(Crestline): George F. Kolbe and Alan Meghrig, 2007. 4to, spiral-bound with plastic cover, as issued. (16), 269, (15) pages; illustrated. Fine. Item #3420
One of only 99 copies printed, bringing to light this important manuscript as it existed at the time of Collins’s death in 1996 (Breen having died in 1993). The manuscript was nearly complete, and includes chapters exploring the history of the dollar, its American adoption and adaptation, the people behind the creation of the first U.S. dollars, fakes and fantasy pieces, and, perhaps most importantly, a condition census for the 1794 dollar that sought to not only describe but illustrate every surviving example of this foundational coinage. While most of the illustrations throughout the text were not yet entered into the manuscript by Collins, most of the coins included in the census are illustrated, and the value of this posthumous contribution by Collins and Breen is considerable.