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02 Jun 2017

Coin Thoughts #26 by "SUN"

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FAVORITE BOOK

One of my mistakes in life was to sell most of my numismatic library when I moved twelve years ago.  ( I had a complete run of Rare Coin Review ).    I did save a few books. My favorite book is "The History of United States Coinage" by Q. David Bowers. Actually, Mr. Bowers is my favorite author. The "Redbook" is a must for any library.  The "Mega Red" is pack full of information.  What book or books would you include in a numismatic library?

Comments

Kepi

Level 6

Anything by Q. David Bowers definitely! One of my favorite books is on Buffalo Nickels written by Mr. Bowers. You can never have too many coinage books!

"SUN"

Level 6

Agree, a nice library is a must.

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

agree 100%

CoinLady

Level 6

I also had a complete run of Rare Coin Review. My fav books include: Red Book, 1792: Birth of a Nation's Coinage, Official Red Books for Morgan dollars & Peace dollars, US Clad Coinage (of course!), Garrett Collection book by Bowers. So many others. I like auction catalogs for reference too.

"SUN"

Level 6

Bowers Rare Coin Reviews and Catalogs have a wealth of information.

SpartaCuse

Level 4

i like the cherry pickers guides myself - it can't hurt to have a couple currency books in the library - also a good idea to get the specialty books regarding the area you like & are most interested in learning - of course that changes with time & that is how your library grows again !

"SUN"

Level 6

Cherry pickers guides are very popular.

Pliny The Elder

Level 5

Great question. I will buy more Bowers' books someday. I liked "Arabic Coins and How To Read Them" by Richard Plant. Learned a lot of very useful stuff in that small book. "Roman Silver Coins" by H. A. Seaby not only has an extensive list of Roman silver coinage, but short histories sprinkled in that flesh out many coins with a related story. It's sort of a two-fer, you can identify your coins and learn a little history along the way. I found the same was true with "Byzantine Coins and Their Values" by David R. Sear. You can learn a lot of stuff you will have a hard time finding anywhere else. Those are the favorites that come to mind. But really, I learn so much from most of the coin books, they all rank up there in the list.

"SUN"

Level 6

It is nice to have books related to your collecting interests.

user_9073

Level 5

Here is my list: 1) a Redbook 2) Standard Catalog of World Coins by Krause Publishing, 20th & 19th century volumes, 3) Making the Grade by Amos Publishing, 4) The ANA Grading Standards, 5) The Cherrypickers Guide by Fivaz & Stanton volumes 1 & 2, 6) Coins of Canada by Haxby & Willey, 7) Catalog of Euros by Leuchtturm, 8) the Redbook "Bowers Series" Volumes 1 thru 23 (maybe more?) 9) Small-Size U.S. Paper Money by Schwartz & Lindquist 10) A Guide book of United States Paper Money by Arthur & Ira Friedberg 11) U.S. Sales Tax tokens by Malehorn & Davenport 12) Military Payment Certificates by Schwan 13) World War II Remembered by Schwan & Boling You can see some of my special interests are showing from my basic library book selection.

"SUN"

Level 6

Very good choices, hopefully you have all of them in your library

Mike

Level 7

Well first of all thanks. I would add a Rick Tomaska book. I think he has written five I could be wrong. He has a new one coming out. But he is known as the father of cameos. Without that first book we wouldn't have the definition we have today. I would watch his show just to learn. How they made this and how they got that effect. He talks a lot but most of it is knowledge. He's an expert on Franklin's Kennedy's and Morgan's. Actually most coins. Thanks for asking great question.mike

"SUN"

Level 6

I like your choices,. Of course, I the more books the better. But a person needs to read and study them for a well informed numismatist.

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