First Edition Fantastic 1804 Dollar Census Update
As announced in The E-Sylum on May 24, Joel Orosz and Len Augsburger are constructing a census of copies of the first edition, first printing of Eric P. Newman and Kenneth E. Bressett's The Fantastic 1804 Dollar. To date, 25 copies have been identified, with a total probable population of 42 copies. We've been scouring online resources such as Newman Portal, in addition to our own libraries, but the best information is coming from fellow collectors.
If you have a copy not previously reported to Len or Joel, feel free to forward information to
firstname.lastname@example.org. As noted earlier, first editions can be identified by the table of contents – in the first edition chapter VIII is entitled "The Origin of 1804 Originals," while in subsequent editions chapter VIII is entitled "The Diplomatic Gift Background."
Coin World graphic of Tables of Contents from the two variants
Please pitch in and help if you can. Double check your copy! These early printings are tangible reminders of a pivotal event in American numismatic history.
To read earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
COIN WORLD ARTICLE FEATURES FANTASTIC 1804 DOLLAR BOOK VARIETIES
FANTASTIC 1804 DOLLAR "1ST EDITION" CENSUS
To read 1804 Dollar Book articles in the Summer 2001 Asylum, see:
The Asylum, Summer 2001
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