1878. Paperback. MICKEY, Joseph J. DATES OF UNITED STATES COINS AND THEIR DEGREES OF RARITY. (Philadelphia: Auner, 1859). Tall 8vo. Publisher's printed wrappers. (4) pag First edition. Scarce item with only six copies recorded on OCLC including American Numismat Association, Yale, Massachusetts Historical Society and Library Company of Philadelphia. Joseph J. Mickey (1799-1878), sometimes referred to as the fat of American Numismatics, published this guide which is one of the earliest, sometimes called the first, rarity scales of U.S. coins. "The following tabl has been prepared after a long experience in the collection of this particula class of Coins." Tables of gold, silver, copper, and experimental coins from the 18th century to 1858, from three cents to twenty dollars. The back wrapp prints a letter from James Ross Snowden, Director of the Mint of the United States, seeking for the Cabinet of the Mint, "if practicable, one or more cop of every medal, medallet, Coin of Token on which the head or name of Washingt appears," either by gift or purchase. "In the course of recent investigation ascertained the existence of sixty different Memorials of the above character...To accomplish which I invite the co- operation of my fellow citizens." Some staining and soiling of the wrappers, and some expertly repaired tears with no loss. Original wrappers respined. (Inventory #: 39718)
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