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‘So-Called Dollars’ Book Details Expositions

Available from authors Jeff Shevlin and Bill Hyder is the book, So-Called Dollars from the Pacific Coast Expositions.

The work was named 2019 Best Specialized Book of the Year by the Numismatic Literary Guild.

So-Called Dollars are medals struck to commemorate events in United States history.

Q. David Bowers, in his preface for the book, states, “With its captivating narrative, color pictures, and other details you will have an ‘I am here’ experience when reading about the expositions… I suspect this will be a dangerous book to own – for it might compel you to collect so-called dollars.”

So-Called Dollars are a hot area in numismatics. Since coin shows and so many other events have been canceled due to the coronavirus, now is the perfect time to pick up a good book and learn about the great International Expositions that helped develop our country. This is a storybook about the eight expositions that were held on the Pacific Coast and the fascinating medals struck there. 

The 300-page hardbound book is 8-1/2 by 11 inches. Full-color editions cost $59.95.

A signed and numbered collector’s leather-bound edition with a medal encased in the cover that was struck from the original dies engraved by George Morgan for the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, limited to 100 copies, is available for $149.95.

Shipping is $4.50 per book.

Published in conjunction with the book is the So-Called Dollar Collectors Pocket Price Guide, which has photos of every medal, the compositions they were struck in, rarity information and values in five different grades. It is available for $19.95.

Orders can be placed online at The book is also available on eBay or by contacting Shevlin by email at or by phone at (916) 955-2569.