As noted last week, NBS Treasurer Chuck Heck has published a great new book for Large Cent specialists. Here's the full announcement.
Chuck Heck introduced his new book, DIE STATES of 1794 United States Large Cents, at the Early American Coppers convention held in St. Louis from May 12 – 15. The 9x12 black hardcover book
contains 698 full color photos on 200 pages.
The Contents page shows the different approach
taken in this book. Heck has a
Must Read First
section at the very beginning that provides the
reader with the rules of the game. What follows is a
look at how die states were treated by prior authors,
a story of what the US mint was experiencing back
in 1794, and a thorough examination of the different
types of die states.
Every coin is listed by Sheldon number, but the writing order follows the Breen emission sequence,
except where Heck has found discrepancies. In one of several examples, Heck shows clearly why the
order of S-66, 67, 68, 69 is not accurate and should be S-66, 68, 67, 69. Also, Heck admits that the
puzzle concerning S-70 and 71 has not been completely solved and hopes that some unseen die states
will soon be found to put his mind at peace.
Every variety begins with enlarged obverse and reverse
photos, followed by die state characteristics that are
fully described and illustrated with enlarged photos.
Points of reference are indicated on the photos with
arrows, circles, etc. when necessary. (See the sample
page for Sheldon 47.)
Books can be obtained for $90 plus $7 for shipping and
handling to destinations in the US. For complete
information, contact Chuck at
Wayne Homren, Editor
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