Scott Tappa of Krause Publications writes:
Ever since coming to work in numismatics, our editors have been saying we need to do something with "The Haxby" work that we put out twenty years ago. Nobody can find it, except for eBay and Amazon where the books are going for more than $700. So we digitized the books and put them on four CDs to try and replicate the original work.
Hopefully this will allow people who have wanted to use this reference the chance to do it for a more affordable price. We’re really excited about this, and hope it goes over well with collectors!
Below is the press release for the new CD book. -Editor More than 20 years after its original release, the Standard Catalog of United States Obsolete Bank Notes 1782-1866 is once again available from Krause Publications, now as a four-CD set.
With copies of the original four-book set nearly impossible to find and very costly to acquire, a large number of collectors have been without this all-inclusive and exceptionally detailed resource -- until now. In an attempt to bring James A. Haxby’s renowned reference to more collectors of U.S. bank notes, the numismatics team at Krause Publications has put together this phenomenal four-CD set, priced at $249.99.
"We are very excited to release the Haxby work in digital form," said Scott Tappa, numismatics publisher at Krause Publications. "If you own the four-book set, we hope these discs help you enjoy obsolete bank notes in an entirely different way. If this is your introduction to the work, prepare yourself for hours and hours of enjoyment and education."
This modern-version reissue of Haxby’s history-making work includes the entire volume in four Mac and PC-compatible CDs. While much has changed in the world and the hobby since this premiere resource was first published, and many of the prices may fall outside what a collector could expect to find in today’s market, there is no substitute for the historical details and identifying details found in the standard resource on U.S. obsolete bank notes.
Arranged alphabetically by state/territory and organized by bank name and cross referenced with bank branches, each section includes engraver imprint details, versions of notes, date of issue and hundreds of detailed photographs. The CD-pdf format allows users to search each disc using keywords or a handy index, and enables users to enlarge the pages up to 400% to provide a closer view of details and descriptions of notes. Plus, collectors can print select pages of listings, or notes by state to take to shows or club meetings.
Discover the excitement and intrigue of U.S obsolete bank notes again, or for the first time with this modern-day reissue of the legendary leader in obsolete bank note references.
For more information visit www.shopnumismaster.com/product/US-obsolete-bank-note-cds/us-paper-money
So what does this mean for the price of the hardcopy sets? They've been dropping recently in anticipation of the electronic version, but what will the new price level be? The publisher isn't reissuing them in hardcopy form so there should still be a market from those who prefer having the hefty catalogs on their shelf for reference.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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