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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 30, July 23, 2006, Article 13

OTHER BOOKS WITH NUMISMATIC INSERTS

Alan V. Weinberg writes: "As to the Eckfeldt-DuBois book containing
gold nuggets in a cover insert, the only other American book I've
seen to have a similar insert is an old book currency dealer Lou
Rasera once showed me: an approx 8" x 11" Massachusetts colonial
currency book with an Ex. Fine large planchet Pine Tree shilling
Noe 1 variety encased in a clear plastic capsule inserted inserted
in an as-made 1 1/2" round hole in the actual cover. I recall that
opening the book cover you could see the reverse dated side of the
shilling. One of my collecting specialties since high school (I'm
62) has been Mass colonial silver coinage...but not copper or paper."

Is anyone familiar with the book Alan describes?

At least one U.S. colonial currency book includes examples of actual
notes (I have one of these in my library):  Potter, Elisha R. & Rider,
 Sidney S. Some Account of the Bills of Credit or Paper Money of
Rhode Island, from the First Issue in 1710, to the Final Issue, 1786
with twenty illustrations. Providence: Rhode Island Historical Tracts
No. 8, 1880. (thanks to George Kolbe for the citation).

The 1989 book, "Trade Tokens of British and American Booksellers &
Bookmakers," compiled and edited by Henry Morris at the Bird & Bull
Press, included a set of new tokens representing twelve leading book
dealers, including George Frederick Kolbe / Fine Numismatic Books.
Kolbe also inserted examples of his token in deluxe copies of his
sale 44 catalog in 1990.

There are at least two books produced with a medal bound inside.
Both were issued by Robert Hewitt Jr. for the Lincoln Centennial
in 1909. See the following E-Sylum articles for more information:

THE LINCOLN CENTENNIAL MEDAL
esylum_v08n08a12.html

MEDALS IN BOOKS LED TO TWO ART MEDAL SERIES
esylum_v08n09a12.html

George Kolbe adds: "As to "other books with numismatic inserts,"
the list would be long, with many unique volumes, and a number of
limited edition runs. There's even one in my October 19th sale: a
deluxe edition of the Mazzulla brothel token book with a "Good for
One Screw" token mounted on the front cover. I believe there are
books all the way back to the 1500s, and earlier in the case of
manuscript books, with ancient coins or medallions incorporated
into their bindings."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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