THE U.S. MINT AND COINAGE

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The U. S. Mint And Coinage


The One Hundred Greatest Items Of United States Numismatic Literature Rank: Number 12



Clain-Stefanelli 12546. Davis 1050.

The U.S. Mint and Coinage stands alone in the hall of American numismatic literature, viewing numismatic science through a prism found nowhere else. It cares not a whit for the worth of a coin, and even less about the dealers and collectors who pursue them. Instead, Taxay views the corpus of the mint through a unique, multi-faceted perspective – of artistry, technology, and economic history. While Vermeule concentrated on numismatic art and Carothers on economic history, Taxay went further, and the result is the standard account of evolving technology within the U.S. Mint, explaining not only what the Mint did, but why and how it did it. The entire presentation is immersed in a profound understanding of the archival literature, with extensive quotes and citations of original documents. No less than the Chief Engraver of the Mint endorsed Taxay’s tome, noting that “all of us who share an interest in our nation’s coinage, from its faltering beginnings up to the present, are indebted to Don Taxay.”

First Edition

Image courtesy of Wayne K. Homren Numismatic Library.

TAXAY, Don. THE U.S. MINT AND COINAGE: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY FROM 1776 TO THE PRESENT.
New York: Arco Publishing Company, Inc., 1966
xii, 400, (4) pages; illustrated
Octavo
Hardbound: Green cloth, lettered in black, silver embossing, dust jacket


Durst Reprint

Image courtesy of Steve Shupe Numismatic Library.

TAXAY, Don. THE U.S. MINT AND COINAGE: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY FROM 1776 TO THE PRESENT.
New York: Durst, 1983
400 pages, illustrated
Octavo
Hardbound: Maroon leatherette, lettered in gilt