It was nice to read of M. L. Beistle's manufacture of Halloween products, but I'm surprised that there was mention of his numismatic activity beyond his half dollar book. To study his
collection while preparing this reference, he used his company's tooling to make a coin holder of his own design that would allow him to examine his halves side by side while keeping his hands
free to hold a magnifier and a pencil.
After completing his manuscript and selling his primary collection of half dollars to "Colonel" E. H. R. Green, Beistle decided to market his coin holder and expand the line to include
openings of many sizes. Wayte Raymond was an early customer and liked what he saw, acquiring the distribution rights to Beistle's Unique Coin Holder late in 1930. He then had Beistle create a
binder for the formerly free-standing panels and renamed this ensemble the National Coin Album.
I'm attaching photos of some Beistle numismatic products, but there are many more. The company put out three commemorative medals over the years, and these are illustrated in my book about
Beistle, Raymond and Meghrig coin albums.
Thanks! Here are the photos and links to more information about Dave's book. -Editor