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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 3, January 21, 2001, Article 9

NOTES ON DYE'S PUBLICATIONS 

   In response to the earlier question about Dye's Encyclopedia, 
   Dave Bowers has submitted a large number of notes from his 
   file on John S. Dye, in hope that they may stimulate some 
   discussion.  While a bit lengthy for The E-Sylum, in the interest 
   of furthering research, here they are.  [Editor's note: Wow!] 

 . • Imprints in Cincinnati, OH; New York City, NY. 
   • 1847: Commenced publication of Dye’s Wall Street Broker. 
   • 1850: Cincinnati, OH.  Imprint appeared on Dye’s Counterfeit 
      Detector and Universal Bank Note Gazetteer. (Essentially, 
      this same publication was also issued under the imprint of 
     Joseph Arnold, Philadelphia, 1850). 
   • 1852: In Cincinnati he published Dye’s Bank Mirror and 
      Illustrated Counterfeit Detector. 
   • 1852: Title of his publication changed to Dye’s Bank Mirror 
      and Illustrated Counterfeit Detector. 
   • 1853: Dye’s Book of Bank Note Plates, an Accompaniment 
       to His Illustrated Bank Mirror for 1853, published in 
       Cincinnati. 
   • 1854: Moved to New York City by this time; 172 Broadway 
      at the corner of Maiden Lane. Published the semi-monthly 
      Dye’s Bank Mirror. 
   • 1854, circa: Published Dye’s Gold and Silver Chart Manual 
      with New York City and Cincinnati imprints. 
   • 1855: Began publication of Dye’s Bank Bulletin. In the same 
      decade he published Dye’s Bank Mirror. 
   • 1855: Published first “complete edition” of his manual, Dye’s 
      Bank Note Plate Delineator. 288 pages; lists about 1,200 
      banks.  Apparently, this manual was also issued in regional 
      or partial editions. 
   • 1855: Published Bank Bulletin on a daily basis. 
   • 1856: In 1856, Hodges & Co., New York, introduced 
      Hodges’ New Bank Note Delineator; A Complete Spurious 
      and Altered Bill Detector, Giving Correct Printed Descriptions 
      of all The Genuine Notes of Every Denomination, of All Banks 
      Doing Business Throughout the United States and Canada. 
      This contained identical wording and some errors found in an 
      1855 Dye work and was either pirated from or a successor to 
      Dye’s work. • 1856, August. The Merchants’ Magazine this 
      date carried a report of a lecture by Dye in which he told of 
      bank note frauds, the making of fake plates for fake banks, 
      the alternation of plates and notes, etc. 
   • 1858: The Litchfield (CT) Bank was insolvent. Court 
      testimony indicated that the bank had paid nearly $1,000 in 
      various transactions to Monroe, Dye, and Taylor, being three 
      New York City publishers of bank note detectors; this was 
      done “not to blow the bank.” 
   • 1870s and 1880s: Published Dye’s Government Counterfeit 
      Detector. 
   • 1879: 1338 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, opposite the 
      U.S. Mint. 
   • 1883: Listed as author of Dye's Coin Encyclopaedia, but he 
      had died by the publication date.  The book was a “potboiler” 
      issued with a pretentious “encyclopedia” title, but consisting 
      more of a scrapbook of miscellany.  However, careful perusal 
      of its contents reveals much useful information including the 
      processing of gold, discoveries in California, E.L. Mason, Jr.’s 
      recitation of the re-discovery of the 1861 Confederate States 
      of America half dollar, etc., etc.  All told, it is a useful addition 
      to any 19th century American numismatic library, but it is hardly 
     the source for all you want to know about coins. 

   Dye’s Bank Mirror and Illustrated Counterfeit Detector. 
   • 1852: New title of the previous Dye’s Counterfeit Detector 
      and Universal Bank Note Gazetteer. Cincinnati, OH. 
   • 1854: By this time, John S. Dye had changed the title to Dye’s 
      Bank Mirror. Dye was in New York City. 

   Dye’s Bank Mirror and Illustrated Counterfeit Detector. 
   • 1852: Published by John S. Dye in Cincinnati, OH. 

   Dye’s Bank Mirror. 
   • 1854: John S. Dye, 172 Broadway at the corner of 
      Maiden Lane. Renamed from Dye’s Bank Mirror and 
      Illustrated Counterfeit Detector, which Dye had founded 
      in Cincinnati, OH. 

   Dye’s Bank Note Plate Delineator. 
   • 1855: Published in New York City by John S. Dye. 

   Dye’s Book of Bank Note Plates, an Accompaniment to His 
   Illustrated Bank Mirror for 1853. 
   • 1853: John S. Dye, Cincinnati, OH. 

   Dye’s Counterfeit Detector and Universal Bank Note Gazetteer. 
   • 1850: John S. Dye, Cincinnati, OH.  (Essentially, this same 
      publication was also issued under the imprint of Joseph 
      Arnold, Philadelphia, 1850). 
   • 1852: Title of publication changed to Dye’s Bank Mirror and 
      Illustrated Counterfeit Detector. 

   Dye’s Government Counterfeit Detector. 
   • 1870s and 1880s: Published by William S. Dye in New 
      York City, later Philadelphia. 

   Dye’s Wall Street Broker. 
   • 1847, circa: Published by John S. Dye. 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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