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The updated and expanded second edition of Beth Deisher's best-selling Cash In Your Coins is a book 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?

The expanded 2nd edition has 16 more pages than the 1st edition, with updated case studies, a new chapter on taxes, and more.

Your guide on this journey is author 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.

Just as important, Cash In Your Coins gives peace of mind to today’s coin collectors, who can keep a copy of the book with their collection and then rest assured that their heirs will benefit from Deisher's expert advice.

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 ∙ Taxes ∙ 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.

304 pages, 6 x 9 inches, full color, softcover, $9.95
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A Chronicle of American Numismatic History. By Richard Doty, foreword by Q. David Bowers.

When you learn about the money of the United States of America, you learn the story of how our nation came to be...and catch a glimpse of where it's headed. This is a book for everyone who loves the drama, romance, and exciting twists and turns of American history - from the preEuropean days of beaver-pelt money to today's world of gold bullion and Presidential dollars. (Includes many photographs from the Smithsonian's National Numismatic Collection.) Illustrated, 224 Pages. Hardcover.
$26.95
The 272-page Check List and Record Book of United States and Canadian Coins is a convenient way to keep track of your coin collection. Its 6 x 9–inch size packs a large amount of information into a handy resource that you can carry in a pocket or bag, or store in a safe deposit box. Collectors take the book to coin shows and shops while they’re on the hunt for new numismatic acquisitions. Check each box as you add a coin to your collection or upgrade to a better specimen. The book also has room to write notes on when and where various coins were bought, their grades, pricing, and any other information you want to record.

The Check List and Record Book features actual-size illustrations of each coin type, complete mintage records for circulation-strike and Proof coins, and coin-by-coin listings of every date and mint. The coins covered include U.S. half cents through gold double eagles, 1790s to date; classic and modern commemorative coins; government-issued commemorative sets; Proof sets and Mint sets; Canadian coins from the 1850s to date; and silver, gold, and platinum bullion coins. There are sections to keep track of collections of Hard Times tokens; Civil War tokens; other tokens and medals; Hawaiian coins; Puerto Rican coins; coins struck for the Philippines under U.S. sovereignty; misstrikes and error coins; and American Arts gold medallions. The Canadian chapters cover large cents; small cents; five-cent pieces; silver and modern coins; commemorative issues; dollar coins; and bullion pieces.

“Keeping an accurate inventory of your coins is one of the most important things you can do as a collector,” says Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. “Not only does it help you organize and build a better collection, it can also be useful for tax and insurance purposes, and as a valuable record for your children and grandchildren to learn about your collection.”

This Check List and Record Book covers coins and coin sets up through 2015, with extra space to keep track of later coins.

$9.95

In the best-selling Grading Coins by Photographs, Q. David Bowers has crafted a unique combination of step-by-step grading instructions for every federal coinage series from half cents to double eagles, plus information on the history and importance of grading; expert grading techniques; understanding the surfaces of coins; and smart grading and buying. His insightful text is combined with enlarged high-resolution color photographs for each grade, plus Proofs. The updated 2nd edition includes new photographs and fresh insight on today’s grading standards.

384 pages, 6 x 9 inches, Spiralbound softcover, Illustrated in full color, Copyright 2012 $19.95
$19.95

Now, for the first time, in full color! The updated and revised seventh edition of this comprehensive guide spells out the official American Numismatic Association grading standards for each United States coinage series. Every coin minted since 1793, from half cents to gold double eagles to commemoratives, is studied in 384 pages of easy-to-follow text and photographs.

• Convenient spiralbound hardcover binding.
• Every standard grade is illustrated and described in detail.
• Text descriptions of 30 levels pinpoint grades from Poor to Mint State.
• High-resolution photographs illustrate exactly what to look for.
• All eleven Mint State levels are discussed in detail.
• Now in full color, from cover to cover.
• The only grading guide sponsored and endorsed by the American Numismatic Association.

The Official American Numismatic Association Grading Standards for United States Coins, seventh edition, is an indispensable aid to properly grading U.S. coins—the very foundation of smart buying, selling, and collecting.

$19.95
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
By Fred Reed with Foreword by Q. David Bowers.

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Nearly 150 years after his death, Abraham Lincoln consistently ranks at or near the top of every poll of America’s best, most admired, or most popular president ever. In 2009, for Lincoln’s 200th birthday, Whitman Publishing debuted Fred Reed’s outstanding work, Abraham Lincoln: The Image of His Greatness. Beautifully illustrated in full color, with hundreds of private and public images, Reed explored the popular depiction of Lincoln as “ideal, idol, and icon.” He showed the martyred president on coins, tokens, medals, postage stamps, and paper money—and also in oil paintings, magazine covers, popular advertisements, political cartoons, and other diverse media.

This groundbreaking book won three national awards and was distributed in bookstores across the country. Now, in 2012, comes the follow-up—Abraham Lincoln: Beyond the American Icon. Bigger, with more pages, and even more images (1,400-plus), plus more award-winning analysis and commentary. This new book promises to be another best-seller and newsmaker!

Hardcover, 8.5x11, Full Color, 464 pages

$29.95
By Fred L. Reed III. Nearly 150 years after his death, Abraham Lincoln consistently ranks at or near the top of every poll of America's best, most admired, or most popular president ever. This year marks the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. His name and image will continuously be in the public spotlight for most of the next decade. The U.S. Mint will issue four new Lincoln cent designs in 2009. A yearlong celebration has been organized and supported by the congressionally established Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. In the midst of all the excitement and commemoration debuts Fred Reed's outstanding new work, Abraham Lincoln: The Image of His Greatness. Beautifully illustrated in full color, with hundreds of private and public images, Reed's book explores the popular depiction of Lincoln as "ideal, idol, and icon." The martyred president is seen on coins, tokens, medals, postage stamps, and paper money - and also in oil paintings, magazine covers, popular advertisements, political cartoons, and other diverse media. Hardcover, 8.5 x 11 inches, Full Color, 288 Pages.
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By Eric P. Newman and Kenneth Bressett. The Tribute Edition includes a faithful reproduction of the original printing of The Fantastic 1804 Dollar. Added to this groundbreaking work are 64 pages in full color, expanding the subject with research from "The Fantastic 1804 Dollar: 25th Anniversary Follow-Up" (also by Newman and Bressett), along with more recent research by Q. David Bowers and other famous numismatists, and an updated registry of known examples. Beautiful full-page plates and colorful illustrations enliven this new section. The 1804 dollar continues to make headlines today, as it has for decades. This commemorative book will be eagerly sought by collectors. 208 Pages (including 64 in color), Hardcover, 6"x9".
$19.95
The 1947 first edition of R.S. Yeoman's Guide Book of United States Coins totaled 18,000 copies - a small quantity by today's standards. The "Red Book" quickly grew into the world's most popular numismatic reference, and one of the best-selling nonfiction books of all time. The 1947 Tribute Edition is an exact recreation of the first Red Book. Every page is exactly as it appeared back then: every word, every photograph, every coin value. It's like opening a time capsule of numismatic history. At the back of the book you'll find a full-color section comparing coin collecting of 1947 with the hobby of today. Hardbound; 288 pages.
$17.95
Starting in 2010 and running through the year 2021, we Americans are enjoying an exciting new coinage program—one that honors national parks and sites in each of the fifty states, plus our five territories and the District of Columbia. These new quarter dollars follow the popular state and territorial quarters of 1999–2009, which introduced millions of Americans to the joys of coin collecting. Now, in this new book by Aaron J. McKeon, you’ll marvel at awe-inspiring panoramic photographs and stories about each site honored in the new coin series. You’ll also learn about the quarters themselves—how their designs are chosen, how they go from sketch to final layout, a gallery of the program’s first coins, and more. “Many people who would not have looked twice at their pocket change will become interested in coin collecting because of this U.S. Mint program,” writes McKeon. “They will be hooked by the history, artistry, culture, and friendships that the hobby offers.” Hardcover, 144 pages, 8.5 x 11, full color. By Aaron J. McKeon; foreword by Kenneth Bressett.
$19.95
Numismatic Art in America - Aesthetics of the United States Coinage, by Cornelius Vermeule.
The coinage of the United States has no modern rival in aesthetic richness. Our numismatic heritage includes such masterpieces as the primitively beautiful coins of the struggling young republic, the dignified Neoclassic designs that dominated the 19th century, magnificent medals by the leading sculptors of the early 1900s, and remarkable commemorative coins of yesterday and today. By exploring America's numismatic art, Cornelius Vermeule offers new understanding of the shaping of the nation, and brings new respect to our least understood art form. Hardcover, 320 pages, More than 400 full-color illustrations.
$29.95
By J. Hewitt Judd, M.D., edited by Q. David Bowers. Pattern Coins: rare, mysterious, and beautiful. These seldom-seen experimental pieces illustrate the trials, struggles, and backstage intrigue that preceeded many of the U.S. Mint's regular-issue coins. Q. David Bowers offers a fascinating inside look at the history, rarity, and market values of America's rarest coins. Hardcover, Full Color, 352 Pages. Hardcover.
$39.95
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
President Theodore Roosevelt called the project his “pet crime.” In truth it was one of his greatest gifts to America. In 1905 Roosevelt challenged the brilliant and famous sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens: The United States is the best nation on Earth, but its coins are atrociously hideous. Why can we not produce coinage as beautiful as that of the ancient Greeks?
Striking Change offers a fresh new look at the life of Saint-Gaudens—the man and the artist —and the remarkable partnership he forged with Theodore Roosevelt to reinvigorate the country’s numismatic art. Author Michael Moran explores Saint-Gaudens’s coin designs in the context of his monumental sculptures and American culture of the time. Through first-person accounts, behind-the-scenes conversations, and explosive public drama, we come to know the larger-than-life personalities involved in this renaissance of fine art. Striking Change illuminates the politics, the genius, the struggles, and ultimately the triumph of an extraordinary American journey. Size 6" x 9", Hardcover with dustjacket. Fully Illustrated. 480 pages, including 32 in full color.
$24.95
Frank H. Stewart is both the hero and the villain in this remarkable tale ripped from the headlines of early 20th-century Philadelphia. He was a high-school dropout who wrote the definitive history of our nation’s first coin factory. He was no art connoisseur, and yet he commissioned unforgettable paintings of the first U.S. Mint, by famous artists. A poor boy made good, Stewart bought the old Mint, labored to preserve it, and failed in the most dramatic way possible. Could his later acts of commemoration redeem his failures in preservation? The Secret History of the First U.S. Mint tells, for the first time, the full story of the paradoxical Frank H. Stewart and his self-appointed life’s mission to celebrate an irreplaceable slice of our nation’s heritage. It is a tour-de-force work of scholarship that sets straight longmisunderstood Mint history. This groundbreaking new book by award-winning authors Joel Orosz and Leonard Augsburger is filled with dozens of sketches, paintings, and photographs of the first Mint that have been preserved in archival collections for decades, and have not been seen by living numismatists until now. 336 Pages, Full Color, Hardcover.
$24.95
This hardcover book is a comprehensive insider's look at not only rare coins, but also tokens, medals, and paper money. At 34 chapters and nearly 700 pages, it covers everything from grading to determining values to techniques of smart auction bidding.
More than 1,300 photographs and illustrations, both black and white and in full-color galleries, complement the text, showing the people, places, and coins described. Bowers' engaging case studies, strategies, and insider tips make the book an invaluable "how to" for today's marketplace. Chapters are devoted to copper, nickel, silver, and gold coins; dynamics of the coin market; fads, trends, cycles, and predictions; conserving and protecting your collection; how to be a smart seller; and more. Hardcover.
$29.95
This book is a comprehensive insider's look at not only rare coins, but also tokens, medals, and paper money. At 34 chapters and nearly 700 pages, it covers everything from grading to determining values to techniques of smart auction bidding.
More than 1,300 photographs and illustrations, both black and white and in full-color galleries, complement the text, showing the people, places, and coins described. Bowers' engaging case studies, strategies, and insider tips make the book an invaluable "how to" for today's marketplace. Chapters are devoted to copper, nickel, silver, and gold coins; dynamics of the coin market; fads, trends, cycles, and predictions; conserving and protecting your collection; how to be a smart seller; and more. Paperback
$19.95

The American bison, popularly nicknamed the buffalo, is a part of our national history, romance, lore, and legend. In their day bison roamed the plains by the millions. These large and impressive animals, the icons of the American West, were popular subjects of prints, stories, and melodrama. The exploits of Buffalo Bill in the Wild West captivated generations of the young and old alike in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Heavy hunting decimated their populations, though, and before long the American bison was nearly extinct. Today the bison is cherished, and government and other entities have set aside preserves for their use. The danger of extinction has passed. Buffalo Coins: America's Favorite is the story, still continuing, of these wondrous animals.

  • 160 Pages
  • Paperback
  • 6" X 9"
$14.95
“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
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
$9.95
Now in its fifth edition, Coins: Questions and Answers provides detailed answers to hundreds of the most commonly asked questions about the world of money, giving readers a feel for the historical significance of coins - and covering challenging, interesting subjects that have puzzled collectors for decades. Filled with hundreds of photographs, the book answers questions about U.S. coins and paper money; Canadian, Mexican, and other world coins; tokens and medals; error coins; Confederate money; commemorative coins; collecting and investing; gold, silver, copper, nickel, and more. Softcover, 353 pages. Extensively illustrated. By Clifford Mishler.
$9.95
 
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