Pierre Fricke forwarded this press release about his new book, Collecting Confederate Paper Money - Field Edition.The new portable CSA paper money guide that people have asked for is here! This is a full color, 456 pages, 6" x 9", approximately 2.5 pound guide that is easy to use and carry around. Retail price is $40.
I've received input from over 150 people and more than 30 people reviewed a draft of the book giving feedback on information presented and usability. One new element of this review phase was that we included people not directly involved in collecting or dealing in CSA paper money which added significant value in terms of usability.
There are several innovations present in this book, not found in any other paper money book. The regular issue and contemporary counterfeits are presented side-by-side, helping people tell the difference. There is a summary of both the type and variety condition census contained within, but in a format similar to what Dr. Sheldon used in his 1949 Early American Cents portable book to save space. We'll update the detailed condition census and provenance in a future 2nd volume.
A price guide for CSA bonds is included as there are no current plans for an update to Dr Ball's book, but new pricing information is needed. There is new information regarding the evolution of the hobby which has been quite dramatic this decade - more so than in any time in the past with the possible exceptions of the 1880s and 1950s. Some of this includes more about how to navigate the different styles of grading - including a table mapping equivalent grades across collector-oriented, market-oriented, CC&A, PCGS and other grading services.
Ralph Plumb, Collector:
"Having collected Confederate currency for 50 plus years while relying on the Criswell books, I was thrilled when Pierre Fricke brought out his monumental CSA work in 2005 and now I am just as pleased with his latest 2008 field edition. By carrying this important new book with me to any show or auction, I will have all the information that I require for any collecting decision. Well done, Pierre."
It may be ordered here - www.csaquotes.com/csabooks.html The new CSA book will also be available from most numismatic book dealers, Spink Smythe and some paper money dealers (e.g., Richie Self). It also will be put on Amazon.com and may appear in other mass market channels.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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