100 Greatest U.s. Modern Coins
Hardcover ISBN: 0794845231
In this beautifully illustrated coffee-table book, you will take a guided tour of the most significant U.S. coins of the modern era. From humble Lincoln cents to costly American Platinum Eagles, each of the ranking coins was voted into place following rigorous research to determine which were worthy of being contenders for the 100 Greatest. This revised and updated fourth edition features new additions to the list and dramatic - even surprising - changes in ranking. A new appendix shows how coins changed position on the list and explains the reasoning behind some of the most extreme changes. You'll learn the behind-the-scenes stories that illuminate how these particular coins became so desirable - and why they illustrate, better than any others, the high point of our nation's modern coinage.
The Philadelphia Mint Strikes Gold
Hardcover ISBN: 0794842453
Moran, an author and researcher in numismatics, and Garrett, a gold-coin specialist, trace the history of the US Mint during the first half of the 19th century, from its establishment in 1794 in Philadelphia to the impact of the 1848 discovery of gold in California. They describe the early difficulties in obtaining bullion, management of the gold-to-silver ratio, the development of coinage designs and motifs, the evolution of engraving and striking methods and technology, the debate over the merits and limitations of paper currency, national disagreements over branch mints, and the relationship between the federal government and Mint officials. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)