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
—from the foreword by Robert A. Schuman
The Guide Book of Mercury Dimes, Standing Liberty Quarters, and Liberty Walking Half Dollars gives you instructions on how to grade your collection, tips on smart buying, current retail values, and a thorough analysis of each date and mintmark. Lavishly illustrated in full color, the book features high-resolution enlargements for important overdates and other die varieties. Mintages, specifications, certified population data, and other details add to the book’s importance as a standard reference. Colorful essays set the coins in the context of the time period.
This Guide Book will deepen your appreciation and make you a smarter buyer and collector of these beautiful and historic American coins.
320 pages, softcover, color, 6 x 9 inches.
Bowers provides a wealth of information on each issue: mintages, existing populations, grading standards, values, auction records, keys to collecting, and more. Historical background sets the coins in the broader context of American life from the 1790s through the 1850s. Hundreds of full-color images, careful analysis, and Bowers’s engaging style make this book a treat for anyone interested in our nation’s early history.
576 pages, softcover, color, 6 x 9 inches.
In this colorfully illustrated book, the workhorses of late-19th and early-20th-century American commerce are given the famous Q. David Bowers treatment: insightful study, rich historical background, and detailed data analysis. Bowers—the “Dean of American Numismatics” and the most published numismatic author of all time—lays out everything you need to know to be a smart collector: how to evaluate quality, determine value, understand the market, and make good purchases. You’ll learn the backstage goings-on that led to the coins’ creation, why they barely made a splash when first issued, and why they weren’t mourned when they passed into history. In recent years the scene has changed—Barber’s silver coinage is among the more popular of U.S. series, with many enthusiastic collectors and students.
Bowers provides a wealth of information on each issue: mintages, existing populations, grading standards, values, auction records, keys to collecting, and more. Historical background sets the coins in the broader context of American life from the 1890s through the mid-teens. Hundreds of full-color images, thoughtful study, and Bowers’s engaging narrative make this book a treat for anyone interested in our nation’s Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
• 384 pages
• Full Color
• 6 x 9 inches
More than 700 queens, princesses, empresses, actresses, political and religious leaders, goddesses, and other women were up for consideration. They were voted on and ranked by members of Women in Numismatics to determine the 100 Greatest Women on Coins.
The 100 Greatest Women on Coins include real women such as Cleopatra, Martha Washington, and Elena Aladova; goddesses such as Athena, Demeter, and Nike; allegorical women (who represent an idea or nationality) such as Miss Liberty, Mother Earth, and Britannia; and women in art, such as La Pietà and Auguste Renoir’s Girls at the Piano. Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on billions of coins during her reign. Queen Victoria was featured on copper, silver, and gold coins throughout her 64-year rule, the longest of any British monarch. These real women are joined by mythical women like Angels; monstrous women like Medusa; caretakers like Mother Teresa and Florence Nightingale; women from art and fiction, like Heidi and Anne of Green Gables; famous Americans like Dolley Madison and Marilyn Monroe; and other royals like Princess Diana and Queen Nefertiti.
“100 Greatest Women on Coins is a celebration of the hundreds of women who have appeared on coins from ancient times to the present,” says author Ron Guth. “This is a book about mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, empresses, queens, ballerinas, athletes, goddesses, regents, allegorical figures, and the many forms in which women have appeared on coins. It’s the story of women who have made important contributions to history, politics, the arts, the sciences, and myriad other fields.”
The coins on which the 100 Greatest Women appear include valuable gold and silver pieces, unusual commemoratives, and super-rarities, as well as more common pieces that you can find in your pocket change.
The book includes a foreword by Charmy Harker, president of Women in Numismatics and a noted coin dealer, who calls it “a fascinating look into the important role women have played throughout numismatic history and throughout history in general.”
• 128 pages
• Coffee-table format
Every story inside this book is true.
Tales of treasure from sunken ships, bank vaults and reserves, hidden compartments, buried chests and boxes, vintage safes, hiding places of pirates and privateers, old cornerstones, barrels and casks, Mint and Treasury storage, wrecked buildings, caves and crevices, ancient estates, dusty time capsules, forgotten collections, attics and basements, and other lost and hidden places.
Join Q. David Bowers, one of America’s master storytellers, as he shines light on the most astounding, dramatic, unusual, and daydream-inspiring American coin hoards and treasures. Old colonial coins. Hefty silver dollars. Boxes of gleaming gold. Bundles of antique currency. Many treasures have already been found; many others are waiting for you to find them….
• 480 pages
• 8.5 x 11 inches
• 600+ color images
Now, award-winning author Dennis Tucker shares years of research and unique perspective in a colorful exploration of these amazing pieces of Americana. He takes you behind the scenes at the U.S. Treasury, into the engraving department of the U.S. Mint and the chambers of Congress, even to the White House, where questions about the nation’s precious metals have been argued for generations.
Inside you’ll find a richly illustrated history of silver and gold in the coinage of colonial America and the United States. You’ll see why silver and gold were difficult for the average American to acquire through most of our history. Learn about the American Arts gold medallion program of the early 1980s, and the U.S. Mint’s recent American Buffalo, First Spouse, and America the Beautiful bullion programs. Bicentennial gold medals, the 2014 gold Kennedy half dollar, 1916–2016 centennial gold coins, silver Wildlife Refuge Service medals, the 9/11 national medal, and other important modern productions all are cataloged and described inside.
Along the way Tucker shines light on a thousand people, places, and points in American history: military heroes and famous artists, awe-inspiring landmarks, fearless innovators, dreamers and doers.
Q. David Bowers calls it “Exciting, informative, and in the annals of numismatic research unique. This book will serve permanently as the source for facts on the U.S. Mint’s modern gold and silver coins and medals.”
American Gold and Silver is a fascinating trip across our national landscape, and a valuable addition to any collector’s or investor’s bookshelf.
• 384 pages
• 8.5 x 11 inches
• Richly Illustrated
Foreword by Q. David Bowers
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.
“The arrival of Colonel Mason’s oyster can full of gold in Washington would change everything in the United States,” Moran writes. “It would fuel a rapid industrialization across the Northern states with a supporting rail system. It would leave few institutions untouched, least of all the United States Mint at Philadelphia, which would be shaken to its very foundation and only just barely survive.”
With hundreds of full-color images, some not seen in print for generations; an engaging narrative that sheds new light and draws fresh new conclusions; rich details on the colorful personalities involved and their interactions; and an inventory of the Smithsonian's gold holdings, this book is a treasure for the coin collector, the gold investor, and everyone interested in the fascinating history of the United States.
“A fascinating account of the trying period of the California Gold Rush and its effect on the United States. 1849: The Philadelphia Mint Strikes Gold comes with our highest recommendation. We were genuinely impressed with the depth of the research ... written in the style of numismatic history at its best.” — Richard G. Kelly & Nancy Oliver, numismatic historians
• 352 Pages
• Full Color
• 8.5 x 11 inches
This handy book tells you how to “cherrypick”—that is, how to examine a collection of coins to locate those with unusual characteristics: doubled and tripled dies, overdates, repunched mintmarks, and other features that can reveal a supposedly common coin to be a rare and valuable variety.
Few books have taken the coin-collecting community by storm like the Cherrypickers’ Guide. Since the first edition burst onto the scene in 1990, thousands of hobbyists have been searching for the rare and valuable die varieties described inside.
448 pages, 6 x 9 inches
Reviewed in COINS Magazine, April 2016 issue, page 15, by Mike Thorne, Ph.D.
“The fact that the Cherrypickers’ Guide is entering its sixth edition should tell you something about the value of the information it contains. As a former textbook writer, I can tell you that books with little demand don’t make it to a sixth edition.”
“With knowledge of what to look for, the Cherrypickers’ Guide will give you the information that will allow you to cherrypick dealers’ stock.”
“Obviously, this is an extremely important work that I can see going into further editions.”
“Coin collecting during retirement poses specialized challenges and opportunities,” Bilotta says. He explores these issues in depth and guides his readers toward building their enjoyment of the hobby while preparing their collections for later allocation to their heirs.
“Retirement is a time to adopt new collecting strategies, often to consolidate and focus, to define new goals,” Bilotta says. “Retired collectors might dabble in selling parts of their collections, or even jump into that pursuit with both feet.” For some retirees, this is a time to budget and scale back on hobbies, while still staying active. Others find themselves with more money and more time to devote to collecting. “Importantly,” Bilotta says, “it’s also a time to educate your family, and prepare your collection for the future.”
In addition to addressing active collectors, he gives valuable hands-on advice to inheritors on how to manage the disposition of rare coins and other collectibles.
• 256 pages
• Full Color
• 6 x 9 inches