Washington, D.C. 1893. 8vo, modern white linen, lettered in gilt in the style of the original. 54, (2) pages. A couple of corners professionally repaired. A very good copy in a new binding. Item #6709
A classic work, largely credited with popularizing the collecting of coins by mint mark in addition to by date. A noted artist, Heaton lived for 86 years. His interest in numismatics waned in later life, but, at the time this work was published, he was an avid coin collector. In the preface, he notes: “The writer, a few years since, after enriching his almost complete collection of silver and minor issues of the parent institution with all attainable varieties, became much interested in gathering United States coinage bearing the letters ... commonly known as ‘Mint Marks.’” This pursuit, of course, led to publication of the book and to the popularity of coin collecting on this basis. Although it achieved wide distribution at the time, today copies are scarce. Popularly known by its cover title, Mint Marks, this landmark work surely succeeded beyond the author’s wildest dreams in creating a “new and zealous interest in modern United States coinage.” Clain-Stefanelli 12524.