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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 29, July 19, 2020, Article 16

STANDARD COIN CARD MYSTERY

Researcher and author David Lange made an interesting discovery recently. "Standard Coin Card 206" is shown at right below. -Editor

Standard Coin Card 206 It's pretty rare that I find something new to me in the area of coin albums, but a new entry did pop up. An eBay seller had several coin album pages that feature the color scheme and materials of the National Coin Album brand, but there is nothing in the Wayte Raymond literature to indicate he produced them.

There are four different pages that together hold a set of Lincoln Cents 1909-37. These are titled in very small letters STANDARD COIN CARD 203 through 206. A fifth page was also listed that was similar in construction but without printed dates or a number. Some user had neatly lettered it to continue the series up to 1944.

The pages are the size of the small National pages but in portrait format, rather than the usual landscape format. Each one is three-hole punched at left to fit into a binder, but no such binder was included by the seller. The pages do, however, fit Raymond's binder for a product he marketed as the National Coin Album for Young Collectors. This is listed and illustrated in my book on Beistle, Raymond and Meghrig albums. Raymond's portrait format album was issued in 1936, with dates ending that year or 1935. It's likely that the mystery holders date from roughly the same period, since the printed dates end at 1937. The pages in Raymond's binders warped badly, so it's possible that the Standard Coin Cards were replacements for the original-issue pages and came out a year or two later. I've seen no mention of this in any Raymond literature, nor have I any non-Raymond ads for such a product.

I've included photos of both the Young Collector album and one of the mystery pages in the hope that some reader has more information.

National Album for Young Collectors
National Album for Young Collectors

Interesting. Can anyone help? -Editor



Wayne Homren, Editor

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