Last week we discussed the late Hans Holzer and the book he collaborated with Hans Schulman on, the Coin Collectors' Almanac. I pictured green and red cloth copies and asked "Is anyone familiar with the different binding variants of this book?" George Kolbe writes:
It also comes in blue cloth. The following is a description of a copy sold in the 2004 Ford Library sale.
Schulman, Hans M. F. & Holzer, Hans. The Coin Collectors’ Almanac…With Contributions by Leading Experts. New York, 1946. (6), 372 pages, text illustrations. Original brown quarter baby calf, gilt. Near new.
Special Leatherbound Presentation Edition. F. C. C. Boyd stamped in gilt at the base of the upper cover; inscribed in blue ink on the front flyleaf: “To Mr. F. C. C. Boyd with many thanks for his friendship and interest. A very merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Sincerely, Hans Schulman, New York, Xmas 1946.”
The only such example we have every encountered. Apparently published in a substantial trade edition, in several different colors of cloth, the work itself is an interesting if unusual general work, boasting an Editorial Board of Howard D. Gibbs, Frank J. Katen, Abe Kosoff, Robert I. Nesmith, and others, and reflective of the unique attributes of its authors. Living up to its title, it provides information on an amazing range of numismatic topics, and is still of interest today.
I also asked if anyone knew of Holzer's other numismatic works. -Editor
George Kolbe writes:
Holzer was an associate editor of Stack's Numismatic Review; in 1965 published Collectors' Guidebook to Coins; and on April 26, 1939 delivered a speech to the Bronx Coin Club on "Gallienus and Regalianus" (we sold the typescript some time ago).
George Fuld adds:
It is interesting to note that silver Getz half dollar sold in the Ford II sale (lot 28 at $210,000) apparently came to the U.S. via Hans Holzer. It came from Seaby's circa 1950-51 at $350 to John Ford at $400 sold to F. C. C. Boyd at $500. So Holzer must have dealt with coins as well as ghosts.
The pedigree for this coin in the Ford sale was faulty as the origin for it from Waldo Newcomer is wrong as he never owned a plain edge Getz silver half dollar. It is discussed in the forth coming book on Getz issues due out in the coming months.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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