The Proof 1975 No S Roosevelt dime remains at the top of the list of the third edition of Scott Schechter and Jeff Garrett’s 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins to be released July 4 by Whitman Publishing.
The 128-page, 10-inch-by-12--inch coffee-table book focuses on post-1963 circulating, bullion, and commemorative issues avidly sought by collectors today.
The book is to be made available online at WhitmanBooks.com and other sites and from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide.
Schechter and Garrett selected and ranked the 100 Greatest based on input from leading coin dealers, researchers, and collectors, and a survey of current hobby journals and periodicals.
The ranking, according to Schechter and Garrett, includes prized and seldom-seen rarities, including the 2000-P double denomination mule error featuring the George Washington obverse from the State quarter dollar series paired with the Sacagawea dollar Soaring eagle reverse and struck on a manganese-brass clad dollar planchet.
Many are coins with small mintages or poor distribution, or that collectors weren’t interested in when they were first released — factors that make them scarce, and therefore eagerly sought after, today, according to the authors.
“We decided that all the coins on the list should be collectable,” Schechter says. “Potentially illegal coins are not. This explains why the 1974 aluminum cent was dropped from the first edition, and why several other coins are absent: the fabled 1964-D Peace dollar and the 2000-W Sacagawea dollar struck in gold.\
Garrett emphasizes that American Eagle and American Buffalo gold bullion coins remain popular among the 100 Greatest moderns.
New rankings in the third edition include the Enhanced Uncirculated 2013-W American Silver Eagle and the Reverse Proof 2013-W American Buffalo $50 gold coin.
The book also explores more readily available coins: pieces so beautiful or with such important and fascinating stories that everybody wants one. The 1999-S silver Proof Delaware quarter, the 1996-W Roosevelt dime, the 1983-P Washington quarter dollar, the 1982 Washington commemorative half dollar, and dozens more are pictured in bold full color, with their stories told in engaging detail, according to the publisher.