An Unexpected Storehouse of Numismatic Information

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An Unexpected Storehouse of Numismatic Information
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Sound Currency Committee of the Reform Club. SOUND CURRENCY 1896. A COMPENDIUM OF ACCURATE AND TIMELY INFORMATION ON CURRENCY QUESTIONS INTENDED FOR WRITERS, SPEAKERS AND STUDENTS. New York, 1896. 8vo, original red cloth, gilt. xxxii, 626, (2) pages; illustrated. Rear hinge cracked; else near fine. Published semi-monthly, each number of Sound Currency contained a “special discussion of some Sound Currency question.” This volume comprises a collected edition of the best issues from 1895 and 1896. Various “discussions” are devoted to U.S. Coinage and Currency Laws, The World’s Currencies, Our Paper Currency, States as Bankers, New England Bank Currency, Canadian Bank-Note Currency, The Currency Famine of 1893, “Free Coinage” Dissected, U.S. Currency Statistics, etc. In “The Currency Famine of 1893” by John DeWitt Warner is found a discussion of Clearing House Certificates and 47 illustrations of them. In the issue on “U. S. Coinage and Currency Laws” are found sections devoted to laws relating to coinage, to government currency and to bank currency. One issue is devoted to “Coin’s Financial School” and reproduces cartoons promoting the gold standard. Several numbers devoted to state banking and paper money include state by state information and are of particular interest. A useful index provides a key to specific information. The Reform Club strongly supported the gold standard and the various issues of Sound Currency unfailingly promoted their agenda. This collected edition is scarce, if not rare, and features much useful and important numismatic information not easily obtained elsewhere.