The Most Up-to-Date Coin Prices Available 2004

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Simon and Schuster, 2003 - Antiques & Collectibles - 256 pages
THE ULTIMATE REFERENCE GUIDE FOR EVERY COIN COLLECTOR With more than half a million copies sold since its first edition, the American Guide to U.S. Coins is the essential resource amateur collectors consult for reliable information and prices. Now fully revised and updated with the most accurate prices and brand-new photos, it is one of the most comprehensive coin guide series available today. The 2004 American Guide to U.S. Coins covers the whole range of twentieth-century coinage, with details on early American coins, Civil War money, commemorative coins and mint errors, Hard Times tokens, proof sets, all kinds of gold coins, and more. It also offers practical advice on: EVALUATING A COIN'S WEAR, LUSTRE, AND STRIKE TO JUDGE BOTH ITS AUTHENTICITY AND VALUE
CLEANING AND STORING YOUR COLLECTION PROPERLY
DECIDING TO SELL A COLLECTION, EITHER OUTRIGHT OR AT AUCTION, AND HOW AUCTION HOUSES OPERATE
THE PROS AND CONS OF USING A COIN-GRADING SERVICE
PLUS A COMPLETE LIST OF ONLINE AND BIBLIOGRAPHIC RESOURCES And the 2004 American Guide to U.S. Coins also brings you up-to-date on the 50 State Quarters™ Program -- the most ambitious and anticipated U.S. Mint initiative of the
 

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Contents

The Evolution of United States Coinage
15
Early American Coins
17
Pirate and Revolutionary Money
20
History of the Dollar
21
Gold Coins
23
Gold Dollars and Golden Eagles
26
Christian Gobrechts Flying Eagle Dollar
29
Hard Times Tokens
33
1866 and Forward
115
18511873
123
17941873
124
1796 and Forward
127
18751878
139
17961998
140
Statehood Quarters
152
Half Dollars
159

Civil War Money
35
Teddy Roosevelts TwentyDollar Gold Piece
38
Commemorative Coins
41
Proof Coins
44
Practical Advice for Collectors
47
How Coins Are Made
49
Mint Errors
50
Counterfeits and Altered Coins
54
How Coin Values Are Determined
55
How to Determine If a Coin Is Uncirculated
57
How to Collect What to Collect
62
Cleaning Coins
64
Grading Service Pros and Cons
67
How to Sell a Coin Collection
69
The Coin Market in Review
75
The United States Mint 50 State Quarters Program
80
The Sacagawea Golden Dollar
81
Coin Values
83
16521776
85
State Coinage
89
Additional Colonial Coins and Tokens
92
First Mint Issues
97
17931857
98
1793 and Forward
101
18641873
114
1794 and Forward
173
18731885
183
Silver Commemorative Coins
184
Gold Commemorative Coins
194
U S Silver Eagle Bullion Coins
196
U S Gold Eagle Bullion Coins
197
Proof Sets
200
18491889
203
17961929
205
18541889
211
18791880
213
17951929
214
17951933
223
18501932
230
Private and Territorial Gold Coins
236
Hard Times Tokens
241
Coins of Hawaii
243
Resources and Further Reading
245
Numismatic Reference Books
247
Periodicals and Other Publications
249
Collector Clubs and Associations
250
Auction Houses
251
Online Resources
252
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Before his death, Charles F. French was a professional numismatist, a charter member of the Professional Numismatist Guild, and a member of the American Numismatic Society. He also belonged to many regional numismatic groups and was the president of the Empire State Numismatic Association.

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