Whitman Publishing announces the release of the third edition of
"100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins," by Scott Schechter and Jeff
Garrett, Vice President of the American Numismatic Association. In
this beautifully illustrated book, two award-winning numismatists
take the reader on a guided tour of the post-1963 circulating,
bullion and commemorative issues so avidly sought by collectors
today. The 128-page coffee-table book will be available on July 4,
2014, online (including at WhitmanBooks.com) and from
booksellers and hobby shops nationwide.
"100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins" is the eighth entry in Whitman
Publishing's 100 Greatest™ library. Preceding books
showcase American and ancient coins; paper money; medals and
tokens; comic books; and stamps.
The 100 Greatest were selected and ranked by the authors with
input from leading coin dealers, researchers and collectors, and a
survey of current hobby journals and periodicals.
The ranking includes prized and seldom-seen rarities-the scarce
and high-valued pieces that collectors dream about. Some are
errors, like the famous 2000 Sacagawea dollar/Washington quarter
mule. Some are die varieties, like the 1972 doubled-die obverse
Lincoln cent and various "No S" Proof coins. A few are coins that
shouldn't exist, like the mysterious 1964 Special Mint Set coinage
and the Wisconsin "Extra Leaf" quarters. And many are coins with
small mintages or poor distribution, or that collectors weren't
interested in when they were first released-factors that make them
scarce (and therefore eagerly sought) today.
"We decided that all the coins on the list should be
collectable," says author Scott Schechter. "Potentially illegal
coins are not. This explains why the 1974 aluminum cent was dropped
from the first edition, and why several other coins are absent: the
fabled 1964-D Peace dollar and the 2000-W Sacagawea dollar struck
in gold, for example."
Author Jeff Garrett points out that American Eagle and American
Buffalo gold bullion coins remain popular among the 100 Greatest
moderns. New rankings in the third edition include the 2013-W
Enhanced Uncirculated American Silver Eagle and the 2013-W Reverse
Proof American Buffalo gold piece.
The book also explores more readily available coins: pieces so
beautiful or with such important and fascinating stories
that everybody wants one. The 1999-S silver Proof Delaware
quarter, the 1996-W Roosevelt dime, the 1983-P Washington quarter,
the 1982 Washington commemorative half dollar and dozens more are
pictured in bold full color with their stories told in engaging
The book includes forewords by numismatic legends Kenneth
Bressett and Q. David Bowers. An illustrated introduction answers
the question, "What are modern coins?" (As a starting
point, Schechter and Garrett discuss 1964 as a pivotal year for
modern coinage.) The introduction also covers methods of modern
coin manufacture and packaging; the differences between varieties
and errors; types and surface finishes of modern U.S. coins;
varieties and errors; and how the 100 Greatest were chosen and
A new section on "Modern-Coin Grading Essentials," by NGC
chairman Mark Salzberg, rounds out the third edition's front
Throughout the book, Schechter and Garrett describe how to
collect and enjoy U.S. modern coins, aspects of the marketplace,
and smart buying.
Ken Bressett, senior editor of the best-selling Guide Book
of United States Coins, calls 100 Greatest U.S. Modern
Coins "compelling." In his foreword he writes, "You will be
not only fascinated by the coins, but also thrilled to know that
some can actually be found in your pocket change. They disprove the
axiom that all the good coins are gone from circulation."
Q. David Bowers, the "Dean of American Numismatics," in his
foreword writes about the hobby's growing passion for die
varieties, the rebirth of the U.S. commemorative coin program and
other aspects of modern collecting. "I enjoyed reading about my own
favorite coins," he said, "but also came to appreciate many I had
Various Reverse Proof bullion pieces, the "Cheerios" Sacagawea
dollar, the 2009 Ultra High Relief double eagle, "Godless"
Presidential dollars, Speared Bisons and more await the reader
of 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins, third edition.
The book is coffee-table-size, 128 pages, in full color with
photographs and stories for every coin. It also includes market
values, field populations, certified-coin census reports,
quantities minted, specifications and design notes.
100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins will be available July
4, 2014, online and from hobby shops and bookstores nationwide.
100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins
Authors: Scott Schechter and Jeff Garrett
Forewords by Kenneth Bressett and Q. David Bowers
Full color, illustrated, 128 pages.
10 x 12 inches.