Back in the olden days, gold dollar coins (minted from 1849 to 1889) were popular holiday and birthday gifts. Today the most common of these little coins is worth at least $300 in Mint State, so you’re less likely to find one in your Christmas stocking—but they’re still popular among coin collectors.
If you’re interested in U.S. gold, I highly recommend the second edition of A Guide Book of Gold Dollars, by Q. David Bowers, for an immersion in this fascinating and very collectible series. Bowers shares tips for smart collecting: how to judge quality, determine value, understand the market, and make good buys. Along the way he explains why, “in all of American numismatics, the gold dollar possesses a special charm.”
You’ll learn how the history of the nation shaped the coin’s design and production—how the first gold dollars were made by a private coiner from gold mined in Georgia; why some people were convinced that only second-rate countries issued such small gold pieces; what the general public thought of the tiny, delicate, yet highly practical coins; and the effects the Gold Rush, the Civil War, political controversy, monetary crises, and other factors had on the coinage.
Bowers provides a wealth of information on each issue: mintages, certified populations, field populations (number of surviving coins), grading information, die characteristics, market values, auction records, keys to collecting, and more. Enlarged photographs illustrate each date and mintmark. A historical backdrop of what was going on in America during each year, along with hundreds of full-color images, make this book a treat for anyone interested in our nation’s history.
Gold expert David W. Akers called the Guide Book of Gold Dollars “a wonderful book—in fact, the finest volume that Dave Bowers has yet written in the Official Red Book series.” U.S. gold collectors, I think you’ll agree.
If you like dollar coins but prefer copper-nickel and manganese over gold, 2016 will bring the perfect book for your birthday or holiday. Dave Bowers recently submitted his monumental manuscript for a new volume on modern U.S. dollar coins—Eisenhower, Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea, Presidential, and Native American dollars. You won’t want to miss it. Stay tuned to this site for more information as we get closer to publication.
More sample pages from A Guide Book of Gold Dollars, 2nd Edition.