Michael Sullivan submitted these neat holiday-themed coin holder images. Thanks - neat item. -Editor
With the holiday season upon us, I thought our fellow E-Sylum readers might enjoy the images attached of coin folder with the coins organized into the shape of a Christmas Tree. This particular folder contains proof 1956 coins aside from the Peace Dollar which is dated 1925. It is 15 cm wide by 30.5 cm in height. The cover reads:
"The Merry Christmas U.S. Coin Tree A Unique Coin Holder for a Special Greeting. The economical, practical, all visible coin holders. Made under original patent No. 1,719,962. Now used exclusively in National & Popular Coin Albums, Wayte Raymond, Inc., 1927-57."
Inside the album printed above the coins reads:
Unique Coin Holder, 30th Anniversary, 1927-1957. Produced by The Beistle Company, Coin Holder Dept., Sold by H.E. Luhrs, Pres.-Sales & G. Mgr. Created by M.L. Beistle, Our First President, 1900-1935. Advertising & Sale Agt., Wayte Raymond, Inc., New York, Thru Alan Faxon, Mineola, N.Y., World Wide Distributor."
Raymond had an extensive business in coin folders which was a sales and entry point vehicle for collectors. The folders could have been in product mid-1956 before Raymond's death intended for sales during the 1956 Christmas season. The association with the coin folder to M.L. Beistle is an enigma and worth further research. E-Sylum comments and correspondence on the topic are most welcome to email@example.com
QUIZ QUESTION: this is a tough one. Here's an idea for another type of Christmas coin tree - how about a "12 Days of Christmas" tree? The coins must have designs representing the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas' - three French hens, two calling birds, and a partridge in a pear tree, etc. . Here's one idea - an Olympic commemorating coin might show "Five Golden Rings". So there's the challenge - can you identify other coins that would fill the bill? Is there a coin or medal depicting Maids a Milking? A banknote?
Have some fun with this. Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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