(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing is launching the new sixth edition, volume II, of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh, August 8–12, 2023. A small quantity will be sold at the show, with a limit of one copy per customer. Ten copies will be raffled to lucky winners at the Whitman Publishing booth. After the show, the new volume will be available from booksellers and retailers nationwide.
“We know how frustrating it is to experience a sell-out when quantities are limited,” said Whitman Publishing’s Dawn Burbank. “We want to make sure every collector at the ANA show has an equal chance to win the new Cherrypickers’ Guide if they’re not able to buy one. We’re reserving ten copies to raffle during the show, two per day, Tuesday through Saturday.”
The raffled books are dated and individually numbered, with bookplates autographed by author Bill Fivaz.
For hobbyists who can’t attend the World’s Fair of Money, the 320-page spiralbound-hardcover book can be preordered for $39.95 online, including at Whitman.com. Delivery of preordered books will begin after the ANA show.
About the Cherrypickers’ Guide
To “cherrypick” is to examine coins that appear normal at first glance, seeking those with unusual characteristics—overdates, repunched mintmarks, doubled and tripled dies, and similar features—that reveal them to be rare and valuable. The Cherrypickers’ Guide uses close-up photographs and text descriptions to show collectors what to look for. It includes rarity ratings and retail values in multiple grades.
For the latest volume, Cherrypickers’ Guide coauthor Bill Fivaz and professional numismatist Larry Briggs coordinated edits and updates. They reached out to the hobby community for advice, recommendations, research, market analysis, and photographs. The new volume features more than 440 die varieties, including nearly 80 new additions. The book covers Capped Bust and Liberty Seated half dimes, dimes, and quarters; Barber dimes and quarters; Mercury dimes; Roosevelt dimes; twenty-cent pieces; Standing Liberty quarters; and Washington quarters, including the State, D.C., Territorial, and National Park series.
Bill Fivaz, a coin collector since 1950, has earned recognition as one of the country’s most respected authorities on numismatic errors and die varieties. Volume editor Larry Briggs is well-known to the hobby community as a dealer, author, and educator.
By Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton; forewords by Kenneth Bressett and Q. David Bowers; edited by Larry Briggs.
Publication date: August 2023. Retail $39.95. 320 pages, 6 x 9 inches, spiralbound hardcover.