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Historic text, 300+ high quality photographs. Includes the progression in the minting process, worth the cover price alone. Reproductions of Breen's "cheat sheets" which he used in cataloging rare coins for auction houses and his forth coming book (this).
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Graduate of Johns Hopkins University 1952 Phi-Beta-Capa in 10 months. Pre Med. Columbia 1956, Master of Arts U.C. Berkeley 1966. Author of over 50 novels (with Marion Zimmer-Bradely, his wife), 30+ more in coins (Encylopedia Britannica), one of the first Beat Writers. Card carrying genius, Issac Isomov called WB THE 20th centurys' renasonce man. He mastered Latin, classical Greek, French, German, Spanish & Italian. One of the great experts in baroque and medieval music. Authored books & manuscripts (some ghost)in astrology, musicology, occult, psychopharmacology, economics, sexology. His important theorys on plate tectonics (with C. Hapgood & A. Einstein) were published in the 1958 Earths Shifting Crust.Review:
Walter was to publish this work in the 1950's with Sheldon and Penny Whimsey. His involvement in other fields prohibited it. He again made the effort individually in the mid 1960's but shelved it for other and better paying projects. Writen by Vogel in 1993-4 as a complete reference to acompany and superceed the magnum opus Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. & Colonial Coins, 754 pages. This will be Breen's only surviving work on the Cent 1816-1857 ever to be published, it is in limited quantities, hurry. Valuable information on known counterfeits, used by the Denver Branch Mint employees for authentication and correspondance to the public. -- From the Publisher
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