Numismatic researcher and author David W. Lange has written a new book that is being published by his own imprint, PennyBoard Press™.
Titled Coin Collecting Albums – A Complete History & Catalog Volume One: The National Coin Album & Related Products of Beistle, Raymond & Meghrig, this is the first book to study the landmark coin album series and other coin holders produced by these three publishers. All offered a similar product line that today is known collectively as the National or “Raymond” coin album. Lange’s new book explains the history behind these various lines and identifies how they are similar and where they differ. A complete, detailed catalog is included which lists every known variety of each title. This promises to bring order to their collecting and trading, which until now has been mostly a matter of guesswork and erroneous claims.
Thoroughly researched and richly illustrated, this book is 300 pages long, including 80 pages in full color. Portraits of the individual publishers, their business locations and original documents are among the hundreds of images. All types of albums produced by the three named publishers are illustrated, and included are numerous detail images that reveal their distinctive features for ease of identification within the catalog pages. The several catalogs within the book provide each album entry with a unique Lange Number for exact communication between collectors.
Lange’s new book is hard covered, and its cover actually reproduces the image of a National Coin Album binder. The book in printed entirely on 100-pound coated stock and has a sewn binding. This is a high quality book that is meant to last. It is also anticipated that this will be the first in a multi-volume series of books relating the entire history of coin albums and folders published in the USA.
The new book is being offered now at the pre-publication price of $65, with delivery expected in October. It’s not certain that this price can be maintained after the pre-publication period, and interested persons are advised to order now. Lange is also offering a close-out special on his previous book, Coin Collecting Boards of the 1930s & 1940s: A Complete History, Catalog and Value Guide. This popular title provides a similar treatment to the large, one-piece coin boards which kick-started the coin collecting hobby during the Great Depression. Published at $39.95, this title is now just $20.
Mail orders must include $10 for priority mail shipping of the new coin album book. If the earlier coin board book is also ordered, the shipping cost for both is $12. All books purchased from David W. Lange will be signed, and personalized inscriptions are available upon request. Payment may be made by check made out to David W. Lange or via PayPal to [email protected]
A collector of coin boards and albums for more than 30 years, David W. Lange is best known as Research Director for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation in Sarasota, Florida, as well as the author of six popular books on United States coinage and U. S. Mint history. His column, “USA Coin Album,” appears monthly in The Numismatist, the official magazine of the American Numismatic Association.
David W. Lange may be contacted at POB 110022, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211 or by email at [email protected]. His website address is www.coincollectingboards.com, and from this site he also buys and sells vintage coin boards. A new website for his publishing imprint, www.pennyboardpress.com, is currently under preparation.