Press release from numismatic author Kevin J. Flynn on the
publication of his latest specialty reference:
The Authoritative Reference on Liberty Seated Quarters by Kevin
Flynn is now available. This book is being self-published, with only a
limited number printed. The book is 8 ½ by 11, 320 pages. Softcover,
$54.95 plus shipping.
The primary purpose of this book was to create a complete and
comprehensive reference for the Liberty Seated Quarters series
including all die varieties, history, hub changes, archive letters,
historical documents, and hot topics.
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There are twelve different doubled dies, one overdate, one
multi-denominational clashed die, and twenty-five different misplaced
dates presented; each with a full page, full of macro photographs of
all parts of the variety, complete description of the die variety, all
die diagnostics, pricing, and comments.
Also included are five different repunched mint marks and forty-one
repunched dates. Several of these die varieties have not been
published before in any book or article. The most critical aspect of
any book containing die varieties are the photographs.
Many of the die variety photos in this book are the clearest and
most detailed presented anywhere. The author has probably taken over
30,000 micro-photographs over the past 25 years and is considered one
of the best for close-up coin photography. For some of these die
varieties, an analysis is presented as to what caused them and if they
are questionable or refuted. For example, the evidence is
overwhelming that what was believed to be a 1845 Large/Small date is
simply just a repunched date of the 1845 quarter date punch.
A section is included on how die varieties are made, which presents
a detailed study on the evolution of the die making process and on
each type of die variety. This section and the analysis presented on
the varieties for example, will help teach you the different classes
of doubled dies and how they were created, why when the date is
punched lightly into the working die it leaves a skinnier impression.
The more you learn, the more you will enjoy studying your coins.
A complete analysis is presented on the design changes made in the
Liberty Seated quarters, and for some showing detailed photos of the
differences. Some of the designs that were changed were previously
unpublished. Some of the differences in design occurred over a period
of 20 years, while others were not design changes, but a change in the
relief of the design elements. All of the eagle’s claw designs
between 1838 and 1840 are presented to be able see the distinct
differences. An analysis was also done on date and mint mark changes
that occurred within a single year. An authentication section is
included presenting diagnostics and detailed photos to help validate
genuine specimens of rare coins.
The National Archive letters and the history section in the
beginning of the book include those letters and historical information
as presented in the book, The Authoritative Reference on Liberty
Seated Half Dimes. Several new letters were uncovered at the
archives and included. Some of these were important, for example,
several helped in the understanding of proof coins struck at the San
Francisco Mint in 1854 and 1855.
The history chapter in the front was updated with new information
learned while researching the Liberty Seated quarters and this section
was also extended through the beginning of the Barber series. As these
series were produced in parallel, it was decided to include all of the
information for all of the Liberty Seated series for this time period
to show what decisions and actions occurred concurrently.
In addition, it is important that each book on each series is
complete and all inclusive, and not require a different book for
reference. These archive records are critical to any serious
collectors of the Liberty Seated series as it presents the history and
background in the creation of these designs from those individuals
responsible for creating them. These archive records, detailed study
of the die varieties, and complete analysis of the hot topics
presented in these Authoritative Reference on the Liberty Seated
series help collectors evolve to the next level of research and
enjoyment of these series, such as already seen by collectors in older
U.S. coins such as the Bust series; see for example the discussions in
Half Nut Club or the John Reich Collectors Society. This book also
presents information important to subjects such as the number of proof
coins struck for a given year, or that the New Orleans Mint carried
forward reverses for some years. Some of the previously listed proof
counts by Breen and others were incorrect. The correct counts were
used for example to update totals listed in books such as the Red Book.
The Hot Topics section contains a several detailed studies on the
Liberty Seated quarter series including an analysis of: the refuted
1845 Large/Small date; 1854-O Huge O; 1856-S Large/Medium S; 1840-O
Transitional Reverse; 1842 Small and Large Dates; 1849-O quarter;
1855-S proof quarter, questionable 1858 off-denomination clashed
quarter’ 1865 Motto quarters; 1866 No Motto quarters; 1870-CC through
1873-CC quarters, 1870-S quarter; early Liberty Seated proofs; early
U.S. proof coin distribution, analysis of Liberty Seated certified
proofs; and Liberty Seated proof counts. Did you know that there are
only two 1855-S proof half dollars, both of which were delivered to
the Director of the Mint?
Price for the softcover is $54.95 plus $5 for media shipping or $10
for first class shipping. To order, send a check or money order to
Kevin Flynn, P.O. Box 936, Troy, VA 22974. Paypal is also accepted,
please write first to firstname.lastname@example.org. See other books
available at www.kevinjflynn.com.