Boston: Sylvester S. Crosby, 1875. Folio. 381 pp. (Directions to the binder and Contents misbound between pp. 322 and 323). FIRST EDITION. With 10 full-page heliotype plates (actually 11, as Plate II is duplicated), 2 folding facsimile pages, errata and list of subscribers. Full morocco, spine in compartments with title and author is gilt, aeg; most tissue guards present, and despite some minor browning, an excellent copy. Item #17001
First edition of the most important early work on American numismatics ever written. Crosby spent years researching the material and ultimately published the work himself. Focusing on the coinage of individual states and territories, Crosby begins with the Sommer Islands off Bermuda (originally claimed by the Virginia Company in their grant until sold in 1612) and further includes Virginia, the silver and copper currency of Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, the Fugios, and South Carolina. There is even mention of Canadian coinage. Of particular interest is the chapter dealing with early patterns of the United States mint.