David C. Klinger submitted these thoughts inspired by a new acquisition and a web search that led to the Numismatic Bibliomania web site. Thanks!
I recently bought this book on eBay with the title listed as: US MINT and COINS, by A.M. Smith, 1881.
When I opened the book to examine the front matter, I became confused as to what the title of the book really was.
I recognized the book as one I had seen before in the ANA library, but here, there appear to be alternative titles such as
Illustrated History of the US Mint, or COINS and COINAGE , or The UNITED STATES MINT, PHILADELPHIA.
None of these matched the title on the spine of the book.
After only a few minutes of internet research I realized that I am not the first to be puzzled by an A.M. Smith book.
I found this excellent web page by NBS past president Pete Smith, titled: The Challenging Literature of A.M. Smith.
It is based on an award winning exhibit Pete made in 1996. It says it all, and answered my naive questions in a very professional way.
To visit the exhibit web page, see:
The Challenging Literature of A. M. Smith
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