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The Breen Encyclopedia

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The Breen Encyclopedia
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Breen, Walter. WALTER BREEN'S COMPLETE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF U.S. AND COLONIAL COINS. New York: FCI/Doubleday, 1988. 4to, original black cloth. xiv, 754 pages; illustrated. Jacket a bit worn; near fine. Margo Russell's copy, with her bookplate. Probably the greatest single attempt to discuss all U.S. coinage, including colonial and private coinages, in a single volume. While some have focused on the text's occasional errors and the volume's production problems, it would be tough to name another reference work that includes so much solid information. Voted No. 1 on the Numismatic Bibliomania Society's "One Hundred Greatest Items of United States Numismatic Literature."