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The Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money is a multiple-volume study of currency issued by American banks from 1782 to 1866, before the modern era of National Banks and the Federal Reserve. Volume 5 is the fourth and final volume on New England, covering the states of Rhode Island and Vermont.

The “Dean of American Numismatics,” Q. David Bowers, has compiled decades of research from 18th- and 19th-century bank reports, contemporary newspapers, and other primary sources to create these books.

He gives the history of 104 Rhode Island and Vermont towns and cities, as well as of the 267 banks in those towns that issued this uniquely American currency. 5,044 individual notes are studied, and hundreds are pictured in full color, with information on grading, rarity, values, significant auction results, advice for collectors, and more. The Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money is a monumental work. Essential for collectors, it is equally valuable for American historians. Volume 5 is an immersion in the life of New England and our nation from the Revolution to the Civil War.

“Destined to become a landmark event in the unfolding history of U.S. paper-money collecting. These works should be on the shelves of our institutions of higher education and in historical societies of all the states covered.” — Fred Reed, editor, Paper Money Magazine

“Bowers has clearly fallen head over heels for the allure of obsolete notes. Though the banks that issued them are long gone, the notes themselves help trace the roots of goods and services provided to Americans in the 1700s and 1800s. With the Whitman Encyclopedia , collectors can enjoy the designs and history contained in these pieces of paper.” — Michele Orzano, senior editor, Coin World

544 pages. 1,300+ images. Hardcover, 8.5 x 11 inches. Printed in full color. Covering 104 towns and cities, 267 banks, and 5,044 individual notes. By Q. David Bowers. State editor: C. John Ferreri. Foreword by Michele Orzano.

Inside volume 5: How to use this book ● The obsolete bank notes of Rhode Island and Vermont, including Proofs, remainders, and uncut sheets, and counterfeit, spurious, and altered notes ● Glossary ● Bibliography ● Detailed index

$69.95
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
Volume #19 in Whitman’s best-selling Bowers Series covers two of the earliest U.S. coin denominations: half cents and large cents. These classic copper coins were made from 1793 (the year after the Philadelphia Mint was founded) into the late 1850s (shortly before the Civil War started). In this colorfully illustrated book, America’s popular early coppers 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 prolific numismatic author of all time—tells you everything you need to know to be a smart collector: how to evaluate quality, determine value, understand the market, and make good buys. Along the way, he explains why, in all of American coinage, half cents and large cents possess a special charm. You’ll learn how the history of the developing nation shaped the coins’ designs and production, and the effects of the War of 1812 and other national events on their coinage.

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.

$39.95
"Step inside. You won't believe your eyes…."

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

• Hardcover

• 600+ color images

$39.95
The final book in Whitman Publishing's trilogy of the bullion programs of the United States, this volume covers the American Arts gold bullion medallions, American Buffalo 24-karat gold bullion coins, First Spouse gold bullion coins, 2009 Ultra High Relief double eagle, five-ounce America the Beautiful silver bullion coins, 1993 Benjamin Franklin silver medal, 2003 National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial silver medals, and 2011 September 11th national medal, as well as the Mint's proposed palladium coinage program. Illustrated histories and detailed coin-by-coin studies are enhanced by certified-coin populations, values in multiple grades, commentary on today's market, and other features.

• 320 pages

• 8.5 x 11 inches

$29.95
Volume #20 in Whitman’s best-selling Bowers Series covers three classic U.S. coin denominations: the dimes, quarters, and half dollars designed by Charles E. Barber, chief engraver of the U.S. Mint. These classic silver coins were first made in 1892, and their production lasted to the eve of America’s entry into World War I.

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

• Softcover

• Full Color

• 6 x 9 inches

$29.95
Tom Bilotta is an experienced numismatist and writer, and has been a publisher of coin-collecting software for more than 20 years. In this new book he brings that experience to a valuable discussion of collecting during a hobbyist’s golden years.

“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.

• 288 pages

• Softcover

• Full Color

• 6 x 9 inches

$19.95

State-chartered American banks issued their own money from 1782 to 1866, before the modern era of National Banks and the Federal Reserve. These two volumes of the Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money cover the entire state of Massachusetts, from Abington to Yarmouth.

Explore the history of every Massachusetts town and city, as well as of every bank in those towns that issued this uniquely American currency. Each note is studied, and hundreds are pictured in full color, with information on grading, rarity, values, significant auction results, advice for collectors, and more.

• 928 pages total • 1,500+ images • Covering 125 towns and cities, 331 banks, and 8,445 notes
$99.95
The sixth volume of Q. David Bowers’s multiple-book Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money covers in great detail the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Bowers gives historical narrative for every town, city, and bank involved in producing notes in these states from 1792 to 1866; note-by-note values in multiple grades, current rarity levels, significant auction results, and other market data based on ongoing research; full-color images, and more.

Volume 6 is the first volume on the South Atlantic states; two more volumes will cover the remaining Southern states in similar detail.

• 480 pages

• Hardcover

• Full Color

• 8.5 x 11 inches

$69.95
The most comprehensive whiskey guide ever written, now further expanded with more than 1,100 new entries. The world's best selling ratings guide to all types of whiskey including Scotch single malt, blends, vatted malts, single grains, Irish bourbon, rye, Japanese, Canadian, Australian, European and many others. Detailed, professionally analyzed and easy to understand tasting notes on over 4,500 of the World's leading and lesser-known whiskies.

Specially designed for quick and easy reference in any liquor store or supermarket. Each whiskey evaluated by whiskey guru Jim Murray in his unique, forthright, honest, amusing, fiercely independent and non-Pretentious style.

• 384 pages

• 3-7/8 x 7-7/8 inches

$19.95

For 50 years, the Franklin Mint has been producing beautiful collectibles now found in millions of homes across the world. It all started in 1964 when founder Joe Segel minted a silver coin honoring the late General Douglas MacArthur, and soon the company was creating collectible coins, commemorative medals, sparkling pendants, decorative Christmas ornaments and other valuable art. The product line then expanded into entertainment, with breathtaking creations like the Civil War chess set, the “Star Trek” checkers set, a “Gone with the Wind” collector’s plate series, porcelain sculptures, ceramic dolls, jewel-studded knives, die-cast vehicles and more. Take a stroll down memory lane with this beautifully illustrated coffee-table book celebrating the first 50 years of the Franklin Mint!

*11 inches by 14 inches *160 pages *Hardcover *$49.95
$49.95

The Official Red Book®—A Guide Book of United States Coins—is 68 years young and going strong. Collectors around the country love the convenience of the spiralbound edition. It opens up and lies flat on the table while you study your coin collection. And of course it includes all the grade-by-grade values, auction records, historical background, detailed specifications, high-resolution photographs, and accurate mintage data that turn a new coin collector into an educated numismatist. How rare are your coins? How much are they worth? The Red Book tells you, covering everything from early colonial copper tokens to hefty Old West silver dollars and dazzling gold coins. You’ll find prices for more than 6,000 coins, tokens, medals, sets, and other collectibles. You’ll also round out your education in commemoratives, Proof and Mint coins, error coins, Civil War tokens, Confederate coins, private gold, and all the latest National Park quarters, Presidential and Native American dollars, Lincoln cents, and more. Articles on investing, grading coins, and detecting counterfeits will make you a savvy collector; and entertaining essays on the history of American coinage, shipwrecks and hoards, and the modern rare-coin market give you an inside look at “the hobby of kings.” These are just some of the features of the informative, entertaining, invaluable Red Book—the world’s best-selling coin price guide.

  • 448 Pages
  • Convenient Spiral Bound Edition
  • Full Color
  • 7.7" X 5.5" X 1.2"
$14.95

Now in its 12th year, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015 is the most comprehensive and thoroughly researched guide to whisky ever produced. Honest, forthright and proudly independent, Jim Murray has tasted and rated over 4,500 world whiskies. The only truly global account of whisky, The Whisky Bible is unrivalled in its authority and is an invaluable source of reference to the consumer, the whisky industry and the drinks trade alike. It has now sold over more than a third of a million copies worldwide.(br/>
Jim Murray is a legend and a leading player on the world's whisky stage. In his continuous thirst for knowledge and desire to stay at the very top of his subject, he has almost certainly visited more distilleries and tasted a higher number of different whiskies than anyone that has ever lived. Uncompromisingly independent, Jim is never afraid to pour scorn on those deserving or to champion whiskies previously unfashionable or unknown.
$19.95

The Official Red Book®, now in its 68th year, is famous nationwide as the premiere resource for U.S. coin collectors. This best-selling “one-volume library” helps you make smart buying decisions as you build your collection. Millions of readers rely on it for real-world coin values, auction records, full-color photographs, detailed technical data, and up-to-date mintages. The 2015 edition of the Red Book covers the history of colonial and early American coins; official federal issues from half cents through silver dollars and gold coins; classic and modern commemoratives; Proof and Mint sets; error coins; Civil War tokens; pioneer (territorial) gold; every state and territorial quarter, plus the new National Park quarters; all of the presidential and Native American dollars; and more. You’ll benefit from its practical essays on grading, investing, auctions, and other hobby subjects—and of course, its pricing for 7,000-plus coins, in up to 9 grades each, gathered from more than 100 of the nation’s leading coin dealers! The 2015 edition features more than 1,900 full-color photographs to help you confidently identify your coins. Updated values, mintages, and auction records. Expanded coverage of commemoratives, sets, and other coins. The latest research on colonial coins and private/territorial gold. Photographs of Proof coins from the 1800s and 1900s. A listing of coin clubs. An essay on the new world-record $10 million coin. And much more—something of value for every collector, new or experienced. It’s no wonder more than 23 million copies of the Red Book have been sold since the 1st edition!

  • 448 Pages
  • Classic Hard Cover Edition
  • Full Color
  • 7.7" X 5.5" x 1.2"
$16.95

Go easy on your eyes so you can spot more treasures while you’re adding to your coin collection! The Official Red Book® is now available in a very popular LARGE PRINT edition, with easy-to-read large-size print and enlarged color photos. The best way to learn about your coins is with bold, easily legible text and high-detail photographs. The 2015 Large Print Edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins is designed with this experience in mind. Each page is 45% larger than the classic red hardcover edition, and it has all of the coin prices, mintages, specifications, and historical information—everything you expect from the world’s best-selling coin price guide.

  • 448 Pages
  • Easy-To-Read Large Print Edition
  • Full Color
  • 11" X 9.25" X 1.5"
$29.95

If you’re a fan of the Official Red Book®—like millions of coin collectors nationwide—you’ll love the spiralbound hardcover 2015 edition. With its coil binding, the book opens up and lies flat on your desk while you examine your collection; and the hard cover is durable enough for taking to coin shows, reading on a train or plane, and the constant use you’ll put it through! (What book do you always turn to when you need to know a mintage, diameter, or other specification, or want to quickly look up a coin’s value?) Of course, the spiralbound hardcover edition is jam-packed with all the information you’ll find in the classic red hardcover—every page, each of the 1,900-plus photographs, all the pricing (for more than 7,000 coins), all the historical text, insightful essays, auction records, bullion values, and other Red Book data. “What is this coin, and how much is it worth?” You’ll find out in the Red Book, America’s best-selling coin hobby guide.

  • 448 Pages
  • Hard Cover Spiral Edition
  • Full Color
  • 7.9" X 5.7" X 1.1"

 

$19.95

The most comprehensive whisky guide ever written, now further expanded with more than 1,100 new entries. The world's best selling ratings guide to all types of whisky including Scotch single malt, blends, vatted malts, single grains, Irish, bourbon, rye, Japanese, Canadian, Australian, European and many others. Detailed, professionally analyzed and easy to understand tasting notes on over 4,500 of the World's leading and lesser-known whiskies. Specially designed for quick and easy reference in any liquor store or supermarket. Each Whisky evaluated by whisky guru Jim Murray in his unique, forthright, honest, amusing, fiercely independent and non-Pretentious style.

  • 384 Pages
  • 7.6" X 3.9" X 0.8"
  • Paperback
$19.95

Whitman's expanded version of the best-selling Guide Book of United States Coins (known within the hobby as the "Red Book") is now available in a fully updated fifth edition.

The 384-page volume, called the Professional Edition, is intended for intermediate and advanced collectors, numismatic researchers, professional coin dealers, auctioneers, and investors.

At 8.5 x 11 inches in size, the Professional Edition is 45% larger than the regular-edition Red Book. Its combination of more photographs, detailed higher-grade valuations, listings of additional varieties and rare early Proof coins, certified-coin population data, auction records, and other resources provides a wealth of information on every coin type ever made by the U.S. Mint.

$29.95
The 192-page is an illustrated catalog of useful and entertaining information with detailed photographs to identify your coins, and retail price charts telling how much they're worth.


Do you like American history, beautiful artwork, and stories of gold and silver treasure? Read the Almanac from cover to cover for an immersion in the coins and money of the United Stats, from colonial times to today. Have you found some unusual coins in Grandpa's old cigar box or a hidden stash in a desk drawer? Browse the Almanac to identify your coins, learn how rare they are, and find out what they're worth. You could be holding a valuable rarity! Are you a coin collector who wants to learn more about the hobby? Dig into the Almanac to study every U.S. coin type and find new avenues to explore.


Based on the expertise of more than 100 professional coin dealers and researchers. Also featuring amusing stories, amazing essays, and outstanding facts figures about all manner of rare and historical of the United States of America.


  • Contents include:
  • Introduction to U.S. Coins
  • Today's Rare-Coin Market
  • How to Grade Your Coins
  • Proof Coins
  • Third-Party Grading and Authentication
  • Collecting Colonial and Early American Coins
  • Half Cents and Large Cents
  • Small Cents
  • Two-Cent Pieces
  • Three-Cent Pieces
  • Five-Cent Pieces
  • Half Dimes
  • Dimes
  • Twenty-Cent Pieces
  • Quarters
  • Half Dollars
  • Silver Dollars
  • Trade Dollars
  • Gold Coins
  • Commemoratives
  • Proof and Mint Sets
  • Silver, Gold, and Platinum Bullion Coins
  • Tokens and Medals
  • Philippines Coins
  • Errors and Misstruck Coins
  • Plus essays on Famous Coin Collectors of the Past
  • Million-Dollar Coins
  • Treasures and Hoards
  • Shipwrecks
  • Cherrypicking Coins(Finding Treasures in Your Pocket Change)
  • Checking Your Coins for Authenticity
  • Cartoons
  • Bullion Value Charts
  • and more!

  • Includes a special expanded section on the famous Morgan silver dollar.
    $9.95
    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

    Since 1942, coin dealers have used the annual Handbook of United States Coins—the OFFICIAL BLUE BOOK—to make buying offers. You can use it to find out how much your coins are worth! The Blue Book’s price listings offer a real-world look at the coin market, gathered from dealers around the country. The new 72nd edition has been expanded, with updated prices, new sections, and many new photographs. Coverage includes colonial and early American coins, federal coins (half cents through gold double eagles), commemoratives, Proof sets, die varieties, private and territorial gold, tokens, the newest Presidential dollars, National Park quarters, bullion coins, and much more.

    More than 24,000 prices in multiple grades. Easy-to-follow coin-grading instructions. Coins and tokens from the 1600s to today. Historical information. Hundreds of detailed, actual-size photos. How to start a coin collection. Detailed mintage records, and much more.

    • 272 Pages
    • Trade Paper Back Edition
    • 7.6" X 5.1" X 0.7"
    $9.95

    Since 1942, coin dealers have used the annual Handbook of United States Coins—the OFFICIAL BLUE BOOK—to make buying offers. You can use it to find out how much your coins are worth! The Blue Book’s price listings offer a real-world look at the coin market, gathered from dealers around the country. The new 72nd edition has been expanded, with updated prices, new sections, and many new photographs. Coverage includes colonial and early American coins, federal coins (half cents through gold double eagles), commemoratives, Proof sets, die varieties, private and territorial gold, tokens, the newest Presidential dollars, National Park quarters, bullion coins, and much more.

    More than 24,000 prices in multiple grades. Easy-to-follow coin-grading instructions. Coins and tokens from the 1600s to today. Historical information. Hundreds of detailed, actual-size photos. How to start a coin collection. Detailed mintage records, and much more.

    • 272 Pages
    • Classic Hard Cover Edition
    • 7.6" X 5.0" X 0.9"
    $12.95

    Volume 1 of the Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money is an introduction for collectors and historians—an overview and history of Mexican coinage and currency, richly illustrated with 1,182 images. It was written by award-winning scholars Don and Lois Bailey with the cooperation of numerous collectors, coin dealers, museum curators, government officials, bank officers, and other experts. It covers pre-Columbian money to the colonial era, the independence movement, revolutions, modern coinage reforms, commemorative programs, and silver, gold, and platinum bullion.


    Volume 1 covers all regular coinage issues by type, with years, mintmarks, assayers, and relevant comments; plus confirmed die varieties. It catalogs Mexican coinage with the comprehensive new Bailey-Whitman (BW) numbering system, cross-referenced to older systems. The Whitman Encyclopedia includes many coins unlisted in earlier reference books.


    A new, specially designed font system for Mexican mintmarks and design elements improves on earlier, less accurate typographical treatments.
    In addition to coins, volume 1 explores Mexican primitive money, patterns, tokens, sets, orders and decorations, medals, paper money, and other specialized numismatic topics.
    Additional resources for collectors and researchers include charts of the precious-metal content (and resulting bullion values) of Mexican coinage going back to the first milled coinage of 1732; a glossary of terms relevant to Mexican and general numismatics; a bibliography; and an index.
    “Everyone interested in the history and coinage of Mexico will find this book enjoyable and comprehensive,” said Dr. Manuel Galán Medina, retired Director General of Currency Issues for the Banco de México.

    496 pages, hardcover, 6 x 9 inches, full color.

    $39.95

    In this monumental book, William R. Rice shines new light on the life and times of President John F. Kennedy. His exploration includes the history of the Kennedy family; JFK’s boyhood; his military service and early political career; his inauguration and presidency; Jacqueline and the children; life in the White House; the president’s assassination; and the world’s mourning and remembrance.

    The story is told through touching and insightful essays illustrated by hundreds of coins, medals, tokens, stamps, and other memorabilia—some popular and collectible, like the silver 1964 Kennedy half dollar (with its mintage of 429 million coins), others rare and seldom seen, and some one-of-a-kind.

    Special sections discuss subjects like satirical and critical pieces; brothers Robert F. and Teddy Kennedy; the Peace Corps; and paper money issued during the Kennedy administration.

    In addition to colorful historical images and narrative, the book’s scholarly appeal is expanded by multiple appendices, a bibliography, and a full index. Collectors will benefit from the catalog numbering system and commentary on today’s market, along with more than 1,500 photographs.

    “Historians will remain deeply indebted to Rice for his gigantic addition to the field of John F. Kennedy medallic art and related historical memorabilia.” — Dr. Gerald J. Steinberg
    Hardcover, 304 Pages, Full Cover, 8.5” X 11”
    $19.95
     
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