Caitlyn Trautwein, Senior Associate Editor at Whitman Publishing forwarded this request for research assistance in building the
Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money. -Editor
Whitman Publishing announces a call-to-action for all collectors of obsolete paper money to pitch in and help build the best historical and
market reference ever compiled in this field. Collectors, researchers, dealers, historians, and others in the hobby community are encouraged to get
involved with this important project. Images, historical research, market analysis, and general insight are welcome for the Southern states, the
Mid-Atlantic states, the Midwest, and territories.
In particular, “state editors” for the upcoming states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas are
sought. Each state editor will work closely with author Dave Bowers, Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker, and Whitman senior associate editor
Caitlyn Trautwein to track down facts, look into questions, scrutinize the historical record, gather and examine images, and otherwise act
as that state’s expert. Editors have a chance to take a “co-starring role,” as C. John Ferreri has done with the states in New England, and
join contributors the likes of the American Bank Note Co., the American Numismatic Society, and the Smithsonian Institution, all of whom
(among other museums and private collectors) have shared images. Collectors active in the market of buying, selling, or trading, can
volunteer to analyze valuations. Historians with knowledge of a particular state or region can review state, town, and bank
histories—fascinating narratives soaked in Americana!
Received with warm welcome at its debut at the Memphis International Paper Money Show in 2014, the Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete
Paper Money is continuing on strong with five volumes published to date. Within each volume is author Q. David Bowers’ knowledge on
obsolete paper money—its history, how to collect it, and observations on the general market, including rarities, supply and demand, and
pricing. Volume 1 is an introduction for collectors and historians. Volume 2 studies in detail the states of Connecticut, Maine, and New
Hampshire. The two-part Massachusetts volumes, numbering 3 and 4, were released this past winter, and the last volume in the New England
region arrived in the spring, comprising of Rhode Island and Vermont. Volume 6 will study Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South
Carolina as the first volume in the South-Atlantic region and is expected this winter. The monumental study on obsolete currency continues
to unfold. The entire series will encompass 15 volumes of 400 to 800 pages each.
Obsolete notes are paper currency issued from 1782 to 1866, before the modern era of National Banks and the Federal Reserve. Over the
course of these decades more than 3,000 state-chartered banks released their own paper money for day-to-day commerce, in thousands of
colorful and ornate varieties. In the Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money, each note listed is studied in detail, and
thousands are pictured in full color, with information on grading, rarity, values in multiple grades, significant auction results, advice
for collectors, and other valuable guidance.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Whitman Publishing at email@example.com.
Volunteers will be credited in the books’ acknowledgments.
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