Karl Moulton forwarded this press release about the publication of his latest book. He adds: "I will have a draft available for review with me next week at the ANA convention if anyone would like to look it over. I'll definitely be at the NBS meeting and symposium." -Editor John J. Ford's 1950s Correspondence and The "Franklin Hoard" will have over 500 pages of fascinating information.
Hundreds of pages of Ford's letters offer a personal and unique insight into American numismatics. Ford's activities and adventures with tokens, medals, currency, CSA material, numismatic literature, and counterfeits are examined in detail. Then there are the Western Americana items that came from Paul Franklin. In 1952, Franklin sold Ford an 1860 Parsons $20 gold bar. What followed next is a convoluted story. As Ford stated in his 1967 P.N.G. document, "We had a good thing going".
For the first time, the "Franklin Hoard" material, marketed from 1952 to 1981, is classified and listed as such. There is also a comprehensive accounting of what was known and recorded in numismatic channels prior to 1950.
The Ford/Franklin partnership handled dozens of previously unknown pieces, and you will find out who probably made these items, how they were marketed, whom they were sold to, and which ones may have been melted, along with the reasons why.
In-depth research reveals contradictory information from Ford regarding the S.S. Brother Jonathan gold bars, the Bowie Half Eagles, the F.D. Kohler bars, and the recently condemned "Transfer Die Forgeries" of the 1853 U.S.A.O.G. Proof Double Eagles.
Plus, there are over 50 plates (most in color) and many of these pieces have seldom been seen
Pre-publication price is $350 (good until October 1, 2009). Then the price goes to $395.
The book will be hardbound, and limited to just 250 copies. To order, contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayne Homren, Editor
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