Q. David Bowers shares more than 60 years of experience as a coin collector, professional dealer, published author and researcher, and past president of the American Numismatic Association. Learn how to build a meaningful and significant coin collection on any budget, for your own pleasure, for investment purposes, to share a fun hobby with your friends and family, and to explore history, art, commerce, technology, and many other areas of interest that are touched by coins.
The catalogue includes stamps on cover, tete-beche issues, blocks, reprints, military mail, specimens, telegraphs, officials, parcel post, booklets, essays, proofs, airmails, precancels, postage dues, imperforate issues, balloon mail, occupation issues, telephone stamps, siege mail and war stamps, and is the authoritative work for any collector of
A album for storing National Park Quarters that includes 2 National Park Quarters to start your collection
Three countries. One resource.
Featuring nearly 50,000 individual coin listings and updated coin prices for the United States, Canada and Mexico, "2014 North American Coins & Prices" is the perfect all-in-one guide for the coin collector, dealer and enthusiast.
Organized by country, denomination and date of issue, the reference provides a clear, detailed and easy-to-use resource to a vast array of coins so passionately collected by millions. The U.S. section begins with early Colonial coins and tokens of the 17th and 18th centuries and follows through to Federal issues from 1792 forward. Mexico's listings begin in 1701 while Canada's begin with its earliest unified coinage in 1858.
Inside you will find: Pricing, descriptions and photos for the latest coin issues of the United States, Canada and Mexico.A helpful photo-grading guide to aid in making informed assessments of coin conditions.A unique guide to identification and valuation of error coinage.Graphs tracking the price performance of "key date" U.S. coins.
For more than two decades, this thorough reference has been providing unique, complete and authoritative information. Experience for yourself why the "2014 North American Coins & Prices" is the best guide of its kind on the market.
The standards do not seek to influence or establish current grading practices, but to report, clarify, and explain them. They explain technical grading, the foundation upon which coin grading began, and today's real-world market grading practices. The purpose is to help coin collectors, professional and amateur, communicate with each other regarding the condition of the coins they are talking about. The topics are the importance and evolution of grading, basic and advanced grading techniques, circulation strike coins, proof coins, and special aspects of grading. Then the guide focuses on details of each type of US coin from half cents to double eagles and commenoratives, with illustrations pointing out features affecting the grade. A dictionary of grading terms concludes. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Worshiped by Tea Party politicians but loathed by sane economists, gold has influenced American monetary policy and has exerted an irrational influence on the national psyche for centuries. It is an existential quest that extends to today, as millions of investors remain entranced by the metal, and as right-wing presidential candidates present it as the antidote to our economic woes. Acclaimed author James Ledbetter traces the origins of our national obsession, revealing how gold's sacred status dates from precolonial days when conquistadors fanatically searched the New World for the gilded city of El Dorado. From William Jennings Bryan's legendary Cross of Gold speech of 1896, to FDR's ban on private gold ownership, to Nixon's 1971 decision to float the dollar and detach it from gold, Ledbetter's "really superb treatment" (Julian Zelizer) expertly explores the controversies around this hallowed metal, investigating for the first time what our centuries-long fixation ultimately reveals about the American identity.