The October 2008 Whitman Review featured an upcoming book on coin grading by Dave Bowers: Grading Coins by Photographs: An Action Guide for the Collector and Investor -EditorNo subject is more important to the rare-coin collector or investor than grading. Learning to grade the right way can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Now, award-winning professional numismatist Q. David Bowers has written a unique set of step-by-step grading instructions for every U.S. coin, from half cents to double eagles. He explains the evolution of grading standards, how to .read. a coin.s surfaces, expert techniques, smart buying tips, aspects of today.s marketplace, and more. This detailed, insightful text is combined with hundreds of high-resolution color photographs to help you grade your entire coin collection.
Grading Coins by Photographs will be available before Thanksgiving 2008. It has 384 pages, is spiralbound for ease of use, and is illustrated in full color. It covers circulated, Mint State, and Proof coins. The retail price is $19.95.
.This is a very useful book. Bowers.s critiques of the illustrated coins are more instructive than the generalities about ideal coins found in most grading guides. This kind of .real-world. grading is hard to impart to beginners..
.David W. Lange, research director, NGC
.Dave Bowers.s text reveals the decades of experience he.s accumulated dealing in rare coins. If a picture is worth a thousand words, readers will be rewarded by the millions with this landmark publication..
.Jeff Garrett, numismatic author and coin dealer
To read the complete article, see: Grading Coins by Photographs (http://www.whitmanbooks.com/Default.aspx?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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