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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty-Four

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty-Four

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Collecting tokens and medals with the portrait of George Washington has been a passionate pursuit for many numismatists past and present Indeed, in the late 1850s, when coin collecting became widely popular in the United States, the hottest tickets in the marketplace were Washington tokens! This is hard to believe today, but it is true. The reason is that Edward Everett gave dozens of speeches to raise money to restore Mount Vernon, Washington’s home, creating nationwide interest in the Father of our Country and his heritage. 
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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty-Three

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty-Three

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to the latest and final installment in my series relating to colonial and early American coins in the Guide Book of United States Coins. This week I discuss copper issues beginning on page 54 of the 2016 edition. While there are rarities scattered among the Nova Constellatio coppers, the coins of the states, and other issues, the vast majority of basic types are quite inexpensive  and forming a collection can be interesting to do. 

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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty-Two

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty-Two

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

I take up my tour through A Guide Book of United States Coins with French New World issues on page 51. This is a very extensive series produced in France and well studied in print. The standard reference is by Robert A. Vlack, An Illustrated Catalog of the French Billon Coinage in the Americas, published by the Colonial Coin Collectors Club in 2004.

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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty One

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty One

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In this article I continue my tour through the very useful Guide Book of United States Coins, focusing this week on the John Chalmers issues. As listed on pages 50-51, these are available in six different basic types. The threepence is the smallest denomination, followed by the sixpence of which Small Date and Large Date varieties are listed, followed by the shilling with either long worm or short worm, and then a shilling rarity with five rings.
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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to the latest installment of my travel through the pages of A Guide Book of United States Coins.  With your copy in hand you can turn to page 50 and follow this week’s discussion of Rhode Island Ship medals. Today these are available in two main collectible varieties, one with a wreath below the ship and one with without such an ornament. Very rare is one that has the word “vlugtende,” (which means “fleeing”) in the die. 

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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Nineteen

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Nineteen

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to the latest chapter in my “tour” of A Guide Book of United States Coins. In recent weeks I have been discussing colonial and colonial-related coins to the point where I have arrived on page 50. You can follow along in your own copy. I start this chapter with Pitt tokens, made in two sizes popularly called farthings and halfpence, but neither one bears a denomination.

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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Seventeen

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Seventeen

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

I continue my “tour” of the Guide Book of United States Coins. This week I am starting on page 48 so you can follow along. The subject is Higley coppers, not often called Granby coppers to my knowledge, but listed that way in the Guide Book. These are among the most interesting of all early American issues. They were made in copper, circa 1737 to 1739 by Dr. Samuel Higley of Granby, Connecticut, who held a degree in medicine from Yale College.
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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Sixteen

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Sixteen

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to the latest installment of my tour through A Guide Book of United States Coins, 2015 edition. This week I start at the bottom of page 47 with the New Yorke in America token. As is true of many if not most colonial and early American related issues, the Guide Book skims the surface and gives basic information. 
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