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Educational Presentations on So-Called Dollars

February 22 is the first of several educational presentations I will be giving. Saturday at 3:30 pm at the Old San Francisco mint coin show I will be giving a presentation on the new book by Bill Hyder and myself titled “So-Called Dollars from the Pacific Coast Expositions”. The talk Saturday will focus on the 1894 California Midwinter Exposition. Friday March 21st Bill and I will be guest speakers at the WESTS (Western States Token Society) banquet at 6:00 pm. I will also be set up at the WESTS show March 21-23rd, it is held at the Clarion Hotel at Business 80 and Arden Way in Sacramento. Sunday March 30th for the Vallejo Numismatic Society’s 60th Anniversary Celebration luncheon banquet at 12:30 pm, I will be their guest speaker. It will be held at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Please come and join in on the fun!

Comprehensive Fixed Price List Available

Click on So-Called Dollar Price List #7 to see the latest comprehensive fixed price list of So-Called Dollars and New Purchases 1-25-2014.

If you are not receiving my fixed price lists and would like to, go to the “Contact Us” page and provide your email address. You can view each new purchases fixed price list in the “Articles” page. I have also added about 30 So-Called Dollars to my “For Sale” page. They have photos, please check them out.

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NEW BOOK – So-Called Dollars from the West Coast Expositions

I just uploaded a new version of the chapter 1894 California Midwinter Exposition for our new book “So-Called Dollars from the Pacific Coast Expositions”. The chapter for the Lewis and Clark exposition can be viewed by clicking this link 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