Recommend a Few Books For Me

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by coinblogger, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. coinblogger

    coinblogger Senior Member

    Hello all,

    I have been reading a lot of coin collecting books lately. Now, I am looking for a new one. I just read Scott Travers' Top 88 Coins. It was a very good book.

    What coin books do you recommend? I am interested in general coin collecting books, grading books and specific coin series books.

    After I read them, I will review them on my website.

    Thanks!!
     
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  3. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    In order:
    1) The Guide Book of US Coins (the red book)
    2) Cherrypickers;
    3) See Whitman Publishing, there is a series for different designs, 'the Bowers' series.

    4) Coming Soon: The Guide Book of the Guide Book, about collecting the many editions, special editions and varieties for the Red book. (should be out March, 2009).
     
  4. rzage

    rzage What Goes Around Comes Around .


    Frank any particular reason for the Cherrypickers:D also are you the author of #4 , sounds good .
    rzage:thumb:
     
  5. AdamL

    AdamL Likes Silver

    Get the ANA grading standards book if you want a grading book on U.S. coins.
     
  6. rzage

    rzage What Goes Around Comes Around .

    Coin Collectors Survival Manual , by Scott Travers 6th Edition
    rzage
     
  7. Vess1

    Vess1 CT SP VIP

    Yeah, the ANA 6th edition is a great source for grading.

    If you're ready to do some reading, check out Collecting and Investing in Rare Coins by David Bowers. It's printed as a $30 book but I got the hardcover on ebay for $5. Published in 2005. It's 645 pages.

    I've been reading it for a loooong time. I'm halfway through. Some of it gets a little dull. Other parts are very interesting.

    He shares a lot of good information. It's one you can work on for a while.
     
  8. HandsomeToad

    HandsomeToad Urinist

    I'd recommend:

    In Yankee Doodle’s Pocket: The Myth, Magic and Politics of Money in Early America by Will Nipper:

    http://www.bowmanstonepress.com/

    If you like reading, it's a book meant to be read over-and-over-and-over. :thumb:

    Ribbit :)
     
  9. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    Cherrypickers; Cause I know one of the contributors.

    #4: bows head, goes into deep thought.

    [nods silently]
     
  10. Harryj

    Harryj Supporter**

    Scott Travers one-minute coin expert

    Coin collecting for dummies.
     
  11. Arizona Jack

    Arizona Jack The Lincoln-ator

    I recently recieved as a gift, The Experts Guide to Investing in Rare Coins by Q. Dave Bowers, that is also a must read, and David Ganz has a gret new bok out as well, I cannot think of the title right now.

    My latest book purchase was the set of 4 attribution guides by Rick Snow, I have yet to sit down with a roll of Indians and a scope yet, but I will soon:)
     
  12. Speedy

    Speedy Researching Coins Supporter

    I 2nd that.....

    Speedy
     
  13. Fish

    Fish Half Cent Nut

    I like the Half Cent Die State Book by Ron Manley. You can find it for about $60-$65 if you look (or PM me and I'll put you in contact with a book dealer that should have it for that price), it's normally more.

    Or, for a more general book, I'm surprised no one has recommended Walter Breen's Encyclopedia yet. I understand it's currently out-of-print and pricey, but it's a must-have in my opinion.

    If you'd like something a bit different, Medals of the United States Mint by Julian is extremely good.

    I could suggest more, but I don't want to overload you.
     
  14. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    History of the First US Mint By Frank Stewart
     
  15. MrOrganic

    MrOrganic Senior Member


    ...in number 4 ........is that the formal name of the book?
     
  16. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    I have just started " A Mercenary's Guide to the Rare Coin Market" by David Hall. Rather interesting for a 1987 book. Very intensive as to the financial side.

    Jim
     
  17. 900fine

    900fine doggone it people like me

    Amazing book. Reading it now.

    "Grading US Coins" by Jim Halperin. Grading for mint state coins.

    re: "I am interested in ... specific coin series books"

    Well, which series ? If you're a type collector like me, and you like 'em all, I would strongly suggest Penny Whimsy by Sheldon. It helps one understand how people were thinking about coins about 50 years ago, and how we got where we are today.
     
  18. Thender

    Thender Senior Member

    Just got three new books today...

    "Looking Through Lincoln Cents"

    "A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents"

    "The Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents"

    I am voraciously devouring them, one by one!!!
     
  19. kevcoins

    kevcoins Senior Roll Sercher

    last time read a coin book (new york times guide to coin collecting) all they talked about were the state quarters
     
  20. KoinJester

    KoinJester Well-Known Member

    AGREE with The Experts Guide to Investing in Rare Coins by Q. Dave Bowers very good
     
  21. Vess1

    Vess1 CT SP VIP

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