Doug Nyholm edits The Mint Master, the official publication of the Utah Numismatic Society. In the July 2020 issue he published his
review of Daryl Haynor's new book on Classic Gold. With permission, we're republishing it here. Thanks!
CLASSIC GOLD COINS 1834-1839
Daryl J. Haynor
The new book on classic gold finally arrived at my door last
week and it is a fantastic work. Touted as the first major
work on the subject of these sometimes overlooked coins, it
is certainly a very complete study. These coins were only
struck for six years consisting of a quarter and half eagle. This period was during a tumultuous time in our history
and these coins have been mostly collected for type while
only serious numismatists have attempted a date/mint set.
This study looks at each issue but also delves into the various dies and die states that can be identified. I personally
enjoy books that also go beyond just individual coins information and include history which this book does very
well. It explains not only the history but the financial state
of the country and goings on at the mint itself. Daryl does
an excellent job of addressing these items and spends the
first 81 pages in his book on these subjects. Chapters include:
The Early United States Money System
The Second Bank War
William Kneass Chief Engraver
Mine to Mint
Gold indemnity payments
And several other subjects.
The integral part of the book covers Classic gold with extensive data on each issue which includes all the different die varieties. Each is identified by a 'HM-#” which stands for Haynor/McCloskey.
Each date is extensively covered, for example the 1836 quarter eagle contains a total of 27 pages profusely illustrated by high quality photos. Every variety is detailed with excellent descriptions, estimated survivors, by condition and also details previous auction records. Finally, all proof varieties and finest knowns are detailed.
The book consists of 352 pages in full color on glossy pages and is hard bound. The pre-publication price has
expired, and the list price is $95 available from Wizard coin Supply. This is definitely a book for every advanced numismatic library or anyone interested in early U.S. gold.
For more information, or to order, see:
United States Classic Gold Coins of 1834-1839
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NEW BOOK: U.S. CLASSIC GOLD COINS OF 1834-1839
BOOK REVIEW: U.S. CLASSIC GOLD COINS OF 1834-1839
Wayne Homren, Editor
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