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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 35, August 27, 2006, Article 21

MORE ON SOMER JAMES

Alan Roy writes: "I wanted to add more information about Somer James
and his company, the Canadian Numismatic Publishing Institute.

The first edition was published without the authors' names (H.C.
Taylor & Somer James) and was copyrighted 1959 or 1958, depending
on which page you looked at.

In 1961, they published the first edition of "The Guide Book of Great
Britain's Modern Coins".  This was the only edition published
separately. The Second edition was added to the fifth edition of "The
Guide Book of Canadian Coins, Paper Currency and Tokens".

Another section was added to the 7th edition: "The Guide Book of
Australian and New Zealand Coins". The ninth edition of "The Guide
Book of Canadian Coins, Paper Currency and Tokens" was published
separately, and was also part of "The Guide Book and Catalogue of
British Commonwealth Coins", first edition.  This edition lists only
Somer James as author because Taylor died in 1965.  "The Guide Book
of Canadian Coins" was published separately until 1969 (11th edition).

"The Guide Book and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins" was
published until 1971 (third edition). All the "Commonwealth" catalogues
list Jerome Remick as the first author. There were various printings and
cover variations along the way. He also reprinted Sandham, LeRoux, Breton,
and Betts' works."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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