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By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Last week I introduced the contract coinage of William Wood, a British entrepreneur who in 1722 obtained the patent or franchise from King George I to make coins for America. These were in the denominations of halfpenny, penny and twopence and were made of a new alloy.

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

I continue my tour of A Guide Book of United States Coins. You can follow along in the 2015 edition, beginning on page 40. Seeking coins relating to colonial America has been a popular pursuit for many years. Today the Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C4) provides a meeting place for enthusiasts. Check out their website and learn more. This group was founded in 1993 by Michael Hodder and has grown rapidly since.

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

I continue my commentary on A Guide Book of United States Coins, the familiar red-covered reference first marketed in 1946 (cover date of 1947 to preserve shelf life). Now it is in its 68th edition, with a cover date of 2015.  For many years I have maintained that by simply reading the text in the Guide Book a tremendous amount can be learned about American coinage. 

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

This week I begin a tour through the best-selling numismatic reference of all times, A Guide Book of United States Coins. If you have a copy of this book -- and who doesn’t? -- you can follow me as I go along. I will start in the beginning and continue, if plans materialize, through to the end or close. 

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

In the early part of this story I told of the dedication and interest that R.L. Miles Jr. put into completing to the best of his ability his collection of United States gold , silver and copper coins. R.L. Miles, Jr. (known to his friends as "Skinny," a name he received while playing various sports in college) began collecting when he was a cashier in his family's Oyster business, and, using the Guide Book listings of his time, proceeded with the challenge to collect the varieties listed in that reference.

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Over the past few weeks I have focused on collector R.L. Miles, Jr. (called by the nickname Skinny) and his evolution from a change sorter into an advanced collector. He used the Guide Books of the 1950s and 1960s to decide which United States gold, silver and copper coins he would collect. In those days this annual reference listed the series as issued and some varieties that could be readily seen with normal eyesight

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

The R.L. Miles, Jr. Collection was formed over four decades, starting with the change found in the coins used in the payroll of the Miles family oyster company. R.L. Miles, Jr. (Skinny as he was known to me) later decided to assemble a high quality collection and went on to create a cabinet of great note. 

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