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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 10, March 8, 2009, Article 4

NEW BOOK: THE FANTASTIC 1804 DOLLAR TRIBUTE EDITION

Dennis Tucker forwarded the following release about a new "Tribute Edition" of what I've always thought to be one of the best books written on American numismatics, The Fantastic 1804 Dollar. -Editor
Newman-Bressett, Fantastic 1804 Dollar Whitman Publishing announces the release of The Fantastic 1804 Dollar, Tribute Edition, by Eric P. Newman and Kenneth E. Bressett.

“In all the history of numismatics of the entire world, there is not today and there never has been a single coin which was and is the subject of so much romance, interest, comment. . . .”


Numismatic impresario B. Max Mehl made this remark back in 1941—and it still holds today.

With all the publicity and honor showered on the famous 1804 silver dollar, the “King of American Coins” remains the hobby’s most celebrated and intriguing rarity.

This new book is a commemorative reissue of The Fantastic 1804 Dollar (1962), the groundbreaking study by hobby legends Eric Newman and Kenneth Bressett. It celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the start of their collaboration.

A complete reprint of the original book is expanded with several new, full-color chapters. The additional material includes:

  • an afterword describing the dramatic circumstances of the first edition’s publication
  • an update and remembrance with the authors
  • a look at the 1947 Red Book’s coverage of the 1804 dollar
  • an illustrated biography of Edmund Roberts, who took the original “diplomatic gift” 1804 dollars to Asia
  • a complete registry of known specimens
  • a list of their present locations
  • color and black-and-white enlargements of the coins themselves (all three classes)
  • photographs of the King of Siam Proof set

    “The first edition of this classic book has been out of print for years,” said Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. “Now, with the new Tribute Edition, every coin collector has the opportunity to learn about these fascinating coins, from two of the hobby’s greatest writers.”

    The Fantastic 1804 Dollar, Tribute Edition, is 208 pages. It has a hard cover with silver-foil titling. The book is available online at www.WhitmanBooks.com, and in bookstores, hobby shops, and other retailers nationwide. The hardcover retails for $19.95; a Limited Edition (250 specially bound copies autographed by both Newman and Bressett) is available for $49.95.





    LAKE BOOKS


    Our 97th mail-bid sale of numismatic literature features
    selections from the library of John T. Hamilton III, Part Two
    (and other consignors)
    Highlights include:
    • Lot B8 - Jess Peters' sale of Ray Byrne's collection of Coins, Tokens and Medals from the West Indies - hardbound
    • Lot E7 - British Numismatic Society -1908 - Journal - hardbound
    • Lot E9 - Canadian Numismatic Journal - 1956 - Volume I - hardbound
    • Lot E18 - T. Eypeltauer - Corpus Nummorun Regni Mariae Therisiae hardbound in green cloth
    • Lot E22 - M. Greenwood - ...In Search of the Spiny Fubbaduck
    • Lot E47 - Dec,1885 - Royal Asiatic Society Journal
    • Lot F16 - the four-volume set of Haxby's U.S. Obsolete Bank Notes
    • Lot H80 - a three-volume set of George Williamson's Trade Tokens Issued in the Seventeenth Century
    • Lot I5 - a Special Presentation Edition of The Invasion of Louisville bound in red leather by Alan Grace and presented to George Fuld
    The closing date of the sale is March 24, 2009 at 5:00 PM (EDT) and the catalog may be viewed at www.lakebooks.com/current.html





    Wayne Homren, Editor

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