You are cordially invited to my free program at the New York Public Library’s Mott Haven branch in The Bronx!
What a pleasure it was to be interviewed on St. Louis Public Radio with legendary reporter Don Marsh
While purchasing supplies at the 99¢ store today, 2/1/15, I noticed some pretty beat-up coins in the take-a-penny/leave-a-penny cup. Some were as green as the Statue of Liberty so I gathered them up and asked if I could buy them for face value. The ordinarily reserved cashier was surprised anyone wanted the messed up 15¢.
“I like old coins,” I said.
Unsatisfied, she queried harder: “Why do you like them?”
“I’ll show you next time I’m in,” I said, playing inscrutable.
But she looked so disappointed I conceded, “Because they look ancient.”
She smiled, paused, and offered “I’ll save them for you.”
Cheered by her kindness, I added “I think you’ll like it when I come back next time and show you why.”
When she handed over the change from my purchase she held up 1 nickel and said “This one looks old too.”
I can’t wait to share the advance author’s copy of my first book with her. And you!
KEEP THE CHANGE: A Collector’s Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency is coming this April.
Published by Princeton Architectural Press, it contains 48 full-color professional photographs and plenty of stories explaining my passion for collecting distressed money. You can learn more about it at these 3 links:
KEEP THE CHANGE: A Collector’s Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency
They say to have a thoroughly fulfilling life, a person should own a home, have a child and write a book. I’m not so sure about that, but we have child and a home and that vaunted goal is nigh.
In April of this year, Princeton Architectural Press will publish my 1st book! Here’s a link where you can “look inside” the book, and below that is information on the first scheduled reading. There will be more so please stay posted. Thank you.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
MUSEUM OF AMERICAN FINANCE
48 Wall Street | New York, NY 10005
Tel: 212.908.4110 | Fax: 212.908.4601
Harley J. Spiller – the Museum’s own “Inspector Collector” – began collecting money at age five when, home sick from school, his father tossed him a sack of pennies and a Whitman coin folder. In the five decades since, 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 US currency. He says, “I see my collection as a cache that cannot be counted in standard ways. It’s not about money; it’s about what can be learned from money.”
In Keep the Change (Princeton Architectural Press April 2015), Spiller explains why greenbacks are green, what happens to worn-out bills, how artists navigate the fine line between art and mutilation and whether it’s ever acceptable to burn 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 their hands every day.
Talk will be followed by Q&A and book signing. $5 tickets include Museum admission. Museum members and students are admitted free. Feel free to bring your lunch.