Buffalo Coins: America’s Favorite

Buffalo Coins: America’s Favorite
By Q. David Bowers
Whitman Publishing
Retail Price $14.95
Amazon Price: $12.29

Book Description: 

The American bison, popularly nicknamed the buffalo, is a part of our national history, romance, lore, and legend. In their day bison roamed the plains by the millions. These large and impressive animals, the icons of the American West, were popular subjects of prints, stories, and melodrama. The exploits of Buffalo Bill in the Wild West captivated generations of the young and old alike in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Heavy hunting decimated their populations, though, and before long the American bison was nearly extinct. Today the bison is cherished, and government and other entities have set aside preserves for their use. The danger of extinction has passed. Buffalo Coins: America’s Favorite is the story, still continuing, of these wondrous animals.

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I feel this is an unusual book from Whitman Publishing.  While it is indeed a coin book it also gives the rich history of the Bison in the United States, tying it in to Buffalo coins.  There are chapters on the history of the coin as well as grading the coins as well as the bison in popular culture and the future of the bison.  This is a well-rounded book and the author shares many interesting photographs, not only of coins, but of the animal as well.  Bowers is a wealth of knowledge and I learned so much.  The author has an entire chapter on the Buffalo nickel and this coin is well-known, I learned from this book that there were other coins featuring the bison as well.

~Reviewed by  John C.

 

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    American Gold and Platinum Eagles

    American Gold and Platinum Eagles
    By Edmund C. Moy and Michael Castle
    Whitman
    Retail Price $29.95
    Amazon Price: $21.63

    Book Description: 

    The U.S. Mint’s hugely popular American Gold Eagle and American Platinum Eagle coins are collected by numismatists, stockpiled by investors, and treasured by precious-metal buyers throughout the United States and around the world.Now, no less an authority than Edmund C. Moy – 38th director of the U.S. Mint – shares his unique insight and behind-the-scenes perspective on these beautiful pieces of Americana.To create this book, Moy has drawn on a lifetime of interest in coins and precious metals, leading up to his 2006 confirmation as director of the U.S. Mint. Under his tenure, demand for American gold bullion coins multiplied more than fivefold, from less than 330,000 ounces in 2007 to 1,800,000-plus ounces in 2009, and counting. The U.S. Mint went from a major producer to the world’s largest producer of gold, silver, and platinum coins, will bullion coins accounting for the majority of the Mint’s revenues.Director Moy brings together diverse elements – technical and artistic, historical and current. market-driven and hobbyist – to make American Gold and Platinum Eagles a valuable addition to any collector’s or investor’s bookshelf.

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    This is a very informative book for collectors that is complete for period up to publication with official mint data.  Made for the professional but easy enough to use by beginners.  iThe author offered a lot of background and history and the book was well researched.  This is a must have for anyone interested in buying or selling coins.

    ~Reviewed by Larry G.

     

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      Behind the Brooch

      Behind the Brooch
      By Lorena Angulo
      Schiffer Publishing, Ltd
      Retail Price $34.99
      Amazon Price: $24.40

      Book Description: 

      The focus of this book is on the side of the brooch that usually isn’t noticed: the reverse. When we encounter an attractive piece of jewelry, our instinct is to admire the front, but when we turn it around, it often reveals a secret. The author lets us in on that secret, typically only shared between the maker and the wearer. Clever brooch makers often adorn the back with items meant to complement the front, or the backside may have a unique, intricate design all its own. When you flip a brooch over in your hand you may find a surprise message, a hidden pattern, or even an unlikely foreign implement. The result is a better understanding of the artist’s abilities and personality. Now, you can judge for yourself what the 128 artists respresented in this volume had in mind, and, if you are a jewelry maker, you may be inspired to leave your own unique mark.

      Review

      When viewing a brooch, most people will look at the ornate front of the piece.  That is the most usual way to look at and appreciate a brooch.  But this book looks at the brooch from a jeweler or metalsmith’s perspective and takes a long look at the back including clasps, catches, pins, and the materials used to make them. The book is well organized and the photography is stunning.  The book itself is a piece of art and begs to be displayed.

      ~Reviewed by Sara S.

       

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        A Guide Book of Canadian Coins

        A Guide Book of Canadian Coins
        By James Haxby
        Whitman Publishing

        Retail price $19.95
        Amazon Price: 13.57

        Book Description

        This is the “Red Book” of Canadian coins, a new reference authored by expert numismatist James Haxby. It covers every Canadian and provincial coinage and token series from colonial times to the present day, plus bullion, commemoratives, varieties, errors, and others. Auction records, historical information, and many more valuable features make this book a must-have for any collector. Hardcover, 464 Pages, 6×9 inches.

        Review

        This book is chock full of information on Canadian Coins and tokens from Colonial times until about 2009.  It includes photographs of the coins as well as historical information and records.  If you are a coin collector – novice to professional – you will want this book in your library.

        ~Reviewed by John C.

         

         

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          American Gold and Platinum Eagles


          American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs

          American Gold and Platinum Eagles
          By Edmund C. Moy
          Whitman Publishing
          Retail Price $29.95
          Amazon Price: $22.40

          Book Description: 

          The U.S. Mint’s hugely popular American Gold Eagle and American Platinum Eagle coins are collected by numismatists, stockpiled by investors, and treasured by precious-metal buyers throughout the United States and around the world.Now, no less an authority than Edmund C. Moy – 38th director of the U.S. Mint – shares his unique insight and behind-the-scenes perspective on these beautiful pieces of Americana.To create this book, Moy has drawn on a lifetime of interest in coins and precious metals, leading up to his 2006 confirmation as director of the U.S. Mint. Under his tenure, demand for American gold bullion coins multiplied more than fivefold, from less than 330,000 ounces in 2007 to 1,800,000-plus ounces in 2009, and counting. The U.S. Mint went from a major producer to the world’s largest producer of gold, silver, and platinum coins, will bullion coins accounting for the majority of the Mint’s revenues.Director Moy brings together diverse elements – technical and artistic, historical and current. market-driven and hobbyist – to make American Gold and Platinum Eagles a valuable addition to any collector’s or investor’s bookshelf.

          Review

          This is a must have book for any U.S. coin collector. You get history and recent prices, and it chronicles the year by year production and historical perspective 1986-2013. The narrative alone would make for a fascinating read for either the casual hobbyist or the seasoned collector.  If you are building a collection of these coins and need a good source of detailed information, you will want this book.

          ~Reviewed by John C.

           

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