In 1948, Dr. William Sheldon published the landmark book, Early American Cents, which ten years later, was revised and renamed Penny Whimsy.
During the last half of the 20th century, this book served as the principal reference for the early Large Cents of the U.S., establishing the basic varieties and naming conventions.
One of the collaborators on the 1958 revision was Walter Breen, probably the greatest numismatic researcher the hobby has known.
For the next thirty years, he worked on a revision to that work. While Breen passed away in 1993, his work was continued by others in the EAC, including Del Bland and Mark Borckardt.
In 2000, the Encyclopedia of Early United States Cents was published by Bowers and Merena Galleries, at that time, a Collector's Universe company.
This nearly 900-page volume is the most complete and thorough study ever made of these highly collectible pieces from the earliest days of the U.S. mint and contains a incredible wealth of information on die
varieties, rarity, condition census and historical data on Large Cents struck from 1793 to 1814. NEWLY ADDED!
Few U.S. Coin series elicit the excitement and collector enthusiasm as do the Commemorative Coins.
Struck from 1892 through the present day, these beautiful coins mark important events in our nation's
history. In his Complete Encyclopedia, author Q. David Bowers recounts the entire story of these fascinating issues,
including mintage statistics, grading, designer biographies, market history and a coin by coin look at the entire series.
Although the pricing data is no longer current, there is little else about commemoratives which cannot be found in this comprehensive work.
From the 1930s through the 1970s, no name is more intimately connected with
the coin business in the United States than Abe Kosoff, often called the
"Dean of American Numismatics." From his humble beginnings as a New York City Dealer,
through his sale of F.C.C. Boyd's "World's Greatest Collection", through the Farouk Sale of 1954
and his founding of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild, author Q. David Bowers
recounts the entire career of this famed dealer and numismatist.
Abe's story is truly the story of American Numismatics in the mid 20th century.
Among the contributions of Q. David Bowers, the most important numismatic writer
of our time, was The History of United States Coinage As Illustrated by the Garrett
Collection. The formation of the famed Garrett collection took nearly a
century from the mid-1860s to the 1940s. Read about the collection that is unique
in the history of American Numismatics.
The Norweb Collection: An American Legacy by Michael Hodder and Q. David Bowers
traces the fascinating story of the Holden-Norweb family. The Holdens and the Norwebs
enjoyed important roles not only in numismatics, but in our country’s history. The
authors skillfully answer the considerable challenge the Holden-Norweb family brought
to numismatic researchers.
A numismatic classic, Q. David Bowers’ Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United
States: A Complete Encyclopedia takes coin enthusiasts of all levels on
a fascinating journey beginning with the earliest U.S. Silver Dollars through the
Silver Eagles of today.
“Please don’t skip any of the following even if you have been around proof coins
for forty years. I’m still learning about proof coins; you can too.” So says the
author in Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins
1722-1989. The reader can learn about how and why proof coins were made, how to
identify real proofs, scarcity and much more.