Author Kevin Flynn forwarded this press release about a new edition of his book on Liberty Seated Quarters. Thanks. -Editor
The Authoritative Reference on Liberty Seated Quarters by Kevin Flynn is at the printers and will be available shortly. This book is
being self-published, with only a limited number being printed. The book is 8 ½ by 11, 320 pages. Softcover $49.95 plus shipping.
The primary purpose of this book was to create a complete and comprehensive reference for the Liberty Seated Quarters series including
all die varieties, history, hub changes, archive letters, historical documents, and hot topics.
There are twelve different doubled dies, one overdate, one multi-denominational clashed die, and twenty-five different misplaced dates
presented; each with a full page, full of macro photographs of all parts of the variety, complete description of the die variety, all die
diagnostics, pricing, and comments. Also included are five different repunched mint marks and forty-one repunched dates. Several of these
die varieties have not been published before in any book or article.
The most critical aspect of any book containing die varieties are the photographs. Many of the die variety photos in this book are the
clearest and most detailed presented anywhere. The author has probably taken over 30,000 micro-photographs over the past 25 years and is
considered one of the best for close-up coin photography. For some of these die varieties, an analysis is presented as to what caused them
and if they are questionable or refuted. For example, the evidence is overwhelming that what was believed to be a 1845 Large/Small date is
simply just a repunched date of the 1845 quarter date punch.
A section is included on how die varieties are made, which presents a detailed study on the evolution of the die making process and on
each type of die variety. This section and the analysis presented on the varieties for example, will help teach you the different classes
of doubled dies and how they were created, why when the date is punched lightly into the working die it leaves a skinnier impression. The
more you learn, the more you will enjoy studying your coins.
A complete analysis is presented on the design changes made in the Liberty Seated quarters, and for some showing detailed photos of the
differences. Some of the designs that were changed were previously unpublished. Some of the differences in design occurred over a period of
20 years, while others were not design changes, but a change in the relief of the design elements. All of the eagle’s claw designs between
1838 and 1840 are presented to be able see the distinct differences. An analysis was also done on date and mint mark changes that occurred
within a single year. An authentication section is included presenting diagnostics and detailed photos to help validate genuine specimens
of rare coins.
The National Archive letters and the history section in the beginning of the book include those letters and historical information as
presented in the book, The Authoritative Reference on Liberty Seated Half Dimes. Several new letters were uncovered at the archives
and included. Some of these were important, for example, several helped in the understanding of proof coins struck at the San Francisco
Mint in 1854 and 1855.
The history chapter in the front was updated with new information learned while researching the Liberty Seated quarters and this section
was also extended through the beginning of the Barber series. As these series were produced in parallel, it was decided to include all of
the information for all of the Liberty Seated series for this time period to show what decisions and actions occurred concurrently. In
addition, it is important that each book on each series is complete and all inclusive, and not require a different book for reference.
These archive records are critical to any serious collectors of the Liberty Seated series as it presents the history and background in the
creation of these designs from those individuals responsible for creating them. These archive records, detailed study of the die varieties,
and complete analysis of the hot topics presented in these Authoritative Reference on the Liberty Seated series help collectors evolve to
the next level of research and enjoyment of these series, such as already seen by collectors in older U.S. coins such as the Bust series;
see for example the discussions in the Bust Half Nut Club or the John Reich Collectors Society. This book also presents information
important to subjects such as the number of proof coins struck for a given year, or that the New Orleans Mint carried forward reverses for
some years. Some of the previously listed proof counts by Breen and others were incorrect. The correct counts were used for example to
update totals listed in books such as the Red Book.
The Hot Topics section contains a several detailed studies on the Liberty Seated quarter series including an analysis of: the refuted
1845 Large/Small date; 1854-O Huge O; 1856-S Large/Medium S; 1840-O Transitional Reverse; 1842 Small and Large Dates; 1849-O quarter;
1855-S proof quarter, questionable 1858 off-denomination clashed quarter’ 1865 Motto quarters; 1866 No Motto quarters; 1870-CC through
1873-CC quarters, 1870-S quarter; early Liberty Seated proofs; early U.S. proof coin distribution, analysis of Liberty Seated certified
proofs; and Liberty Seated proof counts. Did you know that there are only two 1855-S proof half dollars, both of which were delivered to
the Director of the Mint?
Price for the softcover is $49.95. To order, send a check or money order to Kevin Flynn, P.O. Box 396 , Lumberton , NJ 08048 . Please
include $5 for media shipping or $10 for first class shipping. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a copy. See other books available at www.kevinjflynn.com.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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