THE LIBRARY OF COINS AND TREASURY OF COINS ALBUMS
The E-Sylum (7/11/2010)
I've been following the discussion of Coin & Currency Institute publications, and I've seen no mention of my favorites---its line of coin albums. The Friedbergs stocked the numerous coin franchises that once were common in department and discount stores around the country but disappeared during the 1980s. To facilitate the sale of popular US and Canadian coins in these venues the C&CI published its much loved Library of Coins albums (1958-71) and their less costly junior companions, the Treasury of Coins (1961-63).
I've been collecting and cataloging both for many years, and a complete listing of titles, editions and varieties will be in my forthcoming book on coin albums. This is still a couple years away, but the C&CI portion of the catalog is already completed.
The Library of Coins albums, though out of print for 40 years now, remain popular with old school collectors. This is one of the few lines of obsolete coin albums still being sought for housing coins. From my perspective they are now collectibles in their own right, and I buy them as such, but I receive strong bidding competition for any titles relating to Bust and Seated Liberty coins, as well as Canadian titles. It doesn't seem to matter that Dansco offers new albums of superior quality for all of these same coins; the old timers still want their LOC albums.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MORE PUBLICATIONS OF THE COIN AND CURRENCY INSTITUTE (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n27a18.html)