Regarding last week's article by David Lange on Wayte Raymond's Easy Display System coin holders, Andy Singer writes:
I have one of those Wayte Raymond boxes illustrated in the last esylum. The trays in mine have been modified with balsa wood dividers to hold varying numbers of coins.
Jeff Sutton writes:
I saw the article in The E-Sylum about Wayte Raymond’s Easy Display system. It is the first I have heard mention of them in a long time. Years ago, I acquired two of the cabinets from the
Robert L. Weber collection complete with many coin holders (and coins!). The only public information I could locate on Mr. Weber’s coin collecting adventures was a catalogue for a mail bid sale
administrated by Mr. Raymond on December 13th, 1939.
I gave one of the cabinets to fellow collector and kept the better condition example for displaying most of the Weber coins still in my possession. Each cabinet had ten trays as shown in
Dave's pictures and a variety of individual coin holders.
According to his son, Mr. Weber frequented Wayte Raymond’s shop in New York and acquired many numismatic pieces directly from him.
Most of the coin holders appear somewhat standardized in a few sizes with a greater variety of hole diameters to accommodate the individual coins. Some of the holders are blank but most have a
very elegant hand script lettering naming the coin and country of origin. I do not know if the lettering was applied at the shop with each purchase or if Mr. Weber added the description at home.
I could not tell from the article if any of the holders from David Lange's acquisition survived so I have attached a few pictures of mine for reference just in case. I would appreciate knowing
if any of the coin holders have the same lettering style, which would answer my question of where the lettering was applied.
Jeff sent along these photos. Thanks! Dave's response is below. -Editor
Dave Lange writes:
The handwriting is indeed elegant and something seldom seen today. I don't have any of the individual holders, so I can't make a direct comparison. The holders were sold plain by Scott
Stamp & Coin, the original distributor for Raymond products, and then later by Raymond's own company. Typically, it was up to the user to perform the desired lettering, though any coin shop could
have done that for its own inventory of coins, too.
The vintage ads in my book feature lettering by Dorothy Mosher, sister of prominent numismatist Stuart Mosher. She worked for Raymond as his one-woman art department, and her craft appears on his
various non-National coin albums. Her script is somewhat similar to that seen on your coin holders, and it's perhaps too much to hope that she did the writing herself.
I also counted my holders, 33 blank and 60 with the specific name of the coin and country of origin.
The ad provided by David indicated two widths for the holders. I have four widths: 50mm, 47mm, 26mm, & 23mm, all the same 63mm height.
There are also over a dozen different hole diameters ranging from 42mm to 13mm.
Interesting topic - a great window into how collectors of the era stored and displayed their coins. Thanks, guys! -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
RAYMOND'S EASY DISPLAY SYSTEM COIN HOLDERS (http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/esylum_v21n03a18.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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