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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 27, July 2, 2006, Article 6

WHITMAN TO PUBLISH NEW CHERRYPICKERS' GUIDE

Chris Chapel of Whitman Publishing writes: "Whitman Publishing, LLC
is proud to announce the impending release of the long-awaited latest
edition of one of America's most popular and frequently used coin
books: The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties-Fourth Edition,
Volume Two. This volume covers all United States series from silver
half dimes through silver and modern dollars, all gold denominations,
and classic commemoratives.

This is the result of many years of cumulative research and finessing
by the lead authors, Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton, in cooperation with
many collectors, scholars, dealers, and others in the numismatic
community. The book presents information unavailable in any other
single source.

By means of the Cherrypickers' Guide the reader will be able to
view "ordinary" coins, including those in modern series, and
identify varieties with characteristics that make them rare and
valuable. There are hundreds of instances in which an everyday
Franklin half dollar, Washington quarter, Mercury or Roosevelt
dime, Morgan silver dollar, gold dollar, commemorative, or other
coin can multiply many times in value if it is of an interesting
variety. Examples include repunched dates, doubled lettering,
and other oddities typically distinguished under a low-power
magnifying glass.

Fivaz and Stanton give tips as to the first places to quickly
look on a coin for identification, plus a guide to rarity, and
market values in several levels. Accompanying each coin is a
narrative relating to the significance of the variety.

"New to this edition is a revised numbering system to simplify the
complex system in use earlier. The new system uses digits denoting
the denomination, the date, the mintmark (if applicable), then a
three or four digit number, the last in a logical series. The system
is easy to use. A complete cross reference is given with the old
system, enabling collectors and dealers to bring their listings up
to date."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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