E-Sylum supporter Jeff Rock of Rosa Americana, LTD has issued a new fixed price list of U.S. colonial coins. Here's his summary description and some sample pages. Great material here, with excellent writeups. To get your copy, contact Jeff at
FPL#22 in 2022 has a good ring to it. While we are not out of the Covid pandemic things are getting better in most areas, and we have seen a return (admittedly spotty) to coin shows and life as we knew it prior to 2020. The C4 convention in Baltimore last November went on as planned, and though it was less crowded than in previous years, the energy and fun was there.
What wasn't there were a lot of colonial coins to buy – demand seems to have far outstripped supply, and as everyone who has bid in auctions recently knows, that has led to increased prices nearly across the board.
One of the few good things that seems to have come from this pandemic is that people are turning back to hobbies of their youth – or finding new ones – and numismatics in general has been the beneficiary of that increased interest. There were new faces at the C4 convention (as well as on the Google discussion group – which if you haven't yet joined you should, contact me for details!), both collectors and dealers, and that is gratifying to see.
The C4 Newsletter and The Journal of Early American Numismatics continue to produce exceptional reading material. It is rare for a small part of the hobby to have two award-winning journals associated with it, but colonials have done that for 25 years – please support them by becoming a club member and subscribing to JEAN through the ANS website (you do not need to be an ANS member to get the journal, though it is less expensive if you do). Knowledge is the best investment, and these two publications are worth many multiples of their cost.
For this price list, we've strived to give a good mixture of pieces, ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, with grades ranging from well-used to fully Uncirculated (and even a proof). You'll find a smattering of major type coins, very rare varieties (including some extremely rare and even one unique piece), and coins with provenances to some major collections. We've added in
W numbers to these listings, as many collectors are using Q. David Bowers' Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins, the first single-volume reference work for the colonial series (now in a greatly improved second edition).
All are coin offerings have been thoroughly described and photographed to show the true color of the piece – and all are guaranteed to satisfy. As always, your satisfaction is the most important part of our business, and the only reason we are still dealing in colonial coins, some 33 years (!) after our first price list. That doesn't just mean we guarantee our attribution and the authenticity of what we offer, but also that the coin fits your needs – study it for two weeks and if it doesn't, simply return it for a full and immediate refund.
If you didn't receive that Christmas present you really wanted – or are looking for an unusual Valentine's Day gift? – read on! This offering is a small part of our inventory, and if you are looking for something specific, please let us know – we just might have what you need.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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