A new book by Don Kagin and David McCarthy on pioneer gold has been published. Here's the announcement.
America's Golden Age:
Private & Pioneer Gold Coins of the
United States 1786-1862
By Donald H. Kagin, Ph. D. and David J. McCarthy
An entirely new presentation and treatment of all privately struck gold coinage types and
varieties issued during the most romantic period in our nation's history.
This large format, 240 page hard-bound
coffee table book is replete with large color images,
insightful new analysis, updated rarities, and striking analytics.
Private or Pioneer gold coins are for the first time dealt with from a chronological perspective
beginning with the Brasher Doubloon issues. They are followed by the Templeton Reid and
Christopher Sr., August and Christopher Bechtler Jr. mints of Southern Appalachia.
A brief recounting of the California Gold Rush precedes the detailing of the first privately issued
gold coins from the California Gold Rush — the coinage of The Mormons and the Oregon
Eighteen California based gold issuers and their coinage are then offered over three series.
The 49er companies are covered in the First Series. The second series covers the 1850 Issues
struck as a consequence of controversy and by State government intervention. The issues of
the federal government's U.S. Assay Office and occasional emergency issues struck from 1851
through 1855 are reviewed in detail in the third series.
The book concludes with the three private companies which issued gold coins as a result of the
Colorado Gold Rush of 1860–1861.
Order Your Hard-Bound Copy Now!
($89.50 + $10.50 shipping and handling)
I picked up a copy at the Kagin's table at the 2023 Pittsburgh ANA this week, where the authors kindly signed it for me. These seemed to be selling fast - I wasn't the only book buyer at the table. While catalogs are great for looking things up, the chronological presentation is better for putting events in historical perspective, and I think it will be easier for both new and old collectors to learn from. I'm looking forward to reading it.
For more information, or to order, see:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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