Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publications forwarded this release about the new edition of Dave Bowers' book on U.S. gold dollars.
Whitman Publishing has released the second edition of A Guide Book of Gold Dollars, by Q. David Bowers, with a foreword by David Akers. The 288-page book has a retail price of $19.95 and is available online (including at WhitmanBooks.com) and from booksellers and hobby stores nationwide.
United States gold dollars are a fascinating and highly collectible series. In A Guide Book of Gold Dollars, Q. David Bowers—the "Dean of American Numismatics" and the most prolific numismatic author of all time—shares tips for smart collecting: how to evaluate quality, determine value, understand the market, and make good buys. Along the way Bowers explains why, "in all of American numismatics, the gold dollar possesses a special charm."
Readers learn how the history of the nation shaped the coin's design and production—how the first gold dollars were made by a private coiner from gold mined in Georgia; why some thought only second-rate countries issued such small gold coins; what the public thought of the tiny, delicate, yet highly practical coins; and the effects the Gold Rush, the Civil War, political controversy, monetary crises, and other factors had on the coinage.
Bowers provides a wealth of information on each issue: mintages, certified populations, field populations (number of surviving coins), grading information, die characteristics, market values, auction records, keys to collecting, and more. Enlarged photographs illustrate each date and mintmark. A historical backdrop of what was going on in America during each year, along with hundreds of full-color images, make this book a treat for anyone interested in our nation's history.
Gold expert David W. Akers calls the Guide Book of Gold Dollars "a wonderful book—in fact, the finest volume that Dave Bowers has yet written in the Official Red Book series."
Author: Q. David Bowers
Full color, illustrated. 6 x 9 inches. Softcover.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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