An E-Sylum reader provided some background on the Dauer books on currency that Howard Daniel inquired about. -EditorIn the latest E-Sylum, you published an item about two books by Dr. Ed Dauer. I was surprised that anyone in the numismatic book community had not at least been aware of Dauer's U.S. Currency book, which currency collectors like myself have known about for several years. I was unaware that Dr. Dauer had published a similar book on Australian currency.
It's a 'coffee table book', with many illustrations that showcase the Dauer currency collection. The text deals mostly with well known historical events that took place at approximately the same time that a given note was issued. For example, the sinking of the Titanic is discussed in the text that accompanies illustrations of a note that was issued around 1912.
Shortly after the book was printed, I noticed that Heritage was advertising it with 2' x 3' posters mounted on easels outside their auction viewing room at shows such as FUN. I should have suspected that Heritage was in the process of obtaining the Dauer's U.S. Currency collection for consignment. Heritage/CAA has sold several parts of the collection during the last few years.
Actually, we did discuss the Dauer book once before, on July 2, 2006. An article in the Miami Herald profiled the Dauers and their collection. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MIAMI HERALD PROFILES CURRENCY COLLECTOR EDWARD DAUER (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v09n27a29.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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