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Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

​Illustrated here are images of a fantasy bill or note datelined Washington City July 24, 1880. "Absolute Money for the sum of One Thousand Dollars, Redeemable nowhere," etc., etc. Series 59,843,702,086,231,787. The general distributor is B.F. Butler,  the buffoon nicknamed "Spoons" Butler who supervised New Orleans when the Union took it back from the Confederate States of America in 1862. Uriah S. Stephens, important in the founding of the Knights of Labor, is also on the note. ​

Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

For this week's blog I revisited some comments I made back in 2006, adding updates.  I had the pleasure of knowing Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., the famous Baltimore numismatist who from 1925 to 1950 set about building a fine collection, eventually changing his goal to the ultimate: to obtain one of each date and mint and major type of United States coin ever struck.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

As you read these words I am putting finishing touches on my latest Whitman book, A Guide Book of Gold Quarter Eagle Coins, to be published later this year. There will be a special section on quarter eagles found in various caches as well as recovered from shipwrecks. I have photographs of coins from the  Central America and New York steamships, but am seeking others. I would like coins that are specifically pedigreed to certain finds, not generic images of similar coins.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

This quiz is excerpted from Rare Coin Review #117, published in 1997.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

My comments this week are oriented towards newcomer, not to established numismatists. It is my goal to tell what I would do if I had a coin but knew nothing about it.

How do I know what my coin is worth? This is, of course, THE basic question for many people, especially members of the general public who have found a potentially valuable coin in a drawer, safe deposit box, or elsewhere.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Using my private e-mail address, send me questions involving any aspect of American numismatics. The study of coins, tokens, medals, and paper money has occupied most of my life. Today in 2019 I enjoy writing and research as much as I ever did. There are always new things to learn and discover.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

It is difficult to give any general advice about collecting; it is a matter of taste. If one means to become a collector, and not merely a possessor, it is wisest to choose perhaps a somewhat limited field. To collect everything numismatic means to acquire much that does not interest, and therefore one often becomes discouraged. The more acquired the more one finds there is to be gotten, and the farther one seems to be from a constantly receding goal.​​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Ask collectors their reason for collecting and almost invariably they answer that it is for recreation. With the greater number this is the paramount motive, and as recreation is a necessity as well as a diversion, a collection in providing it, provides a service of no little value. But recreation is of several kinds, and compensating mental recreation is more difficult to find than that of a physical character.​​

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