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Breen Half Cent Encyclopedia


Book Summary

A varied grouping of material related to Walter Breen’s U. S. Half Cent Encyclopedia published in 1984. Tett contributed heavily to the book by offering his coins for inclusion and photographs of them, prepared pedigree information on the coins, and contributed his error coins that constituted an entire chapter of the book. There is a detailed 6 page list of all of his coins provided to Breen, as well as notes on a teleconference with Jack Collins about meeting to photograph Tett’s coins. The material includes Tett’s multiple page detailed hand-written errata and addenda to the draft of the book, Tett’s order of 4 copies of the book and the later refund of the payment for the deluxe edition as it was not produced in a timely fashion, two different full-page ads in Coin World for the book, John Wright’s review of the book in Penny-Wise, and a critical review of the book published in the “Repository” in 1984 by Bill Weber and Breen’s unhappy response from the next issue.

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