Your Exclusive IMEX 2023 Invitation: Join the Nashville Coin Extravaganza!

There’s electrifying news on the horizon! The International Money Exposition (IMEX) is just around the corner, scheduled to take place in the vibrant city of Nashville, Tennessee, from October 27 to 28, 2023. This extraordinary event is a must-attend, and here’s how you can ensure your participation:

IMEX kindly requests the following essential details:

Please provide the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

Transmission of this information is a breeze; simply use the dedicated address:

PO Box 2869
Brentwood, TN 37024-2869

But wait, there’s more! IMEX 2023 is kicking off with a bang. Those who swiftly submit their information by October 13, 2023, will receive an exclusive postcard by mail. This postcard is the golden ticket, granting access to a limited-edition PCGS slabbed Tennessee State Quarter—a collector’s gem designed exclusively for the IMEX Inaugural event.

But that’s not all—IMEX has even more in store! Upon arrival at the IMEX show in Nashville with your postcard, you’ll not only claim your complimentary PCGS quarter but also secure a ticket for a chance to win one of two Fender electric guitars, complete with all the necessary setups. The admission fee for this grand event is a mere $10, a small investment for the opportunity to own a unique collectible and compete for a spectacular prize.

Should the postcard not pique your interest, fret not! You can still join the show and participate in the guitar giveaway.

IMEX stands out for its sheer scale. The event is gearing up to be colossal, with hundreds of dealers and collectors converging from every corner of the country. It’s not just an event; it’s set to be the event of 2023—an absolute must-attend occasion brimming with excitement and camaraderie.

The Music City Convention Center, situated in the heart of downtown Nashville, will provide the perfect backdrop for this sensational event. The IMEX team eagerly anticipates your presence there, where attendees can celebrate their shared passion for coins and collectibles.

For an even deeper dive into what IMEX has in store, visit the official IMEX website at For immediate questions or assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to Steven Ellsworth at

There’s no time to lose—mark your calendars, submit your information, and prepare for an unforgettable experience at IMEX in Nashville!

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Tracing the Financial Footprints of the USA: Museum of American Finance at IMEX

Discover the Economic Roots of the United States through Rare Exhibits

In a celebration of financial history and the enduring impact of economic decisions, the Museum of American Finance, affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, has received a prestigious invitation to showcase some of its most treasured artifacts at the first annual International Money Exposition (IMEX). This event, set to take place in Nashville, Tennessee, from October 27th to 28th, 2023, promises to be a global money show like no other, attracting over 350 dealers and thousands of attendees from across the world.

The Museum of American Finance, situated in the heart of New York, has been diligently preserving and presenting the history and practice of finance in the United States for decades. Its collection comprises thousands of documents, certificates, and examples of currency, offering a comprehensive view of the nation’s financial journey. From vintage stock tickers to Wall Street memorabilia, photographs, prints, books, and periodicals, this museum is a treasure trove of economic history.

At IMEX, the museum will proudly display some of its most iconic pieces, allowing visitors to connect with the past and appreciate the evolution of finance in the United States. Here are a few of the notable artifacts that will be on display:

  1. Alexander Hamilton’s 1790 “Report on the Public Credit”: Often regarded as the economic equivalent of the U.S. Constitution, this document carries profound significance in shaping the nation’s financial system.
  2. President George Washington’s Federal Bond: Dated January 17, 1792, and signed by Washington himself, this bond represents one of the earliest financial instruments issued by the young nation.
  3. Earliest Known Check in the Public Domain: Witness history through this artifact, a tangible representation of the humble beginnings of modern banking.
  4. US Steel Corporation $100,000 Bond: Issued to none other than Andrew Carnegie on June 14, 1901, and later redeemed by the J.P. Morgan Company on July 23, 1913, this bond exemplifies the industrial giants of the early 20th century.
  5. Blank Check Signed by President John F. Kennedy: This check, carried by his Secret Service detail on that fateful day in Dallas on November 22, 1963, holds a poignant place in American history.

Visitors to IMEX will have the unique opportunity to engage with the museum’s knowledgeable staff members who will be on hand to discuss these documents and provide insights into the broader significance of financial history. Whether you’re a seasoned financial expert or a curious enthusiast, this exhibition promises to be an enlightening and enriching experience.

The International Money Exposition will be hosted at the Music City Center in Downtown Nashville, offering a central location for attendees. The event is open to the public, welcoming visitors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, October 27th, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 28th.

The Museum of American Finance, in its pursuit of financial education and historical preservation, aligns perfectly with the IMEX’s mission to explore the world of money. By showcasing these rare artifacts, the museum aims to empower individuals of all backgrounds to understand and appreciate the profound impact of finance on our lives.

For those interested in delving deeper into the history of finance or seeking to understand its contemporary relevance, the Museum of American Finance offers a wealth of resources, including exhibits, financial literacy programs, and public events. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, it stands as a beacon of knowledge and enlightenment.

Don’t miss this remarkable opportunity to explore the economic roots of the United States and gain fresh insights into the world of finance. To learn more about the Museum of American Finance and its initiatives, visit or connect with the Museum on Facebook or Twitter.

Join us at IMEX and embark on a journey through time, where dollars and cents reveal the story of a nation’s progress and prosperity.

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Unearthing a Numismatic Treasure: The Boston Garage Coin Collection Auction

Unearthing a Numismatic Treasure: The Boston Garage Coin Collection Auction

In a thrilling turn of events, a long-forgotten collection of coins stashed away for decades in a garage in Boston became the epicenter of a heated bidding war. The treasure trove of numismatic history was showcased at Heritage’s The Boston Collection US Coins Showcase Auction, where fervent collectors and enthusiasts vied passionately, ultimately raising the total proceeds to an astonishing $987,789 on September 11.

This remarkable collection, meticulously assembled during the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s by the consignors’ grandfathers, had remained concealed until its recent unveiling at auction. The boxes containing these numismatic gems bore postmarks as early as 1942 and included a cache of unopened correspondence from the U.S. Mint, adding an air of mystery and anticipation to the proceedings.

Sam Foose, Senior Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions, expressed the significance of this extraordinary find, stating, “Much of the material in this collection has never been offered at auction before, and the aggressive bidding underscored the significance of this collection.”

One of the auction’s standout moments was the bidding frenzy surrounding a collection of unopened mint-sealed Proof sets. Leading the pack was a box containing 25 pristine, untouched sets, which commanded an astonishing $60,000. Not to be outdone, a 1952 box containing 50 unopened mint-sealed sets achieved an impressive price of $28,800, while another box from 1951, featuring 25 sets, secured a winning bid of $27,600. Further exemplifying the demand for these time capsules of numismatic history, a box of 100 1955 Proof sets closed at $16,200.

Foose commented on the allure of these unopened sets, saying, “Unopened, mint-sealed sets always are in high demand because the coins in the sets often are so well-protected, and the opportunity they represented was shown in the aggressive bidding that drove their results far beyond pre-auction expectations.”

While the Proof sets took center stage, individual coins also shone brightly in the auction. The top result for a single coin was achieved by a 1909 Half Eagle graded MS66 NGC, closing at an impressive $26,400.

Other notable lots included a 1945 Wells Fargo Original BU Roll of Half Dollars, which fetched $12,000, as well as boxes of 25 1954 Proof Sets and 25 1955 Proof Sets, realizing $11,400 and $10,200, respectively.

The discovery of this hidden treasure trove of coins in a Boston garage serves as a testament to the enduring allure of numismatic collecting. The excitement and competitive fervor it generated at Heritage’s US Coins Showcase Auction reaffirm the timeless fascination with coins that have the power to unlock the past and redefine their worth in the present.

For a comprehensive look at all the lots featured in this auction, including detailed images and information, visit

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An Invitation to All Americans: Honor Our Nation’s History with New Designs for United States Coins

An Invitation to All Americans: Honor Our Nation’s History with New Designs for United States Coins

2026 will mark America’s Semiquincentennial, the 250th anniversary of the founding of our Nation. In commemoration of this momentous anniversary, the United States Mint (Mint) will be minting and issuing redesigned 2026-dated circulating coins. This one-year design change is for 2026 only.

The Mint is considering a variety of possible themes for these special circulating coins and we invite all Americans to take a brief survey about the thematic concepts being considered. Please visit to take the survey, which is open now through October 10, 2023.

As authorized by Public Law 116-330, the Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act (CCCRA), the designs for the 2026 circulating coins will be selected in accordance with a design selection process developed in consultation with the United States Semiquincentennial Commission and with recommendations from the general public. A select group of Federal advisors from the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and Records Administration, Library of Congress, and National Park Service participated in the development of the proposed thematic concepts that appear in the survey.

During the one-year period beginning January 1, 2026, the CCCRA permits the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue redesigned coins in celebration of the United States Semiquincentennial. This includes both the obverse and reverse sides of each circulating coin, including up to five different quarter designs emblematic of the Semiquincentennial, one of which must be “emblematic of a woman’s or women’s contribution to the birth of the Nation or the Declaration of Independence or any other monumental moments in American History.” The Mint is also planning new 2026 designs for its numismatic coins.

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1899 Liberty Head Double Eagle: Numismatic Perfection

1899 Liberty Head Double Eagle: Numismatic Perfection

When it comes to the world of rare coins, collectors and enthusiasts have long held onto the belief that “only the best will do.” This sentiment couldn’t ring truer than with the upcoming Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction, scheduled for September 14-17, where numismatic treasures of exceptional quality will go under the hammer. Among the star attractions is the awe-inspiring 1899 Double Eagle PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC. CAC. JD-1, R.5.

Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President at Heritage Auctions, describes this Liberty Head double eagle as nothing short of captivating: “Very few were created in the first place — the recorded original mintage was just 84 — and the number of surviving examples is significantly lower, around 30. This coin carries the highest grade of any survivor, including the one that is in the Smithsonian Institution. It’s the kind of trophy-level coin that can become an immediate centerpiece and demand a spotlight of its own in any collection.”

The rarity of this 1899 double eagle is undeniable. PCGS Coinfacts lists only 32 surviving examples across all grades, with a mere 10 in Gem condition or finer. In fact, only one Cameo is graded at PR66. The coin offered in this auction is one of just three that NGC has graded PR67 Ultra Cameo, and none carries a higher NGC grade.

But the Mercury Rising Collection doesn’t stop here; it boasts an impressive lineup of rare coins, including a 1870 Type Two Double Eagle PR65 Ultra Cameo NGC. CAC. JD-1, Low R.7. This coin, one of only five or six survivors from an original mintage of just 35, is CAC-approved, adding to its allure.

For those with a penchant for historical numismatics, an 1854-D Three Dollar Gold, AU58 NGC, takes center stage. With a mintage of just 1,120, it’s the only three-dollar issue struck at the Dahlonega mint. Demand for coins like this one, graded above XF, is strong among collectors, making it a coveted piece.

The auction also features a 1796 Capped Bust Right Eagle, AU50 NGC, which is even more elusive than its 1795 counterpart. According to John Dannreuther, there are an estimated 125-175 surviving examples in all grades, making it a true rarity.

The Samuel Winans Collection is another highlight, focusing on Liberty Head double eagles, including several with challenging dates and mint-marks. Notable coins from this collection include an 1861-S Paquet Double Eagle, AU55 PCGS, and an 1862 Double Eagle MS63+ NGC. CAC, both exceptionally rare and sought-after pieces.

Morgan Dollar enthusiasts will find the Stuard Collection of Morgan Dollars irresistible. Featuring 30 Premier Session lots among its 86 lots, this collection offers a remarkable selection of silver dollar dates and grades. Notable pieces include an 1889-CC Morgan MS64 NGC, an 1893-S Morgan Dollar AU55 NGC, and an exceptionally rare 1904-S Morgan Dollar MS66 PCGS.

To add even more numismatic excitement, the James E. Blake Collection of U.S. Colonial Coins & Tokens is featured in a month-long Showcase auction, with highlights such as a 1724 Rosa Americana Twopence SP55 PCGS, a 1786 Connecticut Copper XF Details, and a 1670-A French Colonies 5 Sols AU55.

For those eager to explore the full spectrum of coins up for auction and to immerse themselves in the world of numismatics, detailed images and information about all lots can be found at

The Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction promises to be a veritable treasure trove for collectors and investors alike, with a stunning array of rare coins that truly embody the spirit of “only the best will do.” Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this numismatic extravaganza, where history and craftsmanship unite in the pursuit of the finest coins the world has to offer.

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Delve into the World of U.S. Coins: Discover Mega Red’s Ninth Edition

Delve into the World of U.S. Coins: Discover Mega Red’s Ninth Edition

Attention coin enthusiasts and collectors! The highly anticipated ninth edition of Mega Red, the Deluxe Edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins, is now available for sale. This comprehensive numismatic guide, boasting a whopping 1,504 pages, is a treasure trove of information that delves deep into the world of U.S. coinage, offering updates and revisions across various coin series.

What sets the ninth edition of Mega Red apart is its expanded study of quarter eagle gold coins, the $2.50 denomination that was issued from 1796 to 1929. Over 178 pages, every type, date, and mintmark of these coveted gold coins is meticulously examined. From history and illustrated grading standards to mintage information, strike characteristics, and collectible die varieties, this edition leaves no stone unturned. Whether you’re an experienced collector or a newcomer to the hobby, this in-depth analysis is bound to enrich your understanding of quarter eagle gold coins.

Spanning from the Capped Bust coins of the 1790s to the Indian Head coinage just prior to the Great Depression, Mega Red covers all eight major quarter eagle types, providing a historical journey through these fascinating periods of U.S. coinage.

Mega Red’s content extends beyond quarter eagles, featuring more than a dozen appendices that explore specialized subjects within the numismatic realm. These include patterns, error and misstruck coins, counterfeits, American medals and tokens, the American Arts Commemorative Series gold medallions, and even a detailed study of So-Called Dollars contributed by numismatists Jeff Shevlin and William D. Hyder. Additionally, the book offers insights into the United States Mint’s upcoming coinage programs, allowing collectors to stay ahead of the curve.

Presented in a larger format measuring 7 x 10 inches, Mega Red boasts a staggering 1,040 pages more than the regular edition, making it five times bigger overall. With over 9,000 items priced across up to 13 grades each, along with 50,000 individual values and 15,000 auction records, this guide is a collector’s dream. The inclusion of thousands of full-color images, including many new to this edition, enhances the visual experience and aids in coin identification and appreciation.

From colonial times to the modern era, Mega Red covers a wide spectrum of American coinage. Encompassing half cents through $20 gold double eagles, bullion, commemoratives, Proof and Mint sets, error coins, tokens, medals, and more, this guide is a comprehensive resource for both seasoned collectors and newcomers to the world of numismatics.

The editorial team behind Mega Red is a lineup of esteemed experts in the field, with Q. David Bowers as Senior Editor, Jeff Garrett as Valuations Editor, and Kenneth Bressett as Editor Emeritus. The guide also features contributions from over 120 numismatists, bringing together a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

A standout feature of the ninth edition is the 2023 Coin Market Report by Jeff Garrett. In his report, Garrett expresses a positive outlook on the rare-coin market, highlighting the incredible information available to today’s collectors and how Mega Red exemplifies this wealth of knowledge.

Mega Red’s legacy of expanding focus on specific coin series continues with this edition. From copper half cents and large cents to nickel five-cent pieces, dimes, quarter dollars, half dollars, and more, Mega Red consistently evolves to cater to collectors’ interests.

Whether you’re a seasoned collector, an aspiring numismatist, or simply intrigued by the world of coins, the ninth edition of Mega Red promises to be an invaluable addition to your collection and a gateway to a deeper understanding of the rich history and artistry behind U.S. coinage. Order your copy today and embark on a numismatic journey like no other.

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Cherrypickers’ Guide Volume III: Unearthing U.S./Philippine Coin Treasures

Cherrypickers’ Guide Volume III: Unearthing U.S./Philippine Coin Treasures

Numismatic enthusiasts, collectors, and researchers gathered at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh from August 8th to 12th, 2023, witnessed a significant moment in the world of coin collecting as the sixth edition, volume II, of the esteemed Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties was unveiled. This unveiling marked not only a celebration of numismatic diversity but also paved the way for the anticipation of the final volume of the sixth edition set to make its debut in 2024. Coin enthusiasts have even more to look forward to as the book’s editors have invited collectors, dealers, and researchers to contribute their insights on U.S./Philippine coins for inclusion in the upcoming sixth edition, volume III.

The forthcoming volume III of the Cherrypickers’ Guide is set to encompass a broad spectrum of die varieties, ranging from Capped Bust, Liberty Seated, and Barber half dollars to Liberty Walking, Franklin, and Kennedy half dollars. Beyond that, it will delve into trade dollars, Morgan and Peace silver dollars, modern dollar coins, gold coins (ranging from dollars to double eagles), classic commemoratives, and silver, gold, and platinum bullion. This installment will introduce several new chapters, with one of the most exciting additions being the inclusion of die varieties from coins minted for the Philippines under U.S. sovereignty.

The historical context surrounding U.S./Philippine coins adds an intriguing layer to the numismatic landscape. The United States gained control of the Philippine Islands in 1899, following the conclusion of the Spanish-American War. In 1901, a civil administration replaced the American military government, leading to the creation of a new coinage system that harmonized with older Spanish coin issues while maintaining a one-to-two exchange rate with U.S. currency. U.S./Philippine coins were manufactured from 1903 to 1945, featuring various denominations from bronze half centavos to silver pesos. Notably, this coinage also included a set of commemoratives released in 1936.

The Guide Book of United States Coins, commonly referred to as the “Red Book” among numismatists, has consistently recognized the significance of U.S./Philippine coins in America’s numismatic history. The 77th edition of the Red Book highlights popular die varieties such as the 1917-S, 7 Over 6, one-centavo overdate; the 1909-S, S Over S, silver peso with a repunched mintmark; the 1934-M, Recut 1, five-centavos; and the intriguing 1928-M twenty-centavos muled with the reverse of a 1928 five-centavos.

The editors of the Cherrypickers’ Guide warmly welcome input from passionate collectors, dealers, and researchers regarding U.S./Philippine die varieties. To contribute to this monumental endeavor, individuals are encouraged to send their recommendations via email to Submissions should ideally include comprehensive information along with high-quality, clear photographs to aid in the assessment process.

For those eager to be part of this endeavor, the deadline for submitting recommendations is set for October 1, 2023. With the Cherrypickers’ Guide continuously evolving and expanding its horizons, the numismatic community can anticipate an enriching addition to their coin-collecting journey in the upcoming volume III, which promises to bring U.S./Philippine coins into the spotlight of rare die varieties.

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Harry W. Bass Jr. Core Collection Part IV Shatters Records with $20 Million Sale

Harry W. Bass Jr. Core Collection Part IV Shatters Records with $20 Million Sale

In a momentous event that captured the attention of numismatists and collectors alike, Heritage Auctions proudly presented the Harry W. Bass Jr. Core Collection Part IV US Coins Signature® Auction, which concluded with a staggering total of $20,739,900. This spectacular event, held in partnership with the ANA’s World Fair of Money, marked the fourth and final installment of the renowned collection, with all proceeds continuing to support various non-profit initiatives in Dallas through the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.

The auction’s most notable highlights included two exceptional coins that stole the spotlight and showcased the fervor of the coin-collecting community. A 1907 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle, PR69, and an 1829 Capped Head Left Half Eagle, PR66+ Cameo, commanded significant attention and fetched a combined sum of $8.16 million. These two remarkable coins showcased the diversity and historical significance of the collection, adding to its legacy as one of the most remarkable coin collections ever assembled.

The 1907 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle, making its return to the auction block after nearly four decades, realized an impressive $4.32 million after 73 intense bidding rounds. With a rich history that includes ownership by notable collectors like John H. Clapp and Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., this coin stands as a testament to the enduring allure of numismatic treasures.

Equally captivating, the 1829 Capped Head Left Half Eagle generated significant buzz, with 66 bids propelling its final price to an astonishing $3.84 million. This coin, a rarity in its own right, exemplifies the intricate design and craftsmanship that defines the collection.

Notably, the auction featured an array of coins that achieved seven-figure results, further emphasizing the exceptional quality of the collection. A 1798 Capped Bust Right Half Eagle, an 1828/7 Half Eagle, and a 1799 $10 Large Obverse Stars all reached remarkable prices, showcasing the depth and breadth of the collection’s significance in the numismatic world.

Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President at Heritage Auctions, expressed the team’s honor and pride in being chosen to showcase the Harry W. Bass Jr. Core Collection. Imhof reflected on the collection’s impact, stating, “It has surpassed every expectation, and we’re grateful not only to the Harry W. Bass Foundation for selecting Heritage but to our client-collectors who recognized the significance of the collection and, in the process, helped raise more than $83 million to benefit nonprofits in Heritage’s backyard.”

As the final hammer fell on this historic auction, it marked not only the end of a remarkable collection’s journey but also the continuation of its legacy through the impactful philanthropic endeavors it supports. The Harry W. Bass Jr. Core Collection Part IV Auction solidified its place in history as a testament to the passion and dedication of numismatic enthusiasts and collectors, leaving an indelible mark on the coin-collecting world.

For a comprehensive list of the auction’s results, interested parties can visit to explore the full scope of this extraordinary event. The auction stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of coin collecting and its ability to shape and enrich both cultural heritage and philanthropic efforts alike.

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Steve Forbes to Headline International Money Exposition in Nashville

Steve Forbes to Headline International Money Exposition in Nashville

In a thrilling announcement, IMEX partner Gary Adkins revealed that Steve Forbes, renowned economic commentator and Chairman of Forbes Media, will be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony of the International Money Exposition (IMEX). The convention, fondly referred to as IMEX, will take place from October 26 to 28th, 2023, at the prestigious Music City Center in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

“We are extremely excited to have Steve Forbes at the International Money Exposition,” exclaimed Gary Adkins. “Steve is one of the nation’s foremost thinkers on the subject of the economy and a passionate advocate of the principles of sound money. At this crucial juncture, IMEX attendees will greatly benefit from hearing Steve’s unparalleled insights into the nation’s economic future.”

Steve Forbes is scheduled to address the audience at the opening ceremonies on Friday, October 27, 2023. Following his speech, at 1 pm, Mr. Forbes will be hosting a book signing session for his highly relevant new book, “Inflation: What It Is, Why It’s Bad, and How to Fix It.” Accompanying him at the book signing will be co-authors Elizabeth Ames and Nathan Lewis, providing attendees with a unique opportunity to interact with these economic experts. Due to the high demand and limited availability, attendees are encouraged to secure their tickets early.

The International Money Exposition has generated a renewed sense of enthusiasm and anticipation, becoming the first major event of its kind in the numismatic circuit in over three decades. Nashville, renowned for its vibrant culture and entertainment, has proven to be a top destination for visitors and families. The city’s commitment to safety and security further adds to its appeal. With the event scheduled during the fall, attendees can expect pleasant weather, creating an ideal environment for a memorable experience.

Some of the largest and most reputable dealers have already reserved their spaces for the event, indicating its inevitable sellout. The general public is warmly invited to this world-class gathering on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, 2023, with early bird access available on Thursday. The IMEX organizers promise an array of exciting announcements in the coming weeks, ensuring that IMEX will be the “must-attend” event of 2023. To avoid disappointment, early hotel reservations are strongly recommended.

The International Money Exposition offers a unique opportunity for individuals interested in economics and sound money principles to gather, learn, and engage with industry experts. With Steve Forbes headlining the event and a host of esteemed dealers participating, IMEX promises to be an unforgettable experience for all attendees. So mark your calendars and join us in Nashville for a weekend of insightful discussions, valuable networking, and an unparalleled celebration of economics and numismatics.

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U.S. Treasury Notes 1812–1865: An Excellent New History Book on a Fascinating American Era

U.S. Treasury Notes 1812–1865: An Excellent New History Book on a Fascinating American Era

Nicholas J. Bruyer has accomplished a remarkable feat with his beautifully illustrated new history book, U.S. Treasury Notes 1812–1865. Bruyer’s work brings fresh understanding to a numismatic subject that is often merely summarized, but which deserves this level of careful attention and creative exposition.

At Whitman Publishing we’ve explored just the surface of America’s Treasury Notes. Chapter 21 of Q. David Bowers’s Whitman Encyclopedia of U.S. Paper Money gives a nine-page overview of the subject. In Arthur and Ira Friedberg’s Guide Book of United States Paper Money there’s a six-page section on “Treasury Notes of the War of 1812.” The subject is summarized even more briefly with two pages in Kenneth Bressett’s popular Guide Book of United States Currency. Various other Whitman books touch lightly on Treasury Notes, often as a precursor to much more in-depth discussion of state-chartered bank notes and later money.

Now, with the assistance of Stack’s Bowers Publishing, Nicholas Bruyer has given U.S. Treasury Notes the spotlight they deserve. He presents them in a comprehensive manner, colorfully illustrated and rich in historical narrative. Bruyer explores the use of these notes not only as investment vehicles—employed by the government to stave off bankruptcy—but also as an early form of national currency. U.S. Treasury Notes 1812–1865 is more than a catalog; it’s a well-reasoned study that offers new perspectives in American financial and economic history.

It’s true that for many of these notes fewer than a half dozen specimens are known to still exist. But collectors love to learn about interesting specialties, even if the collectibles themselves live mainly in the realm of museum holdings and expensive personal collections. Pattern coins, famous federal super-rarities, private and territorial gold pieces, and other rarefied specialties come to mind. For those hobbyists who are able to actively collect such treasures, enjoy the hunt! Everyone else can immerse themselves in well-written, informative, handsomely illustrated books. Nicholas Bruyer’s U.S. Treasury Notes 1812–1865 fills that need very nicely. Because the era of U.S. Treasury Notes, from the War of 1812 through the American Civil War, is so fascinating, Bruyer’s book holds great interest for numismatists—those history buffs who study money—but also for everyone who wants a deeper understanding of our nation’s early formative decades.

Book reviewer Dennis Tucker is a life member of the American Numismatic Association, a Fellow of the Academy of Political Science, and secretary pro tem of the Rittenhouse Society. As publisher at Whitman Publishing since 2004, he has worked on hundreds of books on numismatics, banking and economic history, and other nonfiction subjects. He has written about paper money for hobby publications including his column “From the Colonel’s Desk,” and is the 2013 recipient of the Society of Paper Money Collectors’ Forrest Daniel Award for Literary Excellence. Since 2016 Tucker has served the U.S. Treasury Department as the numismatic specialist of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

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