American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society



A page of Breen's notes from the collection

Walter H. Breen papers, 1949-1992
1.7 cubic feet (5 boxes)

Biographical note
Walter H. Breen (1930?-1993) was the author of numerous numismatic works, including Proof Coins Struck by the United States Mint, 1817-1921 (1953), Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents (1984), and Walter Breen’s Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins (1988).

Collection
Contains correspondence and typed and handwritten notes (1949-1952) on topics such as large cents, half cents, pieces de caprice, trial pieces for the 1792 U.S. cent, struck copies of American colonial coins, auction sales, and silver coins. Includes some original artwork and sketches (1952), photographs of coins, notes written on the back of a flyer from CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) with the title “Don’t Buy at Woolworth,” and a letter and poems sent to Armand Champa (1992). Also present are works by Breen such as an original typescript of The Billon Sous Marques of Canada (undated), an unpublished typescript of U.S. Cents, 1816-1857: A Supplement (circa 1953), an unpublished annotated typescript of a book on U.S. dimes (circa 1960), an original typescript of Massachusetts Silver: A Tentative Checklist (circa 1962), a copy of a typescript of Major Varieties of U.S. Gold Dollars, Including Die State: A Complete Revision (1970s), a copy of a privately distributed “half cent book manuscript” (1980s), a bound photocopy of a typescript with corrections of Breen’s book on half cents (1984), and what is purportedly the first copy off the press of Walter Breen’s Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins, which is inscribed to Mark Auerbach (1988).

Access to portions may be restricted.

Archival Collections