Whitman Publishing LLC news release:
Whitman Publishing releases first edition of Bowers book on Mercury
dimes, Standing Liberty quarters, and Liberty Walking half dollars
(Atlanta, Georgia) — Whitman Publishing has released the first
edition of A Guide Book of Mercury Dimes, Standing Liberty
Quarters, and Liberty Walking Half Dollars.
The 320-page book by Q. David Bowers offers pricing, grading
instructions, series histories, and guidance on how to build
high-quality collections of these popular coins. It is available from
booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at www.Whitman.com),
The book can also be borrowed for free as a benefit of membership in
the American Numismatic
Association, through the Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library.
Mercury dimes, Standing Liberty quarters and Walking Liberty half
dollars were minted between 1916 and 1947 — a span of time that
included two world wars, the end of the Progressive Era, the Roaring
Twenties, and the Great Depression. Today the three silver coins are
among the American classics most often found in old-time collections.
Thousands of active hobbyists seek them, from casual collectors to
die-variety specialists and registry-set competitors.
The new Guide Book provides instructions on how to grade these
coins, tips on smart buying, retail values in multiple grades
(including Proofs), certified-population data, and an analysis of each
date and Mint mark. Richly illustrated in full color, the book
features high-resolution enlargements for important overdates and
other die varieties. Mintages, specifications, and other details add
to the book’s importance as a standard reference, and colorful essays
set the coins in the context of their historical era.
Eight appendices include biographies of the coins’ designers;
histories of the Mints that struck them; information about the U.S.
Mint directors and superintendents of 1916 to 1947; pattern coins of
1916; misstruck and error coins; the American Silver Eagle redesign
that used the Liberty Walking motif; the Mint’s gold 1916–2016
centennial coins; and techniques of smart purchasing and negotiating.
“Bowers is an expert guide,” says foreword writer Roger W. Burdette.
“His journeys are always enjoyable, filled with fresh insights and
unexpected tangents. This is a book to be read, put aside, then re-read.”
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A Guide Book of Mercury Dimes, Standing Liberty Quarters, and
Liberty Walking Half Dollars
By Q. David Bowers; foreword by Roger W. Burdette
Softcover, 6 x 9 inches. 320 pages. Full color. Retail $29.95.
Online at https://www.whitman.com/store/Inventory/Detail/A-Guide-Book-of-Mercury-Dimes-Standing-
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