The latest addition to the Newman Numismatic Portal is a new periodical. Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report.
Old Bag Lovers Unite
The inaugural issue of the Journal of the Old Bag Collectors Club was published by Pete Smith on April 15. According to the Journal, the club is focused on coin storage bags imprinted with the name of the U.S. Mint, Federal Reserve, commercial banks, and coin dealers. Included in this issue is a notice of a rare Carson City bag appearing in an upcoming Heritage auction. The study of coin bags is a natural evolution for similar collector groups that have pursued coin boards, sample slabs, and related items for some time.
Image: Carson City bag, likely related to the GSA offering, from an upcoming Heritage Auctions offering.
Good luck to Pete and his fellow bag enthusiasts. The time feels right for something like this. All aspects of the hobby are worthy of attention, and can shed light on important history. As Len noted, this is part of a natural evolution of collector interest and study.
Another encouraging development to note is how the Heritage lot description includes an ad at the bottom for Rusty Goe's recent three-volume work on the Carson City Mint. Smart dealers have always encouraged clients to "buy the book before the coin," and these reminders help promote numismatic literature and scholarship.
Link to Journal of the Old Bag Collectors Club on Newman Portal:
Link to upcoming Heritage Auctions offering of a Carson City bag:
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