29 Dec. 1880 - 28 Aug. 1889, by Richard Thomas Samuel (1831-93). First published in London at 170, Strand. With a concordance, compiled by Harold Welch, between numbers assigned by Samuel and the numbers assigned by Dalton & Hamer in The Provincial Coinage of the 18th Century. Published by Davissons, 1994. Red cloth with gilt-lettered spine, 220 x 280mm, many hundreds of pages. No. 28 of a limited edition of 90. Rare. Edges of pages a little dusty, otherwise virtually as new.
The publication of these fascinating notes by Richard Samuel reflects the enthusiasm and commitment of Harold Welch of St. Paul, Minnesota. He located the dusty volumes of The Bazaar, Exchange and Mart in the stacks at the University of Minnesota. (This is apparently the only complete set of this publication available in an American library.) He carefully copied all the pages with information on tokens. Then he developed the concordance between the numbers used by Samuel to designate tokens and the numbers later assigned by Dalton and Hamer in their major work on the series.
The articles by Samuel underscore the longstanding popularity of the token series among collectors. Conflict, speculation, historical context - all this is provided in his notes. For most collectors of the series, familiarity with Samuel has been via the books published by R. C. Bell on 18th and 19th Century tokens. In Appendix II of his work Commercial Coins, 1787-1804, Bell provides a brief biography of Samuel.
Full pages have been copied from The Bazaar. Many topics other than tokens are covered in these pages. Along with Samuel's work, these pages provide a fascinating view of life and collecting in late 19th century England.
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