The coins and tokens of colonial America and the early United States present a unique chronicle of our nation's birth. This comprehensive guide provides an authoritative reference on all pre-Federal coinage.
Traces American coinage from its tentative beginnings in 1792 Philadelphia into the 21st century. Vermeule explores the artistic heritage and merits of each coin, and analyzes the influence of the popular arts upon coin design.
The Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money is the only series of its kind in the market: a set of in-depth, richly illustrated, full-color history and price guides for collectors of Mexican coinsa growing field. Volume 3 covers the earliest coinage of Mexico in depth, from the 1500s to the early 1900s. This includes many of the most popularly collected Mexican coins: Carlos and Johanna issues, cob silver and gold coinage, milled coins, coinage of the War of Independence, coins of Agustin de Iturbide, Republic reales coinage, state and federal coppers, the coins of Emperor Maximilian, and pre-Revolutionary Republic decimal coinage. Illustrated essays give important historical background. Other resources for collectors, dealers, and historians include bullion-value tables for common gold and silver coins; a glossary of numismatic terms; a bibliography; biographies and histories of important leaders and themes featured on Mexican coinage; and a detailed index. The Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money is written and edited by internationally recognized experts Don and Lois Bailey, with the collaboration of dealers, collectors, museum curators, government and bank officials, and other specialists. Richly illustrated in full color, with retail prices in multiple grades, it will be the standard reference for generations to come.
Author: Kenneth Scott
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Release Date: 1957
"It is not surprising that counterfeiting flourished. The combination of a generally inefficient law enforcement system, the gradual proliferation of colonial issues to copy, and the reliance on private citizens to prosecute criminals made it difficult to capture, prosecute, or punish counterfeiters. Indeed, counterfeiting in American entered a kind of golden age beginning in the early eighteenth century, an age that would last for roughly a hundred and fifty years." —from the Foreword In the thriving commercial centers of colonial America, merchants could be paid in Spanish doubloons, British pounds, or any of the currencies each colony produced. Such a diversity of monetary forms encouraged some citizens to try their hands at counterfeiting. But the penalties for counterfeiting were harsh. Each colonial government saw it as a serious crime and meted out a variety of punishments, from cropping of ears to the gallows. Scott examines the prevalence of counterfeiting in colonial America and the difficulties the authorities had in tracking down the offenders. He brings to life the many colorful figures who indulged in this nefarious practice, including organized gangs from Massachusetts to South Carolina, such as the members of the Dover Money Club and numerous women practitioners, including Freelove Lippincott and Mary Peck Butterworth. One of the book's most important themes is that counterfeiting was ubiquitous, transcending socioeconomic, ethnic, and gender lines. Counterfeiters had innumerable ways to practice the art, as Scott shows in illustrative detail. In a final chapter, Scott assesses counterfeiting during the Revolution, when the British government found it an effective means for undermining the fledgling national economy. The book reveals ways to determine whether notes or coins are fake. First published in 1957, Scott's research on early counterfeiting has yet to be superceded. As much a social history of colonial America as it is a richly peopled narrative of one of the world's oldest crimes, Counterfeiting in America is sure to appeal to scholars, numismatists, and general readers alike.
Author: Eric P. Newman
Publisher: Krause Publications
Release Date: 2008-11-28
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
Features information available only to auction and dealer networks &break;&break;Responds to intense market demands, driven by collectors capitalizing on recent auctions involving distinguished collections &break;&break;Diverse audience: experienced collectors, history buffs, educators, and museum curators &break;&break;A recent surge in this paper money arena provides a ready-made audience for a new edition of this one-of-a-kind book. Top-dollar auctions are putting more Colonial American paper money into collectors' hands, creating a wealth of collectors seeking a new edition of the definitive guide - The Early Paper Money of America. This is the collector's best choice, because it: &break;&break;Offers 1,100+ detailed, high quality illustrations investors, history enthusiasts, re-enactment groups and educators can turn to identify issues &break;&break;Represents the most comprehensive guide to Colonial American paper money and early states issues &break;&break;Provides information not readily available to general paper money collectors &break;&break;This new edition continues a tradition of reliability collectors of early American paper money respect.
From the Back Cover: From wampum beads to modern commemoratives: when you learn about the money of the United States of America, you learn the story of how our nation came to be-and catch a glimpse of where it's headed. America's Money, America's Story explores the fascinating evolution of the country's dollars and cents, as told by one of the most respected numismatic scholars in the world. This is a book for the beginning or advanced collector, the full-time coin dealer and the part-time bank cashier. It is a book for everyone who loves the drama, romance, and exciting twists and turns of American history. Dr. Richard Doty traces the path of American money from the pre-European days of beaver pelts to today's world of gold bullion and presidential dollars. Newly updated second edition, now in full color; Over 600 crisp, full-color photographs; A "who's who" of American coins and paper money, as well as mints and moneyers; Chapters on historical events and eras including the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the California Gold Rush, America's Gilded Age, the Roaring Twenties, World War II, and many others. A full bibliography for further research, plus an index with more than 900 entries. Comprehensive, Authoritative. Thorough. Beautifully illustrated. America's money, America's story is as grand as the great nation it portrays.
Author: William R. Rice
Publisher: Whitman Publishing
Release Date: 2014-10-01
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
In this monumental book, William R. Rice shines new light on the life and times of President John F. Kennedy. His exploration includes the history of the Kennedy family; JFK's boyhood; his military service and early political career; his inauguration and presidency; Jacqueline and the children; life in the White House; the president's assassination; and the world's mourning and remembrance. The story is told through touching and insightful essays illustrated by hundreds of coins, medals, tokens, stamps, and other memorabilia some popular and collectible, like the silver 1964 Kennedy half dollar (with its mintage of 429 million coins), others rare and seldom seen, and some one-of-a-kind. Special sections discuss subjects like satirical and critical pieces; brothers Robert F. and Teddy Kennedy; the Peace Corps; and paper money issued during the Kennedy administration. In addition to colorful historical images and narrative, the book's scholarly appeal is expanded by multiple appendices, a bibliography, and a full index. Collectors will benefit from the catalog numbering system and commentary on today's market, along with more than 1,500 photographs. "Historians will remain deeply indebted to Rice for his gigantic addition to the field of John F. Kennedy medallic art and related historical memorabilia." Dr. Gerald J. Steinberg
"You will learn how to get started, how to compare prices and values, important factors to focus on (such as grading and rarity), and more. Dave Bowers ... shares insight ... [on] how to be a smart auction bidder (including online); how to be a smart seller when the time comes; how to protect your investment"--Dust jacket.