This site serves as the main gathering location for collectors of So-Called Dollars, historical US commemorative medals. In addition to offering So-Called Dollars for sale, the site hosts discussions on dozens of So-Called Dollar topics, hundreds of photos, research articles and collector collaboration and communication.


Coin Shows

I will be setting up at the Long Beach Coin Show, corner table #852, (the same location I had at the last show) June 5-7, 2014. Bill Hyder will be with me. If you are in the area please stop by and say hi. If there is anything special you are looking for send me an email and I will try to locate it for you.

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Long Beach Convention Center
June 5 - 7 2014
300 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA
TABLE #852

I will also be setting up at the Baltimore Coin Show two weeks later, June 26-29, 2014. I haven’t set up at the Baltimore show in a few years and I am anticipating a very good show.

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Baltimore Coin & Currency
June 26 – 29 2014
1 W. Pratt St
Baltimore, MD
Table #Pending

Educational Presentations on So-Called Dollars

I am scheduled to be the guest speaker at the first California State Numismatic Association “Educational Symposium” to be held in Northern California, October 11, 2014.

Comprehensive Fixed Price List Available

Click on the links to see the latest comprehensive fixed price list of So-Called Dollars offered for sale.

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New Book

So-Called Dollars from the West Coast Expositions

We are working on our next book related to So-Called Dollars, “So-Called Dollars from the Pacific Coast Expositions". Research continues and drafts of the first few chapters are on-line for viewing. 1894 California Midwinter Exposition and 1905 Lewis & Clark.

After the incredible success of our first book “Discover the World of Charbneau So-Called Dollars” which was awarded the Numismatic Literary Guild Award for, “Best Token and Medal Book, 2012”. Bill Hyder and I are hard at work on our second book “So-Called Dollars from the Pacific Coast Expositions”. The book will cover all of the So-Called Dollars associated with Expositions held on the west coast. There are dozens of new medals not previously listed. This book is a collaborative effort and we are seeking help from the So-Called Dollar collecting community so, if you are aware of unlisted medals please share your knowledge and participate in the “Discussion page” or use the “Contact Us” page.

Below is information on how to order our award winning book: “Discover the World of Charbneau So-Called Dollars.”





Charbneau So-Called Dollar Book Released

New Book Cover

So-Called Dollar dealer, Jeff Shevlin, announced the release of his new book, Discover the World of Charbneau So-Called Dollars: An Illustrated Reference. It is the first in a series of books Shevlin plans to publish to redefine and expand the field of collecting so-called dollars.

Shevlin and his co-author, William D. Hyder, examine the history, art, and architecture of the Golden Gate International Exposition that inspired Jules Charbneau’s design for his souvenir gold dollars. They tell Jules Charbneau’s life story as well to help the collector better understand the man behind the popular medals, and they uncover his earlier entry into numismatic history when he designed the popular Alaska Gold souvenir medals struck for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909.

The heart of the book is Shevlin’s in depth analysis of the thirteen known varieties of the Charbneau dollar, each personally examined and verified by the senior author. Each variety is illustrated with exceptionally detailed photographs produced by numismatic photographer, Todd Pollack. The images, enlarged 14 times the 12mm diameter of the actual medals, allow the reader the opportunity to fully appreciate the elegance of the design and the artistry of the engraver.

Their story ends by placing the Charbneau so-called dollar within the tradition of small gold exposition souvenirs struck for Farran Zerbe and others in the early 1900s. Although they could not legally be called coins, it is clear that those who issued them marketed them as if they were coins.

Medal specialist, D. Wayne Johnson, says in his Preface for the book, “This is a delightful story about the artist, the event, and the highly collectible little numismatic items. Call them dollars, or call them medals, you are extremely fortunate if you own even one of Charbneau’s creations.”

Hardbound, 8 ½ x 11, 94 page, full color editions are $34.95. A signed and numbered collector’s leather bound edition, limited to 75 copies, is available for $95. Shipping is $4.50 per book.

To order the book click on the NEW BOOK tab above