Regarding special editions of A Guide Book of United States Coins, Carl Binder writes:
I am a weekly subscriber to The E-Sylum which I look foreward to reading each week. I am seeking information on two Red Books. Who can I contact?
1) A limited edition to be made available this spring for the Boston Numismatic Society
2) A 2008 special Limited Leather Bound Edition which incorporated a special bookplate honoring the 150th anniversary of the American Numismatic Society and handed out at the celebratory dinner on January 10, 2008.
I went straight to the source and forwarded Carl's query to Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing, who writes:
Charlie Davis helped coordinate the Boston Numismatic Society's special 150th-anniversary edition of the Red Book. I believe the Society has plans to sell the book as a fundraiser; Charlie would be able to provide more specifics (Numislit@aol.com).
The 2008 ANS Limited Edition will probably be very rarely seen in the marketplace, since it was distributed to a small number of people for their personal collections. It was never offered for sale; each recipient got one (and only one) copy, as a memento of a historic occasion (the sesquicentennial of the American Numismatic Society). It might be a generation or two before any copies appear publicly for sale or auction. However, a collector might make inquiries to members of the ANS who were present at the dinner.
Thanks for the information. These special Red Books are an interesting collecting specialty that can be a challenge to acquire. A couple days after I got Dennis' reply, Charlie Davis' submission arrived. See that item earlier in this issue for ordering information for the 2010 Boston Numismatic Society special edition.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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