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    The Roger Cohen Archives
    A Unique Record of Half Cent Collecting

    Cohen, Jr., Roger S. Numismatic Archives Pertaining to United States Half Cents. Seven boxes of Cohen's personal archives, including manuscripts, typescripts, and other pre-publication materials for both editions of Cohen's American Half Cents, voluminous correspondence with other half cent specialists, collection inventories, research papers, annotated catalogues and other printed materials, photographs, invoices for both coins and books, business documents regarding the printing and distribution of his books, and other matter concerning the study and collecting of U.S. half cents.

    Roger S. Cohen, Jr. (1927-1990) was an accountant by vocation and a numismatist by avocation, whose focus became the study of the United States half cents, a series he felt had lived for too long in the shadow of their "big sisters," the long-studied and much-beloved large cents. Unsatisfied with the existing works on the subject and impatient with the slow progress being made by others in the field, he determined to write his own guide to the series, publishing the first edition of American Half Cents: The "Little Half Sisters" in 1971. The book was well-received, and a second edition was published a decade later in 1981. Cohen wrote that his book was "aimed at the person who has been collecting for a number of years and has an interest in coins but needs to get into something else other than date collecting or the filling the holes in the album routine..." (letter to Paul Munson, July 12, 1971). Writing and maintaining the book became the focus of his numismatic activities, with him acknowledging that it was "one hell of a lot more work than I ever dreamed."

    The archive includes important pre-publication materials for both editions of his book, including: original manuscripts; edited and clean typescripts; various drafts and mock-ups of individual chapters; worksheets on the condition census for proof coins; photographs of the plate coins used in both editions (as well as some that were rejected for use), with some identified by owner; notes on specific collections; unbound printed signatures; paste-ups including photographs; a copy of the first edition (erroneously bound upside down) that has been extensively annotated in anticipation of the revised edition; lists of presentation copies; marketing materials; invoices for orders and inventory records; sales tax records; printer and binder invoices; book party invitations; reviews; copyright information; and much else.

    Other subjects covered in the archives include Cohen's lecture on original and restrike half cents given at the Coinage of Americas Conference; his own fixed price lists offering duplicates from his collection; his work on revising the half cent section of A Guide Book of United States Coins; provenance research, particularly for varieties rated R-6 or higher; the half cents in the "Col." E.H.R. Green collection; the Anderson-Dupont sales; and Cohen's May 1982 talk at the New York Numismatic Club. Also included are a number of auction catalogues and fixed price lists, many of which have been annotated by Cohen. Firms and individuals present (sometimes in photocopy) include: William K. Raymond, S.H. Chapman, Stack's, Numismatic Gallery, Bowers & Merena, New Netherlands Coin Company, Wayte Raymond, Henry Chapman, Abe Kosoff, Superior Galleries, William Doyle Galleries, Coin Galleries, Kagin's, J.J. Teaparty, and others.

    Perhaps the most significant material here present is Cohen's personal correspondence with other half cent specialists. This correspondence comprises a unique view of the half cent collecting fraternity in the second half of the 20th century. Cohen retained much of his received correspondence and kept carbon copies of many of his outgoing letters and responses. Correspondents include: John W. Adams, Bill Bareford, Henry Bergos, Mike Berton, Jack Beymer, Willard Blaisdell, Del Bland, Walter Breen, Ray Chatham, Ron Guth, J.H. Cline, Stephen Cunningham, William Easley, Harry Edelman, George Ewing, Bob and Cindy Grellman, John Griffee, Ricky Gross, Jon Hanson, Robert P. Hilt, R.W. Julian, Warren Lapp, Wallace Lee, Denis Loring, Bill Luebke, Jim McGuigan, Harold McQuaid, Ray Munde, Paul Munson, Bill Noyes, Mike Packard, Darwin Palmer, Richard Picker, Andrew Pollack, Dick Punchard, Bill Raymond, Lanny Reinhardt, Jules Reiver, Jeff Rock, Roy Rouch, P. Scott Rubin, Robert Schonwalter, Bob Shalowitz, William Sheldon, Craig Sholley, Herb Silberman, Pete Smith, Warren Smith, William R.T. Smith, Norman Stack, Terry Stahurski, R. Tettenhorst, Don Valenziano, Bill Weber, Rod Widok, Ray Wilkinson, John Wright, Gordon Wrubel, and Bob Yuell, among many others.

    The material is generally well-preserved and in good order. A unique opportunity.
    Estimate $5,000.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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