The International Paper Money Show in Memphis, Tenn., will be the
site for the release on June 12 of the first two volumes of a planned
multivolume encyclopedia on obsolete paper money.
The first volume of the Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper
Money: An Introduction for Collectors and Historians by Q. David
Bowers is a 288-page overview of the hobby and a focused discussion of
The second volume is a 752-page reference discussing obsolete notes
issued by banks in Connecticut, Maine, and New Hampshire. This second
reference is the first of what Whitman said will be three volumes on
New England states.
Future volumes will cover the Mid-Atlantic states, the American
Midwest, the South Atlantic states, the District of Columbia, and territories.
The books will be available for $39.95 each after June 12 from
www.whitman.com, and from booksellers and hobby shops
nationwide and online.
The books can also be borrowed for free as a benefit of membership
in the American Numismatic Association through the Dwight N. Manley
Numismatic Library. Visit the ANA’s website, www.money.org, for
more information about borrowing books.
The books examine obsolete notes issued from 1782 to 1866 by more
than 3,000 state-chartered banks. Source material includes 18th and
19th century bank reports, contemporary newspapers, and other primary sources.
Bowers “gives the history of every state, every town and city, and
every bank that issued this uniquely American currency,” according to
Whitman in discussing Volume 1. Thousands of these notes are printed
in full color along with information on grading, rarity, and values;
significant auction results; and advice for collectors, historians,
and researchers alike.