Howard Schickler submitted this review of Allan Schein’s new book on the incuse gold Indian coins designed by Bela Lyon Pratt. Thanks!
As a decades-long collector and archivist of historical collections, I am always looking for well researched, significant books that can
enhance my perspective and knowledge-base. Numismatics is a relatively new passion of mine after 40 years of building collections that can serve as
historical documents for posterity. I also spent twenty years as a rare book and document dealer, and am a member emeritus of the Antiquarian
Booksellers Association of America.
You can tell what my daily activities include by looking at the books and magazines in my sitting area at home. Allan Schein’s new book
The Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt has a prominent place. Though I do not exclusively collect gold $2.50 and $5.00 Indians, in fact
it’s currently just a small part of my growing collection which includes U.S. gold of the 19th century and Liberty Seated silver of the
same period, it is one area that suddenly, after reading Schein’s book has my full interest.
His book speaks of a labor of research love and dedication to making it an eminently readable and useful guide for the novice or
advanced collector. In this respect it is a significant numismatic reference book. Weaving Pratt’s artistic legacy, his place in U.S. coin
design, the coins’ initial acceptance by the public, along with an extensive biography of Pratt, fits well with the detailed analysis of
every aspect of the collectibility of these coins down to analysis of mint marks, rarity, and varieties.
The author’s attention to photography, down to the finest detail of these icons of numismatic art is an educational pleasure. It all
began with a President Roosevelt at the beginning of the Golden Age of US coinage and ended with another President Roosevelt mired in
economic crises. Thanks to Allan Schein for his dedicated work in illuminating this golden period of U.S. monetary history.
Also, Charles Morgan of CoinWeek
did a Podcast about Allan's book about a week ago. -Editor
To listen to the complete podcast, see:
CoinWeek: Bela Lyon
Pratt's Gold Coins
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NEW BOOK: THE GOLD INDIANS OF BELA LYON PRATT
BOOK REVIEW: THE GOLD INDIANS OF BELA LYON PRATT
For more information, or to order, see:
THE $2.50 & $5 GOLD
INDIANS OF BELA LYON PRATT BY ALLAN SCHEIN
Wayne Homren, Editor
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