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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 8, February 19, 2006, Article 30

BOLIN ON FRACTIONAL CURRENCY LITERATURE

The January/February 2006 issue of Paper Money (the official
journal of the Society of Paper Money Collectors) includes a
nice illustrated article by Benny Bolin on Fractional Currency
Literature.  The article includes books, catalogues, fixed price
lists and articles as well, including one of my all-time favorites.

On a visit to the American Numismatic Association library in 1980
I looked thru the files for anything on Civil War numismatics,
and I came across a copy of an 1893 article by Thomas Cunningham
from the American Journal of Numismatics (vol XXIV, #4).

Cunningham lived in Mohawk, NY, where he was a close personal
friend of F. E. Spinner, the Treasury official responsible for
the creation of Fractional Currency.  Cunningham collected the
notes, and his article listed all of the fractional notes known
at the time.  Cunningham's first-hand account really accelerated
my interest in both numismatics and numismatic literature.

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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