A recent article by Fred Reed in Coins magazine discussed several paper money books. The article features a review of the new CD version of the classic Haxby work on obsolete U.S. paper money.
The biggest news in the syngraphics book field of late is the announcement that the publisher of this periodical is re-releasing Jim Haxby's monumental 1988 four-volume opus United States Obsolete Bank Notes, 1782-1866 in CD format. Long out of print (my wife bought my set for me as a Christmas present in 1988), sets have been retailing for $800 more-or-less when available. Prominent currency dealers had "open" buy ads for sets.
Although state obsolete bank note books exist for a number of states either privately or under the auspices of the Society of Paper Money Collectors Wismer Project, Dr. Haxby's accomplishment in cataloging the breadth of obsolete bank notes in an informed and illustrated way was unprecedented. It was another in KP founder Chet Krause's series of massive compendia in all cataloging fields, a hallmark then and since for this Wisconsin-based enterprise.
I'll leave it to KP pitchmen to provide the particulars on this set and close the sale, but from one who has used these volumes in my personal collecting and professional career for more than two decades, ANY collector worth his/her salt MUST have the printed or now electronic versions of these monumental tomes. The publisher is even offering state-by-state downloads, a definite plus.
To read the complete article, see:
Recent Paper Money Works Remake Classics New Again
Wayne Homren, Editor
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