Researcher, author and E-Sylum regular Dave Lange has long been interested in coin boards and the hobby history they represent. This press release highlights Dave's recent purchase of an important hoard of vintage coin boards.
DAVID W. LANGE ACQUIRES MASSIVE "MIDWEST
COLLECTION" OF VINTAGE COIN BOARDS
In a very rare opportunity, vintage coin board collector and dealer David W. Lange has negotiated the
purchase of more than 400 antique coin boards from the 1930s and '40s. Far from a random hoard, this
collection represents many years of careful selection by a discriminating individual in the Midwest. It is
from this source that Lange has dubbed the assemblage the "Midwest Collection."
Included are pieces from all seven publishers of the original 11" x 14" coin boards that predated the
folders widely used today. Even the very rare 1940 coin boards of New York City's Gramercy Stamp
Company are present. In a truly remarkable opportunity, the collection also features a single board from
the exceedingly rare publisher Earl & Koehler of Portland, Oregon. To date, just over a dozen boards have
surfaced of this obscure brand that was in production for just the single year of 1939.
Although many of the boards will be familiar to veteran collectors as among the more commonly seen
brands and titles, the collection is particularly rich in "vendor stamped" boards that are highly prized for
their historic associations. It was the practice of many retailers to rubber stamp or sticker coin boards with
their name and address. Most such vendors were in the Upper Midwest, which was the home turf of the
earliest coin boards after this product's invention by Joseph K. Post in 1934. It was these inexpensive and
widely distributed coin boards that put coin collecting on the map and made it an "everyman" hobby
between 1935 and 1940. When the current coin series became too long to fit on a single-panel board, the
more adaptable coin folders began to replace boards starting in 1939.
"I'm still going through these hundreds of pieces to determine which items are new varieties or
upgrades to my own collection," Lange observed. "I'm an eager collector of vendor stamps myself, as they
have the local appeal that has attracted so many collectors of tokens and national bank notes." The other
boards will be placed first with those having want lists with Lange, while the remaining pieces will be
included in future price lists. Lange has produced 40 such lists since 2008, and he sends these out along
with his quarterly publication Coin Board News, which recently celebrated its 50th issue. In addition, he
maintains a website devoted to vintage board collecting:
The Midwest Collection is the second largest assemblage of coin boards that Lange has acquired in
his nearly 40 years of searching for vintage pieces. Still the record holder is the Karl Manthei Collection
that Lange purchased in 2006 on the eve of publishing
his book, Coin Collecting Boards of the 1930s &
1940s: A Complete History, Catalog & Value Guide, which is available for purchase at his website.
Congratulations on a fantastic purchase! In the future, these acquisitions could come to be seen as legendary among collectors of this material. I created an album in our Flickr image archive - follow the link below for a complete collection of images.
To view the Midwest Coin Board Collection photo album, see:
Midwest Coin Board Collection
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