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31 May 2017

Modern World Coins by R.S. Yeoman (1964 Edition)

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Some of my books are purely sentimental. "A Catalog of Modern World Coins 1850-1964 (8th edition) by R.S. Yeoman", is one of them. I discovered this volume in my hometown library of Yardville, N.J. back around 1969. The library was a small off-shoot branch, and only had two rooms, but as far as I was concerned it held all the books in the world. It introduced my 8 year old imagination to world issues and fascinated me to no end. R.S. Yeoman wrote it and Whitman published it. (Yeoman must have never slept! He was always working on something.) The book is by no means rare (far from it) and I found it for about $5 including shipping. But it remains amongst my treasured volumes and never fails to take me back to a simpler age. (Like an old girlfriend.) As for valuations, I include a page listing a St. Gauden's $20 Gold Piece for $75. Read em and weep.

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31 May 2017

Remembering The Garrett Collection Sales: 1979-1981

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From November 1979 to March 1981, Bowers & Ruddy Galleries dispersed the collection of T. Harrison Garrett. (Bower & Ruddy Galleries pre-dated the Stacks/Bowers of today) The sale of Garrett's holdings was considered a big deal back then, and included numerous rarities. A Brasher Doubloon even set the world record for the price of a coin in 1979. Aside from the typical softcover catalogs, a set of hardbound catalogs were also available. I found these years ago on the secondary market for well under $100. I considered them special because they capture the essence of a great 19th century collection, and are useful when you see what was being collected at the time (and what was not). Also available at the time was a companion volume, "The History of United States Coinage, as told by The Garrett Collection", also from Q. David Bowers. My favorite lot of the entire collection remains to be Lot 1199. It was a Sommer Islands (Hogg Money) Gold "Pound", which was sold to Garrett by dealer Lyman Low in 1884. Low touted the piece to be genuine, while today we know it was a bad fantasy piece. It was even struck to imitate wear. Garrett purchased it for $500, and whether Mr. Low was ignorant of the piece or in on the con, remains unknown. It just goes to show any collector can be ripped off, so buyer beware. (The "coin" sold in October 1980 for $1250. Wonder where it is today?)

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31 May 2017

Eric P. Newman Book - Signed Hardbound Edition

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Just looking thru my library today, and will be posting some of my unusual volumes. Back in 2015 I pre-ordered "Truth Seeker, The Life of Eric P. Newman." The book was issued to coincide with the multiple auctions at the time which dispersed Mr. Newman's lifelong collection. As far as I knew the book was softcover, but when it arrived I was pleasantly surprised to find I had a limited edition hardcover, signed by Mr. Newman. Felt like I had won the lottery!

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