At a local flea market I found and bought three of the first issues
of Coin World. In addition to Vol. 1, issues No. 0 and 1, the
seller had issue No. 7. All of these once belonged to charter
subscriber No. 52.
What do you think?
John A. Zieman Jr. / via email
On occasion, readers share their discovery of charter issues with us.
Coin World was founded as a weekly publication in 1960 by J.
Oliver Amos, a publishing professional from the third generation of
Amos took his experiences in producing The Sidney Daily News
to the coin field, applying what he learned from printing Linn’s
Stamp News. In 1960, the concept of a weekly coin publication
On the 25th anniversary of Coin World in 1985, Amos related
that he saw “all the opportunities which could be developed from a
weekly presentation — club meetings all over the country,
personalities, and many other ideas that we had learned in publishing
The Sidney Daily News as a community newspaper.”
With the help of James F. Kelly of Dayton, Ohio, the idea to include
a weekly “Trends” column reflecting the changes in coin values was
formed. Kelly was hired to be the inaugural Coin World Trends
editor and D. Wayne Johnson of Shawnee Mission, Kan., was tapped to be
the inaugural editor-in-chief.
The Sample Edition (Vol. 1 No. 0) was printed in March 1960, and its
eight pages were designed to show potential subscribers and
advertisers the look of the new publication. The first official issue
was dated April 21, 1960. Within a year, more than 53,000 paid
subscribers were receiving the publication.
Coin World has of course changed over time since then, and is
no longer printed from newsprint like it was for so long. It is now a
full-color, magazine-size publication, with a monthly edition, weekly
issues, and of course a website where breaking hobby news is reported.
There are no records of charter subscribers, and so we cannot
ascertain the name of that original subscriber.