mexicana/Mexican Beauty one should read before you spend your money on a coin to learn what it could be. Thanks for reading!

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23 Oct 2015

MEGA RED DELUXE EDITION

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I wanted to talk about this GIANT book and am having a problem describing it without just copying the back. I'm just going to write about why I bought it and you can check it out yourself if interested. A couple of years ago I had to bite the bullet and buy the Large Print Issue. The old eyes just didn't work well anymore. Especially at auctions and on the bourse floor. Now Whitman has published this giant Red Book that I call Mega Red! I wasn't going to buy it but I kept looking at it every-time I went to the coin store I use.

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14 Sep 2014

Great Author

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While reading a resent article in the ANA's Numismatist or was it a Coin World, I so enjoyed the article that I checked out the author. It was James R. Clifford. I researched him and found he also wrote a novel. It's called Double Daggers. I read the book and highly recommend it. It's a great read when you want to stay in the field of numismatics but need a break from pure facts. In short, the story follows the path of the Eid Mar coin. Though fiction there is a lot of historic fact inside. You might give it a try.

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