The first comprehensive reference on early United States quarter
dollars in nearly nine decades has been released with the publishing
of Early Quarter Dollars of the United States Mint 1796-1838
by Rory R. Rea, Glenn Peterson, Bradley S. Karoleff and John J. Kovach Jr.
Carl R. Herkowitz contributed a biographical sketch on Ard W.
Browning, author of the seminal work, Early Quarter Dollars of the
United States 1796-1838, published in 1925. Browning’s book was
the last major reference published on the subject.
The new 8.75-inch by 11.25-inch, hardcover reference represents
roughly a decade of extensive research by the authors.
The book is being offered in two editions: the regular hardbound
cover edition and a special deluxe leather bound edition, limited to
50 numbered and signed copies.
The deluxe edition includes 15 photographic plates of the coins in
the collection of consummate numismatist Eric P. Newman. The Newman
plates are not included in the regular edition.
All of the photographic work is by Rea, who captured images of
many of the finest known examples of Draped Bust and Capped Bust
quarter dollars known to exist. Included with the presentation of each
set of photographs are quick attribution tips to assist collectors in
rapidly identifying the die marriage of their quarter dollars.
The individual attribution guides with thumbnail illustrations are
accompanied by detailed obverse and reverse die diagnostics. The die
marriages are listed by the Browning attribution numbering system. The
authors of the new reference have also included historical vignettes
of national and international importance to put the issuance of the
coins into perspective.
Each die variety includes full obverse and reverse images, images
of die states and rarity comments. In addition, the book offers a
mintage table that includes reported mintages by date, known die
marriages by date, and average number of coins per die marriage.
Also included are known pedigrees of the top examples by grade.
Illustrative color plates of pedigreed pieces from the census
include identification of whose collection holds a particular coin,
along with auction appearances, if applicable.
An overall introduction is the work of noted collector and
numismatic researcher John McCloskey. Karoleff comments on the E and L
counterstamps on some 1815 and 1825 Capped Bust quarter dollars.
Also included is detailed information surrounding discovery pieces.
Draped Bust and Capped Bust quarter dollar errors and
counterstamped pieces are illustrated and discussed in separate chapters.
Also listed are quarter dollars that are part of the National
Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of
American History, as well as early quarter dollars within the holdings
of the American Numismatic Society.
Ordering details are at www.browningquarterbook.com.
The regular edition costs $110 delivered via the U.S. Postal
Service’s Priority Mail.
The deluxe edition is priced at $500 delivered. An optional cloth
slip case costs $50. Delivery of the leather-bound deluxe edition is
expected late in 2011. A $100 deposit will hold an order until binding
begins, when the balance will be due.
Orders may be placed, with checks made out to Browning Quarter
Book and sent to Brad Karoleff, 8077B Connector Drive, Florence, KY
41042. Karoleff can be reached by telephone at (859) 371-1414 and by
email at email@example.com. ■