On September 29, Whitman Publishing will release the sixth edition of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins in honor of the series’ 25th anniversary. Series creators Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton have partnered with die-variety specialist Mike Ellis to produce an updated version of the award-winning reference, which aims to help collectors spot rare and valuable coins that may appear mundane prior to close examination.
Boasting 1,110 close-up photos and 150 new coin varieties, the anniversary edition will cover “half cents, large cents, small cents, two-cent and three-cent pieces, and nickels,” according to a press release. Unusual features such as doubled and tripled dies, repunched mintmarks, and overdates can drastically increase the value of a coin, and the Cherrypickers’ Guide offers guidance to new and experienced collectors by providing detailed descriptions, market information, and essays on topics ranging from coin examination to Proof set varieties. It will be available for $39.95; sample pages are included below.
The updated edition of Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins will follow two recent Whitman releases, both authored by Q. David Bowers. The first, A Guide Book of Mercury Dimes, Standing Liberty Quarters, and Liberty Walking Half Dollars, was released on June 2 and provides pricing information, grading instructions, guidance for collecting, and historical information on the popular coins, minted between 1916 and 1947. Also included are full-color, high-resolution images, background essays on coin designers and mints, and other analysis. Foreward writer Roger W. Burdette describes A Guide Book of Mercury Dimes, Standing Liberty Quarters, and Liberty Walking Half Dollars, retailing for $29.95, as “filled with fresh insights” and “a book to be read, put aside, then re-read.”
Another recent release is the 576-page A Guide Book of Half Cents and Large Cents, a comprehensive guide to “the early pocket change of the United States.” Minted between 1793 and the late 1850s, the copper half cents and large-size one-cent pieces examined by the book make up a sample of impressive diversity. Bowers explains that “thanks to their variable toning, and differing levels of craftsmanship by the Philadelphia Mint’s engravers, there are hundreds of enjoyable varieties for collectors.” A Guide Book of Half Cents and Large Cents sells for $39.95 and covers 832 coin varieties, with in-depth mintage information, grading standards, auction records, and more than 1,600 images.
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