Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing forwarded a copy of the December 2008 Whitman Review, which contains information on three upcoming books. First up, the long-awaited new edition of the Cherrypickers’ Guide. -EditorWhitman Publishing, LLC is proud to announce the release of the latest edition of one of America’s most popular coin books: the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties, 5th Edition, Volume I, which debuted at the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention in November 2008. This volume covers all United States series from half cents through nickel five-cent pieces.
The book 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. It presents information unavailable in any other single source.
The Cherrypickers’ Guide shows you how to “cherrypick” coins—that is, how to examine a seemingly ordinary collection and identify coins with die characteristics that make them rare and valuable. There are hundreds of instances in which an everyday Indian Head cent, Jefferson nickel, or other coin can multiply many times in value if it is of an interesting variety. Examples include repunched dates, doubled mintmarks, and other oddities, often visible without a magnifying glass.
Fivaz and Stanton point out the first places to quickly look on a coin for identification, and offer a guide to rarity and market values in several grades. Accompanying each variety is a narrative relating to its significance.
“Your copy of the Cherrypickers’ Guide can easily pay for itself with a single educated cherrypick,” says Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. “This edition covers many popular coin series with dramatic die varieties, including Lincoln cents and Buffalo nickels. Dealers and collectors should keep a copy handy at all times.”
An example is pictured on book’s title page: a regular 1936-D Buffalo nickel in MS-60 is worth about $40 to $50. The rare 1936-D known as the “3-1/2 Leg,” in the same grade, is worth almost $20,000.
The fifth edition of the Cherrypickers’ Guide continues the newly simplified Fivaz/Stanton numbering system introduced in the fourth edition, volume II. An appendix cross-references the old system, so collectors and dealers can bring their listings up to date. Included are die varieties for half cents, large cents, Flying Eagle cents, Indian Head cents, Lincoln cents, two-cent pieces, silver three-cent pieces, nickel three-cent pieces, Shield nickels, Liberty Head nickels, Buffalo nickels, and Jefferson nickels.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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