In the September 11, 2020 issue of MPC Gram (the email newsletter for collectors of Military Payment Certificates and other military collectibles), Bill Myers published a short review of a new book by Lloyd Jorgenson the AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Systems) gift certificates called POGs. With permission. we're republishing it here. Thanks.
Lloyd Jorgenson has released a color spiral bound book titled AAFES -POGS
Illustrated Catalog and Price Guide in 2020. It has been revised and material
added this recently due to input from other POG collectors. The first edition is
dated August 2020 and the second edition is dated September 2020.
Lloyd starts out with a history of himself and then a dedication. He then
discusses what POGs are, followed by a short discussion of the history of Military
Money and that includes MPC. He discusses grading and value and error POGs.
He then discusses all 16 printings. Lloyd has named each printing and has a one-page discussion of the POGs followed by a color picture of each POG. He then
discusses other POGs that were used overseas including EFI and NAAFI. He
finishes with a discussion and pictures of POG related items.
There have been other books that list POGs and these include coins and
currency of the Middle East: A Descriptive Guide to Pocket Collectibles by Tom
Michael and George Cuhaj, The Standard of World Paper Money, Specialized
Edition and A Concise Catalog of U.S. Military Payment Certificates by Carlson
Chambliss. There may be others I am not aware of.
Lloyd has approached POGs in a different way than the books above and is
the only reference I am aware of with color pictures. His book is not just a listing
of POGs, he presents a history about POGs and other numismatic items created to
support the Global War on Terrorism. This is the only reference I know of that lists
the non-AAFES items together in one source. If you collect POGs, you need this
book in your library, even if you have the references listed above. And if you do
not collect POGS then you should get the book and start collecting them. Try it,
you will like it. The number of books printed is small but may be able to be
adjusted depending on demand. It is available on eBay - number 283997206684.
From the eBay page:
"AAFES POGs Illustrated Catalog and Price Guide. This book is new with 114 full color glossy pages. This book explains what POGs are, gives a brief history on Military Money, before showing a complete catalog of AAFES POGs, plus British and other Organization POGs that were issued during the Gulf War. The front cover has a clear plastic cover, and the back has a black plastic cover. The size of the book is approximately: 11 X 9 X 1/2 inches. The book is held together with a spiral, which makes it easy to turn pages, as well as hold pages open. This catalog/price guide book is an excellent source of information for beginner and veteran AAFES POG collectors. Ships in the US only. The buyer pays 7.75 for USPS 3-5 day Priority Mail."
For more information, or to order, see:
AAFES POGs Illustrated Catalog and Price Guide
To read earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NEW BOOK: A CONCISE CATALOG OF U. S. MILITARY PAYMENT CERTIFICATES
BOOK REVIEW: A CONCISE CATALOG OF U.S. MILITARY PAYMENT CERTIFICATES
POG DESIGNER GRANT MORRIS TO SPEAK AT 2013 MPC FEST
Wayne Homren, Editor
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