Keep the Change: A Collector's Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency

Keep the Change: A Collector's Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency

by Harley J. Spiller

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Keep the Change: A Collector's Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency by Harley J. Spiller

Harley J. Spiller began collecting money at the age of five when, home sick from school, his father tossed him a sack of pennies and a Whitman coin folder. In the five decades since, author Spiller has amassed one of America's most extensive collections of unusual financial artifacts as well as a wealth of anecdotes and quirky historical details about U.S. currency. In Keep the Change, Spiller takes an irreverent look at our most uncommon coins and bills.

Readers learn why greenbacks are green; what happens to worn-out bills (compost is involved); how artists navigate the fine line between art and mutilation; whether it's ever acceptable to burn money (short answer: maybe); and how coin clippers and counterfeiters through the ages have profited by manipulating money. This highly selective tour through currency legends and lore will inspire readers to look with a new sense of wonder at the bills that pass through our hands every day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616892562
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 03/10/2015
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Author Harley J. Spiller was named by Art & Antiques magazine as one of the nation's "Top 100 Collectors". Spiller's collections are exhibited in museums around the world

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

1 Up Like a Bad Penny: The Irresistible Force of Copper 20

2 In Sam I Trust: US Federal Banknote Errors 26

3 Sneak Thieves: A Bit about Clipping 34

4 Fine Line: The Art of Money 38

5 Case No. 6-02848: The Law 50

6 A Hole in Your Pocket: Intentionally Burned Money 58

7 Honest Wear: The Discovery of an Anticounterfeiting Secret 64

8 Hamilton, Franklin, Biv, Juror, and Golden: Colorful Men of Money 72

9 Frogskins and Cartwheels: Nicknames for Money 82

10 Illustrated Taxonomy: and Glossary of Mutilated Money 86

Notes 103

Further Reading 108

Credits 110

Acknowledgments 111

About the Author 112

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Keep the Change: A Collector's Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating overview of the subject by a dedicated collector.