John and Nancy Wilson submitted this review of the latest title in Whitman's Red Book series of guide books on U.S. coinage. -EditorThe Official Red Book
A Guide Book of Gold Dollars 2008 by: Q. David Bowers
Reviewed by John and Nancy Wilson, NLG
Once again Whitman and Q. David Bowers have hit a home run with this informative and excellent Red Book reference on Gold Dollars. The 288 page reference has within its pages the, .History, Values, Rarities and Grading of gold coins along with full-color illustrations. David Akers wrote an excellent Foreword for the reference.
It is amazing how many great numismatic books Mr. Bowers authors every year. We once asked Dennis Tucker and Mary Counts from Whitman if we could subscribe to Q. David Bowers book of the month club and they laughed. This most recent guide to Gold Dollars will help beginning to advanced collectors, dealers and investors with their pursuit of coins in this interesting series.
The book covers US gold dollars from inception to the last piece minted. Each piece by date and mint is detailed separately giving value by condition along with details and interesting bits of information about that piece. Estimated populations along with die date and auction information is well covered. Types I, II and III Gold Dollars have also had an excellent study done on each coin. The appendix contains record auction prices which would be useful to the collector and dealer. You will also find information on mints and the minting process.
We especially liked Chapter 5 which dealt with, .How to be a smart buyer.. This chapter by itself contains information that will help you greatly with your collecting of gold coins. The Selected Bibliography has sources that will help the researcher as well as collector find out more information on gold coins.
If you collect U. S. gold coins you will also want to consider purchasing Mr. Bowers reference on United States Gold Coins: An Illustrated History; along with the Encyclopedia of U. S. Gold Coins, 1795-1933, by Authors Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth.
The Official Red Book .A Guide Book of Gold Dollars,. is a Softcover reference priced at $19.95. It can be purchased directly from Whitman Publishing, LLC, 3101 Clairmont Road, Suite C, Atlanta, GA 30329, phone number 1 (800) 546-2995 or visit their web page www.whitmanbooks.com
Wayne Homren, Editor
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