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19 Jul 2022

A Guide Book of United States Commemorative Coins 2nd Edition Book Review

| CheerioCoins

Now you may be wondering, how do you get so much information about the classic commemorative coins for your blog. Although there is a lot of online research that I do there is a book that I got recently that explains pretty much everything you would want to know about the U.S. commemorative coins. A Guide Book of United States Commemorative Coins 2nd Edition is a great book if you want to start collecting commemoratives, have an interest in them, or even know a lot about them already. Q. David Bowers who is a very famous numismatist and has written countless numismatic books takes a deep dive into the commemoratives.

The book starts off with an introduction to get the reader familiar with the commemoratives. He then goes on about the age of commemoratives and the minting process. He also explains how to grade them and how to buy them smartly. Then he covers each and every commemorative from 1892 to 2016 with over a page for each one. He gives a pricing guide, mintage's, fun facts, informational facts, the history behind what's being commemorated, and everything about that commemorative you would need to know. Here's an interesting fact about the commemorative that I blogged about last, (the 1936 Albany, New York, Charter half dollar) did you know that the designer kept a live beaver in their studio for modeling!

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who collects U.S. commemoratives or even has an interest in them. It is $19.95 but it is totally worth it for how much information you get out of it. It has everything you would want to know about these commemoratives. I will also share some really nice toned commems because you guys seemed to like the one I posted earlier. Some said it was nice tonign and some didn't like it. Tell me what you think of these! My favorite of them is the San Diego Commem with the blue toning.

Thanks for reading my blog and have a great day!



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Level 6

Wooow! Great commemorative coins . l never before good job

Long Beard

Level 5

One of many additions in my personal library, right next to Anthony Swiatek- Walter Breen 1852 to 1954 hardcover 1st Edition.


Level 6

Sounds like a must have book if these are a favorite coin series for you! I love the old commems! ; )


Level 6

Any book by Bowers is going to be great. Good job. Looks like you are a fan of toned coins as I am. Good job. Thanks.


Level 5

No problem!


Level 7

Rebel fire got it on the head. Buy the book before the coin. There are many reasons for this. One you know what your buying. Two you will know what to look for. Three you will have a better set. And another one of my favorite coins. I wish they would go back to the old commens. I have the Antitum coin it was my first big buy! Thanks for another good blog!The Burnside Bridge I stood next to there is a huge tree next to it. As a matter of fact the Mint Catalogue has a picture on the last page!


Level 5

Yeah, I also wish they would become popular again, classic commems aren't as collected as they used to be.

Kevin Leab

Level 4

I'd love to work on a collection of classic commemoratives someday. This book would help out a great deal. I've bought these Whitman books for other series that I've worked on in the past.


Level 4

Just another fine example of buy the book before buying the coin. So much information that will help make a numismatist an informed buyer and collector. I’m not into commemoratives personally, but I’m glad you found good reference material for the coins you may have or are looking to purchase/collect.

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