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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 39, September 30, 2007, Article 5

WHAT IS A COIN COLLECTING BOARD?

Regarding last week's discussion of David Lange's new book 'Coin
Collecting Boards of the 1930s & 1940s: A Complete History, Catalog
and Value Guide.', Bob Lyall writes: "So what is a coin board???
You review a book on the subject but donít say what they are.  As
an international readership it would help if the subject was
described, please, it means nothing to this Englishman.

It sounds like an American description for something, perhaps those
Folding cards with holes in for date collectors of cents or
whatever?  Surely there is no book on this subject?"

[I apologise for the editorial lapse.  I do try to define terms
in every E-Sylum item so each can stand on its own, but I guess
I got lazy on this one since we'd discussed the book in earlier
issues.  Here's a definition from the author's web site:

"What are coin boards?  Coin boards are 11" x 14" sheets of
Cardboard with openings to hold a series of coins. The dates and
mintages appear beneath each opening, and a colorful backing paper
holds the coins in place. Coin boards were first produced in 1934
and they revolutionized the hobby. Before that time, coin cabinets
and albums were simply too expensive to attract new converts. Priced
at just 25 cents each, coin boards made collecting a hobby for the
whole family and led to the folders so popular today."  -Editor]

Bob adds: "I recall youngsters collected British pennies out of
circulation by date until we went decimal.  That was one way youngsters
started to collect coins; sadly, there is no interest in collecting like
that now as the oldest coin in circulation will be 1970's whereas
pre-decimalisation we could find Victorian coins still circulating."

 RESEARCHER SEEKS PHOTOS OF PORTLAND COIN BOARD SITES
 esylum_v09n27a18.html

 DAVID LANGE'S COIN COLLECTING BOARD WEBSITE
 esylum_v09n32a13.html

 DAVID LANGE'S COIN COLLECTING BOARDS BOOK COMPLETED
 esylum_v10n24a04.html

 LANGE'S COIN COLLECTOR BOARD BOOK ARRIVES
 esylum_v10n38a07.html

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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