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

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

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to my latest week in the tour of A Guide Book of United States Coins, 2015 edition (the 2016 edition is out, but still is in early distribution). You can follow along in your copy. The subject for this week is Elephant tokens under the heading of “Early American and Related Tokens” on page 46. As Winston Churchill might have said, Elephant tokens are a mystery wrapped up in an enigma.
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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Fourteen

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

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to the latest installment of my tour through the 2015 edition of A Guide Book of United States Coins. I started at the beginning of this best-selling book and now start on page 44 with Wood’s  Hibernia coinage. As mentioned earlier, William Wood, a British entrepreneur, received a franchise or patent from King George to make coins for distribution in the American colonies. 

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Welcome to The Rarities Auction

Welcome to The Rarities Auction

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

As a complement to our sale of the D. Brent Pogue Collection Part I held by us and Sotheby’s at Sotheby’s New York City headquarters on May 19, we present The Rarities Auction. Highlighted by the finest known specimen of one of America’s greatest rarities—the Ultra High Relief MCMVII (1907) double eagle—the sale comprises 109 lots. 
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