Coin World’s book Making the Grade is now
available in an expanded, third edition.
The book is a visual guide to grading more than 80 series of U.S.
coins, written by Beth Deisher in her last project as Coin
World editor before her retirement in April.
The third edition is an expansion of the 2008 second edition, both
in the number of coin series covered and in physical dimensions.
The new edition of the book covers more than 30 new series not
found in the second edition (which offers 50 series), with the
majority of the new chapters focusing on 18th century and early 19th
century coin series, as well as the latest series of 21st century coins.
In addition, the new book is physically larger than the previous
edition, measuring 8.5 inches by 11 inches, compared to 9 inches by 6
inches for the second edition.
The first edition, published in 2005, features the 25 most widely
collected series of U.S. coins, in the 9-inch by 6-inch format.
The third edition, like the two before it, uses a standard format:
➤ A history is provided for each series, often including its
design development and often featuring a discussion of grading
peculiarities distinctive to the series.
➤ Color-coded maps (developed by James Halperin of Heritage
Auction Galleries, who is widely recognized as one of the best coin
graders in the hobby) detail the critical areas for marks on a coin.
The color maps help readers identify the areas on a particular design
where a contact mark or other damage will most affect the value.
➤ Other images (developed by longtime ANACS grader and
authenticator Michael Fahey) detail the high points of each design.
The high points maps illustrate the first areas to exhibit wear and
are designed to help collectors distinguish between About Uncirculated
and Uncirculated coins.
➤ Large, color, obverse and reverse images of the coins in
multiple grades are provided, generally from low grades to multiple
levels of Mint State (some modern series that do not circulate, such
as bullion coins, or do not circulate widely, such as Presidential
dollars, are represented only by Mint State examples). Readers can
compare their coins to the images in the book and determine the
grades. Grading descriptions for each pair of images help further
distinguish individual grades.
The third edition features more than 80 different series of
circulating and bullion coins, capturing the vast array of coins from
the 1793 Flowing Hair, Chain cents to the America the Beautiful
quarter dollars (including the 5-ounce silver bullion versions) and
First Spouse gold bullion coins.
Among the dozens of U.S. coin series not featured in the second
edition that have been added are Liberty Cap, Right and Draped Bust
half cents; Flowing Hair, Liberty Cap and Draped Bust cents; the
Bicentennial and Union Shield designs of Lincoln cents; Flowing Hair
and Draped Bust half dimes; Draped Bust and Capped Bust dimes; Draped
Bust and Capped Bust quarter dollars; and America the Beautiful
Other new series include Flowing Hair and Draped Bust half
dollars; Flowing Hair dollars; all three series of gold dollars; five
series of $2.50 quarter eagles; gold $3 coins; all four series of half
eagles issued before the Coronet series; and Capped Bust and Coronet eagles.
Modern bullion coin series new to the third edition are the
America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver coins, the First Spouse gold
coins and the American Buffalo gold coins.
Also contributing to the book were Fahey, who provided the grading
for each series; Coin World news editor William T. Gibbs, who
was coordinating editor for the book and wrote some of the new grading
descriptions; Fern Loomis of the Coin World editorial staff,
proofreading and fact checking; and Cinda McAlexander, designer of the book.
The book has a retail price of $39.99, but is available from
publisher Amos Hobby Publishing at a pre-introductory Amos Advantage
price of $24.99. After Aug. 31, the Amos Advantage price will be $29.99.
Order from Amos Hobby Publishing at 800-572-6885 or at www.coinworld.com. ■