Karl Moulton forwarded this press release about his upcoming book, John J. Ford, Jr. and the “Franklin Hoard” -Editor Over 20 years of research went into piecing together the real story of how John Ford marketed numerous Pioneer and Territorial pieces that were reportedly “discovered” by Paul Franklin in the 1950s. Other “Franklin Hoard” items that have been marketed in the past 60 years are examined in detail in an attempt to validate authenticity from the 19th century, as has been claimed.
John Ford was intelligent and ambitious. He told many stories, and the people loved them. Trouble is, there were different versions of the same story told at different times. Was he a counterfeiter? No. Was he duped by Paul Franklin? No. Was he an honest authenticator? No.
Previous commendable attempts to uncover the reality of Ford’s numismatic activities have been only partly successful and correct. There were never any source materials available to help validate what was done regarding the “Franklin Hoard”. Now there are. This work includes copies of nearly 200 personal letters from Ford during the 1950s when the first group of “Franklin Hoard” material was being sold. Additional “Franklin Hoard” developments are chronicled through 2008.
Other bits and pieces from numerous, little known sources were compiled from public records to present this “reality research” about Ford from when he first became interested in numismatics as a teen-ager in the 1930s until his death in 2005.
John J. Ford, Jr., was the most controversial figure ever to appear in American numismatics. His collection, when sold by Stack’s, realized over $55 million. This unbiased account explains in detail that which you never knew about Ford. It is truly a fascinating story!
Until now, the “Franklin Hoard” story always stopped with Paul Gerow Franklin. Until now, the all important identification of Franklin’s sources has never been presented. Until now, the material that makes up the “Franklin Hoard” (1952-1981) has never been defined and/or listed as such.
This book is not for everyone; but, if you ever wanted to know more about John J. Ford, Jr. or the “Franklin Hoard”, this book is the one you should have.
250 numbered copies will be printed and sold by subscription only. It will be available in the fall of 2009 at a price of $395 ppd.
For orders or inquiries, please contact: email@example.com
Karl Moulton, PO Box 1073, Congress, AZ 85332
How's THAT for a teaser? Or a cover price? I guess we'll know more come the fall of this year.
I was pleased to have gotten to know John Ford and had several nice talks with him over the years. He may or may not have been a rascal, but he certainly was a raconteur. I've also gotten to know well many of his detractors and other skeptics. We'll all be looking forward to Karl's book. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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