Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by cplradar, Oct 15, 2021.
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Aren't worth the paper they're printed on with all the false things in them. Plenty of other places to get better information from someone that wasn't a convicted child molester.
That doesn't mean that there aren't errors in his books. I believe some of these errors have been mentioned in older threads. I'm not into the types of varieties that he researched and documented.
"Walter Breen was married to celebrated science-fiction writer Marion Zimmer Bradley. They have two children, Patrick and Moira, both musicians. Walter Breen passed away on April 28, 1993, from cancer."
"In addition to his employment with First Coinvestors, Inc., where he was an officer for many years, Breen was an active member of the science fiction fan community for much of his life. He wrote for fanzines, and took over editorship of the fanzine Fanac from Terry Carr and Ron Ellik."
I bought coins from First Coinvestors while I was in graduate school. First time I have ever seen them mentioned.
There are most definitely errors in his books. But I got news for ya - there are errors, mistakes, bad information in most books, regardless of who wrote them.
But that doesn't mean the books are bad or that everything in them is bad information. The vast majority of the info in Breen's books, and everybody else's books, is good information, accurate information.
I think I'm starting to understand you better.
At the same time he did some great work for the hobby. It's well known that he would give his opinion as if it was fact. His ENCYCLOPEDIA OF U.S. AND COLONIAL COINS was a great work and still is, with over 4000 images and 754 pages.
Most of the mistakes I have found in the book had to do with how rare a coin was. He would call something very rare but years later it was shown to be wrong. I still see the book as a valuable book in my library.
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