Allan Schein announces the release of his newest numismatic book,
The $2½ & $5 Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt.
Eighteen months in the writing this 415-page book contains more
than 700 images of the gold Indian coins and several hundred varieties
and anomalies never before written about. A soft-bound full-color
volume, it will be formally debuted at the American Numismatic
Association's World's Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif., in August.
The $2½ & $5 Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt is the first
comprehensive book ever written exclusively about this popular and
unique American coin series. Designed by Boston sculptor Bela Lyon
Pratt in 1908, they are the only U.S. coins ever produced with a
"sunken relief." Pratt's Indian is based upon the image of
Brulé Sioux Chief Hollow Horn Bear. The chapter describing his
identification is a fascinating and informative factual clarification
of its design, the participating characters, as well as a detailed
repudiation of other erroneous works published on the topic.
The Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt includes an extensive
biography of Pratt, his education and sculptural history. Much of it
is in his own words excerpted directly from an archive of more than
1,000 letters written by his own hand. Numerous images from the Pratt
family photo archives are presented in print here, for the first time
anyplace in more than 100 years.
contents include the most complete and up-to-date information
available, with chapters on the coins' design elements, and
comparisons of the changes made from the original plasters to the
production issues. It includes: grading the gold Indians, DATA sheets
with specifics about values, rarities, auction records, unusual
varieties and attributions, images of some of the finest examples ever
encapsulated, numerous charts, a photographic grading section and
more. Every date, Branch Mint issue and Proof coin of both
denominations is presented clearly and concisely, visually and
descriptively. This invaluable reference is designed to be a complete,
up-to-date handy guide for every collector and dealer, beginner or professional.
The $2½ & $5 Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt presents this
talented sculptor as the artistic giant he truly was until his
untimely death at the age of 49, in 1917. His tremendous talent,
sculptural innovativeness and creativity will, once better known in
numismatic circles, forever bring BLP out from under the shadow of
Saint-Gaudens to stand in his own right as an immense talent and
highly accomplished American sculptor.
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