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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 38, September 20, 2009, Article 10

ORIGINAL RED AND BLUE BOOK SHOP DUMMIES TO BE EXHIBITED

David Crenshaw of Whitman Publications gave us a heads' up last week about the unique bibliophilic exhibits scheduled for the upcoming Whitman Coin & Collectibles Philadelphia Expo. This week he was able to supply an image and a link to a short article. Thanks! -Editor

There are pieces of numismatic history that are rare, and then there are those that are truly one-of-a-kind.

Three such pieces of the early days of coin collecting will be coming out of the Whitman Publishing archives and to the Bourse for the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Philadelphia Expo. They are:

* The Original Shop Dummy of the first edition of the "Red Book" (the Guide Book of United States Coins), published in 1946. Don't let the blue color fool you. This is a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of the book that to this day is the hobby's best-selling guide book, complete with vellum hand-lettered cover sketch.

* Before there was the Red Book, there was the "Blue Book," published beginning in 1942. The Original Shop Dummy of the first edition of the Blue Book, including penciled notes and pasted-in content, let's you peer even further back to the earliest origins of the original handbook of U.S. Coins.

* An Antique Whitman Publishing Printing Plate, used to print one of Whitman's game-changing coin boards, in this case "Barber or Liberty Head Half Dollar Collection No. 2." Whitman began making coin boards in the 1930s, followed by coin folders in 1940. This innovation made it easy to collect and display coins from pocket change and helped usher in the Great Depression era's popular craze for coin collecting.

Redbook Shop Dummy
Original Shop Dummy of the first ever "Red Book"

To read the complete article, see: Original Red Book Shop Dummy To Be Exhibited At Philly Expo (whitmancoincollecting.com/content/original-red-book
-shop-dummy-to-be-exhibited-at-philly-expo/)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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