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Coin Board News Number 49 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

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For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Number 49 — Winter 2019

A MAN OF FEW WORDS

Veteran readers of Coin Board News look forward to the Winter issue as the occasion for my annual updates of all of my books and a revised Value Guide for coin boards. Unfortunately, this year’s edition is an abortive one, as I’ve not been well enough to do the work that typically goes into it. In November I underwent two cancer surgeries, and those are being followed by chemo and radiation treatments. I hope to have all of the annual material in the Spring issue and put out a list of either boards or vintage folders.

MARKET ACTIVITY

There was a wide variety of boards for sale on eBay during recent months. Most were common varieties grading Fine or better, but we know from experience that such boards are a tough sell in grades lower than VF-NM. As this is written there are still many rollover lots that will have to be priced lower before they have a chance of selling. The one standout event was an offering of the two-board set for Liberty Seated Dimes that Whitman published in 1939 and printed only once. I’ve never seen these boards heavily worn or badly damaged, but it was still nice to find this pair grading VF or slightly better. The set included about three dozen dimes across a broad range of circulated grades and was priced at $850 USD or best offer. Not needing the boards for my own collection, I offered as much as I could and still make a little profit on the deal, but this was rejected. The boards and dimes sold a week or so later for a negotiated price of $650. It’s hard to say how the buyer broke down the lot’s value between boards and dimes, but it will nonetheless result in a price advance for these rare titles.

Flying Eagle Copper-Nickel Cents HandmadeOne oddity I purchased recently is a homemade coin board of standard size that is neatly hand-lettered to replicate a Kent or First Edition Whitman board for Eagle & Indian Cents. Even the incorrect spelling “NICKLE” is repeated, though this board omits both the rare 1856 cent and a backing.

BOOK UPDATES

CBN 48 announced the discovery of O25¢Dv, and I recently acquired a rare World War II printing of that same scarce Washington Quarter title. O25¢Dx has dates through 1945-S with one spare opening and mintages through 1943. This was one of several boards I bought that all grade VF-NM but were cut down 3/4” both left and right, presumably to fit a small frame. Oh, the humanity!

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

The first quarter of each year is always chock full of major coin shows. I expect to be fully recovered in time to attend the mighty FUN Show January 10-12. Next is the Long Beach Expo, which comes up early this year: January 31 – February 2. Finally, there’s the Whitman Baltimore Expo February 28 – March 3. I’ll be manning the NGC booth, so stop by if you can.

If you’re interested, be sure to stock up on my reference books at reduced prices. For sample pages of the first three titles, please go to coincollectingboards.com. All books signed unless requested otherwise. And please visit my eBay store: Cagemast Coin Boards and Albums

Best Regards,

David W. Lange, coincollectingboards.com

Photo of the author's desktop and computer wallpaper. Courtesy David W. Lange - Coin Board News

The author’s desktop, featuring Gramercy coin boards as his computer wallpaper. Photo courtesy David W. Lange

David Lange
David Lange
The author of several books on United States numismatics, David W. Lange received numerous awards and accolades from both the ANA and the NLG. David was the former President of the Pacific Coast Numismatic Society, the California State Numismatic Association, and the New Jersey Numismatic Society. He also had memberships in the ANA, the NLG, the ANS, the LSCC, the EAC, the BCCS, and the Rittenhouse Society. Career highlights included the launching of NGC's Photo Proof and writing historical copy for the United States Mint's website and H.I.P. Pocket Change program for kids. His specialties have included Seated Liberty silver, Philippine coinage under U.S. administration, and British coinage from 1816-1970. In 2007, David published the first comprehensive reference to Coin Collecting Boards of the 1930s and '40s, and for over a decade published Coin Board News four times a year. David Lange died on January 16, 2023. He is missed.

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