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    The American Bond Detector and Complete History of All the United States Government Securities Under the Sanctions of The Treasury Department Washington D.C. (Laban Heath) 1869.
    A definite rarity in American numismatics, the book receives further description of its contents on the title page continuing with, "and containing superb illustrations in genuine tints, printed at the Treasury Department, from the original dies in the possession of the government of all the bonds issued under the acts of Congress from July 17, 1861 to March 3, 1868, together with a full description of all genuine plates and complete rules for the detection of counterfeits; also, valuable plates of existing coins, and important statistical tables." Eric Newman's research confirmed the author as being Laban Heath. Nineteen plates depict genuine bonds or their elements, two depict the face and verso of a counterfeit $1,000 bond of 1862, while the last depicts Internal Revenue stamps. The coin plates consist of five showing American colonial, state, and federal issues and four illustrating then current coins of Europe and South America. Many of the silver coins that are pictured exhibit toning due to the paper. This tome is not graded, but it is in nice condition. All plates are present including their tissue guards. A new spine has been expertly laid on and a few pages do have small edge tears. There is a small bookseller's bookplate on the inside front cover and penned on the next page is "Rare" and a price from very, very long ago. In summary, it is certainly a great example of this important numismatic book. Treasury skullduggery concerning the publication of this book can be found in Eric Newman's excellent article, "Heath's Counterfeit Detectors: An Extraordinarily Successful Comedy of Errors" that is found within The American Numismatic Association Anthology copyright 1991.
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