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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

This week I begin a tour through the best-selling numismatic reference of all times, A Guide Book of United States Coins. If you have a copy of this book -- and who doesn’t? -- you can follow me as I go along. I will start in the beginning and continue, if plans materialize, through to the end or close. 

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Curious, but True! Part 3

Curious, but True! Part 3

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

This week, I continue with “numismatic curiosities,” some well known and some obscure.

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Anna Willess Williams, The “Silver Dollar Girl”

Anna Willess Williams, The “Silver Dollar Girl”

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Requiem

The Numismatist, May 1926, carried another item on the former Anna Willess Williams:

“The Goddess of Standard Silver Dollar Dead: Miss Anna W. Williams, of Philadelphia, a retired public school teacher whose profile was used in preparing a design of the standard silver dollar in 1878, died in her native city on April 17. Death was due to apoplexy, induced by a fall she sustained last December and she had been confined to her bed since.

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Anna Willess Williams, The “Silver Dollar Girl”

Anna Willess Williams, The “Silver Dollar Girl”

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Part 2: 1896 Anna Williams Marries

The Numismatist, May 1896, printed this item:

“To Marry A Goddess, the Young Lady Whose Profile Appears on Uncle Sam’s Silver Dollars: 

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Anna Willess Williams, The “Silver Dollar Girl”

Anna Willess Williams, The “Silver Dollar Girl”

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Part I: The Background

The story of the lady on the Morgan silver dollar is a twice-told tale, always interesting, it seems, just as the dollars themselves have perennial popularity.

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Curious, but True! Part 2

Curious, but True! Part 2

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

This week I continue with “numismatic curiosities,” some well known and some obscure.

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A World Coin Quiz

A World Coin Quiz

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

This week we offer a quiz with questions about coins that are not from the United States
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Jonathan Oldbuck

Jonathan Oldbuck

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

More than 114 years ago this appeared in The Numismatist, contributed by Jonathan Oldbuck. Sounds like a nom de plume, but it is a bit too late to find out!

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