“Keep the Change: A Collector’s Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency”
Harley J. Spiller, Gulsen Calik, Jim Costanzo, Peggy Diggs, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, David Greg Harth, Marty Heitner, Norm Magnusson, Paul McMahon, Iris Rose, Dread Scott, Micki Watanabe Spiller, Rumiko Tsuda, Dolores Zorreguieta, FF Alumns, in new Princeton Architectural Press book, released
“It is with great happiness that I announce my first book is being released today and is now available online and wherever fine books are sold. Titled “Keep the Change: A Collector’s Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency,” the 112 page book contains stories and 48 full-color images of my collection of altered U.S. currency.” Harley Spiller
The book was created with the skillful photography of Micki Watanabe Spiller and Marty Heitner, and the art and generosity of Gulsen Calik, Jim Costanzo, Peggy Diggs, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, David Greg Harth, Marty Heitner, Norm Magnusson, Paul McMahon, Iris Rose, Dread Scott, Micki Watanabe Spiller, Rumiko Tsuda, Dolores Zorreguieta and many other FF Alumns, artists and friends.
There are two book events planned so far in NYC:
April 28th at 7 pm
The Astoria Bookshop, Queens
April 29th from 12:30-1:30 pm
The Museum of American Finance, a Smithsonian Institution, 48 Wall St.,
Harley J. Spiller began collecting money at the age of five when, home sick from school, his father tossed him a sack of pennies and a Whitman coin folder. In the five decades since, author Spiller has amassed one of America’s most extensive collections of unusual financial artifacts as well as a wealth of anecdotes and quirky historical details about U.S. currency. In Keep the Change, Spiller takes an irreverent look at our most uncommon coins and bills.
Readers learn why greenbacks are green; what happens to worn-out bills (compost is involved); how artists navigate the fine line between art and mutilation; whether it’s ever acceptable to burn money (short answer: maybe); and how coin clippers and counterfeiters through the ages have profited by manipulating money. This highly selective tour through currency legends and lore will inspire readers to look with a new sense of wonder at the bills that pass through our hands every day.
About the Author
Author Harley J. Spiller was named by Art & Antiques magazine as one of the nation’s “Top 100 Collectors”. Spiller’s collections are exhibited in museums around the world
Published: Princeton Architectural Press