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Comments Concerning the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago

Comments Concerning the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

I left New Hampshire on Friday, August 7, heading to Illinois where I and family members spent a weekend with some friends. Then on Monday it was to the World’s Fair of Money at the Convention Center in Rosemont. The first event of the show was the Professional Numismatists Guild banquet that evening. It was a grand event, nice camaraderie, good food, and a fine way to start the show. 

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Spending Time on a Desert Island!

Spending Time on a Desert Island!

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Normally with my weekly blogs I create them myself. But this week I am going to let others take charge. In the June 15 issue of Coin World, editor William T. Gibbs said this:

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Modern Dollars

Modern Dollars

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In recent months I have been working on and off on a manuscript for Whitman covering modern dollar coins from 1971 to date. In essence these comprise Eisenhower dollars (1971-1978), Susan B. Anthony dollars (1979-1981 and then a stray issue in 1999), Sacagawea dollars (2000 onward), blending into the current Native American dollars and Presidential dollars (2007-date).

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Summertime in Numismatics Books

Summertime in Numismatics Books

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

It is summertime, and in addition to vacation and other activities, what could be nicer than curling up in a lawn chair or indoors on a sofa with a good numismatic book? Although we are in the midst of the electronic age with virtual anything and everything, you may be surprised to know that more numismatic reference books have been published in the past 10 years than in any comparable period earlier! 
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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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