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Lavishly illustrated in full color, A Guide Book of Shield and Liberty Head Nickels features enlargements for important overdates and other varieties, plus actual-size photographs of every coin in the Shield and Liberty Head series. These popular coins are given the famous Bowers treatment: insightful study, lots of fascinating historical background, and good storytelling. Certified and field populations, historical and current market values, and auction records add to the book’s reference value. The chapter on five-cent pattern pieces, with brand-new research from experts in the field, is alone worth the “price of admission”! Four special illustrated galleries round out the text with a rollicking ride through the history of America’s favorite coin-from nickelodeons to “a good five-cent cigar”; from ice cream cones at Coney Island to silent movies “Down at the Bijou Dream.” Full color throughout; illustrated; 288 pages. Softcover. By Q. David Bowers; foreword by Bill Fivaz.
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By Richard Snow, Foreword by Tom DeLorey & Introduction by Q. David Bowers. Flying Eagle and Indian Head cents, minted from 1856 to 1909, were once the most popular, most widely circulated, most plentiful coins in everyday American life. Just about every kid had a pocketful of "Indian pennies," and older folks used them as well. Several of them could buy a newspaper, or candy, or a streetcar ride. Drop a cent into the slot, turn the crank, and you would be dazzled by an automobile racing around a track, or a boxing match, or a vaudeville show. Indian Head cents were anywhere and everywhere.

Now, in the fully updated 2nd edition of A guide book of Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents, Rick Snow examines these beautiful coins by date, mintage, production, survivability, collecting challenges, and variety. His research is bolstred by the usual high-quality Bowers Series treatment: an engaging overview of the series by the "dean of American numismatics." Q. David Bowers; high-quality photographs in full color; market values in multiple grades, including Red, Red/Brown, and Brown Mint States; certified population data; and a wealth of background information. 288 Pages, Softcover, 6x9 inches, Full Color.
$19.95
The Guide Book of Washington and State Quarters—the most recent addition to Whitman’s Bowers Series of numismatic books—is an in-depth study of our nation’s most popular modern coin. It features the colorful historical research that readers expect from Q. David Bowers (the “dean of American numismatics”), including a biography of America’s first president, the early years of the quarter dollar, and the history of the Washington quarter series starting in 1932. Bowers shares secrets of being a smart buyer in today’s market. He analyzes each coin, date by date, from 1932 to 1998, and focuses a comprehensive section on each state quarter from 1999 to date. Certified and field populations, historical and current market values, and auction records add to the book’s reference value. Full color throughout; illustrated; 288 pages. Trade paperback. By Q. David Bowers; foreword by California state quarter designer Garrett Burke. Softcover
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This is the eighth entry in Whitman's Bower Series of numismatic titles. Lavishly illustrated in full color, the Guide Book of Buffalo and Jefferson Nickels features high-resolution enlargements for important overdates and other varieties. These popular coins are given the famous Bowers treatment: insightful study, plenty of fascinating historical background, and good storytelling. Certified and surviving field populations, and historical and current market prices add to the book's reference value. Appendices cover error coins, pattern Buffalo nickels, and the chronology of the nickel five-cent piece. Full color throughout; illustrated; indexed. Softcover. 288 Pages
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Generations of coin collectors have grown up with the Lincoln cent. Now, as the coin nears its 100th anniversary (and the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth), Q. David Bowers provides a detailed study of this great American classic—our longest-running coin series.The book includes history, grading, varieties, a thorough market analysis for each date and mintmark, and a special appendix on error coins. Bowers even gives a sneak preview of what the U.S. Mint has in store with a 2009 redesign.304 pages. Full color. 6 x 9. Softcover. Foreword by Charles Daughtrey.
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Q. David Bowers, Foreword by Donn Pearlman. Q. David Bowers brings history to life by connecting America's commemorative coinage to the people, places, and events they honored, and to the artists, promoters, and politicians who brought them from raw concept to finished coin. A Guide Book of United States Commemorative Coins explains how to build a collection of commemoratives, determining authenticity, analyzing strike and eye appeal, being a smart buyer, realities of the marketplace, comparative rarities, full details, certification, establishing fair market prices, and more. 288 pages; full-color; Softcover.
$19.95
Since the 1700's, Americans have used tokens and medals to encourage business, lampoon politicians, celebrate special events, pay fares, promote social causes, award the deserving, and scold the wicked. In the Guide Book of United States Tokens and Medals, award-winning author Katherine Jaeger explores these fascinating and collectible pieces of American history, from colonial times to today. Thousands of full-color illustrations, market values, and a grading guide add to the book's reference value. Essential reading for every coin collector and American history buff! Featuring images from the American Numismatic Society's Collection. By Katherine Jaeger, foreword by Q. David Bowers. 304 Pages, Full Color. Softcover
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Pre-Order Now. Ships November 1, 2010. By Q. David Bowers, with foreword by David Akers. An updated, revised new edition of this popular entry in Whitman's Bowers Series. This full-color reference includes a chronicle of the nation's smallest gold coin; an inside look at mints and the minting process; discussion of Proofs; advice on collecting gold dollars; tips on how to be a smart buyer; full-color illustrations; a coin-by-coin study of Type I, Type II, and Type III gold dollars, with valuations and population data; an appendix of auction prices; a selected bibliography; and more --- all written in an engaging and informative style. If you collect gold coins, you need a copy of this book. Full Color, 6x9 Format, Softcover, Fully Indexed, 288 Pages.
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The U.S. silver dollar issued from 1921 through 1935 was a coin that commemorated the end of the most traumatic war in human history. In the Guide Book of Peace Dollars, second edition, award-winning author Roger W. Burdette explores these fascinating and collectible coins, covering every date and mintmark of America’s last 90% silver dollar. He also studies the mysterious 1964-D Peace dollar, as well as Proofs, patterns, trial pieces, errors and misstrikes, countermarks, die varieties, and famous collections. Burdette explores the origins and history of the Peace dollar (including the American Numismatic Association’s involvement), early designs and casts, the coin’s production process, ways to collect, preservation, the market effect of hoards and meltings, and unusual examples. Other features include a coin-by-coin analysis with market values and certified population data, biographies of key participants in the Peace dollar’s story, a Van Allen–Mallis cross-reference, a glossary, a bibliography, and more.
$19.95
By Frank J. Colletti, Forwords by Kenneth Bressett and Q. David Bowers.

The Guide Book of the Official Red Book of United States Coins offers a history of coin price guides, leading up to the best-selling numismatic reference of all time: the legendary "Red Book." Longtime collector Frank J. Colletti explores the foundation laid by R.S. Yeoman, and then studies each Red Book issued since 1946. Regular editions, special editions, authorized editions, and errors are all examined in detail. Colletti tells what to look for and how to build and care for a collection of Red Books. He discusses Red Book - related medals and other collectibles. Kenneth Bressett, Q. David Bowers, and other numismatists offer their personal recollections of the famous coin reference guide that has sold more than 22 million copies. 304 Pages, Full Color, 6x9, Softcover.
$18.95

A Guide Book of Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars is the 15th entry in Whitman's bestselling Bowers Series of numismatic reference books. Franklin and Kennedy half dollars are affordable favorites of collectors. Lavishly illustrated in full color, this book features high-resolution enlargements for important overdates and other varieties. Mintages, specifications, market values in multiple grades (including Full Bell Lines for Franklin halves), inside information on set registries, and buying tips add to the book's importance as a standard reference. The new updated and revised 2nd edition will deepen your appreciation and make you a smarter buyer of these popular coins. Full Color, 288 pages, Softcover, and only $19.95
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Civil War tokens are tangible reminders of this country's history. These small, cent-sized tokens served as emergency "money" during the small-change shortage of 1862-1865. Today they are highly collectible, and A Guide Book of Civil War Tokens elevates the collecting and study of these once-shunned imitation cents to a new level of scholarship and accessibility. Novice and experienced collectors alike, as well as history buffs and everyone interested in the Civil War, will find this volume a fascinating and indispensable reference.

  • A wealth of information not in print in any other single source
  • Detailed historical background
  • Valuations
  • How to collect Civil War tokens and store cards
  • Nearly every known die illustrated and described
  • All known issuers discussed
  • Technical information
  • Legendary rarities
  • More than 2,000 full-color photos
  • 448 pages
  • Written by Q. David Bowers
  • Foreword by Fred L. Reed
  • Reminiscence by Dr. George Fuld
$24.95

Q. David Bowers’s best-selling and award-winning Guide Book of Civil War Tokens has been updated and expanded (32 additional pages) in a new second edition. It includes recent research findings, more illustrations, and updated pricing in multiple grades. Also new in the second edition: chapters on sutler tokens and encased postage stamps. Civil War tokens are tangible reminders of American history. These small, cent-sized tokens served as emergency “money” during the small-change shortage of 1862 to 1865. Today they are highly collectible, and A Guide Book of Civil War Tokens elevates the collecting and study of these once-shunned imitation cents to a new level of scholarship and accessibility. Novice and experienced collectors alike, as well as history buffs and everyone interested in the Civil War, will find this volume a fascinating and indispensable reference. Inside, you’ll find a wealth of information not in print in any other single source
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Volume #16 in the Bowers Series. 480 pages, softcover, full color, 6 x 9 inches.
$39.95

Privately minted “Hard Times” tokens are tangible reminders of a turbulent period in America. Their political and commercial motifs are diverse, reflecting the economic and social scene of the pre–Civil War era of Andrew Jackson (the 1830s and 1840s). Numismatists find them fascinating to collect and study. Although there are major rarities in the series, most of the issues are very affordable. Novice and experienced collectors alike, as well as history buffs and everyone interested in the Jackson era, will find this volume an indispensable reference. Inside, you’ll find a wealth of information not in print in any other single source. Q. David Bowers includes recent research findings, hundreds of high-resolution images, and current market pricing in multiple grades. He expertly covers the history of these fascinating collectibles, and catalogs them with detailed information for sellers, buyers, historians, and researchers.

            Hard Times tokens have been featured in the “Red Book” since 1946. Now, collectors finally have an expanded, full-color catalog to these remarkable pieces of American history.

            320 pages, full color, softcover. Richly illustrated with more than 800 images. 

“Groundbreaking. . . . beyond the scope and depth of anything previously published.

. . . a clear, complete, verified, carefully focused, and well-photographed listing of these

important pieces.”

                                                                         —from the foreword by Robert A. Schuman

$29.95
“There is no substitute for knowledge when you buy coins,” writes legendary coin dealer and award-winning author Q. David Bowers in the introduction to Collecting Rare Coins for Pleasure and Profit.

Now, in this outstanding new book, Bowers—the “Dean of American Numismatics”—shares 50-plus years of valuable and unique insider’s knowledge of the rare-coin market. Who is this book intended for? The educated reader with an interest in collecting rare coins: someone who wants to get started, and just needs some pointers in the right direction. With Bowers’s engaging, informative style, it’s like sitting down with an old friend—he makes the learning enjoyable; is happy to share stories, experiences, and real-world examples; and gives you his inside-track opinions straight up. Bowers starts with an overview of coin collecting and investing from the early days to today. “The past is very interesting,” he says, “and you will benefit from learning about price trends and market cycles—information that is not easily available elsewhere.” Then he discusses how you can be a smart buyer. In nine chapters, you will gain very useful insights on how to maximize your return when you buy rare coins, and to have a good time while doing it.144 Pages, Softcover, Full Color, Richly Illustrated.
$9.95
Pleasure and Profit: 100 Lessons for Building and Selling a Collection of Rare Coins
Longtime collector Robert W. Shippee dissects how, twenty years ago, he got serious about building a collection of rare coins, gradually and carefully assembled the Waccabuc Collection, and later sold its half cents through double eagles. He tells the story "warts and all" --- from creating a grand vision to the emotional rush of live auctions, the learning process, successful purchases, as well as duds and costly mistakes. Learn how he assembled and eventually sold his collection of 150 copper, nickel, silver, and gold coins for $1.5 million at public auction. The story includes Shippee's observations on acquisition strategies, storage choices, and disposition options, supplemented with commentary on grading services, auction houses, famous dealers, numismatic personalities, market valuations, and --- with candor that's rare these days --- his laid-bare financial results. His insight is humorous, wise and unflinching --- uniquely valuable for today's collector and investor. Q. David Bowers calls Pleasure and Profit “One of the most useful books in American numismatics,” and says “It will change your buying strategies.”
320 Pages, Full Color, Paperback
$9.95

Cash In Your Coins is for anyone who's inherited a collection (or hoard) of old coins. How rare are they? What are they worth? Should you sell? Where do you even begin?

Your guide on this journey is Beth Deisher, an award-winning journalist and retired editor of Coin World, the hobby's premier news weekly. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience helping people understand and collect coins and paper currency, Deisher shows you how to identify what you own, how to create an inventory, how to pick out extra-valuable coins, how to value a large estate, "talking the talk" when you go to sell, the effect of the "fiscal cliff" and recent estate- and tax-related legislation, and other important and valuable lessons.

Every coin collector should keep a copy of this book with their collection, to help their loved ones make smart decisions when the time comes to sell. 288 pages, softcover, full color.

 "With Beth Deisher's guidance you'll avoid costly mistakes and make decisions about your coins with more confidence."

-Q. David Bowers, the "Dean of American Numismatics"

 Contents: "Can You Answer This Question?"  ∙  Preparing to Look at Your Coins  ∙  The Basics of Coin Identification  ∙  The Adventure Begins  ∙  Identifying U.S. Coins  ∙  Uncirculated and Proof Sets  ∙  Identifying U.S. Paper Money  ∙  If It's Not a U.S. Coin  ∙  Creating an Inventory  ∙  Determining Value  ∙  Independent Appraisals  ∙  Talking the Talk  ∙  Finding a Buyer.  Also:  Bullion value charts for silver and gold coins  ∙  Recommended reading  ∙  A convenient index.  With: Hundreds of full-color images  ∙  Real-world examples  ∙  Step-by-step instructions  ∙  Expert advice from one of coin collecting's most trusted authorities.

$9.95
Gold and silver have skyrocketed in value in recent months. Everyone is talking about buying, selling, investing in, and collecting these precious metals—as well as platinum and palladium, two relative newcomers to the bullion field. Precious Metal teaches you how to make smart decisions when buying these commodities; how to sell without getting ripped off; the best formats of precious metal to invest in; traps and pitfalls to avoid; and much more.

CONTENTS INCLUDE: A foreword by award-winning researcher Q. David Bowers • What Is Gold, And Why Is It Valuable? • Silver: Gold’s Little Sister, Valuable In Its Own Right • Platinum and Other Precious Metals • The Recent Precious Metals Boom • Selling Your Precious Metals • Buying Precious Metals • Deal With the Experts • Avoiding Counterfeit and Altered Coins • More Resources
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This is the "Red Book" of Canadian coins, a new reference authored by expert numismatist James Haxby. It covers every Canadian and provincial coinage and token series from colonial times to the present day, plus bullion, commemoratives, varieties, errors, and others. Auction records, historical information, and many more valuable features make this book a must-have for any collector. Hardcover, 464 Pages, 6x9 inches.
$19.95

The U.S. Mint's hugely popular American Gold Eagle and American Platinum Eagle coins are collected by numismatists, stockpiled by investors, and treasured by precious-metal buyers throughout the United States and around the world.

Now, no less an authority than Edmund C. Moy-38th director of the U.S. Mint-shares his unique insight and behind-the-scenes perspective on these beautiful pieces of Americana.

To create this book, Moy has drawn on a lifetime of interest in coins and precious metals, leading up to his 2006 confirmation as director of the U.S. Mint. Under his tenure, demand for American gold bullion coins multiplied more than fivefold, from less than 330,000 ounces in 2007 to 1,800,000-plus ounces in 2009, and counting. The U.S. Mint went from a major producer to the world's largest producer of gold, silver, and platinum coins, with bullion coins accounting for the majority of the Mint's revenues.

Director Moy brings together diverse elements-technical and artistic, historical and current, market-driven and hobbyist-to make American Gold and Platinum Eagles a valuable addition to any collector's or investor's bookshelf.

$29.95
George T. Morgan was an artist - a sculptor and coin designer - in the late 1800's and early 1900's. One of his most famous works of art is instantly recognizable as an American classic: the Morgan silver dollar, minted in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Carson City, Denver, and San Francisco from the 1870's until 1921.

Today most collectors know Morgan as the father of this legendary silver coin. Specialists are familiar with his designs for commemoratives and medals, and his significant work in U.S. pattern coins.

But who exactly was George T. Morgan?

Karen M. Lee, a curator of the National Numismatic Collection housed at the National Museum of American History, finally answers that intriguing question. Introducing Morgan's never-before-published personal sketchbook, and with unique access to family photographs and documents, Lee reveals the man behind the coins.

This amazing new work, The Private Sketchbook of George T. Morgan, is an eye-opening immersion into the designer's "life of art and labor." Central to this beautifully illustrated volume are 80 pages of Morgan's personal and professional sketchbook - the entirety of the creative journal that he carried from his native England to the United States in the 1870's - which is one of the treasures of the Smithsonian's National Numismatic Collection. Morgan worked out his designs in this book not over weeks or months, not even simply for a few years, but over the course of nearly two decades. The sketchbook could easily have been lost to history over the nearly 100 years since Morgan died in 1925. Now brought to light for the first time, it shows us the creative process of one of America's unsung artistic geniuses.


Contents included:

  • a foreword by Dr. Richard Doty, senior curator of the National Numismatic Collection
  • an in-depth historical background on George Morgan's life
  • family photographs, personal letters, and documents
  • behind-the-scenes correspondence from the U.S. Mint and Britain's Royal Mint
  • analysis and interpretation of Morgan's drawings
  • never-before-published images
  • an illustrated catalog of Morgan's American numismatic works
  • an appendix of primary-source documents
$29.95
Limited Edition Autographed Copy

George T. Morgan was an artist - a sculptor and coin designer - in the late 1800's and early 1900's. One of his most famous works of art is instantly recognizable as an American classic: the Morgan silver dollar, minted in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Carson City, Denver, and San Francisco from the 1870's until 1921.

Today most collectors know Morgan as the father of this legendary silver coin. Specialists are familiar with his designs for commemoratives and medals, and his significant work in U.S. pattern coins.

But who exactly was George T. Morgan?

Karen M. Lee, a curator of the National Numismatic Collection housed at the National Museum of American History, finally answers that intriguing question. Introducing Morgan's never-before-published personal sketchbook, and with unique access to family photographs and documents, Lee reveals the man behind the coins.

This amazing new work, The Private Sketchbook of George T. Morgan, is an eye-opening immersion into the designer's "life of art and labor." Central to this beautifully illustrated volume are 80 pages of Morgan's personal and professional sketchbook - the entirety of the creative journal that he carried from his native England to the United States in the 1870's - which is one of the treasures of the Smithsonian's National Numismatic Collection. Morgan worked out his designs in this book not over weeks or months, not even simply for a few years, but over the course of nearly two decades. The sketchbook could easily have been lost to history over the nearly 100 years since Morgan died in 1925. Now brought to light for the first time, it shows us the creative process of one of America's unsung artistic geniuses.


Contents included:

  • a foreword by Dr. Richard Doty, senior curator of the National Numismatic Collection
  • an in-depth historical background on George Morgan's life
  • family photographs, personal letters, and documents
  • behind-the-scenes correspondence from the U.S. Mint and Britain's Royal Mint
  • analysis and interpretation of Morgan's drawings
  • never-before-published images
  • an illustrated catalog of Morgan's American numismatic works
  • an appendix of primary-source documents
$29.95

Money and coins are mentioned many times, and in many places, in the Bible. No fewer than 16 of the 40 parables preached by Jesus mention coins or money. To the casual reader, these might sound like abstract or symbolic references, but to numismatists, they tell stories with deep significance. Coins give us a running commentary on biblical events in a way that no other artifacts can supply.

What did the actual 30 pieces of silver-the money given to Judas for his betrayal-look like? Were they real coins, like the ones we use today? What were they worth in purchasing power? How could they possibly be compared to the value of such a precious life? What about the Widow's Mites-two tiny coins that offered a profound lesson in giving-what did they look like? Or the Tribute Penny so famously "rendered unto Caesar"? What kind of money did the Good Samaritan pay to the innkeeper? And why would a woman rejoice with her friends when she found a lost drachma?

In Money of the Bible, these and similar questions are answered by one of the most famous numismatic researchers of our time. Through Kenneth Bressett's fascinating study, we gain a better understanding of ancient customs and the truth in the words of the Bible.

$29.95
The Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins By Q. David Bowers Foreword by Kenneth Bressett

From Q. David Bowers comes a book so comprehensive and authoritative that only the “Dean of American Numismatics” could have created it! Drawing on the expertise of dozens of specialists from around the world, plus Bowers’s own vast knowledge of the subject, the Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins includes:

Chapter 1: Money in Early America

Chapter 2: Minting and Distribution

Chapter 3: Collecting Colonial Coins

Chapter 4: How to Use This Book

Chapter 5: Silver Coins of Massachusetts

Chapter 6: British Coins and Tokens for America, Early Issues

Chapter 7: American Coins and Tokens from 1783 to 1788

Chapter 8: Other Early American Pieces

Chapter 9: European Coins and Tokens for America, Later Issues

Chapter 10: Early Washington Coins and Tokens

Chapter 11: Unrelated Foreign Coins

Chapter 12: 19th Century Colonial Copies and Fantasies

Selected Bibliography

Index

This is the new definitive reference on colonial and early American coins and tokens, and related issues.

“I think we finally have something that will replace S.S. Crosby’s Early American Coins—in spades!” —George Fuld, numismatic researcher and author

“The Whitman Encyclopedia is a wonderful, and much needed, platform for encouraging the historical research of our colonial time period.” —Ray Williams, president of the Colonial Coin Collectors Club

• 352 pages • Hardcover • 8.5 x 11 inches • Full color • Illustrated with hundreds of detailed photographs • Retail $49.95
$49.95
 
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