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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 34, August 22, 1999, Article 4

SO-CALLED DOLLAR BOOK  

   In response to last week's query by Bill Fivaz about the 
   So-Called Dollars book, literature dealer George Kolbe writes: 
   "How times do change.   I recall in the late 1970s being offered 
   1,000 - yes, one thousand - copies of Hibler & Kappen 
   @$1.00 per copy and passing on the deal. These books were 
   a drug on the market, dogs!  Anyone acquainted with the 
   numismatic literature marketplace knows the phenomenon 
   well: when a book is in print or widely available you can't sell it; 
   when it is out of print you can't buy it. Others more prescient 
   than I bought the deal (in all, there were several thousand copies 
   involved - the late Herb Melnick, I believe, was the seller) and 
   the buyers issued a price supplement to enhance sales of the 
   main work. The rest, as they say, is history." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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