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Inscribed "KEEP THE CHANGE: A Collectors Tales of Lucky Pennies..."

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Estimated Value
$20 USD
$45 USD to Vonnie
Number of Bids
6  -  Bid History

Item Description

Win a first edition, book by Harley J. Spiller who 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 ofanecdotes 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. Harley J. Spiller was named by Art & Antiques magazine as one of the nation's "Top 100 Collectors" Illustrated with forty-eight color images of items in the author's archives, including bills with printing errors, artists' money, and a "neutron irradiated" souvenir dime from an atomic energy exhibit for children at the 1964--65 World's Fair. Includes entertaining and comprehensive catalogs of slang terms for money and of the myriad of methods for transforming cash, from bar tricks to folding to rubber stamping to shrinking, silk-screening, and puncturing to make jewelry. Harley J. Spiller's collections are exhibited in museums around the world

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Harley Spillers