The history behind The Coin and Currency Institute Inc. and the coin albums it produced are captured in numismatic researcher and author David W. Lange’s newly published reference, Coin Collecting Albums – A Complete History & Catalog Volume Two: The Library of Coins and the Treasury of Coins.
Lange is director of research for Numismatic Guaranty Corp. in Sarasota, Fla.
The 144-page, 8.75-inch by 11.25-inch hardcover book provides not only detailed catalogs and photos of the Library of Coins and Treasury of Coins album lines, but also an extensive history of The Coin and Currency Institute’s founder, Robert Friedberg.
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A noted publisher of numismatic references, The Coin and Currency Institute counts among its titles Paper Money of the United States, Gold Coins of the World, So-Called Dollars, and British Coins of the World.
Friedberg was one of the original founders of the Professional Numismatists Guild in 1955. He had entrenched himself in the coin business beginning in 1931 with Capitol Coin Company.
He also worked behind the scenes in another coin venture. Although not mentioned by name in any ads for the coin concessions at Gimbel’s department stores, beginning in 1947 Friedberg was the primary coin buyer for Jacques Minkus, whose Minkus Stamp Company supplied Gimbel’s and other venues with their hobby inventories.
Friedberg eventually branched out into numismatic writing and publishing, including authoring a coin guide book.
Furthermore, Friedberg was instrumental in the sale of the Albert A. Grinnell paper money collection, which took seven sales between 1943 and 1947 to disperse.
1953 witnessed the debut edition of Friedberg’s Paper Money of the United States, which continues to be published today by his sons, Arthur and Ira Friedberg.