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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.
$19.95
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
By Rick Tomaska

History • Rarity • Values • Grading • Varieties

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. A Guide Book of Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars will deepen your appreciation and make you a smarter buyer and collector of these popular U.S. coins. 304 Pages, Full-Color, Softcover, $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
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 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
The Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins - Limited Edition - Premium Cover

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 - Limited Edition • 8.5 x 11 inches • Full color • Illustrated with hundreds of detailed photographs • Retail $99.95
$99.95
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

The hugely popular American Silver Eagle coin is collected by numismatists, stockpiled by investors, and treasured by silver buyers throughout the United States and around the world. Now, no less an expert than John M. Mercanti-the designer of the coin's reverse-shares his unique insight and perspective on these beautiful pieces of Americana. To create this book, Mercanti has drawn on nearly 40 years of experience working in the U.S. Mint, start­ing in 1974 as a sculptor-engraver and culminating with his 2006 appointment as the Mint's 12th chief engraver (supervisor of design and master tooling development specialist). Mercanti and coauthor Miles Standish bring together diverse elements-technical and artistic, historical and current, market-driven and hobbyist-to make Ameri­can Silver Eagles a valuable addition to any collector's or investor's bookshelf.

This 2nd edition is expanded to include new information on the U.S. Mint's individual coins and sets of 2012 and 2013. Additional research and more photographs expand the coverage of earlier issues, as well. More historical photographs have been added to chapters 1 and 2. Certified coin populations are updated, as are the valuations seen in today's sometimes volatile marketplace. And additional images and information bring the book up to date in chapter 4 (covering the Mint's other silver, gold, and platinum issues, plus news on the Treasury's report on palladium coins).

Hardcover. 176 pages. 8.5" x 11"

$29.95

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
Learn how to grade your U.S. coins quickly and accurately. Beginners, advanced collectors, and dealers will all find the text understandable and invaluable for grading coins.
  • Every standard grade is illustrated and described in detail.
  • Every coin is studied, from half cents to gold double eagles.
  • Text descriptions of 30 levels help you pinpoint grades from poor to perfect Mint State.
  • High-resolution photographs show you exactly what to look for.
  • All 11 levels of Mint State are discussed in detail, as are proof designations.
  • A special 16-page full-color section highlights toning and other areas of interest. Spiralbound Hardcover. (Spiral $16.95)
$16.95

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
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
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
Whitman Publishing, LLC is proud to announce the release of the latest edition of one of America's most popular coin books: the Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties, Fifth Edition, Volume I. This volume covers all United States series from half cents through nickel five-cent piece. The book is a result of many years of cumulative research and finessing by the lead authors, Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton, in cooperation with many collectors, scholars, dealers, and others in the numismatic community. It presents information unavailable in any other single source. By Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton, foreword by Q. David Bowers. Spiralbound Hardcover.
$39.95

Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties, 5th edition, volume II.
The award-winning Cherrypickers’ Guide has been expanded and updated in the 5th edition, volume II, covering half dimes through modern dollars, gold dollars through double eagles, and classic commemoratives. A brand-new chapter explores modern silver, gold, and platinum bullion-coin varieties. Under the direction of editor Ken Potter (working with authors Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton), dozens of new varieties have been added across all denominations. Photographs have been upgraded, and more have been added. Retail prices and auction results have been studied coin-by-coin in conjunction with a panel of hobby experts and specialists, providing accurate market values. Coin descriptions have been fine-tuned. Rarities, interest levels, and other important market factors have been updated. The Cherrypickers’ Guide is a treasure map for how to examine a collection of otherwise normal coins, looking for unusual characteristics: doubled and tripled dies, overdates, repunched mintmarks, and other features that can reveal a “common” coin to be a rare and valuable variety. Spiralbound hardcover, 512 pages, illustrated.
$39.95
“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
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
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
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 is an up-to-date, comprehensive guide that explains everything a new collector needs to know. You will learn about getting started in the hobby, mint marks, varieties, and what makes a coin valuable. It also contains information on how to care for your collection, grading, where to find valuable coins and how to identify counterfeit and altered coins. Kenneth Bressett. Softcover
$11.95
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
This convenient book is perfect for keeping track of your coin collection. It covers U.S. half cents through gold coins (1790s to date), classic and modern commemoratives, Proof and Mint sets, Puerto Rican and Philippine coins, bullion, medals, and tokens --- as well as Canadian coins from the 1850s to date. Its 6 x 9–inch size packs a lot of information into a handy resource that you can carry in your pocket or bag, or store in your safe deposit box. Take it to coin shows and shops while you’re on the hunt for your next numismatic acquisition. Check each box as you add a coin to your collection or upgrade to a better specimen. You’ll also find plenty of room to write notes on when and where you bought various coins, their grading, prices, and any other information you want to record. Don’t lose track of your collection—stay on top with the, copyright 2012Check List and Record Book of United States and Canadian Coins.
$9.95
 
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