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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 28, July 12, 2009, Article 5

BOOK REVIEW: WHITMAN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COLONIAL AND EARLY AMERICAN COINS

John and Nancy Wilson, NLG submitted this review of the Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins by Q. David Bowers. The image is of the cover of the limited edition. -Editor
Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American COins deluxe Q. David Bowers has done it again with this encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins. This hard cover 352 page book with over 2,000 color pictures has 12 Chapters. It covers the entire field of money in early America. The book is a general guide to the entire field of US colonial coins. It also covers the history of money in America and how it was made and distributed.

Each section lists all known varieties with color pictures of each along with commentary and diagnostics on that variety and its rarity and estimated current value in each of several conditions. The photographs are well done and clearly show the necessary characteristics of that variety where such a coin exists. Later European coins and tokens along with foreign coins traditionally associated with colonials as well as 19th-century copies and fantasies are described and pictured. The stories surrounding the making of the copies and fantasies are also given.

Dave has written a book that is clear and easy to read and understand and keeps the reader wanting to learn more. Many specialists in each series were consulted to obtain the latest information in each series. We highly recommend this great reference to Bibliophiles and economic historians.

The Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins by Q. David Bowers has already sold out by the publisher, Whitman Publishing, LLC. Whitman can be contacted at: 3103 Clairmont Road, Suite B., Atlanta, GA 30329, (800) 546-2995, www.whitmanbooks.com.

The hardcover edition retails for $49.95 and the Limited Edition which is limited to 250 copies is $99.95. The Limited Edition is still available from the publisher. The other sold out edition should be available from numismatic literature dealers nation wide



Wayne Homren, Editor

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