THE FLYING EAGLET
David Lange writes the following in response to Ben Keele's
query about publications that have undergone frequent changes:
"One title that comes to mind is the monthly magazine Coins,
published by Krause. It began in the late 1950s as The Flying
Eaglet, a house organ put out by error coin specialist Frank
Spadone in Orange, New Jersey. This became Coin Press a
couple of years later. When Krause Publications bought the
magazine from Spadone, they renamed it Coins beginning with
the January 1962 issue, and it remains in print today under the
editorship of Robert Van Ryzin.
Following the recent ANA Summer Seminar in Colorado
Springs, I spent an entire day on the lower level of the ANA's
library reading through back issues of this publication. While I
didn't encounter any groundbreaking articles, it was enjoyable
seeing full-page ads for the many coin folders and albums that
I now collect. It was also evident that both the editorial staff
and the readers understood little about how coins were made
and how error coins occurred. Of course, the U. S. Mint was
very secretive and even openly hostile to inquiries from
collectors and researchers until years later, so this is
One thing that is obvious from reading through publications
from the 1950s and '60s is that collectors seemed to be
enjoying their hobby more than they do today. While there
were a few letters reporting the sale of overgraded coins,
for the most part the published correspondence was upbeat.
Most of it concerned oddities found in circulation. From the
descriptions provided, these seem mostly to have been
damaged or altered pieces, yet in most instances they left both
the letter writers and the magazine's editor baffled. Today, we
know so much more, and yet some of the magic is missing."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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