Charles Morgan of CoinWeek published an article May 19, 2016 touching on using the online Numismatist archive to research
the 1909 ANA Convention in Montreal and leading Charles to Chicago coin dealer Theophile Leon and Pittsburgh author C. H. Shinkle.
Here's an excerpt. -Editor
I was just reading about the 1909 ANA Convention in Montreal and taking a headcount of all of those who attended.
One of the attendees was Chicago coin dealer Theophile Leon.
Leon operated the Chicago Coin Company (not to be confused by today's iteration of the Chicago Coin Company of 6455 W. Archer Ave., the
junior dealership was founded in 1955). Others in attendance were E. H. Adams, the Chapman brothers, Thomas Elder, J. M. Henderson, Frank
C. Higgins, H.O. Granberg, Elmer Sears, Howland Wood and Farran Zerbe.
I mention him because it was probably an advertisement placed in the back pages of the August 1909 issue that inspired Leon to purchase
a price guide by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based auction researcher C. H. Shinkle entitled U.S. Coin Values and Lists, 1909 Edition (the
second of three, and an update of his 1905 edition).
Shinkle's ad described the book this way:
“Exhibits of prices paid for nearly every U.S. Coin at Auction Sales during 1907-1909. Auction prices are very rarely less than the
coins are worth”.
The 20-page booklet contains lists of rare U.S. Coins, Private Gold Issues (including fractional gold pieces known at the time), $50
gold coins, U.S. pattern cents and other information. The cost was $1.00
I know that Leon purchased the book because Kolbe & Fanning are currently offering his copy for sale on numislit.com for the very
reasonable price of $35. I'm tempted to buy it and may do just that if one of our readers doesn't pick it up first!
Numismatics is a hobby of connections – of people, personalities and coins.
Oftentimes, taking time to read about yesterday's hobby can be every bit as enriching and exciting as picking up a new coin for the
The Shinkle is scarce and interesting. I collected multiple editions and versions over the years due to my interest in numismatic
literature and numismatics in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. It was an important publication of the day, being a useful compendium of
information including current auction prices realized. Some of the information and photos came from the collection of fellow Pittsburgher
John A. Beck, who collected U.S. pioneer gold coins by the bucketful. -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
Numismatic Books – U.S. Coin Values and Lists by C. H. Shinkle
Wayne Homren, Editor
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