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29 Aug 2019

Coin Book Review: Coin World Guide to U.S. Coins, Prices, & Value Trends, & 1 more

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Hey y'all! Here are two more book reviews. :) The first one is called theCoin World Guide to U.S. Coins, Prices, & Value Trends. It is by William T. Gibbs, Steve Roach, and the Coin World Valuing Team. It may not be about one single coin, although it does fulfill part of the "buy the book before the coin" saying. As the title says, it is a value guide, although it is not really just a long boring list of prices for coins. (boring depends on your point of view though, really) :) There are illustrations throughout the book, and there are short, well, not exactly stories, although some could possible count for that, information about the majority of the coins that it talks about. It is a very helpful book for anyone looking to purchase a coin. It gives you the ability to see what the coin you are thinking about buying is really worth, and whether the price for that coin might possibly rise in a few years. You can also see whether or not there might be a market for your coin in a few years, through the tracking of "trends" in the coin market. It may not be focusing on one coin, or just a few coins, or one series, or anything like that, but it is a helpful book for anyone going to a coin show or an auction.

This second book review is on a book that I had a lot of fun reading. It is called The Buffalo Nickel, and it is by Taylor Morrison. First off, let me just go ahead and tell y'all that this is in the "juvenile section" of our library, so it probably will be at yours too. My little brother found it, and came running up to show me. Now, at first glance, I thought that it was just a story book. But it's not. It is actually really cool. The summary of it is this: "A biography of the sculptor of the buffalo nickel, who grew up in the Dakota Territory, where Sioux children were his playmates, buffalo robes were his blankets, and the town whittler was his art teacher." The book is the biography of James Earle Fraser, who is by far one of the greatest sculptors that our country has ever seen, as he grew up, and then moved on to make the buffalo nickel. The book is 32 pages long, with bibliographical references on page 31. It sounds short, but the book is 8 & 1/2 inches by 11 & 1/2 inches, so it is rather big. Each page features a beautiful page illustration of scenes from James Earle Fraser's life, with the words of the story superimposed above the illustrations. The illustrations really do an excellent job bringing his life to light, and making it seem incredibly real, and Taylor Morrison does an excellent job of telling Fraser's story and making it detailed and factual, but at the same time, making it interesting. I think that this is a book that anyone, no matter what age, would enjoy reading, and might even learn something from, even though it is a "juvenile" book. I like it a lot, and I hope y'all do too! :)

Later y'all! :)


these appear to be enjoyable reads, thanks


Level 6

Good reviews... They both sound like good reading! Thanks for the blog!


Level 5

Nice review. You can never have to many coin books.


Level 6

Great reports. I too have a good time learning from "juvenile" books. I think your passion is showing through when you can learn from all sources. Especially ones that your peers may shun. I enjoyed your book reviews.. Thank you.


Level 5

Thanks Z'Bar, those books both look like they are worth checking out.

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