David Lange submitted these notes on an interesting trove of material related to the Hub Coin Holders. Thanks. -Editor
I recently had a phone conversation with Bill Spencer of American Coin in Racine, Wisconsin. Sometime ago he had bought out another old coin shop, and it included a set of
tooling that was used to produce the Hub Coin Holders popular during the 1950s. These are similar in form to the Raymond National Coin Album pages of landscape format and
frequently are labeled as such by sellers unaware of their true identity. Hub pages are black and holed on their long sides, and they were sold with matching ring binders. In
fact, they look more like the Bigelow Holders of the 1940s-50s and are more or less interchangeable with them.
The Hub brand was manufactured and sold by Hubert L. Polzer, and it may be that the name Hub was pronounced as Hyoob. Perhaps, there may be some old timers who actually knew
him and can confirm the pronunciation.
Holzer was a prominent coin dealer in Milwaukee. A quick search of The Numismatist archive revealed that he was librarian of the Milwaukee Numismatic Society during the 1950s
and had also been president of the Central States Numismatic Society at some point. His ads in the Whitman Numismatic Journal during the 1960s proclaimed that he'd been in
business since 1919 and was Whitman Publishing Company's earliest jobber in its coin supply business.
Mr. Spencer inquired whether I'd be interested in purchasing the few remaining Hub coin holders he had in stock, along with the steel punches and collars used to pierce the
coin openings in each! The lot also includes a table for determining which punches and collars were used for each coin or token size. While I'm probably the most logical
person to preserve this archival material, it's a bit too much steel for me. If someone else is interested in buying the whole lot, I'd love to acquire just one or two
pieces from it.
Bill can be reached at:
Mon, Wed, Fri 10-5 CST
Wayne Homren, Editor
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