As I continue to expand my collection and knowledge of colonial coins, I am greatly aided by acquiring some specific colonial publications to round out my existing numismatic book collection. áI already had a number of good books--old ones, reprints and modern titles. áAmong these are Crosby's The Early Coins of America; Salmon's magnificent recent book, The Silver Coins of Massachusetts; and certainly Bowers' Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins. áI also have some key auction catalogues, including the Newman IV on colonial coins and the recent Kendall sale from Stacks' Bowers.
Now I have added an older classic, Robert A. Vlack's Early American Coins, the second edition which was published in 1965. áThis is a magnificent little book (120 pages), which interestingly was originally purchased from the old Bowers & Ruddy firm in Los Angeles. áWhile the information is essentially covered, if not superseded, by subsequent works--and the valuations are clearly useless--the book is simply a neat book. áIt is a classic of numismatics literature, and I am delighted to have been able to find it.
Vlack also wrote An Illustrated Catalogue of the French Billon Coinage in the Americas, which I understand is still the standard work on these mid-18th-century coins. áHe also wrote An Illustrated Catalogue of Early North American Advertising Notes (Ads that Look LIke Paper Money).