The 23rd volume in the award-winning Bowers Series explores the heart of American coin collecting: the United States Mint.
The U.S. Mint is the source of the little copper, silver, and gold objects of material culture and value that numismatists collect, study, and catalog. It is the sole manufacturer of the nation’s legal-tender coinage, and its products are used every day by millions of Americans nationwide. As a repository its facilities safeguard more than $300 billion in national assets. It employs nearly 2,000 people, including its own police force.
This unique book unearths a treasure trove of numismatic knowledge, including the history of the Philadelphia Mint and every Mint branch, plus private and territorial mints; information on historical and modern minting procedures; a study and price guide of historic medals and other collectibles commemorating the Mint; data on every director of the Mint and superintendents for every branch; and illustrated behind-the-scenes looks at the modern Mint and its facilities.
“Dean of American Numismatics” Q. David Bowers presents hobbyists with invaluable information on every American mint from pre-federal coinage to the modern era, including a section on mints that never were!
448 pages, 6 x 9 inches.
“Dave Bowers takes you on a ‘you are there’ experience with over three dozen mints, federal, state, and private. . . . I know you will enjoy this delightful narrative!”
—from the foreword by Kenneth Bressett, senior editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins
• Over 400 pages
• Spiralbound hardcover
• Thousands of sharp, full-color images
• New entries and updated pricing
"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
• 600+ color images
The modern-day story of Carson City Morgan dollars starts in 1964, when an official audit of the vaults of the Treasury Building in Washington, D.C., uncovered an astounding three million of the coins from the late 1800s. The story of their birth, however, goes back much farther. This book chronicles the amazing history of the California Gold Rush, which brought hundreds of thousands of hopefuls to the rugged Wild West of the United States. Through that hope, two brothers stumbled across the greatest silver find in history, in what we now know as the State of Nevada. In the 1860s it was the birthplace of a mining industry that inspired the dreams of thousands and the creation of a camp that today is Carson City, Nevada, where eventually the U.S. Mint would start a branch and the famous "CC" Morgan dollars would be struck. Coins dealers and published researchers Adam Crum, Selby Ungar, and Jeff Oxman tell the story and present a rich study of each Carson City Morgan dollar, with detailed analysis for collectors, investors, and historians alike. The fully updated 3rd edition includes new photographs and ongoing research and market information.
The Deluxe Edition covers American coinage from New England colonial times to the modern day—half cents through $20 gold double eagles, plus bullion, commemoratives, Proof and Mint sets, significant tokens and medals, error coins, and other numismatic collectibles. It follows the basic structure of the regular-edition Red Book, but each chapter is dramatically expanded with more historical information, more die varieties, detailed grading instructions with enlarged full-color illustrations, specialized advice on strike characteristics and other technical details, market analysis, and valuable guidance on collecting and investing in rare coins.
The book’s Senior Editor is Kenneth Bressett, Valuations Editor is Jeff Garrett, and Research Editor is Q. David Bowers. A 57-page introduction, “The Story of American Money,” is based on the work of the late Dr. Richard Doty, senior curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian.
Each year, the new Deluxe Edition will feature an in-depth focus on one or more coin series. The first edition includes a special 364-page section on copper half cents and large cents written by Q. David Bowers, with images, history, diagnostics, and pricing for 832 die varieties, 1793–1857.
For federal coins, detailed charts show each mintage; a summary of certified population data; average national retail prices in grades ranging from About Good to high Mint State and Proof; and three or more recent auction records for most coins. Enlarged close-ups of die varieties provide visual guidance. Extensive chart notes give the back stories and additional details on significant coins.
“This is the biggest numismatic reference Whitman has ever created,” said publisher Dennis Tucker. “Many of the Deluxe Edition's chapters could be standalone books themselves. The section on commemorative coins is 146 pages long. Pre-federal coins and tokens from the 1600s to the 1790s span 56 pages. U.S./Philippine coins of World War II and earlier are given a detailed 30-page treatment. And 364 pages of half cents and large cents are enough to make every reader a smarter buyer and collector.”
Special appendices include illustrated essays on misstrikes and error coins; rare and collectible numismatic books; bullion values of common-date silver and gold coins; the top 250 coin prices realized at auction; grading standards for U.S. coins; coin cleaning, preservation, and conservation; counterfeit coins in today’s marketplace; the dynamics of the rare-coin market; predicting the rare-coin market; and techniques of smart bidding at auction.
Collecting United States commemorative coins is like compiling a photo album of the nation’s history. Because these coins represent so many aspects of America—from dramatic battles to Olympic games, from presidents to national parks—each collector can build a set that has its own unique and personal significance.
In this handy volume Q. David Bowers chronicles the history of commemorative coins in the United States from 1892 to the present. He explores how a commemorative develops from initial concept to final coinage. On the technical and production side, you will learn about die preparation, the coining process, mintages, Proof and assay coins, and distribution. On the market side, Bowers tells you ways to build your collection, and gives advice on evaluating quality, being a smart buyer, realities of the marketplace, Full Details, certification, population reports, registry sets, establishing fair market prices, and more.
New appendices share an interview with a commemorative-coin designer from the Artistic Infusion Program and a wealth of designs considered for recent commemoratives.
This book is a single-volume library for anyone interested in the people, places, and events that make America great, and how they are honored in our nation’s coins.
304 pages, 6 x 9 inches.
“Q. David Bowers is the consummate numismatic storyteller. Each commemorative coin has a story and there is no one better to guide you through their ins and outs than Dave Bowers.”
—from the foreword by Beth Deisher
Generations of coin collectors have grown up with the Lincoln cent. Now, following the Lincoln obverse’s 100th anniversary (and the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth), Q. David Bowers provides a detailed study of this great American classic.
“Lincoln cents are among the most fascinating coins in the entire American series,” writes Bowers. “Believe it or not, they also offer some of the greatest challenges.”
In this single volume you’ll absorb the history of the coin’s seven reverse designs, take an inside look at the minting process, and learn how to grade your collection, including Proofs. Bowers shares tips on becoming a smarter buyer. This edition includes a thorough market analysis for each date and mintmark, hundreds of new photographs, and a special appendix on error coins. New appendices show small-cent patterns, Lincoln tokens and medals, and a gallery of Lincoln images created during his lifetime and mourning his death. Read and enjoy, as you gain a better appreciation of America’s most popular cent!
320 pages, 6 x 9 inches.
“Q. David Bowers is a towering figure of great erudition in numismatic literature, and his Guide Book of Lincoln Cents is among the most important works on Lincoln numismatic scholarship.”
—from the foreword by Joel Iskowitz
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, Van Allen-Mallis numbers, a bibliography, and more.
• 288 pages
• 6 x 9 inches
High-quality, full-color paragraphs illustrate each coin. Snow's detailed research includes yearly production notes; market values in multiple grades (including Brown, Red/Brown, and full Red Mint State); certified population data; tips on collecting circulated, Mint State, and Proof coins; and more.
This expanded third edition includes an illustrated biography of designer James Longacre; an appendix on detecting counterfeit and altered coins; an appendix of more than 1,000 recent auction records; a history of market prices going back to 1946; and a bibliography for further research–plus sections on pattern coins and toned Proofs.
• 304 pages
• 6 x 9 inches
In the fifth edition of A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, Q. David Bowers offers an engaging portrait of the country’s most popular classic coin. You'll learn what to look for when you buy, how to grade your coins, how to cherrypick varieties, and ways to become a smarter collector.
The pricing, text, and certified population data have been edited and updated. New research covers counterfeit error coins and other topics, including a numismatic bombshell: recent discoveries and photographs revealing the previously unknown 1964 Morgan silver dollar.
“The world of collecting Morgan dollars is full of the kind of historical intrigue that makes up any legend,” said professional numismatist Adam Crum in his foreword, “with roots reaching deep into the mines of the Comstock Lode and into the minds of numismatic scholars and collectors alike.”
The fifth edition includes a history of the silver dollar dating back to the 1790s, and chapters on the Morgan dollar’s design, its minting process, the five mints that struck the coin from 1878 to 1921, and Treasury hoards and other accumulations. Collectors benefit from advice on ways to collect Morgan dollars; grading and the marketplace; and how to specialize in die varieties. The book’s year-by-year catalog is an analysis by date and mintmark of more than 100 coins in the series, priced in up to eleven circulated grades and three levels of Proof. Appendices offer further study of Morgan dollar patterns and error and misstruck coins.
Illustrated in full color. 304 pages. 6 x 9 inches. Softcover.
Counterfeiting and Technology presents the history of paper money in a way that’s never been seen before. It combines chemistry and artistry, inventions and escapades, tales of arrest and daring escapes. Collectors and historians of American money will love this engaging and informative narrative about our nation’s paper currency.
• 480 pages
• Full Color
• 8.5 x 11 inches
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.
Explore these coins from every angle: technical and artistic, historical and current, market-driven and hobbyist. The third edition of American Silver Eagles is a valuable addition to every collector’s and investor’s bookshelf.
Updated in the third edition: New information on the U.S. Mint’s individual coins and multiple-coin sets of 2014 and 2015. Updated market values and certified-coin populations. Expanded historical commentary. The latest mintage figures from the U.S. Mint. A check list and record file for collectors. Larger photographs in the catalog of John Mercanti’s numismatic works, with more illustrations.
• 176 pages
• full color
• 8.5 x 11 inches
Immerse yourself in the full expanse of the U.S. Mint’s historic Liberty Seated coinage—half dimes, dimes, twenty-cent pieces, quarters, half dollars, Gobrecht dollars, silver dollars, and trade dollars. These classic silver coins, featuring the Goddess of Liberty seated with a cap and pole, were minted from 1836 until 1891. Minted in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Carson City, and San Francisco, they fueled American commerce from the Hard Times Era through the nation’s gold and silver rushes, the Civil War and its aftermath, finally retiring during America’s Gilded Age.
“Dean of American Numismatics” Q. David Bowers presents hobbyists with everything they need to know about collecting Liberty Seated coins: a date-by-date catalog of more than 750 coins, mintages, grading standards, auction records, keys to building a high-quality collection, and more. With trademark wit and experience Bowers describes the rich historical background of these coins and their era. More than 1,500 full-color images and a wealth of knowledge that cannot be matched in any other single source make this the leading reference on Liberty Seated coinage.
“Bowers offers both beginning and experienced numismatists a fresh perspective on collecting these fascinating silver coins.”
—Leonard D. Augsburger, Vice President of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club
“Anyone who wants to become a truly informed collector of this coinage should be sure to purchase this book and use it as their ‘bible’ when forming their collection.”
— Frank Trask, professional numismatist
608 pages, softcover, full color, 6 x 9 inches.
“When I started writing this book, I thought it would be straightforward and simple,” says award-winning author Q. David Bowers, the most prolific numismatic writer in American history. “Instead I found these coinage series to be as complex and nuanced as any of the classics—a delight for collectors!”
Research assistance from longtime coin dealers and collectors, U.S. Mint officials, and hobby organizations such as the Ike Group have rounded out Bowers’s own active study of these coins. His detailed coverage includes history, mintages, grading standards, die varieties, keys to assembling a high-quality collection, market analysis, and more.
Hundreds of full-color images illustrate the coins themselves, and historical photographs provide rare behind-the-scenes insight into their creation.
A Guide Book of Modern United States Dollar Coins is destined to be the standard reference for hobby newcomers and experienced collectors alike.
• 320 pages
• 6 x 9 inches
• Full color