started in a new hobby can be daunting. Sometimes it feels like you
need to climb a mountain of knowledge just to begin. Have you
experienced this feeling yourself? Maybe you started as a stamp
collector and decided to cross over into coins. Or maybe you’ve always
collected coins and you moved from Morgan dollars to branch-mint gold,
or from 20th-century type coins to half cents and large cents. How
would you feel today if you started collecting something totally new
to you — colonial coins, or modern paintings, or antique furniture?
imagine someone completely new to coin collecting — perhaps a young
collector just starting out, with no experience and little idea where
and how to start.
Publishing helps those beginner and intermediate collectors with a new
line of coin books. We’re calling them Search & Save because they
get back to the hobby’s roots of searching through your pocket change
and bank rolls and building a coin collection from there. Each volume
consists of an illustrated 64-page book bound with a Whitman Classic
Coin Album page for storing and displaying coins.
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first three books cover Lincoln cents, nickels, and State quarters.
(Additional volumes on dimes and quarters, half dollars, and dollar
coins will debut later in 2016.) Many of the Search & Save coins
can be collected from circulation. Others require some hunting at
local coin shops, online, or at a coin show.
books take a fun storytelling approach, entertaining the readers as
they learn. The text and colorful illustrations tell the stories
behind the coins, with characters like young Abraham Lincoln, the
clever businessman Joseph Wharton, French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte,
Indian explorer Sacagawea, and wealthy super-collector Colonel E.H.R.
Green. They take readers onto the battlefields of World War II and
into nickelodeon parlors in the 1890s, the buffalo pastures of the
Wild West, the bustling streets of New York City, and a hundred other
places in American history.
goal with these Search & Save books is for the reader to learn
about each coin, and, with our guidance, to enjoy the fun of building
their own personalized collection. When they’re done they’ll not only
have a valuable coin collection, but they’ll also be able to tell each
coin’s story and share them with their friends and family.
expect the low retail price of $9.95 will encourage new collectors.
And because Whitman Publishing is the Official Supplier of the
American Numismatic Association, ANA members receive 10 percent off
the Search & Save books when purchasing directly.
making coin collecting approachable and entertaining, and giving
readers a challenging but not impossible goal (filling up a coin-album
board), we hope to bring a new generation of collectors — of all ages
— into the hobby. What do you think? I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tucker is publisher of Whitman Publishing Company and author of
American Gold and Silver: U.S. Mint Collector and Investor Coins
and Medals, Bicentennial to Date.