Obsolete Paper Money. A Guide with Prices, by Don Kelly.
This 624 page book is a long-awaited replacement for the long out of print Haxby four volume United States Obsolete Banknotes, 1782-1866. The new book made its debut at the International Paper Money Show in Kansas City on June 8, 2018 and sold briskly.
The 8½ x 11 inch volume uses a three-column format to illustrate in color nearly every note listed. It is arranged in alphabetical order by state and contains state issues followed by those of banks, merchants, and municipalities.
Each section begins with a listing of issuing entities arranged by city. It also has a section on the 72 regular issues of the Confederate States of America, in which retail valuations are given for both “raw” and “slabbed” notes, and one on the notes of the Kingdom and Republic of Hawaii. Most prices listed are for notes in very good and very fine conditions. Where appropriate for the issue, a third grade is added. Notes that exist as proofs are so priced. Remainders, or notes that were not issued, are priced in very fine and new. The book concludes with a two page bibliography.
Kelly's focus is on notes that he considers “readily available, relatively inexpensive, and often inspiring.” He also includes a sample of the rarest notes. As far as the notes most frequently encountered in the market place go, the book is virtually complete, and a sorely needed addition to the body of work on the subject.
Obsolete Paper Money is offered with a choice of two bindings – paperback for $80 and spiral-bound for $90.