Using long-untouched correspondence, drawings and models by sculptors Hermon MacNeil, Adolph Weinman, Albin Polasek and Anthony de Francisci, author Roger Burdette chronicles the origin, design and striking of American coins from 1916-1921. The story takes the reader from the initial consultation with the Commission of Fine Arts through a maze of bureaucratic confusion, interference by vending machine companies and the press, last minute design alterations to final production. With his extensive use of original source material and illustrations the author has produced what is sure to become the standard reference on this important period of American coinage. [hardcover, 350 pages, b&w photos]...
Received the NLG "Book-of-the-Year" award in 2006!
Fascinating account of how coins were shaped by the development of Western Civilization and how they sometimes helped shape it in turn. Traces the history of worldwide coins from Ancient Greece to until the end of the 19th century. Each magnificent coin is featured in both actual size and full color enlargement. Learn how coins helped emerging countries spread their wealth and influence. Ira and Larry Goldberg have gathered six of the best numismatic historians to tell the story of Western Civilization, as seen through some of the greatest coins in the world.
“The Lovett Cent; a Confederate Story” is about the Confederate cent. There are false and misleading stories about the cent and its maker Robert Lovett, Jr. Many of the stories came from inaccurate statements made by 19th century coin dealer John Haseltine. There are many questions about who contacted Lovett, and his Southern connections. Was Bailey & Co. involved? How many coining dies were made? Were coins and dies delivered? These questions and others are answered. Restrikes were made by John Haseltine in 1874. Robert Bashlow made restrikes in 1961/1962. Fake, fantasy, replica, and novelty Confederate cents are presented. Lovett was a talented engraver and die sinker in Philadelphia. He did work for Bailey & Co., and created tokens for them. He made tokens and medals for businesses, organizations, and governments. Numismatist and Civil War buffs will find the book interesting, which is academic, and based on several years research. There are footnotes, sidebar notes, and 141 images.
Milestone Coins shares the interesting stories behind more than 100 famous coins and tokens, as told by the award-winning author and longtime editior of the Guide Book of United States Coins (the best-selling "Red Book"). In ten chapters Ken Bressett covers the breadth of civilization as seen in coinage - exploring every time period and geographical area from ancient Greece to modern America. [Hardcover, 176 Pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, Color photos].
The Numismatourist is the first book of its kind as a world-wide travel guide for the numismatist. It is also for the numismatist who is traveling, either on vacation or business, and wishes to visit those places that of are interest to the hobby or profession. Inside you will find a numismatic travel guide, listing over 175 places in 75 countries open to the public, with almost 100 of these described in detail with pictures that are spread over North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Oceania-Pacific. The foreword is written by Karen M. Lee, Curator, National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution.
US Gold coins have seen a boom in popularity in recent years. Thousands of new collectors have discovered the rich and fascinating history of these beautiful and often scarce coins. Important collections, off the market for decades, have come to light and new research has provided collectors and investors with a wealth of information previously unavailable. There has never been a better time to explore the wonderful field of US Gold coins and this book will take readers on that journey. Produced in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, written by noted numismatists JEff Garrett and Ron Guth with a forward by the Smithsonian's Dr. Richard Doty. [hardcover, 656 pages, full color illustrations]