"Past Tense: History through the Lens of American Coinage" - by author Rod Gillis
"Past Tense: History through the Lens of American Coinage" - by author Rod Gillis
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"Past Tense: History through the Lens of American Coinage" - by author Rod Gillis

Softcover (112 pages), from the American Numismatic Association, brand new.

Coin collectors and history buffs alike are sure to enjoy Past Tense, an entertaining, large-format book of author Rod Gillis’ colorful “Past Tense” monthly column, which appeared in The Numismatist magazine from July 2011 through March 2020.

The beautifully rendered, 112-page softcover volume provides snapshots in time – beginning with Continental Currency in 1776 and concluding with the Westward Journey nickel in 2004. In addition to sharing obscure information about select coinage, each page includes fascinating historical information from that year. “Past Tense is a wonderful example of how coins help illustrate history and how history provides context to coin collecting,” says Doug Mudd, curator of the American Numismatic Association’s Money Museum.

With a foreword by Kenneth E. Bressettt, editor emeritus of A Guide Book of United States Coins (the ubiquitous “Red Book”), Past Tense presents Gillis’ columns chronologically by subject date and alphabetically by denomination. A coin index at the back of the book helps readers quickly find their favorite denomination.

About the author

ROD GILLIS is the Education Director at American Numismatic Association. 



A note regarding shipping: Your book will probably be shipped via Media Mail. USPS regulations for Media Mail restrict any correspondence, so while I'd normally include a note of thanks, doing so, in this case, would violate USPS regulations.