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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 8, February 20, 2011, Article 6

THE TOP SELLING NUMISMATIC BOOKS ARE ALBUMS!

Dick Johnson submitted these thoughts on Barnes & Noble's ranking of numismatic "book" sales. -Editor

Barnes & Noble ranks its sale of books and updates the list every day. They do this in 60 categories. Coins, currency and stamps is one of those categories.

Guess what? There is only one book in the top ten Neil Berman and Ron Guth's "Coin Collecting for Dummies." All the rest are albums. Statehood quarters still remain popular. Four of those nine albums are still for statehood quarters. There are three albums by three different makers Littleton, Whitman, E.J. Harris and Harris' Statehood Quarter Collectors Map is also included.

Top seller is Littleton's Statehood Quarter album. Littleton has four of the top sellers in the top ten list! Considering that its Statehood Quarter album was introduced 12 years ago, that may be something of a record in the coin field.

By the way, Littleton's Spring 2011 catalog arrived this week. The good people at Littleton have outdone themselves in this 100-page catalog. Every page offers numismatic delights in an appealing way! I don't know how Dave Sundman's crew is able to offer such a vast amount of numismatic material and to create such popular products and appealing catalogs every year. It certainly must be one of the largest numismatic firms in the world.

That is until I saw a photograph of all the firm's employees. They must employ half the population of Littleton, New Hampshire to do what they do in the numismatic field. This writer has been in the numismatic field for 71 years, but I still find something new to acquire in this catalog.

Notably there is only one coin book in the entire catalog obviously the Red Book. Coin book authors might consider convincing Dave Sundman to sell their books at Littleton as well as all the other fine material they currently stock.

I can understand how Barnes & Noble thinks about its categorization, but to a bibliophile it's quite odd to see supplies intermixed with actual books. Congratulations to Neil Berman and Ron Guth, but I'm curious to know what the rest of the B&N best seller list would look like if it were restricted to actual books. -Editor


Wayne Homren, Editor

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