The coins and tokens of colonial America and the early United States present a unique chronicle of our nation's birth. This comprehensive guide provides an authoritative reference on all pre-Federal coinage.
The Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money is the only series of its kind in the market: a set of in-depth, richly illustrated, full-color history and price guides for collectors of Mexican coinsa growing field. Volume 3 covers the earliest coinage of Mexico in depth, from the 1500s to the early 1900s. This includes many of the most popularly collected Mexican coins: Carlos and Johanna issues, cob silver and gold coinage, milled coins, coinage of the War of Independence, coins of Agustin de Iturbide, Republic reales coinage, state and federal coppers, the coins of Emperor Maximilian, and pre-Revolutionary Republic decimal coinage. Illustrated essays give important historical background. Other resources for collectors, dealers, and historians include bullion-value tables for common gold and silver coins; a glossary of numismatic terms; a bibliography; biographies and histories of important leaders and themes featured on Mexican coinage; and a detailed index. The Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money is written and edited by internationally recognized experts Don and Lois Bailey, with the collaboration of dealers, collectors, museum curators, government and bank officials, and other specialists. Richly illustrated in full color, with retail prices in multiple grades, it will be the standard reference for generations to come.
Author: Kenneth Scott
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Release Date: 1957
"It is not surprising that counterfeiting flourished. The combination of a generally inefficient law enforcement system, the gradual proliferation of colonial issues to copy, and the reliance on private citizens to prosecute criminals made it difficult to capture, prosecute, or punish counterfeiters. Indeed, counterfeiting in American entered a kind of golden age beginning in the early eighteenth century, an age that would last for roughly a hundred and fifty years." —from the Foreword In the thriving commercial centers of colonial America, merchants could be paid in Spanish doubloons, British pounds, or any of the currencies each colony produced. Such a diversity of monetary forms encouraged some citizens to try their hands at counterfeiting. But the penalties for counterfeiting were harsh. Each colonial government saw it as a serious crime and meted out a variety of punishments, from cropping of ears to the gallows. Scott examines the prevalence of counterfeiting in colonial America and the difficulties the authorities had in tracking down the offenders. He brings to life the many colorful figures who indulged in this nefarious practice, including organized gangs from Massachusetts to South Carolina, such as the members of the Dover Money Club and numerous women practitioners, including Freelove Lippincott and Mary Peck Butterworth. One of the book's most important themes is that counterfeiting was ubiquitous, transcending socioeconomic, ethnic, and gender lines. Counterfeiters had innumerable ways to practice the art, as Scott shows in illustrative detail. In a final chapter, Scott assesses counterfeiting during the Revolution, when the British government found it an effective means for undermining the fledgling national economy. The book reveals ways to determine whether notes or coins are fake. First published in 1957, Scott's research on early counterfeiting has yet to be superceded. As much a social history of colonial America as it is a richly peopled narrative of one of the world's oldest crimes, Counterfeiting in America is sure to appeal to scholars, numismatists, and general readers alike.
Author: Eric P. Newman
Publisher: Krause Publications
Release Date: 2008-11-28
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
Features information available only to auction and dealer networks &break;&break;Responds to intense market demands, driven by collectors capitalizing on recent auctions involving distinguished collections &break;&break;Diverse audience: experienced collectors, history buffs, educators, and museum curators &break;&break;A recent surge in this paper money arena provides a ready-made audience for a new edition of this one-of-a-kind book. Top-dollar auctions are putting more Colonial American paper money into collectors' hands, creating a wealth of collectors seeking a new edition of the definitive guide - The Early Paper Money of America. This is the collector's best choice, because it: &break;&break;Offers 1,100+ detailed, high quality illustrations investors, history enthusiasts, re-enactment groups and educators can turn to identify issues &break;&break;Represents the most comprehensive guide to Colonial American paper money and early states issues &break;&break;Provides information not readily available to general paper money collectors &break;&break;This new edition continues a tradition of reliability collectors of early American paper money respect.
What are pattern coins? These rarely seen experimental pieces illustrate the trials, struggles, and backstage intrigue that preceded so many of the U.S. Mint's regular-issue coins. This guide offers a behind-the-scenes look at the history, rarity, and market values of America's rarest coins.
The updated and expanded second edition of Beth Deisher's best-selling Cash In Your Coins is a book for anyone who's inherited a collection (or hoard) of old coins. How rare are they? What are they worth? Should you sell? Where do you even begin? Just as important, Cash In Your Coins gives peace of mind to today's coin collectors, who can keep a copy of the book with their collection and then rest assured that their heirs will benefit from Deisher's expert advice. Updated with 2014 tax and estate-law information, and expanded with new case studies. "More than a book, it's a blessing. Not like any coin book that has ever been written before." Michael Nottelman, "Coin Show Radio."