Newman Numismatic Portal Project Coordinator Len Augsburger offers this review of Roger Burdette's new book on the United States proof coins of 1936-1942. Thanks. -Editor
Roger Burdette’s United States Proof Coins, 1936-1942
As a young reader of the Guide Book in the 1970s, I was mystified by the lack of United States proof coinage after 1915. Roger W. Burdette explains all that and more in his latest
work, United States Proof Coins 1936-1942. The reasons for suspending proof coinage (increased workload, collector complaints, cost of manufacture) today read like bureaucratic excuses, and
the story of their reintroduction in 1936 is actually more compelling.
After 20 years, there was little practical knowledge remaining with respect to coining proofs, and workers struggled with the initial issues. Burdette capably documents the manufacturing
variability throughout the series. The result is a collector’s guide that not only details the varieties in the series, but explains the why of the physical evolution. Altogether, the work
synthesizes Burdette’s usual thorough scouring of the archives with examination of actual coins – the definition of true numismatics. The book is shipped along with a digital copy on CD, which
provides readers a portable copy to read at leisure, or use for search purposes.
With permission of the author, United States Proof Coins, 1936-1942 is indexed on the Newman Portal, and brief “snippets” will appear in response to matching searches. Readers are then
pointed to ordering information for the book. We encourage all authors to consider placing their newly published works on the Newman Portal in this way. Search terms in this particular case include
“starburst effects” or “1937 proof dimes”.
Ordering information for United States Proofs Coins, 1936-1942:
Newman Portal search results for “starburst effects”:
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: UNITED STATES PROOF COINS 1936-1942 (www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n16a05.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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