Andy Lustig writes: "I picked up a neat book this weekend,
"Manuel Du Commerce" by Pierre Jeanrenaud, published in
1859. It's a bankers? guide to the coinage of the world, with
illustrations, weights and fineness. I don't suppose it's much
of a bibliomaniacal treasure, but it does have some pretty
cool coin drawings, my favorite being an 1831 Capped Bust
Dollar! It reminds me of another book I saw a while back
that contained an illustration of a 1793 Flowing Hair Dollar.
Naturally, this all leads me to wonder what other fictional
coins are illustrated in similar works. Perhaps our gang would
like to compile a list?"
[Sounds like fun. The Evans' "History of the U.S. Mint"
playfully included an illustration of an entire tray full of
1804 dollars. Although that many of them don't exist, it is
a "real" coin. I also recall that some editions of the Heath
Counterfeit Detectors illustrate specimen notes which never
saw circulation. Other examples, anyone? -Editor]
Wayne Homren, Editor
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