Atlanta: Whitman, 2014. 4to, original pictorial boards. viii, 280 pages; profusely illustrated in color. New. Item #3605
An exceptional work, with a Foreword by C. John Ferreri. The Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money is a multiple-volume study of 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 issued their own paper money. In this magisterial set of standard references, the ìDean of American Numismatics,î Q. David Bowers, has compiled decades of research from 18th- and 19th-century bank reports, contemporary newspapers, and other primary sources. He gives the history of every state, every town and city, and every bank that issued this uniquely American currency. Each note is studied, and thousands are pictured in full color, with information on grading, rarity, values, significant auction results, advice for collectors, and more. Volume 1 is the beginning of the journey: an introduction to obsolete paper money and an overview of the hobby.