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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 30, July 29, 2007, Article 7

NEW REVISED EDITION: U.S. POSTAGE CURRENCY COINS BY DAVID CASSEL

David Cassel authored 'United States Pattern Postage Currency Coins'
in 2000.  This month he has updated and improved his publication
with a revised July 2007 edition.  He writes:

"The new hardbound 262 page edition with 30 mostly color plate
pages of Postage Currency coins includes several coin pictures not
present in the previous edition.  Additionally, the new edition
includes eleven more SEM-EDX coin elemental analyses (67 in all).

"The Concordance of catalog number entries includes the updated
8th and 9th Judd numbering system as found in United States Patterns.
I was a contributor to those editions.  My discoveries were the basis
of several changes to the previously believed entries.  For example,
I disproved the existence of J-325a.  Judd-326 as it stood in the
7th Edition of Judd was disproved and modified in the Judd 8th and
9th Editions.  Judd-326b was discovered by me and included in the
updated version, never before known in the Judd 1st thru 7th
Editions.  Judd-331 was modified as was J-332.  Judd-640 and J-643
were declassified. Judd-714 was modified.  I also discovered that
the name associated with J-716, Koulz’s Alloy was in fact incorrectly
attributed for more than 130 years.  The actual metallurgist was
Montchal Ruolz.   This is explored in depth.

"The revised edition includes in full Douglas Winter’s 1985 Coin
World article which is the most historically significant study of
the Postage Currency coins as it related to the Civil War period.

"The book’s presentation of the coins’ progressive die cracks portrays
the actual striking of these coins.  Remarkably, it turns out that
the coins J-644 thru J-646 dated 1868 were actually struck in 1863.
This is demonstrated visually by obverse die’s cracks’ progression
as well as knowing from original Mint records that the striking of
these Dies 1-A (J-325 thru J-330)  coins, over just a nine day
period, occurred on May 19, 1863, May 20, 1863, and May 27, 1863.

"A valuable resource is the Bibliography of roughly 700 numismatic
auction catalogue entries of Postage Currency coins in chronological
order, many with provenance.  Each coin variety is categorized unto
itself chronologically by auction appearances.  The groups of
varieties are then grouped by type.

"United States Pattern Postage Currency Coins in 2000 was limited
to just 110 numbered and signed copies.  The new numbered and signed
edition will be similarly limited. Individuals may request a copy
at the pre-publication price of $245, ppd. (to US address) thru
August 17th.   Availability is anticipated in September 2007.
Please send your check to David Cassel at 5995 S.W. 97th Street,
Miami, FL 33156 if you are interested in receiving a copy.  Please
furnish your name and mailing address."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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