Ian A. Marshall writes:
Regarding the ongoing discussions of Ward Smith and his publishing ventures, I remember a long discussion with him around the 1983 ANA in San Diego, where we shared a room, about the pirated version of the Sten World Paper Money Catalogue. It was the first two volumes combined in one, with the same style grey cover as the original, but the printing quality is much lower as it is simply a copy of the original.
The pirating job was done by a well known Canadian dealer and publisher (now deceased) who had, at the time, a major interest in the topic. I believe it was more or less contemporary to the original publication and Ward was still extremely upset at that time (1983) but seemed to have neither the financial strength nor the push to pursue the matter in the courts.
I do have copies of both the originals and the pirated versions should anyone be interested and can, at some point supply a scan (I am presently travelling in Europe).
I wasn't aware of the pirated version until our The E-Sylum discussion. I've asked Ian to send us images after he returns, so we can compare the two and know the difference. Tom Sheehan also owns a copy. Thanks!
Neil Shafer forwarded images of the other pioneering world paper money books we discussed. Thanks!
George Sten's Encyclopedia of World Paper Money is full of great research - George was a real pioneer in this field.
Tom Sheehan writes:
I have a copy of the 1961 Loeb book and Vols 1 & 2 of Sten's Bank Notes of the World. Both of them came from Loeb's estate.
I was also in on the tail end of the liquidation of the Loeb estate. If only I had the knowledge and resources I have now then......
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
MORE ON WARD SMITH'S PAPER MONEY PUBLICATIONS
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