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Award-winning Guide Book of United States Paper Money coming in an updated seventh edition

(Pelham, Alabama) — An updated and revised seventh edition of the Guide Book of United States Paper Money will be available in September 2020. The new book is a collector’s price guide and history of the paper currency of the United States dating from federal issues introduced during the Civil War to modern-day cash

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Q&A: As the American colonies were once British possessions, why did we not adopt the sterling currency system?

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The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: As the American colonies were once British possessions, why did we not adopt the sterling currency system, as did most other countries that subsequently emerged from British domination?
A: The reason was not, as some have suggested, to disassociate the United States from everything English

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Bowers on collecting: Focus on a great book

Whenever anyone asks me for suggestions on several books to start a good numismatic library, I always recommend the standard work by  William H. Sheldon, Early American Cents, 1949,  mostly available in its 1958 second edition retitled Penny Whimsy

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Award-winning Guide Book of United States Paper Money coming in an updated seventh edition

(Pelham, Alabama) — An updated and revised seventh edition of the Guide Book of United States Paper Money will be available in September 2020. The new book is a collector’s price guide and history of the paper currency of the United States dating from federal issues introduced during the Civil War to modern-day cash

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Bowers on collecting: Focus on a great book

Whenever anyone asks me for suggestions on several books to start a good numismatic library, I always recommend the standard work by  William H. Sheldon, Early American Cents, 1949,  mostly available in its 1958 second edition retitled Penny Whimsy

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Q&A: As the American colonies were once British possessions, why did we not adopt the sterling currency system?

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The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: As the American colonies were once British possessions, why did we not adopt the sterling currency system, as did most other countries that subsequently emerged from British domination?
A: The reason was not, as some have suggested, to disassociate the United States from everything English

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Bob R. Simpson Part I Auction announced for September 17, 2020

Heritage Auctions to offer significant selections from one of the greatest-ever coin collections into 2021
Dallas, Texas (July 30, 2020) — Bob Simpson, the Texas energy executive and philanthropist, is as legendary in numismatic circles as the momentous United States coins he collects. And in coming months, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will offer some of the greatest rarities found in Simpson’s historic assemblage — or anywhere else in the world

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Bob R. Simpson Part I Auction announced for September 17, 2020

Heritage Auctions to offer significant selections from one of the greatest-ever coin collections into 2021
Dallas, Texas (July 30, 2020) — Bob Simpson, the Texas energy executive and philanthropist, is as legendary in numismatic circles as the momentous United States coins he collects. And in coming months, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will offer some of the greatest rarities found in Simpson’s historic assemblage — or anywhere else in the world

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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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Historic collections of United States coins and exonumia offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2020 Las Vegas Auction

1793 Wreath cent, S-NC-3 Strawberry Leaf, VG10BN, Parmelle Collection. Images by Professional Coin Grading Service

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Q&A: Who argued for the inclusion of a silver half dime among the early coinage denominations, and what was his argument?

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The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Jefferson and Hamilton favored the copper half cent as a coin useful to the poor

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Q&A: Who argued for the inclusion of a silver half dime among the early coinage denominations, and what was his argument?

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The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Jefferson and Hamilton favored the copper half cent as a coin useful to the poor

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PCGS Banknote grades ultra-rare $1,000 Grand Watermelon note

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The 1890 $1,000 Grand Watermelon was the first banknote to cross the million-dollar threshold at auction
(Santa Ana, California, July 9, 2020) — The finest-known example of the ultra-rare 1890 $1,000 “Grand Watermelon” Treasury Note, which in 2005 became the first banknote to bring $1 million at auction, has been certified and graded by PCGS Banknote

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New special-edition Red Book celebrating the 1920–2020 centennial of the Manila Mint is sold out!

The front cover, back cover, and spine of the 1920–2020 Manila Mint special edition distinguish it from the regular-edition Red Book. 260 copies were printed; 48 were damaged in transit, leaving 212 for sale to collectors

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New special-edition Red Book celebrating the 1920–2020 centennial of the Manila Mint is sold out!

The front cover, back cover, and spine of the 1920–2020 Manila Mint special edition distinguish it from the regular-edition Red Book. 260 copies were printed; 48 were damaged in transit, leaving 212 for sale to collectors

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PCGS Coin Quest 2020 winners announced

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(Santa Ana, California, May 30, 2020) — The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Coin Quest 2020 has come to an exciting end with the recognition of two winners! The quest, which kicked off early in the year, challenged collectors to find circulating examples of 2020 Philadelphia and Denver cents, nickels, and dimes and to be among the first to submit them to PCGS for a coveted PCGS Early Find label

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PCGS Coin Quest 2020 winners announced

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(Santa Ana, California, May 30, 2020) — The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Coin Quest 2020 has come to an exciting end with the recognition of two winners! The quest, which kicked off early in the year, challenged collectors to find circulating examples of 2020 Philadelphia and Denver cents, nickels, and dimes and to be among the first to submit them to PCGS for a coveted PCGS Early Find label

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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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1892-S Morgan dollar, Uncirculated, $15 — no haggling!

How would you like an opportunity to spend less than $100, and get a collection of coins worth $250,000?
The following coins are for sale — prices firm, cash on the barrel head:

1880 Shield nickel, Unc. — $8

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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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1892-S Morgan dollar, Uncirculated, $15 — no haggling!

How would you like an opportunity to spend less than $100, and get a collection of coins worth $250,000?
The following coins are for sale — prices firm, cash on the barrel head:

1880 Shield nickel, Unc. — $8

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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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Q&A: Why did the United States begin producing nickel five-cent coins in 1866 when they had been, and still were, coining silver half dimes?

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The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Why did the United States begin producing nickel five-cent coins in 1866 when they had been, and still were, coining silver half dimes?
A: The onset of war, with its requirement of vast expenditures of money and the orientation of priorities for non-consumer goods, traditionally creates inflationary monetary conditions

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Q&A: Why did the United States begin producing nickel five-cent coins in 1866 when they had been, and still were, coining silver half dimes?

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The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Why did the United States begin producing nickel five-cent coins in 1866 when they had been, and still were, coining silver half dimes?
A: The onset of war, with its requirement of vast expenditures of money and the orientation of priorities for non-consumer goods, traditionally creates inflationary monetary conditions

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British rarities rank among the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation announced in April 2020 that its London affiliate, NGC UK, has certified a 1952 British penny. If an American collector focuses only on U

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British rarities rank among the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation announced in April 2020 that its London affiliate, NGC UK, has certified a 1952 British penny. If an American collector focuses only on U

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Uram continuing as Chairman and Tucker as Numismatic Specialist on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

CCAC members Tom Uram and Dennis Tucker with General Tony Taguba (middle) and the design of the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal, June 2017. (Photo by Richard Jewell)

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Coin collectors get a fresh dose of the blues

The Best-Selling Blue Book Tells How Much Your Coins Are Worth
Of all the numismatic books Whitman Publishing has created over the years, including many recent titles that have already matured into standard references, the Guide Book of United States Coins—the “Red Book”—is by far the most popular. It’s hard to argue popularity when generations of coin collectors have bought more than 24 million copies in total!
The hobby community has another long-running annual price guide, though: one that deserves at least a tiara if not the record-holder’s crown

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Uram Continuing as Chairman and Tucker as Numismatic Specialist on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

CCAC members Tom Uram and Dennis Tucker with General Tony Taguba (middle) and the design of the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal, June 2017. (Photo by Richard Jewell)

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Coin collectors get a fresh dose of the blues

The Best-Selling Blue Book Tells How Much Your Coins Are Worth
Of all the numismatic books Whitman Publishing has created over the years, including many recent titles that have already matured into standard references, the Guide Book of United States Coins—the “Red Book”—is by far the most popular. It’s hard to argue popularity when generations of coin collectors have bought more than 24 million copies in total!
The hobby community has another long-running annual price guide, though: one that deserves at least a tiara if not the record-holder’s crown

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Thomas Uram and Dennis Tucker renominated on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

CCAC members Tom Uram and Dennis Tucker with General Tony Taguba (middle) and the design of the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal, June 2017. (Photo by Richard Jewell)

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Thomas Uram and Dennis Tucker renominated on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

CCAC members Tom Uram and Dennis Tucker with General Tony Taguba (middle) and the design of the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal, June 2017. (Photo by Richard Jewell)

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Thomas Uram and Dennis Tucker renominated on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

CCAC members Tom Uram and Dennis Tucker with General Tony Taguba (middle) and the design of the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal, June 2017. (Photo by Richard Jewell)

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Uram continuing as Chairman and Tucker as Numismatic Specialist on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

CCAC members Tom Uram and Dennis Tucker with General Tony Taguba (middle) and the design of the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal, June 2017. (Photo by Richard Jewell)

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Coins Q&A: Selling online

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Selling your coins yourself, in online auctions, can be fun if you have the time and talent to do it. This typically requires some skill with scanning or photography (buyers like to examine potential purchases)

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Coins Q&A: Selling online

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Selling your coins yourself, in online auctions, can be fun if you have the time and talent to do it. This typically requires some skill with scanning or photography (buyers like to examine potential purchases)

Continue reading on Mint News Blog

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Coins Q&A: Selling online

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Selling your coins yourself, in online auctions, can be fun if you have the time and talent to do it. This typically requires some skill with scanning or photography (buyers like to examine potential purchases)

Continue reading on Coin Update News

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New Edition of ‘Red Book’ Released

The 74th edition of the annual Guide Book of United States Coins, popularly known as the “Red Book,” is set to debut from Whitman Publishing April 7. The new volume includes updated pricing and auction data reflecting the current market for collectible U.S

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Free shipping on 2021 Red Books!

Pre-order your copy of the 2021 Official Red Book, the premier Guide Book of United States Coins, and we’ll ship it to you for free.
The Official Red Book, A Guide Book of United States Coins, is 74 years young and going strong

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United Kingdom: Peter Rabbit hops onto new 50-pence coins in time for Easter — and for the very last time

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The Royal Mint has announced (19th March) the return of one of the most famous and best-loved children’s literary characters, Peter Rabbit, onto UK commemorative 50-pence coins for one last time

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The 1920 Maine Centennial half dollar

In two days, the United States Postal Service’s 2020 Maine Bicentennial stamp will go into circulation. A 55-cent “Forever” stamp, the piece features the painting, Sea at Ogunquit, by Edward Hopper

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High-value “cherrypicker” coins take the stage at the ANA National Money Show

Cherrypickers’ Guide volume editor Larry Briggs, author Bill Fivaz, associate editor Brandon Hall, and publisher Dennis Tucker at the ANA National Money Show, February 27, 2020.
Bill Fivaz, coauthor of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins, and Dennis Tucker, publisher at Whitman Publishing, along with Whitman Associate Editor Brandon Hall, spoke to a standing-room-only audience at the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show on Thursday, February 27, 2020, in Atlanta

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High-value “cherrypicker” coins take the stage at the ANA National Money Show

Cherrypickers’ Guide volume editor Larry Briggs, author Bill Fivaz, associate editor Brandon Hall, and publisher Dennis Tucker at the ANA National Money Show, February 27, 2020.
Bill Fivaz, coauthor of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins, and Dennis Tucker, publisher at Whitman Publishing, along with Whitman Associate Editor Brandon Hall, spoke to a standing-room-only audience at the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show on Thursday, February 27, 2020, in Atlanta

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The health of the hobby, 2020

For several years when I was a kid, my father and I would plant, nurture, and eventually harvest a big vegetable garden. It was something special he and I shared—my one older brother still living at home didn’t really take to it; my mother helped, but she focused mainly on her flower gardens

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The health of the hobby, 2020

For several years when I was a kid, my father and I would plant, nurture, and eventually harvest a big vegetable garden. It was something special he and I shared—my one older brother still living at home didn’t really take to it; my mother helped, but she focused mainly on her flower gardens

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Bowers on collecting: Collecting Liberty Seated quarters

Collecting United States coins by mintmark varieties did not become popular until the publication in 1893 of Augustus G. Heaton’s Treatise on Mint Marks

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In God We Trust author William Bierly will sign books at the ANA National Money Show

(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing author William Bierly will meet collectors and autograph copies of his new book, In God We Trust: The American Civil War, Money, Banking, and Religion, at the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show, February 27 and 28, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. The 352-page hardcover book will be available at the show at the Stanton Books and Stone Mountain Supply booth

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Defining “greatness” among modern world coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker
(Pelham, Alabama) — In March 2020 Whitman Publishing will release 100 Greatest Modern World Coins, by numismatists Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker. The 168-page coffee-table hardcover will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online

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Liberty Seated, Barber, Mercury, and Roosevelt dime photographs sought for new Cherrypickers’ Guide

Research materials at the May 2019 Cherrypickers’ Guide editorial summit in Chattanooga.
(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing will release the newest volume of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins at the August 2020 World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh

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Liberty Seated, Barber, Mercury, and Roosevelt dime photographs sought for new Cherrypickers’ Guide

Research materials at the May 2019 Cherrypickers’ Guide editorial summit in Chattanooga.
(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing will release the newest volume of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins at the August 2020 World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh

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Strike gold in Atlanta: Y’all are invited!

The great state of Georgia is no stranger to organized numismatics. You might remember a few years ago when the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo—usually hosted in Baltimore three times a year—was held in Atlanta

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2020 edition (55th edition) of Coins of England now available in U.S.

The 2020 edition of Coins of England and the United Kingdom is the 55th update and revision of the long-time standard. Now edited by Emma Howard, the two-volume set is divided into pre-decimal issues in hardback and decimal issues in paperback

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Donald Scarinci on the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

(Pelham, Alabama) — In March 2020 Whitman Publishing will release 100 Greatest Modern World Coins by numismatists Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker. The 168-page coffee-table hardcover will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online

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Best wishes for your numismatic New Year!

Welcome to 2020. How was 2019 for you and your collection? Were you able to remove any stubborn longstanding wants from your want-list? Did you capitalize on opportunities in slower parts of the market? Were you lucky enough to get the year’s Enhanced Reverse Proof American Silver Eagle at issue price? How many U

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Best wishes for your numismatic New Year!

Welcome to 2020. How was 2019 for you and your collection? Were you able to remove any stubborn longstanding wants from your want-list? Did you capitalize on opportunities in slower parts of the market? Were you lucky enough to get the year’s Enhanced Reverse Proof American Silver Eagle at issue price? How many U

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Bowers on collecting: Retrospective this week

By Q. David Bowers
For this week’s blog I reprint  information from a circular issued in 1885 by the Pacific Bank of San Francisco giving the status of money in the state at the time and paying respect to the double eagle, in particular (excerpts):
Supernova 1857-S double eagle MS-67

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Bowers on collecting: Retrospective this week

For this week’s blog I reprint  information from a circular issued in 1885 by the Pacific Bank of San Francisco giving the status of money in the state at the time and paying respect to the double eagle, in particular (excerpts):
Supernova 1857-S double eagle MS-67. Hover to zoom

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to display the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation tribute to Benjamin Franklin’s Libertas Americana medal

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Santa Ana, CA (December 19, 2020) — Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce that it will display an incredible tribute to the Libertas Americana medal, assembled by the Cardinal Collection Education Foundation, at the upcoming Florida United Numismatists Convention in Orlando, January 9-11, 2020

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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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Dennis Tucker to present silver and gold medals at the February 2020 ANA Show

American Arts Gold Medallions on display at the West Point Mint. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Tucker)

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The war, God, and a two-cent idea

By Peter Rexford
I heard the bells on Christmas day, Their old familiar carols play,

Mild and sweet their songs repeat, Of peace on earth good will to men.
And in despair I bowed my head, There is no peace on earth I said,

For hate is strong and mocks the song, Of peace on earth, good will to men

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Q&A: Is collecting any type of coin a good investment?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Is collecting any type of coin a good investment?
A: No! The hobby collector—be it of coins, back-scratchers, or Bavarian beer mugs—is occasionally persuaded to purchase by impulse or sentiment. Indulging frequent lapses into irrationality is part of the fun of maintaining a hobby

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Q&A: Is collecting any type of coin a good investment?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Is collecting any type of coin a good investment?
A: No! The hobby collector—be it of coins, back-scratchers, or Bavarian beer mugs—is occasionally persuaded to purchase by impulse or sentiment. Indulging frequent lapses into irrationality is part of the fun of maintaining a hobby

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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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Key date coins, the 2019-S Enhanced Reverse Proof, and the future of American Silver Eagles: An interview with Eric Jordan

By Louis Golino
Eric Jordan, who has degrees in engineering and business, started as a collector of classic American issues like Prooflike Morgan dollars in the 1980s, but in the 1990s discovered he would not be able to complete that set and that indexed to inflation his collection had “leveled out or worse.” His attention then shifted to “the radical drop in high-end modern coin mintages” and the “low-risk opportunity they presented,” as he wrote in his well-received book, Modern Commemorative Coins (Krause, 2010)

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Bill Fivaz will update the hobby on cherrypicking coin die varieties at the ANA National Money Show, February 27, 2020

Dennis Tucker and Bill Fivaz reviewing die varieties at a November 21, 2019, editorial meeting.
(Pelham, Alabama) — Bill Fivaz, coauthor of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins, will give an overview of today’s hobby and the market at the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show on February 27, 2020, in Atlanta

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Bill Fivaz will update the hobby on cherrypicking coin die varieties at the ANA National Money Show, February 27, 2020

Dennis Tucker and Bill Fivaz reviewing die varieties at a November 21, 2019, editorial meeting.
(Pelham, Alabama) — Bill Fivaz, coauthor of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins, will give an overview of today’s hobby and the market at the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show on February 27, 2020, in Atlanta

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“In God We Trust” — Giving numismatic thanks

(Pelham, Alabama) — In November 2019 Whitman Publishing will release 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

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Who do you thank in a numismatic book?

“It takes a village to raise a child,” the old saying goes, and the same could be said about creating a good numismatic book. This brings to mind the most prolific numismatic writer of all time, Q

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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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Who do you thank in a numismatic book?

“It takes a village to raise a child,” the old saying goes, and the same could be said about creating a good numismatic book. This brings to mind the most prolific numismatic writer of all time, Q

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Why I wrote In God We Trust

(Pelham, Alabama) — In November 2019 Whitman Publishing will release 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

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Bowers on collecting: To certify or not to certify, that is the question

I have been part of a recent discussion as to whether early American medals should be certified by PCGS or NGC when they are offered at auction.
This is a conundrum

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Unexpectedly high demand leads the Guide Book of United States Coins back to press

(Pelham, Alabama) — In a sign of the strength of the coin-collecting hobby, dramatically higher than usual demand has caused Whitman Publishing to go back to press with the spiralbound version of the Guide Book of United States Coins, 73rd edition.
The Guide Book, published since 1946 and popularly known as the “Red Book,” is the best-selling annual price guide for the coin-collecting hobby

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Unexpectedly high demand leads the Guide Book of United States Coins back to press

(Pelham, Alabama) — In a sign of the strength of the coin-collecting hobby, dramatically higher than usual demand has caused Whitman Publishing to go back to press with the spiralbound version of the Guide Book of United States Coins, 73rd edition.
The Guide Book, published since 1946 and popularly known as the “Red Book,” is the best-selling annual price guide for the coin-collecting hobby

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Unexpectedly high demand leads the Guide Book of United States Coins back to press

(Pelham, Alabama) — In a sign of the strength of the coin-collecting hobby, dramatically higher than usual demand has caused Whitman Publishing to go back to press with the spiralbound version of the Guide Book of United States Coins, 73rd edition.
The Guide Book, published since 1946 and popularly known as the “Red Book,” is the best-selling annual price guide for the coin-collecting hobby

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Unexpectedly high demand leads the Guide Book of United States Coins back to press

(Pelham, Alabama) — In a sign of the strength of the coin-collecting hobby, dramatically higher than usual demand has caused Whitman Publishing to go back to press with the spiralbound version of the Guide Book of United States Coins, 73rd edition.
The Guide Book, published since 1946 and popularly known as the “Red Book,” is the best-selling annual price guide for the coin-collecting hobby

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Bowers on collecting: To certify or not to certify, that is the question

I have been part of a recent discussion as to whether early American medals should be certified by PCGS or NGC when they are offered at auction.
This is a conundrum

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Why I wrote In God We Trust

(Pelham, Alabama) — In November 2019 Whitman Publishing will release 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

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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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Bill Bierly’s In God We Trust shows numismatic research is alive and well

(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

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Bill Bierly’s In God We Trust shows numismatic research is alive and well

(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

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Bill Bierly’s In God We Trust shows numismatic research is alive and well

(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

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Bill Bierly’s In God We Trust shows numismatic research is alive and well

(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

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Die variety photographs welcomed for new Cherrypickers’ Guide, Sixth Edition, Volume II

Bill Fivaz reviewing Cherrypickers’ Guide entries at an October 24, 2019, editorial meeting.

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Die variety photographs welcomed for new Cherrypickers’ Guide, Sixth Edition, Volume II

Cherrypickers’ Guide coauthor Bill Fivaz working on the upcoming Cherrypickers’ Guide, Sixth Edition, Volume II, at an editorial meeting on October 24, 2019.
(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing is calling on the hobby community for photographs of die varieties of U

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Die variety photographs welcomed for new Cherrypickers’ Guide, Sixth Edition, Volume II

Bill Fivaz reviewing Cherrypickers’ Guide entries at an October 24, 2019, editorial meeting.
(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing is calling on the hobby community for photographs of die varieties of U

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Die variety photographs welcomed for new Cherrypickers’ Guide, Sixth Edition, Volume II

Cherrypickers’ Guide coauthor Bill Fivaz working on the upcoming Cherrypickers’ Guide, Sixth Edition, Volume II, at an editorial meeting on October 24, 2019.
(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing is calling on the hobby community for photographs of die varieties of U

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Beth Deisher teaches families how to win “The Widow Game”

Beth Deisher’s Cash In Your Coins: Selling the Rare Coins You’ve Inherited has been released in a new third edition by Whitman Publishing. The 304-page volume is available online and in bookstores and hobby shops nationwide

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Beth Deisher teaches families how to win “The Widow Game”

Beth Deisher’s Cash In Your Coins: Selling the Rare Coins You’ve Inherited has been released in a new third edition by Whitman Publishing. The 304-page volume is available online and in bookstores and hobby shops nationwide

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Beth Deisher teaches families how to win “The Widow Game”

Beth Deisher’s Cash In Your Coins: Selling the Rare Coins You’ve Inherited has been released in a new third edition by Whitman Publishing. The 304-page volume is available online and in bookstores and hobby shops nationwide

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Beth Deisher teaches families how to win “The Widow Game”

Beth Deisher’s Cash In Your Coins: Selling the Rare Coins You’ve Inherited has been released in a new third edition by Whitman Publishing. The 304-page volume is available online and in bookstores and hobby shops nationwide

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In God We Trust: New Whitman Publishing book explores the Civil War and its effects on American money, banking, and religion

(Pelham, Alabama) — 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

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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

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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PCGS grades elusive 1830 large

1830 $5 PCGS PR-62.
Unique example crosses from competing grading service’s PR-63 holder to PCGS PR-62
Rare coins are stars in their own right, but the 1830 Proof $5 gold half eagle is in a class all by itself

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PCGS grades elusive 1830 large

1830 $5 PCGS PR-62.
Unique example crosses from competing grading service’s PR-63 holder to PCGS PR-62
Rare coins are stars in their own right, but the 1830 Proof $5 gold half eagle is in a class all by itself

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Q&A: What causes a missing or weak “4” on 1943 steel cents?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: I have a number of 1943 steel cents on which the “4” of 1943 is either weak or missing. What caused this?
A: The missing or weak numeral (or letter) error is generally caused by the concerned area of the die filling with dirt, grease, or metal particles which harden and prevent coin planchet metal from flowing into that area of the die as intended, which softens or eliminates the intended raising of the numeral or letter

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What causes a missing or weak “4” on 1943 steel cents?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: I have a number of 1943 steel cents on which the “4” of 1943 is either weak or missing. What caused this?
A: The missing or weak numeral (or letter) error is generally caused by the concerned area of the die filling with dirt, grease, or metal particles which harden and prevent coin planchet metal from flowing into that area of the die as intended, which softens or eliminates the intended raising of the numeral or letter

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Q&A: Can we account for the upsurge of interest in recent years in mint errors?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Can you account for the upsurge of interest in recent years in mint errors?
A: Major mint errors—overdates, off-center strikes, and multiple strikes—have long been of great interest to most collectors. Some of the more significant mint errors—die breaks, double dates, and clipped planchets—have also enjoyed a small but enthusiastic following for many years

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Bowers on collecting: Some interesting medals from the ANA World’s Fair of Money

I love tokens and medals (and many other numismatic items as well). At the recent World’s Fair of Money, I poked around the bourse and bought a number of interesting things

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Indispensable advice for coin collectors and their heirs

Many coin collectors — and family members who inherit coins and related numismatic items from a loved one — need help disposing of a collection. This recently updated third edition of the American Numismatic Association’s Managing & Settling a Numismatic Estate shares practical tips for coin collectors and their heirs

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Bowers on collecting: Here and there at the ANA convention

The last week and a few other days as well were spent in Illinois at the ANA World’s Fair of Money. It was the most dynamic ANA convention since the 2000 event in Philadelphia

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Bowers on collecting: Here and there at the ANA convention

The last week and a few other days as well were spent in Illinois at the ANA World’s Fair of Money. It was the most dynamic ANA convention since the 2000 event in Philadelphia

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Indispensable advice for coin collectors and their heirs

Many coin collectors — and family members who inherit coins and related numismatic items from a loved one — need help disposing of a collection. This recently updated third edition of the American Numismatic Association’s Managing & Settling a Numismatic Estate shares practical tips for coin collectors and their heirs

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Whitman Publishing earns “Top Membership Recruiter” award at 2019 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money

(Pelham, Alabama) — At the 2019 World’s Fair of Money, the American Numismatic Association recognized Whitman Publishing’s support in sponsoring ANA memberships. Whitman was presented the Dealer Booster Award for recruiting 177 members from November 2017 through October 2018

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ANA presents literary awards to exceptional writers

2019 Adult Numismatist Literary Award Winners
The American Numismatic Association’s 2019 literary awards — recognizing articles published in the 2018 volume of its official magazine, The Numismatist — is being presented today at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. The Numismatist was launched by ANA founder and first editor Dr

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Whitman Publishing earns “Top Membership Recruiter” award at 2019 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money

(Pelham, Alabama) — At the 2019 World’s Fair of Money, the American Numismatic Association recognized Whitman Publishing’s support in sponsoring ANA memberships. Whitman was presented the Dealer Booster Award for recruiting 177 members from November 2017 through October 2018

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ANA presents literary awards to exceptional writers

2019 Adult Numismatist Literary Award Winners
The American Numismatic Association’s 2019 literary awards — recognizing articles published in the 2018 volume of its official magazine, The Numismatist — is being presented today at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. The Numismatist was launched by ANA founder and first editor Dr

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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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Q&A: Is any particular course available to teach me the “know-how” of coin collecting?

The following is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Is there any course available which would teach me the “know-how” of the hobby of coin collecting?
A:  Not in the academic sense, but neither is there a school to train presidents. Desire is the motive and application is the means to acquiring a working knowledge of coin collecting

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Numismatic Bibliomania Society will celebrate its 40th anniversary at ANA convention

The Numismatic Bibliomania Society will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this year at the ANA Convention in Rosemont. You are invited to join them for their symposium on Thursday the 15th at 1:00 in room 23

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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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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to display the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation tribute to Benjamin Franklin’s Libertas Americana medal

Santa Ana, CA (July 23, 2019) — At the upcoming American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money Convention in Rosemont, Illinois, August 13-18, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce it will have at their bourse table 1005 an incredible display assembled by the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation that is centered around one of the most beautiful and important medals struck in American history.
Following decisive victories at Saratoga and Yorktown, Benjamin Franklin wrote to the United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs Robert Livingston:

This puts me in mind of a medal I have had a mind to strike … representing the United States by the figure of an infant Hercules in his cradle, strangling the two serpents; and France by that of Minerva, sitting by as his nurse, with her spear and helmet, and her robe specked by a few ‘fleurs-de-lis

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Thomas Uram’s numismatic journey: From young Lincoln cent collector to the “Super Bowl of numismatics”

Thomas Uram began collecting coins in 1971 and joined the ANA as a junior member in 1974. In addition to having been a collector for almost a half-century and an award-winning exhibitor and certified award judge at many coin shows, Tom is a key leader within the numismatic community involved in several of the leading organizations

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Thomas Uram’s numismatic journey: From young Lincoln cent collector to the “Super Bowl of numismatics”

By Louis Golino
Thomas Uram began collecting coins in 1971 and joined the ANA as a junior member in 1974. In addition to having been a collector for almost a half-century and an award-winning exhibitor and certified award judge at many coin shows, Tom is a key leader within the numismatic community involved in several of the leading organizations

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Thomas Uram’s numismatic journey: From young Lincoln cent collector to the “Super Bowl of numismatics”

By Louis Golino
Thomas Uram began collecting coins in 1971 and joined the ANA as a junior member in 1974. In addition to having been a collector for almost a half-century and an award-winning exhibitor and certified award judge at many coin shows, Tom is a key leader within the numismatic community involved in several of the leading organizations

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Thomas Uram’s numismatic journey: From young Lincoln cent collector to the “Super Bowl of numismatics”

Thomas Uram began collecting coins in 1971 and joined the ANA as a junior member in 1974. In addition to having been a collector for almost a half-century and an award-winning exhibitor and certified award judge at many coin shows, Tom is a key leader within the numismatic community involved in several of the leading organizations

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Q&A: How was the three-cent denomination introduced?

The following is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: People have told me that the three-cent denomination was introduced into our coinage system because of the postal situation at the time. Could you explain this for me?
A: There were two principal reasons for the introduction of the three-cent piece, or “trime” as it came to be referenced in Treasury documents

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Q&A: How was the three-cent denomination introduced?

The following is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: People have told me that the three-cent denomination was introduced into our coinage system because of the postal situation at the time. Could you explain this for me?
A: There were two principal reasons for the introduction of the three-cent piece, or “trime” as it came to be referenced in Treasury documents

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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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The importance of good research and writing

In March 2019 Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker spoke about writing and research to eighth-grade students of Meadow Glen Middle School (Lexington, South Carolina). This is a transcript of that lecture

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Numismatic issues to ponder on Independence Day

When it comes to Independence Day, there is no shortage of coin or medallic issues that could potentially be discussed. However, for the sake of timeliness, I will focus my discussion on some of the bicentennial issues that came out in the mid-1970s

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Numismatic issues to ponder on Independence Day

When it comes to Independence Day, there is no shortage of coin or medallic issues that could potentially be discussed. However, for the sake of timeliness, I will focus my discussion on some of the bicentennial issues that came out in the mid-1970s

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The importance of good research and writing

In March 2019 Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker spoke about writing and research to eighth-grade students of Meadow Glen Middle School (Lexington, South Carolina). This is a transcript of that lecture

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to showcase the famous 1894-S dime in their auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 15, 2019

Santa Ana, CA — Of all great American coin rarities, the 1894-S dime stands high in the front rank. The appearance of one in the marketplace is always a cause for excitement

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to showcase the famous 1894-S dime in their auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 15, 2019

Santa Ana, CA — Of all great American coin rarities, the 1894-S dime stands high in the front rank. The appearance of one in the marketplace is always a cause for excitement

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Collecting 100 years of medals and tokens of the famous Chicago Coin Club

One of my greatest numismatic regrets is that I lived in the city of Rochester, New York, for nearly twelve years, and in all that time I never joined the venerable and storied Rochester Numismatic Association.
I’ve been a coin collector since I was about seven years old

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Q&A: Is it true that the Standing Liberty quarters struck from 1917 through 1930 were illegal?

The following is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q:  Who was the model for the Standing Liberty depicted on Hermon MacNeil’s beautiful quarter?
A:  MacNeil acknowledged that his rendition of a standing or striding armed Liberty was inspired by Roty’s early 20th century “sowing Marianne” of the French silver coinage. The actual model was 22-year-old Miss Dora Doscher (later Mrs

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Fabled S.S. Central America treasure reveals extremely rare, Gem 1856-S dime

Retrieved in latest sunken treasure recovery, top rarity is now graded PCGS MS-65 CAC, tied for finest known
(Brea, California) June 14, 2019 — The S.S

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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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Chicago Coin Club releases limited edition 100th anniversary Red Book

The Chicago Coin Club, in conjunction with Whitman Publishing, has released a special edition Red Book (A Guide Book of United States Coins). This special edition Red Book is just one of many ways the club is celebrating their 100th anniversary of being chartered as an official organization in 1919

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Red Book recollections: P. Scott Rubin

Coin Update continues its series dedicated to reflecting on the long history of Whitman Publishing’s Guide Book of United States Coins, also known as the Red Book. On April 9, the highly anticipated 73rd edition of the Red Book debuted

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Rare 2019 West Point quarters are valuable treasure in your pocket change

(Pelham, AL) — The United States Mint is randomly issuing rare and valuable quarter dollars into circulation this year. The coins are found in regular pocket change and can be worth hundreds of dollars each, according to the senior editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins, the best-selling price guide on American coinage

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Rare 2019 West Point quarters are valuable treasure in your pocket change

(Pelham, AL) — The United States Mint is randomly issuing rare and valuable quarter dollars into circulation this year. The coins are found in regular pocket change and can be worth hundreds of dollars each, according to the senior editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins, the best-selling price guide on American coinage

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Rare 2019 West Point quarters are valuable treasure in your pocket change

(Pelham, AL) — The United States Mint is randomly issuing rare and valuable quarter dollars into circulation this year. The coins are found in regular pocket change and can be worth hundreds of dollars each, according to the senior editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins, the best-selling price guide on American coinage

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Bowers on collecting: How to spot a potential candidate for coin collecting

By Q. David Bowers
Last week I was at the Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore, and in this blog I shared some thoughts about the new quarter eagle book I am now compiling

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Bowers on collecting: How to spot a potential candidate for coin collecting

By Q. David Bowers
Last week I was at the Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore, and in this blog I shared some thoughts about the new quarter eagle book I am now compiling

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Bowers on collecting: How to spot a potential candidate for coin collecting

Last week I was at the Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore, and in this blog I shared some thoughts about the new quarter eagle book I am now compiling. This week I return to answering questions sent by readers

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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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Bowers on collecting: America’s $2.50 gold pieces

For Whitman Publishing over the next few weeks, I’m putting the final touches on a new reference, A Guide Book of Quarter Eagle Gold Coins. This adds to the roster of gold studies in the “Bowers Series,” which, as of Spring 2019, includes two dozen titles

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The challenges of implementing a cashless society and what it means for the hobby

A recent article by Oz Shy, senior policy adviser and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, drew some interesting conclusions based upon a multitude of studies that have been conducted over the years to investigate the behaviors displayed by consumers in a variety of situations. While the concept of a cashless society has been thrust into the ether for some time, new developments in nations that have adopted these systems have once again brought this topic to the forefront of discussion

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The challenges of implementing a cashless society and what it means for the hobby

A recent article by Oz Shy, senior policy adviser and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, drew some interesting conclusions based upon a multitude of studies that have been conducted over the years to investigate the behaviors displayed by consumers in a variety of situations. While the concept of a cashless society has been thrust into the ether for some time, new developments in nations that have adopted these systems have once again brought this topic to the forefront of discussion

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Architect I.M. Pei and “what might have been” in American gold medals

This past week my brother-in-law, an architect, visited for a couple days, and at one point we talked about the famous Chinese-born and MIT- and Harvard-trained architect I.M

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NLG announces awards competition for 2019

The Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG), a nonprofit organization composed of editors, authors, and writers who cover news and feature stories about all forms of money, medals, and tokens as collectibles, has announced its annual awards competition for 2019.
This year’s competition is being overseen by David Lange, the new NLG Awards Coordinator

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Q&A: Mercury dime Mint errors

The following is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Can you explain what is meant by a 1942/41 dime? Is it a dime struck with a dual date?
A: Two major “overdate” Mint errors exist for 1942, one from the Philadelphia Mint and one from the Denver Mint. Both were produced when production dies in the preparation process were first sunk with a 1941-dated hub die and then, by accident, finished with 1942 hub dies

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Whitman Publishing holds Cherrypickers’ Guide editorial summit in Chattanooga

Left to right: Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker; Cherrypickers’ Guide coauthor Bill Fivaz; professional numismatist Larry Briggs; and Whitman associate editor Brandon C. Hall, at SEGS Grading Service headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, May 2019

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Whitman Publishing holds Cherrypickers’ Guide editorial summit in Chattanooga

Left to right: Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker; Cherrypickers’ Guide coauthor Bill Fivaz; professional numismatist Larry Briggs; and Whitman associate editor Brandon C. Hall, at SEGS Grading Service headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, May 2019

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Whitman Publishing holds Cherrypickers’ Guide editorial summit in Chattanooga

(Chattanooga, Tennessee) — An editorial summit was convened in Chattanooga, Tennessee, May 1 and 2, 2019, to plan the sixth edition, volume II, of Whitman Publishing’s Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins. The meeting laid out a comprehensive plan for updating the volume, which covers die varieties of U

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Red Book recollections: Denis Loring

Coin Update continues its series dedicated to reflecting on the long history of Whitman Publishing’s Guide Book of United States Coins, also known as the Red Book. On April 9, the highly anticipated 73rd edition of the Red Book debuted

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David W. Lange acquires massive “Midwest Collection” of vintage coin boards

In a very rare opportunity, vintage coin board collector and dealer David W. Lange has negotiated the purchase of more than 400 antique coin boards from the 1930s and ‘40s

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Pre-order your 2020 Blue Book for free shipping!

For more than 75 years, coin dealers have used the Official Blue Book to make buying offers. And when you pre-order your 2020 Blue Book today, you’ll receive free shipping on your entire order!
As a collector, 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 rare-coin market, gathered from dealers around the country

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Musings on a guide book of Lincoln cents

by Dennis Tucker
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.
To call the Lincoln cent a classic American coin is to group it with Buffalo nickels, Mercury dimes, Standing Liberty quarters, Liberty Walking half dollars, and Saint-Gaudens double eagles—all well-loved series that were born in the “Renaissance” era of U

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The Great American Coin Hunt is underway: Check your pocket change this week!

The Great American Coin Hunt is now fully underway as part of National Coin Week. Initially, the Great American Coin Hunt started as an idea formed between several coin dealers, but has since evolved into a viral, grassroots campaign that has taken off in the online numismatic community with tens of thousands of enthusiasts planning to participate in the phenomenon

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The Great American Coin Hunt is underway: Check your pocket change this week!

The Great American Coin Hunt is now fully underway as part of National Coin Week. Initially, the Great American Coin Hunt started as an idea formed between several coin dealers, but has since evolved into a viral, grassroots campaign that has taken off in the online numismatic community with tens of thousands of enthusiasts planning to participate in the phenomenon

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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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Q&A: Which of the branch mints was the first to strike quarter dollars?

The following is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Which of the branch mints was the first to strike quarter dollars?
A: The New Orleans Mint began striking Liberty Seated quarter dollars in 1840. The San Francisco Mint followed in 1855

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Kenneth Bressett on Curious Currency

Ken Bressett, Editor Emeritus of the Guide Book of United States Coins, shares his thoughts on “odd and curious” (primitive) money, and on Curious Currency: The Story of Money From the Stone Age to the Internet Age, Robert Leonard’s newly updated book on the subject.
The use of money today is so ubiquitous that we seldom give thought to why it functions the way it does, how it came to be, or what we would do without it

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Red Book recollections: Joel Edler

Coin Update continues its series dedicated to reflecting on the long history of Whitman Publishing’s Guide Book of United States Coins, also known as the Red Book. On April 9, the highly anticipated 73rd edition of the Red Book is scheduled to debut

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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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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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Selby Ungar: The King of Carson City Silver Dollars

Selby Ungar (1937-2018), known to the numismatic community as the “King of Carson City Silver Dollars,” passed away on October 9, 2018, at the age of 81. He was renowned for his sincerity and integrity; being a U

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Treasure at the end of the rainbow: New Jersey’s Saint Patrick coppers

Background photo by Alexis Dworsky.
In preparation for the upcoming 73rd edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins, which is expected to draw increased attention to foreign coins that were used in Colonial America, I thumbed through the Colonial Issues section of the 4th edition of Mega Red and came across something both interesting and festive

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