Michael E. Marotta submitted the following overview of several new titles just released by Whitman Publishing. -Editor Whitman Publishing’s continued production of high-quality, low-cost numismatic references may be unprecedented. The extent of titles eclipses even the venerable inventory from Krause. Subjects and treatments range the compass from the choppy shallows skiffed by casual collectors to the unfathomable trenches explored by loupe wielding specialists – from traditional Americana to untraditional Americana to alien times and places.
Coins: Questions & Answers by Clifford Mishler, 5th Edition, 2008, 345 pages. $9.95. Deceptively packaged as a little “pocketbook” about 4 x 7 inches (10.5 x 17.5 cm), this volume competes directly with Alan Herbert’s Coin Clinic - 1001 Frequently Asked Questions.
A Guide Book of Peace Dollars by Roger W. Burdette with Barry Lovvorn (Valuations editor, :Lawrence R. Stack), 2008, 277 pages, $19.95. The first half (176 pages) tells the full story, replete with illustrations recovered from Mint archives and other sources. The second half is the year-by-year price guide, with linear matrices of prices and certified populations, both by grade
Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins Fifth Edition, Volume 1: Half Cents to Jefferson Nickels, by Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton, 2009, 365 pages, $39.95. The hybrid binding, spiral protected by hardcover, makes this a tool for the bourse floor.
Grading Coins by Photographs: An Action Guide for the Collector and Investor by Q. David Bowers, 2008, 360 pages, $19.95. The importance of grading is hard to argue.
United States Pattern Coins, 10th Edition by J. Hewitt Judd, M.D., edited by Q. David Bowers, Research Associate Saul Teichman, 2009, 341 pages, $39.95. For most of us, this lovely and affordable book must stand in for the Seated Cent, the Amazonian Patterns, the Schoolgirl, and the Martha Washington Dollar of 1999 that we will never own.
Collecting Ancient Greek Coins: A Guided Tour Featuring 25 Significant Types by Paul Rynearson, 2009, 256 page, $29.95. Ancients may be coming of age in America. This book is not for beginners. An experienced numismatist seeking a new frontier, having profited from hard-won knowledge about several other areas – U. S. Type, Conders, or National Bank Notes, Inaugural Medals, etc., etc. – will find Dr. Rynearson’s work helpful in making a lateral transfer.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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