Alan V. Weinberg forwarded the following review of a new book on New Mexico tokens. -Editor There haven't been many recently published exonumia or token books mentioned in The E-Sylum, but this week I received one that I've eagerly anticipated.
Author Billy Kiser, all of 22 and a college student now, has just released a color plate, hard cover 222-page book titled New Mexico Trade Tokens [part] II. Kiser, at the age of 17 yrs had already distinguished himself as author of a previous black & white plated New Mexico token book with values, rarities and a well-respected knowledge of old New Mexico trade tokens - which is where he and his dad Dan (also a serious token collector) live.
This significant expansion of the first book, with its large 8 x 11 hardcover format, many hundreds of color plates of rare tokens, thousands of listings with rarities and current (conservative) values really outdoes the original book. The color plates are a feature unknown to me in any other token reference. The book has a good quality hardcover binding and paper too.
New Mexico is perhaps the most difficult state to get Old West tokens from, so this book really fills a niche. I recommend it highly, not to just token collectors but enthusiasts of the Old West.
Only 400 copies were printed, half the printing a B&W plate edition at $50 postpaid (media mail) and half a color plate version at $65 ppd. Guess which one will sell out first? The author can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 196 Fairacres, NM 88033
Who says there's no "young blood" in the hobby? Like John Kraljevich before him, Billy Kiser has impressed those that know him as a future Q. David Bowers.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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