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Marc

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iconnumber posted 01-11-2005 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi all,
As many of you know, John R. McGrew, PhD, has been working on collecting and identifying 3 and 4 part psuedo hall marks for 20+ years. He has finally published this valuable work, 176 pgs + a 28 page preface in an 8 1/2" x 11" soft cover format.. The photographs are his own, and are well done and for the most part appear on the same page as the relevant information. The preface contains "how to use" guide + a photo index.

Dr. McGrew has taken 500 psuedo hallmarks and organized them in an easy to use, orderly format; by the first letter (if they have one) and then , if there are no letters the marks are organized by item, such as "Anchor", "Arm & Hammer", "Star" (5, 6, 8, 8+ points) etc.

The best thing is he has identified the manufacturers that produced the psuedo hallmarks.

This is a must have book for anyone collecting or dealing with American coin silver.
Argyros Publications
355 Park Heights Blvd.
Hanover, PA 17331-4037

Phone # 717-632-6244

Cost is: $44.00 delivered priority mail

or in the state of PA. $46.64 delivered. (Pleaase make check payable to the author, John R. McGrew.

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Fitzhugh

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iconnumber posted 10-03-2018 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fitzhugh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if this book can still be ordered?

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 10-03-2018 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
cbc58 ordered it in August so it may still be available from the author.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 01-06-2019 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did Fitzhugh or cbc58 have success ordering this book? I think I need it myself.

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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 01-15-2019 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yes. sent $$ and book arrived in about one week. worth every penny. call for current price since shipping costs may have changed.

[This message has been edited by cbc58 (edited 01-15-2019).]

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 01-23-2019 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, cbc58. I just ordered it.

The woman I spoke to, whom I presume (without any actual evidence) to be Mrs. McGrew, told me that they'd printed an edition of 1000 copies, are down to 100-some, and don't have plans to reprint. So anyone who wants this book should probably order it soonish.

She also said Dr. McGrew is working on a book about the Basket of Flowers pattern and has identified I think she said 300 dies. I'm looking forward to that book too. She was a bit vague about when he expected it to be ready, but it sounded like it might be in the next year or two.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 01-23-2019 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Polly, Is the price still $44.00?

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 01-26-2019 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
She asked me for $46.70, which I believe was $40 for the book and $6.70 for postage, but told me the postage was going up next week, but she didn't know how much it was going up by, and if my check arrived after the postage rise she would absorb it. So if you're planning to buy it soon, you should call again to get an updated amount. I expect it will be in the $48 range. I meant to include an extra couple of dollars for the new postage, but when I wrote out my check I forgot to add them.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 01-27-2019 01:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Polly.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 01-30-2019 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My book arrived today. It's terrific! Now I have to dig out all my coin silver mysteries and see how many it solves. I have a butter knife I've been wondering about for YEARS...

Dr. McGrew included a note saying his Basket of Flowers opus is still in its preliminary stages, despite his having identified more than 100 (not 300, as I misremembered) dies. So it's something to look forward to, not something arriving imminently.

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