MORE BOOKS WITH AN ENCASED COIN OR MEDAL
The E-Sylum (8/8/2010)
On the topic of numismatic literature with a coin or medal mounted, Jan Monroe writes:
Another book with a medal is The Indiana Medal 1816*1916. The medal by Janet Scudder. Only 918 books were printed with the medal.
David Lange writes:
I had my own entry in this arena, though it didn't come out quite as planned. The first edition of my Buffalo Nickel book included a leatherbound version limited to six copies. Each had a pair of Buffalo Nickels mounted on the front cover to show obverse and reverse. The binder, however, didn't fully understand the instructions to set them within the cover, as he instead simply glued them to the leather! Since this left the coins vulnerable to rubbing, I solved the problem by fitting a Kointain tightly over each nickel.
I was skeptical that I could sell a deluxe edition of what was my very first book, and that's why I had only six copies prepared. I still have one in my own library, and the only one I've seen offered for sale since 1992 was in Bowers & Merena's sale of the Armand Champa Library, which included copy number one. I don't believe it realized much more than issue price. There may have been some listings since then, but they escaped my notice. While the first edition of my book pales in comparison to the more recent third edition in terms of content, I never again put together a deluxe version of this title, and it remains a modern rarity.
Fred Reed writes:
Regarding the carnival throw book by Jay Guren and Richard Egan - you WERE aware of it. In fact you published my description of the book and a illustration of its cover in an earlier E-Sylum (September 19, 2009). Try some ginseng. It helps the memory they say. Ha. Ha.
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see: MORE ON MARDI GRAS DOUBLOON LITERATURE (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v12n37a10.html)
ANOTHER COIN BOOK WITH AN ENCASED COIN OR MEDAL (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n31a09.html)