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The E-Sylum:  Volume 7, Number 2, January 11, 2004, Article 6

NEW BOOK ON BRITISH CARDBOARD COINS

  Paul Withers writes: "For those who have an interest in such
  things, the first few days of the new year have brought a new
  book.  Those who know us well know that we have an
  interest in the slightly off-beat areas of numismatics, sometimes
  termed 'paranumismatics' and to further knowledge of the
  subject we have just published 'British Cardboard Coins from
  1860'.  This has a secondary title of 'Card Toy Coins and their
  related Paper Money'.  It has been written by David Evans,
  a didact and collector of these pieces.  Whilst those of us far
  from childhood might be tempted to think that these pieces are
  no longer made, I have to report that they are very much alive
  and kicking and still being produced - even if the author laments
  that the quality of some of them is so lamentably poor that it
  almost makes one consider taking up the collecting of stamps,
  matchbox labels, or 'possibly even the bottle'.

  The author has collected these pieces for some considerable
  time, inspired perhaps by 'Toy Coins' by David Rogers, the
  pioneering work on the subject. There is little doubt this
  monograph will become the standard reference work on the
  subject, because, as far as we know, and to the best of the
  author's and our abilities, it is complete and apart from
  'Toy Coins' is the only thing of its kind.  Full details are as
  follows :

  "British Cardboard Coins from 1860.  Card Toy Coins and
  their related Paper Money." A4 71 pages.  Illustrated. Card
  covers.  ISBN 0-9543162-1-5  Available from the publishers,
  Galata Print Ltd., The Old White Lion, Market Street,
  Llanfyllin, Powys, SY22 5BX UK. Price 15 plus postage.

  The book, within its body, reproduces 'Toy Money for
  Arithmetic Teaching in the Transition Class and in Primary
  Schools - A Series of Exercises, and a few suggested Games'
  by Margaret A Wroe which came with boxes of toy money
  sold to schools in the first decade of the last century.

  As far as has been possible, details of the companies
  producing these 'coins' have been carefully researched.

  All known types, embossed or printed, dated and undated,
  are listed.  Also listed and illustrated where possible are
  ancillary items such as banknotes, work cards and teachers'
  booklets.  Where possible, boxes and their contents are
  described and illustrated.  There is an illustrated and
  identification key to printed issues.  Grading guide and
  estimated values. The work is cross-referenced to 'Toy Coins'
  by David Rogers."

  [PAul may be contacted online via email at Paul at galata.co.uk.
  The web site is http://www.galata.co.uk/ -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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