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Capturing the Excitement of Lost and Found Coin Treasures

Capturing the Excitement of Lost and Found Coin Treasures

By Dennis Tucker – Publisher, Whitman Publications ……
 

Q. David Bowers’ Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures, one of the crucial thrilling coin-collecting books of current years, has been released in a new second edition by Whitman Publishing. The 480-page hardcover e-book is accessible online and in bookstores and interest outlets nationwide. Here, Whitman writer Dennis Tucker recollects how the e-book came to be.

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In the summer of 2014 at Whitman Publishing we began planning a brand new ebook by Q. David Bowers. I keep in mind talking with our editorial staff concerning the undertaking. Its foundation can be a number of many years’ value of Bowers’ analysis on American coin treasures and hoards. His information-gathering had began in the 1950s when he was a young man just starting what would develop into a lifelong profession as a numismatist and historian. Through the years and many years, Dave would write about coin hoards and treasures in numerous columns, articles, public sale catalogs, books, and elsewhere. His first guide devoted solely to the subject was revealed in 1997. These 50-plus years of research would type the idea of a brand new, greater, up to date quantity that we deliberate to publish in 2015.

Lost and Discovered Coin Hoards and Treasures included some two dozen vital updates to earlier revealed essays, with new analysis and sales info plus current discoveries from the past 10 to 15 years and, notably, a dramatic replace to the story of the sunken SS Central America.

The latter was and is considered one of Dave’s biggest numismatic obsessions.

For many years, since I turned the publisher at Whitman in 2004, I’d heard him extol the genius and exhausting work required to seek out the superb shipwreck and convey its gold and silver to the floor.

“No larger Gold Rush–period treasure was ever misplaced,” he would say, “so by definition no larger American treasure can ever be found!”

I was delighted that he would be capable of replace the story with thrilling news of the ship’s newest (2014) exploration and additional recoveries from the wreck website.

In his manuscript, Dave shared his ongoing analysis and added many modern-day discoveries, displaying that treasure isn’t just in youngsters’s tales and pirate stories. SS North Carolina, misplaced in July 1840 off the coast of South Carolina with a treasure of silver and gold coins, was discovered in the yr 2000. SS Republic, shipwrecked in a hurricane in October 1865 off the Georgia coast, was found in 2003 with its load of silver and gold coins. The side-wheel steamship SS New York, swamped in 1846 in a “good gale” off the coast of Texas, was situated in 2005.

Again on dry land, Dave shared Ron Gillio’s personal recollection of the Wells Fargo Hoard of almost 20,000 (!) 1908 No Motto double eagles. In 2013 the Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins was discovered—virtually $28,000 in face value alone—buried in eight metallic cans in California around 1894, and appraised at $10 million. In 2015 the Stack’s West 57th Road Hoard came to mild: greater than one million coins, weighing some 60,000 pounds and including sacks of tens of hundreds of huge cents, bag portions of Barber silver cash, ten thousand 1909 V.D.B cents, and lots of others.

That very same yr the Massachusetts State Home time capsule was exhumed, after being hidden in 1795 with a cache of coins and opened and resealed in 1855 with the addition of more coins.

After describing a whole lot of found hoards and treasures, and illustrating that such finds are nonetheless occurring as we speak, Dave provided two more tantalizing chapters: “Undiscovered Treasures on Land” and “Unrecovered Sunken Treasures”. Tons of of tidbits, clues, and rumors, laid out state by state, supply extra prospects to set a treasure hunter’s heart and thoughts racing.

Making a Guide About Coins and Individuals

By the time we started work on Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures in 2014, I had overseen the publication of almost 30 books by Dave Bowers. That averaged to about three books per yr, not counting his editorship of the Guide Ebook of United States Cash (the Purple E-book), putting him firmly in the ranks of probably the most prolific American historians. Many of those books have been updated in multiple editions through the years—a superb measure of their reputation.

Dave’s process for constructing the Lost and Discovered manuscript was in basic Bowers fashion: drawing on a lifetime of rigorously gathered and arranged research; in search of perception and knowledge from specialists and specialists; striving all the time for numismatic accuracy and element; and telling good tales and telling them properly. Add to that strategy a near-photographic reminiscence and the wits and information to make 100 psychological connections the place most individuals would make one or two. And fold in Dave’s means to see American and world historical past in each a big-picture view and in a homey, native, very personal context. This was the recipe that created his wonderfully unique exploration of an interesting subject.

Misplaced and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures is a ebook about cash, however on a deeper degree it’s a ebook about individuals. A few of the personalities Dave launched have been quirky, like coin hoarder Alexander Miller, who lived in a tiny city in Vermont, not often spoke with the surface world, and in addition collected airplane elements and vintage automobiles. Some have been courageous, like Captain William Lewis Herndon, who went down with the hurricane-stricken Central America after evacuating the ship’s ladies and youngsters.

Perhaps most appealingly, Lost and Discovered is concerning the individuals who discover the hidden hoards and treasures, whether they’re farmers digging within the earth, adventurous boys exploring a basement, detectorists sweeping a potato area, or scientists calculating the exact location of a sunken shipwreck. The gold and silver are on the market waiting to be discovered, accidentally or by design. The finders could possibly be any of us if we’re lucky or sensible, or each. That’s the thrill that Dave taps into and fuels together with his storytelling.

“A Treasure Trove of Colorful and Fun Details”

The “Sage of Wolfeboro” wrapped up almost all his textual content manuscript and gathered its accompanying photographs by the top of 2014. All that remained to be completed was the up to date section on Central America, which was still being reviewed and fine-tuned by numerous specialists (as I advised our editorial employees at the time, “Central America is an lively shipwreck website, so there are groups of individuals involved,” and it took time to make sure the story was advised appropriately). Bob Evans, chief scientist and historian of the restoration of Central America, wrote a foreword for the new ebook, as did Kenneth Bressett, longtime editor of the Guide Guide of United States Coins.

More than 600 pictures, engravings, drawings, maps, coin pictures, and different illustrations made the brand new guide visually as colourful as its narrative. A evaluation in the journal of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) would describe the pictures as “eye sweet”.

The e-book debuted in October 2015 and was an instantaneous success. Numismatist Mike Thorne, in the Might 2016 problem of Cash Magazine, “merely scratched the surface” (his phrases) in his full-page assessment of the guide, calling it “a powerful effort” and stating that “this quantity belongs in the library of any coin collector who likes to dream about finding an ideal hoard.” California Bookwatch’s “Antiques/Collectibles Shelf” referred to as it “a treasure trove of colourful and fun details . . . accessible to coin collectors and journey readers alike.” Midwest Guide Evaluation, which makes recommendations to libraries and others, referred to as it “a completely fascinating and profusely illustrated learn from starting to end,” “impressively nicely researched, written, organized, and introduced,” and “very highly beneficial for personal, group, and educational library collections.”

By 2018, after a very good print run, the primary edition was bought out of our inventory and we began to plan a second edition—the e-book now out there—for publication in 2019.

The newest version has more than 50 new pictures, and numerous updates to its essays. Ongoing research and session with specialists have led to some vital revisions and additions. From Forgotten Colorado Silver: Joseph Lesher’s Defiant Cash (2017) got here Robert D. Leonard Jr.’s and Kenneth Hallenbeck’s dialogue of a rumored hoard of Lesher Referendum dollars. John M. Kleeberg advisable the removing of Missouri’s Wilson Tilley treasure from the chapter on “Hoaxes, Fantasies, and Questioned Finds”, pointing to proof of its very actual existence. Other essays have been up to date with current findings. In the meantime, analysis is ongoing, and newly found hoards and treasures—corresponding to that of the steam-packet Pulaski, lost in a maritime disaster in 1838 and delivered to mild in 2018 and 2019—will undoubtedly be added to future editions.

In any case, the coins are on the market. They only have to be discovered and reported . . . and then they make historical past.

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Misplaced and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures, 2nd edition
By Q. David Bowers; forewords by Kenneth Bressett and Bob Evans
ISBN 0794846440
Hardcover, eight.5 x 11 inches
480 pages, full shade
Retail $39.95 USD

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About Whitman Publishing

Whitman Publishing is the world’s main producer of numismatic reference books, provides, and products to display and store coins and paper cash. The corporate’s high-quality books educate readers within the wealthy, colorful history of American and world coinage and foreign money, and train learn how to construct great a set. Archival-quality Whitman folders, albums, instances, and different holders hold collectibles protected and permit them to be proven off to family and friends.

Whitman Publishing is the Official Provider of the American Numismatic Affiliation (ANA). As a advantage of membership within the ANA, members can borrow the Guide E-book of Lincoln Cents (and other Whitman books) at no cost from the Affiliation’s library, and in addition receive 10% off all Whitman purchases.
 

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