NEW BOOK: 100 GREATEST U.S. ERROR COINS
The E-Sylum (7/4/2010)
Whitman Publishing announces the release of 100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins, by Nicholas Brown, David Camire, and Fred Weinberg. The book will debut at the American Numismatic Association Worlds Fair of Money in Boston, August 11, 2010.
In this richly illustrated coffee-table book, three of Americas best-known error-coin specialists take the reader on a personal guided tour of the remarkable misstrikes and other oddities produced by the U.S. Mint. 100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins is the seventh entry in Whitman Publishings 100 Greatest library. It follows books that showcase coins, paper money, medals and tokens, comic books, and stamps.
Each of the 100 Greatest error coins was voted into place by leading coin dealers, collectors, researchers, and historians, said Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. Inside, the reader will find prized and seldom-seen raritiesthe unique and high-valued pieces that collectors dream about. The book also explores more readily available and widely popular error coins. All of them have a special howd that happen? quality, and the authors explain how each error occurred.
Forewords by Richard Doty (senior curator of numismatics at the Smithsonian Institution) and Douglas Mudd (curator of the ANAs Edward C. Rochette Money Museum) welcome the reader to this fascinating part of the hobby. The introduction by Q. David Bowers includes a historical narrative on the U.S. Mint; numismatic aspects of error coins; and the history of error-coin collecting in the United States. Errors have grown into one of the hobbys most active fields in recent years, the authors note.
A two-page spread is devoted to each of coins No. 1 through No. 10, with Nos. 11 through 100 enjoying a full page. In the banner at the top of each page are the coins rank, a descriptive title, and the quantity known. Essays describe the errors, how they were made, the circumstances of their discovery, and other interesting details. These essays are illustrated with enlarged photographs, and images of related errors. A summary of each coins market value going back to 1980 is included.
The book is rounded out by an in-depth, heavily illustrated appendix on the minting process and how error coins are made and how they get out of the mint. This sections photographs include never-before-published images from inside the U.S. Mints operations. A second appendix covers the famous golden dollar mules (with the obverse of a state quarter), including a detailed registry of the 10 specimens discovered so far.
100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins is not just a value guide or a fancy picture book, said Tucker. Its a doorway that takes the reader to a hundred different points in the Mints production processes, most of which have been kept secret for years. And its a fascinating introduction to the hobby of collecting these important coins.
Broadstrikes and brockages, off-centers and wrong planchets, die caps and double strikes and mulesall of these and more await the reader in 100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins.
The book is coffee-table-size, 144 pages, full color, with stories for every coin, and more than 500 illustrations. Retail price is $29.95. 100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins will debut in August 2010 at the ANA Worlds Fair of Money in Boston, and after that will be available online (including at WhitmanBooks.com) and at hobby shops and bookstores nationwide.