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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 47, November 19, 2006, Article 6

BOOK REVIEW: OBSOLETE PAPER MONEY 1782-1866 BY BOWERS

John and Nancy Wilson submitted the following review of the new book
"Obsolete Paper Money Issued by Banks in the United States 1872-1866"
by Q. David Bowers:

"Obsolete American paper money is covered accurately and intensively
from the first note in 1690 through the end of the Civil War. It also
manages to touch on items such as wampum, encased postage stamps,
Confederate currency and others. Q. David Bowers has again authored
a comprehensive and fascinating account of an interesting, but until
recently neglected area of numismatics.

Many interesting facets of paper money are covered in detail with
the complete story behind the event. In the 608 pages people like
Jacob Perkins and Abner Reed have their numismatic stories told in
detail. Periods in time such as the age of elegance, Hard Times,
the golden era of the 1859s, and others are explained in detail.

Mr. Bowers in his unique fascinating writing style discusses how to
collect obsolete notes and gives a short explanation on the elements
of bank notes and how to read and understand the standard reference
works on the subject. Extensive general information about collecting
obsolete bank notes is also provided.

We recommend this book for all numismatists, both beginning and
advanced and believe all will learn much about paper money.  This
interesting and fascinating reference is available in a hard bound
and special leather bound edition.  The publisher of the book can
be reached at:  Whitman Publishing, LLC, 3101 Clairmont Road, Suite C,
Atlanta, GA 30329, Phone No. (800) 546-2995 Email
info@whitmanbooks.com."

To purchase the book via Whitman's web site,
see: whitmanbooks.com

David Gladfelter adds: "Q. David Bowers's new book on obsolete paper
money came out this week. It's a delight to browse, thoroughly
researched, well illustrated in color and black & white, and with
an introduction by Eric P. Newman that sets the scene for the huge
quantities and varieties of notes placed in the stream of commerce
by our state-chartered banking institutions during the 85-year
period of their circulation.

The chapters proceed chronologically and historically, with a
concluding chapter on the recently released American Bank Note
Company archive of printing plates and transfer dies that is coming
onto the numismatic market through a series of auctions by his firm,
beginning last August and likely continuing for several more years.
Look for this book, it is one of his best if not the best. He
generously credits the many who helped him do it."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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