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    Thian's Currency of the Confederate States
    E.B. Sterling & Hiram Deats's Annotated Copy

    Thian, Raphael P. The Currency of the Confederate States, Arranged by Issues, Denominations, and Series. Washington, 1884 (changed in ink to 1885). 8vo, somewhat later maroon calf; spine ruled and lettered in gilt. (2), 20, (36) pages; seven ink corrections on page 13, as usually seen. Annotated throughout in multiple hands. Signed by E.B. Sterling on the title page; bookplate of Hiram Deats. Spine sunned; a few pages with trimming slightly affecting annotations. Fine.

    Rare and important. This copy is especially notable for having belonged to two important early collectors of Confederate paper money, who were also very active in philatelic circles: Edward Boker Sterling (1851-1925) and Hiram Edmund Deats (1870-1963). Annotations in more than one hand are found on every page of the text of this volume (the album pages are neither annotated, nor were they ever used as an album). The volume develops a numbering "scheme for a complete collection of specimens of the currency of the Confederate States, arranged in chronological order of the several issues, and indicating series, serial letters, etc." A wonderful and well-preserved copy of an important work. Estimate $1,200.
    Ex: E.B. Sterling; H.E. Deats.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


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

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