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Q. David Bowers, Guide Books, and America’s $10 Gold Coins

A new book on U.S. gold eagles ($10 coins) will debut just before Thanksgiving 2017. Its author, Q. David Bowers, nicknamed the “Dean of American Numismatics,” has been studying U.S. gold coins for more than 60 years, and writing about them almost as long. He has examined more than 5,000 numismatic catalogs, read countless periodicals, […]

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Mastering Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars – Two of the Most Popular Series in American Numismatics

Today, Franklin half dollars (minted from 1948 to 1963) are avidly collected. Scarcely a month or two goes by without excitement in the auction room when a particular variety described as FBL (Full Bell Lines), perhaps of a date and mint that is very common without this feature and otherwise inexpensive, sells for in the […]

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The Revised “Yellow Book” is an Essential Guide for Collectors

The revised and updated edition of Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting includes the basics from previous editions along with pertinent new information for both newcomers and experienced numismatists. In this review, we’ll cover in depth the content for new hobbyists, but we also want to address the numismatic experts early in this critique. Too often coin dealers […]

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For Serious Numismatists: Inside the Rare Coin Marketplace

“Buy the book before the coin” is good, solid, often-quoted advice for newcomers to the hobby. Frankly, it’s guidance for a lifetime of collecting; we should all heed it well beyond the beginner stage. And fortunately for today’s hobbyist, this advice has never been easier to follow—thanks in large part to one incredibly productive author, […]

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Great Photos, Mediocre Coins, and Adventures in Numismatic Publishing

In February 2017, Dennis Tucker put out a call for “problem coins” to illustrate some of the educational warnings author Kenneth Bressett gives in his new Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting. He asked hobbyists for high-resolution photographs of PVC damage, bag marks, scratches, edge bumps, nicks, dents, and other problems caused by poor handling or storage.

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New from Whitman: Expanded Edition of A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents

Whitman Publishing has released an expanded, updated second edition of its best-selling Guide Book of Lincoln Cents, a popular entry in the Bowers Series of numismatic titles. 

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Anti-Kennedy Medal One of the Many Highlights of The Kennedy World in Medallic Art

In September 2014, Whitman Publishing introduced The Kennedy World in Medallic Art: John F. Kennedy and His Family in Medals, Coins, Tokens, and Other Collectibles, by William R. Rice. Rice is respected as a well-renowned Kennedy historian and his text shines a light on the more personal aspects of the life of President John F. Kennedy and […]

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New Release! Guide Book of United States Currency, 7th Edition

Hobby legend Kenneth Bressett covers large-size, small-size, and fractional paper money in the newly revised and updated 7th edition of the Guide Book of United States Currency, one of the best-selling paper-money books of all time.

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Counterfeiting and Technology Named “Best Specialized Book”

Last night, at the World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Whitman author Bob McCabe won the Numismatic Literary Guild’s “Best Specialized Book” award for Counterfeiting and Technology: A History of the Long Struggle between Paper-Money Counterfeiters and Security Printing. The book was entered in the U.S. Paper Money category (which, incidentally, was won the previous year by another Whitman […]

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Expanded New 2nd Edition of the “Guide Book of Buffalo and Jefferson Nickels”

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the new second edition of the Guide Book of Buffalo and Jefferson Nickels, by Q. David Bowers. The 320-page softcover book is available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at www.Whitman.com), for $19.95. Bowers will autograph copies at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, August 1–5, […]

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