Guide Book of Barber Silver Coins – 2nd Edition


Item #: 794846386

Q. David Bowers

  • ISBN: 0794846386
  • Pub Date: 12/18/2018 Edition: 2nd
  • Binding: Paperback Size: 6×9 Pages: 384
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Volume #20 in Whitman’s best-selling Bowers Series
covers three classic U.S. coin denominations: the dimes,
quarters, and half dollars designed by Charles E. Barber,
chief engraver of the U.S. Mint. These classic silver coins were
first made in 1892, and their production lasted to the eve of
America’s entry into World War I.
In this colorfully illustrated book, the workhorses of late-19th and early-20th-century American commerce are given
the famous Q. David Bowers treatment: insightful study, rich
historical background, and detailed data analysis. Bowers—
the Dean of American Numismatics and the most published
numismatic author of all time—lays out everything you need
to know to be a smart collector: how to evaluate quality,
determine value, understand the market, and make good
purchases. You’ll learn the backstage goings-on that led to
the coins’ creation, why they barely made a splash when first
issued, and why they weren’t mourned when they passed
into history. In recent years the scene has changed—Barber’s
silver coinage is among the more popular of U.S. series, with
many enthusiastic collectors and students.
Bowers provides a wealth of information on each issue:
mintages, existing populations, grading standards, values,
auction records, keys to collecting, and more. Historical
background sets the coins in the broader context of American
life from the 1890s through the mid-teens. Hundreds of
full-color images, thoughtful study, and Bowers’s engaging
narrative make this book a treat for anyone interested in our
nation’s Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Book 20 of the series.