Dear fellow collectors,
I hope this note finds everyone well and that you are enjoying the new year.
As I write this, the first full week of January 2019 is coming to a close. The 64th annual show of Florida United Numismatists is getting under way in Orlando—the first major U.S. convention of the numismatic new year, and a traditional bellwether of the strength of the hobby market. At the same
Smaller local and regional shows are gearing up around the country through January and February.
On the horizon we see the Long Beach Expo . . . the first of three annual Whitman Baltimore Expos . . . the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show . . . and those are just a few events highlighting the year’s first quarter.
The United States Mint continues to innovate, with new coinage programs coming to the forefront and new coins being added to ongoing programs. Important auctions are scheduled in the rare-coin and paper-money markets.
In the midst of all this activity, 2019 also promises to be an exciting year for numismatic books.
Already Whitman Publishing has rolled out updated, revised, and in some cases expanded new editions of several Bowers Series books. Collectors of Barber silver coins, Lincoln cents, Morgan dollars, Civil War tokens, and other U.S. coins will have the latest research and market information at their fingertips.
As always, Whitman numismatic director Q. David Bowers is writing new books faster than we can publish them!
New editions of Robert Leonard’s intriguing Curious Currency: The Story of Money From the Stone Age to the Internet Age and Robert W. Shippee’s best-selling Pleasure and Profit: 100 Lessons for Building and Selling a Collection of Rare Coins will give every student of money plenty to chew on.
The 73rd edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins—the hobby’s beloved “Red Book”—will debut in March, followed by its 1,504-page expanded edition known as Mega Red.
If you collect ancient coins, bullion coins, paper money, tokens and medals, colonial coppers, U.S. gold, or world coins, you have a year of fun and engaging education coming up.
Many of your favorite Whitman authors, as well as some talented newcomers, will bring new books to your shelf this year. Look for Jeff Garrett, Kenneth Bressett, Adam Crum, Clifford Mishler, Beth Deisher, Arthur and Ira Friedberg, Roger W. Burdette, and more.
Numismatist William Bierly explores the rich numismatic history of the national motto “In God We Trust” in his new book of the same name, digging far deeper than the bare-bones summary most collectors know—or think they know.
Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker shine their inquisitive research on the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins, showcasing amazing beauties and rarities from around the globe.
Mary L. Martin teams up with Dave Bowers to study the vast world of collectible American postcards, including many with surprising and delightful numismatic connections.
All of these books and more will capture the excitement and energy of the collecting hobby in 2019. Sign up for free membership in Whitman’s online registration to stay up to date on new releases, track your orders, view your order history, create a favorites wish-list, and get the latest offers and deals in 2019.
Happy collecting, and I’ll see you on the bourse!
Dennis Tucker is
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