The next book by David Ganz will be published by Random House in October. Here's some information from the publisher's web site. -EditorThe U.S. Mint.s 50 State Quarters Program, which ran from 1999-2008, was the most successful coin program in history, kicking off a collecting craze unlike anything ever seen in the coin world. The final coin in the program, Hawaii, will be released in August 2008, after which quarters will revert to their pre-1999 designs. All 50 of the collectible quarters are featured in America.s State Quarters, by numismatics expert David Ganz. As a charter member of the Coin Advisory Committee to Congress and the U.S. Mint, Ganz deserves .the lion.s share of the credit for making the 50 State Quarters program a reality. according to Philip Diehl, the Director of the United States Mint.
Information for each state quarter includes:
In addition, the book features behind-the-scenes information about how and why the program was created, as well as how to get the most value from your collection.
David Ganz writes:
It's a completely new edition. The first edition was about 30,000 words while the second is about 70,000 words. The first edition stopped with data on the 19th State where the new book actually has most of the designs through the 5 insular territories and Washington, D.C. It has a lot of original research and of course is written from my point of view.
David's connection to the program runs deep. His early involvement is summarized by a letter to the editor that U.S. Mint Philip Diehl wrote some 10 years ago (Numismatic News, December 11, 1998):
"The idea of a circulating commemorative has been around the hobby for decades, but frankly, good ideas are a dime a dozen. Far more rare is the ability to move an idea to reality, especially in the rough and tumble environment of Washington, D.C. From my vantage point, the lion's share of the credit for making the 50 States program a reality goes to David Ganz, for his persistence as an advocate, and Congressman Michael Castle for championing the proposal through Congress. David gradually persuaded me of the merits of the proposal, and we at the Mint, in turn, convinced Treasury and the Hill that it was doable. There are other claimants, to be sure, but the hobby owes a debt of gratitude to Congressman Castle and Mr. Ganz.
For more information on the book, see: America's State Quarters: The Definitive Guidebook to Collecting State Quarters (http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780375722592)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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