Ray Williams forward the following report on returning from the recent Colonial Coin Collectors Club convention in Boston. -Editor
It was a wonderful weekend at C4!!!! Many things happening! There was a dedication of an historic Marker for the site of the Boston Mint (Hull & Sanderson) where NBS member John Adams was significant in convincing the Bostonian Society of the historical importance of the operation, people, events and economics of the site. The Bostonian Society is responsible for the placement of historic markers in the area.
Also, Whitman publications, at the request of Dave Bowers, donated a galley copy of Dave's new book on colonials to C4. This work was on display at the C4 Table for the entire convention and attracted a lot of attention (an understatement). It was sold during our annual auction, where the proceeds would go to C4. IT BROUGHT $10K!!!!!
Tony Terranova was the generous winning bidder! And to top this off, I heard Tony say that the book would be donated to the ANS Library this week! Here is the auction description of the galley that was provided at the auction:
The special book that you see here is a one-of-a-kind, full-color advance galley. No other advance galleys will be created or made available to the hobby community. This unique copy has been autographed by Bowers, and comes with a certificate of authenticity from Whitman Publishing. As the Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins takes its place in the canon of numismatic literature, this advance galley will attain the status of a centerpiece for the advanced collector of colonial coinage or rare books.
I personally can't wait for this book to become available to the public. It will be a must-have reference for all that enjoy colonial coins, or who think they might enjoy them.
Rarely has a numismatic book been so eagerly awaited and anticipated. Sylvester's Crosby's Early Coins of America has been the gold standard for over a century - so through and accurate that one newer book has been able to hold a candle to it. 2008 has been a heck of a year for the literature of early American numismatics.
With Bowers' new book (the related new book by Will Nipper (In Yankee Doodle's Pocket), and other new titles on specialized topics (such as Syd Martin's book on The Coinage of William Wood), students of colonial numismatics have never had it so good. And on top of that, 2008 saw a new edition of Eric Newman's Early Paper Money of America. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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