Dave Lange (author of 'Coin Collecting Boards of the 1930s and 1940s') forwarded the latest issue of his Coin Board News and Price List #115. He summarized the big news in the accompanying email.
Congratulations on the discovery!
The really big news in CBN #15 is that the Kent Company prototype coin board, previously believed unique and held by a descendant of coin board inventor Joseph K. Post, now has a population of three examples. I acquired the only two known outside of the Post Family during the recent Central States Numismatic Society convention in Milwaukee. These are a part of my own collection and are being kept for study, though one may ultimately be offered for sale.
This first coin board was an oversize piece for collecting Lincoln Cents that Post devised at his home in 1934 and copyrighted in January of 1935. It was previously believed that none of this type were actually sold to customers, but the two examples which recently surfaced lack the copyright rubber stamping found on the Post Family specimen.
It is thus likely that he did sell a few in or near his hometown of Neenah, Wisconsin and that these extremely rare boards remained within Wisconsin until surfacing in Milwaukee last April. All subsequent Kent Company boards are of the standard 11" x 14" size or very close to it, while this rare variety measures some 17" tall.
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