Numismatic researcher Mark Ferguson has announced an April 24th presentation at the Central States Numismatic Society, where he plans to announce new findings he has uncovered while studying the famed "King of Coins", the 1804 dollar. The event will take place at 6:00pm and will kick off the release of Ferguson's new book, The Dollar of 1804 - The U.S. Mint's Hidden Secret. According to Ferguson, the new findings will dispel age-old myths about the 1804 Dollar, “The King of American Coins,” by exhibiting new evidence from the 1880s and earlier, some signed.
In a conversation with CoinWeek, Ferguson, said that his book, which has been several years in the making, chronicles the true story of the Dexter 1804 Dollar, revealing newly discovered facts, not only about the Dexter Dollar, but about other 1804 Dollars as well. The author's investigative journey into the origins of the famed coins began in 1989, after Ferguson acquired a 19th century work of art, commissioned by James Vila Dexter in commemoration of the 1804 dollar he purchased in 1885, for what was a record price at the time. 100 years later, the Dexter dollar set another world record, becoming the first coin to sell at public auction for $1 million.
In connection to the book's release, Ferguson has published limited edition prints of J. V. Dexter’s 1887 artwork, and SilverTowne has produced silver replicas of the 1804 Dollar, which have been encapsulated by NGC.
The book release presentation will take place at the Central States Numismatic Society convention at 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 24th in room “Nirvana C.” A question and answer session and book signing will follow Ferguson’s presentation.
Those in attendance who register will be entered into a drawing for a package consisting of a limited edition print of James V. Dexter’s 1887 work of art, an autographed copy of the new book, The Dollar of 1804 – The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret, an 1804 Dollar silver replica encapsulated by NGC, and other bonuses. Interested persons who are unable to attend may register online at www.1804Dollar.com for a drawing of an autographed book and an NGC encapsulated replica of the 1804 Dollar valued at $99.00. Ferguson will also be signing books at the CSNS book signing table at noon on Friday and Saturday.