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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 4, January 27, 2008, Article 11

QUERIES: BROWN AND DUNN GRADING GUIDE, DEALER "BROWNIE"

NBS Life member #4 Joseph D. McCarthy writes: "One of
the books that I pick up copies of whenever they are offered
is the U.S. Coin Grading Guide by Brown and Dunn.  I have
noticed in the early editions, which seem to have many
printings, that the books came in different widths, different
heights, and different numbers of pages.  Is there any
reference work that has been compiled on the book?  Does
anyone know about the different versions?"

On a separate topic Joe adds: "Years ago I stopped in New
Jersey along the Delaware River and talked for a while with
an ex-coin dealer named "Brownie" - does anyone know him and
what became of him?  He told me he had hired a fellow to be
his shop manager while he was away at shows.  Once after
returning from an extended show trip he learned that the
fellow had taken everything he had and fled.

"Brownie" told me about the time a collector he knew stopped
in on the way back from a convention in Philadelphia and
proudly showed off the 1856 Flying eagle cent he had acquired.
The collector asked if "Brownie" had ever seen one.  Brownie
turned to another gentleman who was in the store at the time
and with a wink asked what he thought of it.  Reaching into
his coat pocket the other gentleman said, "Gee, it looks
just like these three I have".  He then told me that the
gentleman was a representative for a very well known collector
from Baltimore (if I remember right)."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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