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Posted 05/22/2020   10:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add canyoneer to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello Everyone,

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good book on US Proofs? I have read through the section on proofs in the Scott US Specialized but it is very general in nature. Looking for something with more detail. Curious how these were sold to the general public, how they were promoted, and collector reception. Also would be interesting to see any documentation on Bureau decisions on when and how to release them.

I am an APS member so perhaps there is one that I could check out from their library. Thanks!
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Posted 05/23/2020   12:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is a treasure trove of info:

https://www.uspcs.org/resource-cent...er-archives/
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Posted 05/23/2020   08:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chipg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Jim Lee may be the preeminent dealer of essays and proofs and he has a number of books on proofs and essays listed on his website:
http://jameslee.com/books.htm

When you're done on that page, wander around his site for lots of info.
If you're interested in proofs, you should be on the list to receive his newsletter and offers.
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Posted 05/23/2020   08:28 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"Card Proofs of the 19th Century" By fellow SCFer Greg Waldecker is here http://stampsmarter.com/proof/cardproofs1.html
"Roosevelt Proofs" By fellow SCfer Richard Segal is here http://www.stampsmarter.com/proof/Home_proofs.html
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Posted 05/23/2020   12:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Also back issues of the essay-proof journal.

Are those online somewhere?
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Posted 05/23/2020   12:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Your question has a complicated answer.

Proof quantities and distributions differ significantly by era. Many of the early proofs have multiple posthumous reprintings for exhibitions, etc. The USPOD and the Bureau (and prior to that, the Bank note companies) did distributions, depending on the era, issue, etc.

Do you have a specific series/era in mind? As you can see, there is considerable literature available.
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Posted 05/23/2020   5:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Also back issues of the essay-proof journal.

Are those online somewhere?


Yes, on the Newman Numismatic Portal:
https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/publi...etail/517957
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Posted 05/25/2020   12:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add canyoneer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you all for some great references! I've been scouring (and devouring this info) over the past couple days. I especially enjoy reading the Brazer Archives.

I basically got into proofs when, because of limited budget, wanted examples of 19th century US classics. Prices of proofs were within range and you get "proof-life" engraving impressions (couldn't resist the pun). I especially like the 153P3 and 76P4's below. I have a 153 used but, as with most real used examples, the purple is washed out and cannon/rifles detail is very faded ... the proof is crystal clear.


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