Category Archives: Q. David Bowers

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Bowers on collecting: Liberty Head double eagles

Time flies, and it seems like only yesterday that I with the help of Robert J. Galiette created what turned out to be a very popular book: Liberty Head Double Eagles 1849-1907: The Gilded Age of Coinage

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Bowers on collecting: Liberty Head double eagles

Time flies, and it seems like only yesterday that I with the help of Robert J. Galiette created what turned out to be a very popular book: Liberty Head Double Eagles 1849-1907: The Gilded Age of Coinage

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Presents the D. Brent Pogue Numismatic Library

Part of the August 5-7, 2020 Auction in Las Vegas, Nevada   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present the numismatic library of D. Brent Pogue in their August 2020 Public Auction Sale. While Brent Pogue did not focus on the library in the same manner as he did his magnificent coins and paper money, […]

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Bowers on collecting: The latest book update

As you read these words I am immersed in writing a book for Whitman about the numismatic world from 1932 to date. In that year the world was in the depth of the Depression, and in America, many would consider the year and the beginning of the next to represent the point when the economy touched bottom

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Bowers on collecting: A favorite medal

1805 Washington Medal by Eccleston
“The Land Was Ours”
250 to 400 known in copper
Among numismatically popular early medals associated with the life of George Washington, the Eccleston medal of 1805, from dies cut by Thomas Webb, is certainly the largest (76 millimeters), and it is among the most interesting.
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Bowers on collecting: A favorite medal

1805 Washington Medal by Eccleston
“The Land Was Ours”
250 to 400 known in copper
Among numismatically popular early medals associated with the life of George Washington, the Eccleston medal of 1805, from dies cut by Thomas Webb, is certainly the largest (76 millimeters), and it is among the most interesting.
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Bowers on collecting: A favorite medal

By Q. David Bowers
1805 Washington Medal by Eccleston
“The Land Was Ours”
250 to 400 known in copper
Among numismatically popular early medals associated with the life of George Washington, the Eccleston medal of 1805, from dies cut by Thomas Webb, is certainly the largest (76 millimeters), and it is among the most interesting

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Bowers on collecting: A favorite medal

By Q. David Bowers
1805 Washington Medal by Eccleston
“The Land Was Ours”
250 to 400 known in copper
Among numismatically popular early medals associated with the life of George Washington, the Eccleston medal of 1805, from dies cut by Thomas Webb, is certainly the largest (76 millimeters), and it is among the most interesting

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COVID-19 virus forces relocation of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles June Expo

1785 Vermont copper. Landscape

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COVID-19 virus forces relocation of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles June Expo

1785 Vermont copper. Landscape

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Bowers on collecting: The Pine Tree shilling dated 1652

This week I showcase one of my all-time favorite coin varieties, a specimen of which is fascinating to contemplate in any grade—from well worn, as usually found, to challenging Mint State. In The Numismatist, November 1909, Howland Wood gave the following advice under the title of “Numismatic Maxims for Beginners

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Bowers on collecting: The Pine Tree shilling dated 1652

This week I showcase one of my all-time favorite coin varieties, a specimen of which is fascinating to contemplate in any grade—from well worn, as usually found, to challenging Mint State. In The Numismatist, November 1909, Howland Wood gave the following advice under the title of “Numismatic Maxims for Beginners

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Bowers on collecting: Let’s go back to 1883!

Apart from certain Morgan silver dollars, the most available issue of federal coins available in Mint State today is the 1883 without CENTS Liberty Head nickel.
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Bowers on collecting: Let’s go back to 1883!

Apart from certain Morgan silver dollars, the most available issue of federal coins available in Mint State today is the 1883 without CENTS Liberty Head nickel.
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New 2021 Official Red Book Will Debut April 7

Best-Selling Annual Guide Prices Nearly 8,000 Items, Reports Dramatic Market and Hobby Changes   The 74th edition of the coin-collecting hobby’s annual Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”) will debut April 7, 2020. The new volume includes completely updated pricing and auction data reflecting the current market for collectible […]

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Welcome to The D. Brent Pogue Collection: Masterpieces of United States Coinage Part VII

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… The D. Brent Pogue Collection will forever be known as an incredible assembly of the very finest early American coins from 1792 through the 1830s. The five sales already concluded featured this portion of the collection, almost to completion, with notable additions such as the fabulous […]

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Submissions Accepted for ANA Young Numismatist Literary Awards

Submissions for the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) annual Young Numismatist Literary Awards competition are being accepted through April 1. The awards were established to encourage young writers and promote future numismatic ­authors and ­researchers. The contest is open to young writers in three age groups, all of whom will compete for cash awards and numismatic […]

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Bowers on collecting: Social news of a century ago

The November 1919 issue of The Numismatist told of the annual convention of the American Numismatic Association held at Philadelphia from October 4 through the 8th. Included was “The Social Side of the Convention,” which told this:
The automobile ride to Valley Forge on Sunday afternoon was one of the most enjoyable features on the program

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Superb Gem 1921 Chapman Proof Morgan Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Rare Chapman Proof 1921 Morgan Dollar The Chapman Proof 1921 Morgan dollar is among the most elusive issues of the entire series, far exceeding in rarity the legendary Proof-only 1895. We are thrilled to offer one of very finest survivors from this clandestine issue in […]

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Bowers on collecting: Still makes sense!

Today in 2020 many people are obsessed with high grades. It is a fact that most current coins sold at a premium by the United States Mint—commemoratives and Proofs being examples—approach perfection and can be graded 68 to 70

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Bowers on collecting: Still makes sense!

Today in 2020 many people are obsessed with high grades. It is a fact that most current coins sold at a premium by the United States Mint—commemoratives and Proofs being examples—approach perfection and can be graded 68 to 70

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The 1875 Dot Reverse Indian Head Cent: Did It Catch a U.S. Mint Crook?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… What’s up with the unusual raised dot on the reverse of some 1875 Indian Head cents? That’s the question many coin collectors have asked for decades. The little raised dot in question appears near the top left corner of the “N” in the word “ONE” on the reverse of […]

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Bowers on collecting: Glories of the numismatic past

The Kring van Draiiorgelvrienden, a Dutch group of enthusiasts who collect and admire street organs, has as its motto:
While looking at the future, do not forget the glories of the past.
Similarly, in numismatics, we consider and try to predict the future while we are dealing with the present, and those who like history contemplate the glories of the numismatic past

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Bowers on collecting: A lonely chair

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In looking through some old publications the other day I came across this editorial by James Risk, written for Coin Galleries, a division of Stack’s, in 1970 (lightly edited):
This Editor, and I suspect any other of his species, in introspective moments feels that he occupies a lonely chair

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Bowers on collecting: A lonely chair

In looking through some old publications the other day I came across this editorial by James Risk, written for Coin Galleries, a division of Stack’s, in 1970 (lightly edited):
This Editor, and I suspect any other of his species, in introspective moments feels that he occupies a lonely chair. Time and time again he expounds basic truths, numismatic or otherwise, only to suspect that he’s whistling up a chimney

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Bowers on collecting: “The Adventure of the Three Garridebs”

Ever since I was a kid I have enjoyed Sherlock Holmes stories. Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories and four novels about the detective hero

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Bowers on collecting: Goal to go for the expo!

The Whitman Coin Expo opens in the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday and continues through Saturday. If you plan to attend and want to say hi to me, track me down on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday morning

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Bowers on collecting: Goal to go for the expo!

The Whitman Coin Expo opens in the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday and continues through Saturday. If you plan to attend and want to say hi to me, track me down on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday morning

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Coin Hoards, Treasures, and Troves: Separating Truth From Taradiddles!

By Q. David Bowers for Whitman Publishing …… The second edition of Q. David Bowers’ Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures, one of the most exciting coin-collecting books of recent years, has been released by Whitman Publishing. The 480-page hardcover book is available online and in bookstores and hobby shops nationwide. Here, Bowers discusses […]

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Coin hoards, treasures, and troves: Separating truth from taradiddles!

The second edition of Q. David Bowers’s Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures, one of the most exciting coin-collecting books of recent years, has been released by Whitman Publishing

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Coin hoards, treasures, and troves: Separating truth from taradiddles!

The second edition of Q. David Bowers’s Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures, one of the most exciting coin-collecting books of recent years, has been released by Whitman Publishing

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Coin hoards, treasures, and troves: Separating truth from taradiddles!

The second edition of Q. David Bowers’s Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures, one of the most exciting coin-collecting books of recent years, has been released by Whitman Publishing

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Q. David Bowers on Bill Bierly’s In God We Trust

(Pelham, Alabama) — In November 2019, Whitman Publishing will release William Bierly’s In God We Trust: The American Civil War, Money, Banking, and Religion. The 352-page hardcover volume will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at www.Whitman

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In God We Trust: New Whitman Book Explores the Civil War, Its Effects on American Money, Banking, and Religion

Whitman Publishing announces the release of In God We Trust: The American Civil War, Money, Banking, and Religion, by numismatic researcher William Bierly. The 352-page hardcover book will debut in November 2019 at booksellers and hobby shops nationwide–as well as online–for $29.95 USD. The national motto “In God We Trust” debuted on United States coinage […]

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Capturing the excitement of lost and found coin treasures

David Bowers’s Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures, one of the most exciting coin-collecting books of recent years, has been released in a new second edition by Whitman Publishing. The 480-page hardcover book is available online and in bookstores and hobby shops nationwide

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Capturing the Excitement of Lost and Found Coin Treasures

By Dennis Tucker – Publisher, Whitman Publications …… Q. David Bowers’ Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures, one of the most exciting coin-collecting books of recent years, has been released in a new second edition by Whitman Publishing. The 480-page hardcover book is available online and in bookstores and hobby shops nationwide. Here, Whitman […]

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Capturing the excitement of lost and found coin treasures

David Bowers’s Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures, one of the most exciting coin-collecting books of recent years, has been released in a new second edition by Whitman Publishing. The 480-page hardcover book is available online and in bookstores and hobby shops nationwide

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Q. David Bowers: My First Coin Convention

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… With George Williams, I went to an Empire State Numismatic Association (ESNA) convention in Syracuse, New York, in 1954. It was my first regional coin show. By that time I had been a regular attendee at the Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) Coin Club, but had not ventured beyond […]

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Over $19.8 Million of United States Coins Sold by Stack’s Bowers at 2019 ANA Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction at the ANA World’ Fair of Money attracted collectors from all over the world to Rosemont, Illinois for one of the largest numismatic auctions of the year. This event was met with resounding success, realizing over $19.8 million in United States coins sold, and overall sales of $30.6 million […]

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SS Central America Sunken Treasure Gold Dust Now in Grand Format, Certified 5oz Holders

California Gold Rush gold dust housed in elegant PCGS holders   Historic sunken gold treasure, originally discovered by 49ers during the heydays of the California Gold Rush and untouched in the miners’ gold field packets for more than 160 years, is now available in grand format PCGS-certified holders each containing five ounces of the precious […]

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SS Central America Sunken Treasure Gold Dust Now In Grand Format, Certified Five-Ounces Holders

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California Gold Rush gold dust housed in elegant PCGS holders
Historic sunken gold treasure, originally discovered by 49ers during the heydays of the California Gold Rush and untouched in the miners’ goldfield packets for more than 160 years, is now available in grand format PCGS-certified holders each containing five ounces of the precious metal. All of the gold dust was recovered from the fabled “Ship of Gold,” the SS Central America that sank in 1857.
One of the hand-numbered and signed grand format, 5½ by 9 inches holders housing five-ounces of California Gold Rush sunken treasure gold dust recovered from the fabled SS Central America

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Welcome to Rarities Night – A Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auction Tradition

Rarities Night By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Welcome to Rarities Night 2019! What a great event to put the frosting on the cake for our series of auctions at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money. The eyes of the numismatic world will join you as you contemplate our Rarities […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to present the Q. David Bowers Reference Collection of Encased Postage Stamps

Santa Ana, California (July 30, 2019) — One of the most interesting collections to cross the block this August at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money is the personal reference collection of encased postage stamps assembled by Q. David Bowers

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Famous Coin Collector D. Brent Pogue Dead at 54

On July 29, a friend of D. Brent Pogue visited Pogue’s home in Corona del Mar, California and discovered the famed coin collector dead. He was 54 years old. An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death. Along with his father Mack, Brent assembled one of if not the best modern collections of […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Present Q. David Bowers Reference Collection of Encased Postage Stamps

One of the most interesting collections to cross the block this August at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money is the personal reference collection of encased postage stamps assembled by Q. David Bowers. Dave had a great deal of interest in the series starting at a very young age, and he went […]

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New Bowers-Manley Book Makes Way

Impressive book provides previously undisclosed information about fabulous Gold Rush sunken treasure of fabled “Ship of Gold”

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(July 29, 2019) — Never before revealed information about the greatest American treasure ever found, the tons of California Gold Rush-era coins, ingots and gold dust recovered from the 1857 sinking of the S.S

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New secrets of S.S. Central America treasure revealed in Bowers-Manley book

Impressive book provides previously undisclosed information about fabulous Gold Rush sunken treasure of fabled “Ship of Gold”
(July 29, 2019) — Never before revealed information about the greatest American treasure ever found, the tons of California Gold Rush-era coins, ingots, and gold dust recovered from the 1857 sinking of the S.S

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New Secrets of SS Central America Treasure Revealed in Bowers-Manley Book

Impressive book provides previously undisclosed information about fabulous Gold Rush sunken treasure of fabled “Ship of Gold”   By California Gold Marketing Group …… Never before revealed information about the greatest American treasure ever found, the tons of California Gold Rush-era coins, ingots, and gold dust recovered from the 1857 sinking of SS Central America, […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Ancient and World Coin Auction at the 2019 World’s Fair of Money

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce their official auction at the highly anticipated American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, August 13-17, 2019 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Replete with historically important and condition sensitive rarities, this auction features a handsome selection of Ancient and World treasures—a veritable […]

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A Coin Analyst Exclusive: An Insider’s Perspective on the Morgan & Peace 1921 Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin Act

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On July 16, 2019, United States Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO5) and Andy Barr (R-KY6) introduced H.R. 3757, the 2021 Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin Act, which calls for the issuance of 2021-dated Morgan and Peace dollars to mark the centennial of the transition from Morgan to Peace dollars in 1921. […]

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Stack’s Bowers Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Stack’s Bowers will host a series of auctions at the 2019 ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago, featuring everything from US coins to ancients. Included in the auctions will be three particularly noteworthy collections, built around Capped Bust $10 gold eagles, German talers, and proof Flying Eagle and […]

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Heritage Auctions – Select 1804 Small 8 Over Large 8 Half Eagle Sold for $54K

At the Heritage Summer FUN Signature Auction one of the highlights was a PCGS-graded MS63 example of the 1804 half eagle, variety BD-7. At R.4, this is the most collectible variety of the three 1804 Small Over Large 8 half eagles (the variety is better described as Normal 8 over Large 8). The upright of […]

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Bowers on collecting: Happy Independence Day!

I wish you and yours a happy Independence Day. We are all so fortunate to live under the Stars and Stripes—with a history of democracy extending back over 235 years, unequalled in the world

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Bowers on collecting: Happy Independence Day!

I wish you and yours a happy Independence Day. We are all so fortunate to live under the Stars and Stripes—with a history of democracy extending back over 235 years, unequalled in the world

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Bowers on collecting: Collecting 20-cent pieces

This week I conclude my commentary on 20-cent pieces per a question from  Matt from Santa Rosa, California:
When I read about the 20-cent coin that was issued by the mint only between 1875 and 1878 I hear about how no one liked the coin and they did not circulate. When I look to buy one for my type set most of what I see for sale is circulated coins

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Bowers on collecting: Collecting 20-cent pieces

By Q. David Bowers
This week I conclude my commentary on 20-cent pieces per a question from  Matt from Santa Rosa, California:
When I read about the 20-cent coin that was issued by the mint only between 1875 and 1878 I hear about how no one liked the coin and they did not circulate

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Bowers on collecting: Collecting 20-cent pieces

By Q. David Bowers
This week I conclude my commentary on 20-cent pieces per a question from  Matt from Santa Rosa, California:
When I read about the 20-cent coin that was issued by the mint only between 1875 and 1878 I hear about how no one liked the coin and they did not circulate

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Bowers on collecting: Collecting 20-cent pieces

This week I conclude my commentary on 20-cent pieces per a question from  Matt from Santa Rosa, California:
When I read about the 20-cent coin that was issued by the mint only between 1875 and 1878 I hear about how no one liked the coin and they did not circulate. When I look to buy one for my type set most of what I see for sale is circulated coins

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Bowers on collecting: Focus on 20-cent pieces

I continue to discuss topics proposed a few weeks ago by readers. Next up is this from Matt from Santa Rosa, California:
When I read about the 20-cent coin that was issued by the Mint only between 1875 and 1878 I hear about how no one liked the coin and they did not circulate

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Reflections on the silver coinage of 1916

The first volume of the “Bowers Series” of numismatic references—the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars—was published in 2004. As of 2019 that initial volume plus the two dozen that followed it have comprised more than 8,000 pages of information on U

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Reflections on the silver coinage of 1916

The first volume of the “Bowers Series” of numismatic references—the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars—was published in 2004. As of 2019 that initial volume plus the two dozen that followed it have comprised more than 8,000 pages of information on U

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Reflections on the silver coinage of 1916

The first volume of the “Bowers Series” of numismatic references—the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars—was published in 2004. As of 2019 that initial volume plus the two dozen that followed it have comprised more than 8,000 pages of information on U

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Bowers on collecting: Remembering Richard Doty

By Q. David Bowers
As we approach this year’s American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, to be held in Chicago in August, I share these thoughts from Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker, who in 2013 gave the opening remarks at a memorial to Richard Doty, held at the same venue

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Bowers on collecting: Remembering Richard Doty

By Q. David Bowers
As we approach this year’s American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, to be held in Chicago in August, I share these thoughts from Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker, who in 2013 gave the opening remarks at a memorial to Richard Doty, held at the same venue

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Bowers on collecting: Remembering Richard Doty

As we approach this year’s American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, to be held in Chicago in August, I share these thoughts from Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker, who in 2013 gave the opening remarks at a memorial to Richard Doty, held at the same venue. Those of us who remember Dick Doty miss him dearly

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Q. David Bowers: Coin Ladies Quiz, Part 1

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… This quiz is excerpted from Rare Coin Review #117, published in 1997. 1. This lady, the wife of Anthony de Francisci, the sculptor who created the motif of the Peace silver dollar, is said to have posed for the image of Miss Liberty on the obverse. […]

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Barber Coins and a New Generation of Collectors

by John Frost, president and journal editor of The Barber Coin Collectors’ Society… When I began collecting coins in fourth grade, I really got the bug, and soon took this new hobby of mine seriously. Like several of my friends, I started with Lincoln cents, and I assembled most of the collection by sixth grade. […]

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Barber Coins and a New Generation of Collectors: Whitman

By John Frost – President and Journal Editor, Barber Coin Collectors’ Society ……   When I began collecting coins in fourth grade, I really got the bug, and soon took this new hobby of mine seriously. Like several of my friends, I started with Lincoln cents, and I assembled most of the collection by sixth […]

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David W. Lange on the Enduring Appeal of the Lincoln Cent

By David W. Lange for Whitman Publishing …… Like most numismatists of my generation, I discovered the hobby of collecting coins through the Lincoln cent series. My introduction occurred at a very tender age, around six or seven, and I have my older brother Doug to thank for that. In the early 1960s, coin collecting […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Collecting Flying Eagle Cents

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Flying eagle cents offer a unique opportunity to collectors. Many early coins, such as large cents, have been extensively studied and are commonly collected by die pairing and variety. Most of these populations have been well picked over, and the series contains so many different coins that getting started […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Collecting Flying Eagle Cents

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek …..   Flying eagle cents offer a unique opportunity to collectors. Many early coins, such as large cents, have been extensively studied and are commonly collected by die pairing and variety. Most of these populations have been well picked over, and the series contains so many different coins that getting […]

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Q. David Bowers Discusses the Taraszka Early Gold Collection – Video

  Stack’s Bowers co-founder Q. David Bowers sat down with us to discuss an important collection of 18th century U.S. gold coins assembled by noted collector and numismatic researcher Anthony Taraszka. The Taraszka Early Gold Collection will be one of many highlights that Stack’s Bowers has planned for collectors in its 2019 American Numismatic Association […]

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Pleasure and Profit: 100 Lessons for Building and Selling a Collection of Rare Coins

Longtime collector Robert Shippee reveals how he carefully assembled a meaningful collection of rare coins in his newly updated edition of Pleasure and Profit: 100 Lessons for Building and Selling a Collection of Rare Coins. His Waccabuc Collection of half cents through $20 gold double eagles sold at public auction for a profitable $1.5 million

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Bowers on collecting: Which media delivers the message best?

The following comes from an article that I wrote for Coin World a few years ago:
“The pen is mightier than the sword,” it has been said. Today, the pen, or its equivalent in the printed word, has a lot of competition, especially from television and the Internet

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Bowers on collecting: Surprises in the marketplace

On April 17 to 19, 1980, the Central States Numismatic Society Convention was held in Lincoln, Nebraska, preceded by Professional Numismatists Guild Day on the 16th. The atmosphere was uncertain

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Q. David Bowers – Some Reflections on Collecting

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Some reflections on collecting in past times, part of a commentary I am doing on the “instant collecting” of today, 2019. “Instant collecting,” via the internet and with certified coins and 101 different sources for pricing information, would seem to make it unnecessary for most collectors […]

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2020 ‘Red Book’ reports dramatic changes

The newest edition of the coin hobby’s annual Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”) debuted on April 9. The 73rd edition (with a cover date of 2020) features extensively updated pricing and auction data reflecting the current market for collectible coins, which has seen dramatic ups and downs in the past year.
According to senior editor Jeff Garrett, “The 2020 edition reflects many changes in pricing and discoveries in numismatic scholarship made over the past year

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Bowers on collecting: The Great American Coin Hunt

The Great American Coin Hunt will make treasure-hunting for coins in circulation a national challenge. Along the way, the program should inspire many people to collect Statehood and America the Beautiful coins as well

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David Hall: Legendary Collections Are Bought and Sold by Stack’s Bowers – Video

 PCGS founder David Hall and legendary numismatic auction firm Stack’s Bowers have teamed up to promote a series of exciting coin auctions that the company has planned for 2019. In this video, David Hall discusses Stack’s history as a preeminent seller of great coins, dating back to the company’s founding in the 1930s. Hall describes […]

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Numismatic Literature of North America Auction April 27

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers announces our Sale 152, which will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The 441-lot sale is entirely devoted to North American numismatics (though a number of important catalogues issued by American dealers offering ancient and foreign coins are also included). Material from the libraries of Doug Robins, Philip J. […]

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Pleasure and Profit: The hobby and the market are two sides of the same coin for collector Bob Shippee

Robert W. Shippee’s book Pleasure and Profit: 100 Lessons for Building and Selling a Collection of Rare Coins was unique in numismatic publishing when it debuted in November 2014

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A Brief History of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars

By Dennis Tucker – Publisher, Whitman Publishing, LLC …… Whenever the classic coins of the United States are ranked for popularity, the famous Morgan silver dollar rises to the top of the list. Every day at Whitman Publishing we see evidence of its universal appeal. Hobbyists buy thousands upon thousands of coin folders, albums, and […]

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Bowers on collecting: Autobiography

Hello again! I am continuing to go through old Coin World columns and other items in connection with writing my autobiography. This week’s message is short and sweet:
In connection with the book, I hope to turn the manuscript over to Whitman Publishing this summer

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A brief history of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars

Whenever the classic coins of the United States are ranked for popularity, the famous Morgan silver dollar rises to the top of the list. Every day at Whitman Publishing we see evidence of its universal appeal

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Bowers on collecting: Enjoying the Trip

I am continuing to go through old Coin World columns and other items in connection with writing my autobiography. I came across this, published nearly 20 years ago in Coin World in April 2001 (if you don’t subscribe to this newspaper you should; plus, you might enjoy my weekly “The Joy of Collecting” column, which has been running there since 1961! Also, see my 2019 comments at the end:
Enjoying the Trip
Coins are interesting
to collect in any market season

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Bowers on collecting: Hobby versus industry

Recently, I have been going through old Coin
World columns and other items in connection with writing my autobiography.
I came across this, published in Coin World in June 1995 (if you don’t
subscribe to this newspaper you should; plus, you might enjoy my weekly “The
Joy of Collecting” column, which has been running there since 1961!)
It’s A Wonderful Hobby
Today when I came into the office a fax
was waiting for me from Joseph E

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New 2020 Red Book Reports Dramatic Market Changes

Best-Selling Annual Guide Prices Nearly 8,000 Items – Covers Circulating, Commemorative, and Bullion Coins The newest edition of the coin hobby’s annual Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”) will debut on April 9, 2019, two weeks before National Coin Week. The 73rd edition (with a cover date of 2020) […]

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Musings on A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents as the Third Edition Debuts

In the United States today, the Lincoln cent is the most popular “classic” collector coin. Uniquely, it holds that position while also being one of the most popular modern coins

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Whitman Publishing Releases 2nd Edition of Rare Coin Collecting and Investing Memoir

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the second edition of Pleasure and Profit: 100 Lessons for Building and Selling a Collection of Rare Coins, by Robert W. Shippee. The 328-page book will debut at the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo, February 28, 2019. After that, it can be ordered from booksellers and hobby shops […]

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US Paper Money: Spectacular 1882 $1,000 Gold Certificate, Only One in Private Hands

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… This highlight showcases one of the most spectacular, most important notes in the Joel R. Anderson Collection Part 4 sale. Just four examples are known, and this is thought to be the only one in private hands. By itself, this note would anchor a great offering […]

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PCGS, Newman Numismatic Portal Make Historic Bowers & Merena Auction Catalogs Available Online

By Newman Numismatic Portal …… On Monday, February 18, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and the Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) announced the full-view availability of Bowers & Merena (and predecessor) auction sale catalogs on NNP. PCGS holds electronic rights to Bowers & Merena publications prior to February 2004 and is making this content available to […]

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US Silver Coins – History Revealed by Recovered SS Central America Cash Box

Retrieved sunken treasure gives a fascinating glimpse of Gold Rush-era daily commerce aboard fabled Ship of Gold Historic silver and gold coins discovered in the purser’s lockbox in 2014 from the fabled “Ship of Gold”–the SS Central America–that sank in 1857 are coming to market for collectors, according to the California Gold Marketing Group LLC […]

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Bowers on collecting: Collecting Civil War tokens

Last week I said this, on the personal side:
At the age of 80, I am selling my extensive collection of Civil War patriotic and store card tokens via e-mail catalogs. Included are tokens from under $100 to unique Gem rarities in the thousands of dollars

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Bowers on collecting: Collecting Civil War tokens

Last week I said this, on the personal side:
At the age of 80, I am selling my extensive collection of Civil War patriotic and store card tokens via e-mail catalogs. Included are tokens from under $100 to unique Gem rarities in the thousands of dollars

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Whitman Publishing Announces Expanded, Updated 6th Edition of Q. David Bowers’s Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the newly expanded and updated sixth edition of A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, by Q. David Bowers. The 320-page book will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide in early March 2019, for $19.95. Before then it is available for preorder (including online). The sixth edition’s […]

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Whitman Publishing announces expanded, updated 6th edition of Q. David Bowers’s Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars

(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of the newly expanded and updated sixth edition of A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, by Q. David Bowers

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Whitman Publishing announces expanded, updated 6th edition of Q. David Bowers’s Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars

(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of the newly expanded and updated sixth edition of A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, by Q. David Bowers

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Bowers on collecting: The objects of coin collecting

Ask collectors their reason for collecting and almost invariably they answer that it is for recreation. For the greater number this is the paramount motive, and as recreation is a necessity as well as a diversion, a collection provides a service of no small value

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Bowers on collecting: The objects of coin collecting

Ask collectors their reason for collecting and almost invariably they answer that it is for recreation. For the greater number this is the paramount motive, and as recreation is a necessity as well as a diversion, a collection provides a service of no small value

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The Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money — Part IV

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Welcome to our fourth offering from the most extensive, most rarity-laden collection of paper money by design types ever formed or presented at auction. The first part, sold by us in March 2018, is now an indelible part of numismatic history. The second part was held as part of the World’s […]

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Watch: The American Numismatic Association’s Future of Numismatics Symposium

 On January 7, 2019, at the Winter Florida United Numismatists Convention, the American Numismatic Association held a symposium that brought together thought leaders from the past and present to discuss the future of the coin hobby. Together, they discussed the future of digital media in the coin hobby, what goes into putting together a successful […]

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Bowers on collecting: Some comments about the 20-cent piece

Of all circulating denominations of United States coins the 20-cent piece, sometimes called the double dime, was the shortest lived. Examples were made for circulation for only two years, 1875 and 1876, followed by two years of Proofs for collectors

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Whitman Announces Expanded 2nd Edition Guide Book of Barber Silver Coins

Whitman Publishing will release an enlarged, updated second edition of the Guide Book of Barber Silver Coins, by Q. David Bowers, in February 2019. The 400-page book, volume 20 in the popular Bowers Series of numismatic references, will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at Whitman.com), for $29.95. The second […]

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Bowers on collecting: Some comments about the 20-cent piece

Of all circulating denominations of United States coins the 20-cent piece, sometimes called the double dime, was the shortest lived. Examples were made for circulation for only two years, 1875 and 1876, followed by two years of Proofs for collectors

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Bowers on collecting: Some comments about the 20-cent piece

Of all circulating denominations of United States coins the 20-cent piece, sometimes called the double dime, was the shortest lived. Examples were made for circulation for only two years, 1875 and 1876, followed by two years of Proofs for collectors

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Whitman Publishing announces expanded second edition of the Guide Book of Barber Silver Coinage

(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing will release an enlarged, updated second edition of the Guide Book of Barber Silver Coins, by Q. David Bowers, in February 2019

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Bowers on collecting: Some comments about the 20-cent piece

Of all circulating denominations of United States coins the 20-cent piece, sometimes called the double dime, was the shortest lived. Examples were made for circulation for only two years, 1875 and 1876, followed by two years of Proofs for collectors

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Whitman Publishing announces expanded second edition of the Guide Book of Barber Silver Coinage

(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing will release an enlarged, updated second edition of the Guide Book of Barber Silver Coins, by Q. David Bowers, in February 2019

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Whitman Publishing releases new third edition of A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents

(Pelham, Alabama)—Whitman Publishing has released an updated and revised third edition of its best-selling Guide Book of Lincoln Cents. It continues in the popular tradition of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars and other Bowers Series numismatic guides, which number more than two dozen volumes

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Whitman Publishing Releases New Third Edition of Lincoln Cents Guide Book

  Whitman Publishing has released an updated and revised third edition of its best-selling Guide Book of Lincoln Cents. It continues in the popular tradition of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars and other Bowers Series numismatic guides, which number more than two dozen volumes. The 320-page full-color book is available now, in January […]

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Whitman Publishing releases new third edition of A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents

(Pelham, Alabama)—Whitman Publishing has released an updated and revised third edition of its best-selling Guide Book of Lincoln Cents. It continues in the popular tradition of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars and other Bowers Series numismatic guides, which number more than two dozen volumes

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2019—an exciting year ahead for numismatic books!

BDear
fellow collectors,
I hope this note finds everyone well and that you are enjoying the new year.
As I write this, the first full week of January 2019 is coming to a close

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: 1922 High Relief Peace Dollar with Unique Antique Finish

Judd-2018 is a recently discovered trial striking of the 1922 High Relief Peace dollar, struck in business-strike format and first reported by David W. Lange in 2007. It is one of the rarest die combinations from 1921 to 1922, a time period when the Mint experimented extensively with the relief of Anthony de Francisci’s artistic […]

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New third edition of Bowers’s Guide Book of Civil War Tokens includes expanded resources

(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of a revised and updated third edition of the award-winning Guide Book of Civil War Tokens, by Q. David Bowers

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Coin Collecting Eighth Annual Market Review: Part 2

Coin industry leaders share their recommendations for collectors on any budget By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Wow! Another year come and gone. As this article posts, 2018 is on its last legs, busy packing its bags, ready to travel into history. I think 2019 is coming up my driveway now. No […]

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Bowers on collecting: Happy New Year!

As we ring out the old year and ring in the new I wish you and your extending family and friends a happy, healthy, prosperous, and numismatically enjoyable 2019.
The rare coin market continues to
be dynamic with many buyers, at levels that are in some series 25% or so lower
than they were at the height of the recent market, which I calculate as being
August 2013

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Bowers on collecting: Happy New Year!

As we ring out the old year and ring in the new I wish you and your extending family and friends a happy, healthy, prosperous, and numismatically enjoyable 2019.
The rare coin market continues to
be dynamic with many buyers, at levels that are in some series 25% or so lower
than they were at the height of the recent market, which I calculate as being
August 2013

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Bowers on collecting: Happy New Year!

As we ring out the old year and ring in the new I wish you and your extending family and friends a happy, healthy, prosperous, and numismatically enjoyable 2019.
The rare coin market continues to
be dynamic with many buyers, at levels that are in some series 25% or so lower
than they were at the height of the recent market, which I calculate as being
August 2013

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Bowers on collecting: Silver dollars in 1955 and 1956

The following is from the manuscript of the autobiography I have been working on for quite a few years. Today it is fascinating to review the past, such as my spending Gem 1928 Peace dollars because I had too many of them

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Coin Collecting Eighth Annual Market Review: Part 1

Coin industry leaders share their thoughts on what’s working and what isn’t By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Well, I don’t know why it should come as a surprise to me, but 2018 is winding down quite rapidly. I know that time isn’t accelerating, but perhaps the aging process is. It has […]

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Bowers on collecting: A 1796 token “unsurpassed in beauty”

The 1796 British Settlement in Kentucky token, popularly called the Myddelton token, was struck in England but refers to the United States.
A Planned Settlement in Kentucky
In 1796 in England, Philip Parry Price, either surnamed Myddelton or from Myddelton, planned a real estate promotion whereby British citizens were to purchase tracts of land in Kentucky

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Fill your Christmas list with paper money books

By Bill Brandimore
If you’d like books for Christmas, show this to your significant other. If you like Obsolete notes, Don Kelly has published a book this year, Obsolete Paper Money: A Guide with Prices, which covers all the states in the union. Another of his books, National Bank Notes: A Guide with Prices, seems to be the standard since the last issue of Hickman Oakes a number of years ago

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Collecting Classic US Coins – The Silver Dollars of Our Founding Fathers

You might be surprised at how affordable some of the earliest US silver dollars are By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Silver Dollars were first authorized during the presidency of George Washington in 1792. The first coins were produced two years later in 1794, with only 1,758 coins leaving the fledgling Mint […]

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Bowers on collecting: The famous 1794 silver dollar

Overview
The 1794 silver dollar is one of my favorite coins. There are about 135 or so known, the exact number being indeterminable due to many not being illustrated in catalogs of years ago and as the same coin can be offered multiple times

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Bowers on collecting: The 1861 Confederate half dollar

After seven states seceded from the Union, beginning with South Carolina in December 1860, the Confederate States of America was formed with its capital as Montgomery, Alabama. The federal branch mint in New Orleans fell in the hands of the seceded State of Louisiana and the Confederacy

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New Book on So-Called Dollars from Pacific Coast Expositions Just Released

So-Called Dollar dealer Jeff Shevlin and William D. Hyder announced the release of their new book, So-Called Dollars from the Pacific Coast Expositions. It is an illustrated reference and is the second in a series of books Shevlin plans to publish to redefine and expand the field of collecting So-Called Dollars. The preface is written […]

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Bowers on collecting: A really great Whitman Expo!

Three times a year the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo is held at the Baltimore Convention Center. For many years I have attended each and every one, except for March of this year when my flight was canceled due to weather

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The crossroads of numismatics and deltiology: Mary L. Martin and Q. David Bowers

What do numismatics (the study of currency) and deltiology (the study of postcards) have in common? Much more than you might think. Both studies make extremely popular collectible hobbies in the forms of coin collecting and postcard collecting, respectively, and both are a method of preserving and studying history

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Bowers on collecting: The 2018 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo

As you read these words I am getting ready to go to the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore next week from Wednesday the 24th through Saturday. What a nice event this will be! Guaranteed! It always is!
On the program is the annual meeting of the Colonial Coin Collectors Club, founded in 1993, and now with several hundred enthusiastic members

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Bowers on collecting: The birth of the Lincoln cent

Collecting Lincoln cents from circulation and putting them in blue Whitman folders is the way that most people discovered numismatics from the 1930s down to the 1970s or so. The hope was to find a rare 1909-S V

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From coin to medal: Transition of the 1776 Continental Currency coin

What for well over a century numismatists considered to be a federal coin, although documentation was found, is now determined to be a medal. The item in question is the 1776 Continental Currency item

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Bowers on collecting: America’s favorite coin?

If someone asked you to pick out one coin that best represents America, which one would you choose?
In The Numismatist, November 1909, Howland Wood gave the following advice under the title of “Numismatic Maxims for Beginners.” Just one coin variety was specifically mentioned: His advice, by the way, is still relevant today:
Don’t set your heart on acquiring any coin right off

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Bowers on collecting: America’s favorite coin?

By Q. David Bowers
If someone asked you to pick out one coin that best represents America, which one would you choose?
In The Numismatist, November 1909, Howland Wood gave the following advice under the title of “Numismatic Maxims for Beginners

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Bowers on collecting: America’s favorite coin?

By Q. David Bowers
If someone asked you to pick out one coin that best represents America, which one would you choose?
In The Numismatist, November 1909, Howland Wood gave the following advice under the title of “Numismatic Maxims for Beginners

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Bowers on collecting: America’s favorite coin?

By Q. David Bowers
If someone asked you to pick out one coin that best represents America, which one would you choose?
In The Numismatist, November 1909, Howland Wood gave the following advice under the title of “Numismatic Maxims for Beginners

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Bowers on collecting: The rise of mint mark collecting

Today in 2018 the collecting of United States coins is done by dates and mint marks. As you no doubt already know, the first three mints were opened in 1838: Charlotte, North Carolina (mintmark C); Dahlonega, Georgia (D); and New Orleans, Louisiana (O)

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Bowers on collecting: The $5 “Educational Note”

Back in 2005 David Sundman and I were commissioned by Whitman Publishing LLC to create The 100 Greatest American Currency Notes. Survey sheets were sent out to leading collectors, dealers, and scholars in the field of paper money asking them to rate their opinion as to the greatest (No

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Bowers on collecting: A memorable Washington medal

Tokens, medals, coins, and paper money depicting George Washington are a very important numismatic specialty today. Several books have been written on tokens with his portrait as well as his image on coins, the last including the familiar Washington quarters minted from 1932 to date, including the current America the Beautiful issues

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Bowers on collecting: The Pine Tree shilling — America’s most famous coin?

Quite a few years ago—it was probably in the 1960s or early 1970s—I asked several people what coin they would pick as their favorite from colonial times to the present. Kenneth Bressett, who later became editor of the Guide Book, picked the 1652 Massachusetts Pine Tree shilling

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Bowers on collecting: The Pine Tree shilling — America’s most famous coin?

Quite a few years ago—it was probably in the 1960s or early 1970s—I asked several people what coin they would pick as their favorite from colonial times to the present. Kenneth Bressett, who later became editor of the Guide Book, picked the 1652 Massachusetts Pine Tree shilling

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Bowers on collecting: The Pine Tree shilling — America’s most famous coin?

By Q. David Bowers
Quite a few years ago—it was probably in the 1960s or early 1970s—I asked several people what coin they would pick as their favorite from colonial times to the present

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Bowers on collecting: The Pine Tree shilling — America’s most famous coin?

By Q. David Bowers
Quite a few years ago—it was probably in the 1960s or early 1970s—I asked several people what coin they would pick as their favorite from colonial times to the present

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The Dentuck ANA blog: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Bowers, Burdette, Books, and Beards at America’s Biggest Coin Show
There’s something magical about the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money. For most collectors and dealers, this is the biggest “coin show” of the year

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Bowers on collecting: Enjoying the Guide Book

Ever since its launching in 1946 (with a 1947 cover date) A Guide Book of United States Coins has been the primary source of information relating to coin prices in different grade categories as well as other information such as historical notes and mintage. At the time, the Standard Catalogue of United States Coins, first published by Waite Raymond in the early 1930s, was the book to use, but distribution was erratic and editions were not published yearly

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Bowers on collecting: Enjoying the Guide Book

By Q. David Bowers
Ever since its launching in 1946 (with a 1947 cover date) A Guide Book of United States Coins has been the primary source of information relating to coin prices in different grade categories as well as other information such as historical notes and mintage

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Bowers on collecting: Enjoying the Guide Book

By Q. David Bowers
Ever since its launching in 1946 (with a 1947 cover date) A Guide Book of United States Coins has been the primary source of information relating to coin prices in different grade categories as well as other information such as historical notes and mintage

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US Coins – What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ….. Walter Breen doesn’t mention it, and in A Guide Book of Washington and State Quarters (Whitman, 2006), Q. David Bowers offers up the generic (“Cherrypicking for quality is advised”), and the baffling (“In this era plastic holders … were a popular way to display sets of coins, including […]

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Bowers on collecting: Civil War money

Forming a collection of money used during the Civil War can be an interesting pursuit. A full collection of such would include tokens, coins, and paper money and would run to over 1,000 varieties if scrip or private paper money notes were considered

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Once obscure, American Civil War tokens now take the spotlight

In the early 1940s, young George J. Fuld was first bitten by the coin-collecting bug (as were many other Americans, during a boom in hobby interest that started in the Great Depression)

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Meet your favorite Whitman Publishing authors at the 2018 ANA World’s Fair of Money

Whitman Publishing authors will meet and greet collectors and sign copies of their books at the Whitman booth, #236 (next to the U.S

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Part II of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… regarding the upcoming Paper Money sale of the Joel R. Anderson Collection Part II. Part II of the JOEL R. ANDERSON COLLECTION Of United States Paper Money Overview Welcome to the second offering from the most extensive, most rarity-laden collection of paper money by design types […]

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Bowers on collecting: The 1776 Continental Currency dollar revisited

The 1776-dated Continental Currency dollar in pewter is one of the best-known coins associated with early America. Conventional wisdom has had it that the paper dollar of similar design was discontinued in 1776 and the pewter dollar was issued as a more durable substitute

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