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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 22, May 31, 2020, Article 3

NEW BOOK: PHILIPPINE SPECIAL EDITION REDBOOK

There is a new special edition Redbook for the Philippine Collectors Forum. Thanks to Adam Spikes for alerting me to this. John Riley coordinated the project with Whitman Publishing. -Editor

Eagle-eyed Adam wrote:

"I noticed in the 2021 Red Book that there is a listing for a special edition "2021 (74th ed.) Philippine Collectors Forum / 100th Anniversary Manila Mint" edition that will have a quantity of 250 published. Unlike the "2020 (73rd ed.) Chicago Coin Club 100th Anniversary" listing from the 2020 Red Book, the new edition does not have the issue price or values identified."

2021 (74th ed.) Philippine Collectors Forum - 100th Anniversary Manila Mint

I followed up with the group, and here's the story. Thanks to John Riley and Ray Czahor for the background. -Editor

2020 Manila Mint Redbook front cover 2020 Manila Mint Redbook back cover
Photos by John Riley

Whitman has printed the 100th Anniversary of the Manila Mint Special Edition of its Red Book! The new hard bound Guide Book of United States Coins has a special cover with a commemorative circular design prominent in the center of the cover. It commemorates the opening of the Manila Mint in 1920, One Hundred Years ago, "Manila Mint, 1920-2020" below the design.

Within the book on the first page is a discussion of the Philippine Collectors Forum followed on the second page with the full history of the Manila Mint. This is also a standard 2021 (74th ed.) Red Book of 463 pages with a 5 page section listing Philippine coins by date in four grades.

Order this Special Edition Today! Cost of this Special Edition is $20 Postpaid within the US (outside the US such as to the Philippines, postage is extra). Proceeds above cost all go to fund the Philippine Collectors Forum and its meetings. Copies are only available from the group (please do not contact Whitman!)

To order, please contact John Riley at johnrriley@yahoo.com - he has stock at this writing (May 30, 2020).

Ray Czahor adds:

"Whitman printed 250 copies of the Special Edition. They were shipped by UPS who managed to damage/destroy two boxes of 24 copies each. One box was never delivered at all and one box shipped to me was obviously thrown/broken where the books skidded across a black dirty floor such that the covers and binding were covered with black smudges or black crud. UPS then put all the damaged books back in the same box, put tape around it and delivered it to me. This happened at my local Laurel, MD center who said they were sorry!!!!!

Given the above, 202 books were available for distribution. To date 145 books have been sold, thus leaving 57 for future sales."

John adds:

"That circular design on the front cover is actually the reverse likeness of the so-called "Wilson Dollar" HK-449 and HK-450 that was struck in 1920 to commemorate the opening of our mint in Manila, Philippines, the only U.S. Mint facility, before or since, outside of the United States. The 100th anniversary of the event is our tie-in to this project.

"Thanks to member Dennis Tucker for his great interest and help in bringing this about.

"I have about 50 copies left (most in my dining room). Only $20 postpaid. C'mon, everyone needs a Red Book anyway!"

I ordered mine!

The Philippine Collectors Forum meets annually at the ANA's World Fair of Money, currently scheduled for August 4-8, 2020 at the Pittsburgh convention center. If it happens be sure to plan to attend the Forum that meets at 1-5PM on Friday of that week. -Editor

For a video on the history of the Manila Mint, see:
The Manila Mint and the End of the Colonial era (https://youtu.be/Byiu1XVYC5Y)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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