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

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

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to my latest commentary on the narrative found in A Guide Book of United States Coins, 68th edition, dated 2015. You can follow by looking at the pages as or after you read this. Today the Guide Book of United States Coins is the one-volume standard reference library for most collectors. To be sure it doesn’t including everything -- far from it. 

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

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

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

I continue my commentary on A Guide Book of United States Coins, the familiar red-covered reference first marketed in 1946 (cover date of 1947 to preserve shelf life). Now it is in its 68th edition, with a cover date of 2015.  For many years I have maintained that by simply reading the text in the Guide Book a tremendous amount can be learned about American coinage. 

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

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

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

I continue my discussion of A Guide Book of United States Coins, the popular annual reference now in its 68th edition. The current volume bears a cover date of 2015, but was published last year in 2014. As you read these words the current edition is in press and is set to be launched in the spring. More than any other source, the Guide Book is the key for basic information on price, rarity and history of American coinage from colonial times to the present. 
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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Two

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

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

I continue my discussion of A Guide Book of United States Coins, the familiar red-covered volume edited by Richard S. Yeoman and launched by Whitman in 1946. A cover date of 1947 was given so as to prolong its shelf life when displayed in hobby stores, bookshelves, and elsewhere. The Guide Book, nicknamed the Red Book, became an instant bestseller. 
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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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