New Ken Bressett Book on Coin Collecting Will be Available at the August 2017 Denver ANA Show

(Atlanta, Georgia) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of the newest edition of the Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting: An Introduction to the World of Coins, by Kenneth Bressett. The 288-page softcover book debuted July 4, 2017, and is now available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at, for $12.95. Mr. Bressett will autograph copies at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1–5, 2017.

The guide, popularly known as the “Yellow Book,” includes chapters on coin collecting as a hobby; places to find coins; how coins are made; venues to learn about collecting; getting started as a collector; caring for a coin collection; grading techniques and standards; coin prices and values; commemoratives, bullion, special coin issues, counterfeits, medals, tokens, casino chips, and more.

Illustrated with 672 full-color photographs and other images, the Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting also includes charts, lists, an illustrated glossary, a bibliography for continued learning, and an index for looking up information.

“Generations of coin collectors know Ken Bressett as the senior editor of the ‘Red Book,’” said Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker, referring to the annual Guide Book of United States Coins. “More than 24 million copies of the Red Book have been sold since 1946, and Ken has worked on the book since the 1950s. He’s also served the hobby as president of the American Numismatic Association, and as an educator, researcher, and author. He’s the perfect teacher to introduce new collectors to the hobby.”

Case studies, personal memories, and unique insight from Bressett’s 60-plus years in the hobby make the Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting a unique resource. Rodney Gillis, the American Numismatic Association’s education director, wrote the book’s foreword. “Coin collecting opens up an entire world of learning, just waiting to be explored,” Gillis said. “As you read this book, you will notice how skillfully Ken interjects his love of history within the context of collecting. The Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting will prove to be an invaluable research tool for a novice and a standard reference to look back to once you have become a seasoned collector. By reading this book you are taking a very positive step in becoming a more informed collector at an accelerated rate.”

Chapters include: “Coin Collecting as a Hobby” (Reasons to collect and have a hobby. Why people collect coins. Pride of ownership. Popularity and growth of coin collecting. A look at coins as historical documents.) “Coins Are Where You Find Them” (Check your pocket change. Why we use coins. Different kinds of coins. Other forms of money. How coins are made. What to look for in a coin. Mints and mintmarks.) “Learning About Your Coins” (Varieties, types, and differences that affect value. Coin clubs, trade shows, exhibits, dealers. Books on the subject. ANA services. Museums.) “How to Get Started” (The best places to look for coins. What to buy. Necessary tools and equipment. Publications.) “Caring for Your Collection” (Albums and holders. Storage problems. What you must know about cleaning your coins. Insurance considerations. Paper products.) “Grading Techniques and Standards” (How to grade coins. What to look for in investment grade coins. Use of grading guides and books. Grading services.) “Coin Prices and Values” (How to buy for best value. Pricing charts. Investing in rare coins. When it’s time to sell.) “Catalog of Special Coin Prices” (Prices for select coins most wanted by beginners. Why some coins are a better value than others.) “Commemorative, Bullion, and Special Coins” (Why commemorative coins are so popular. What is in the future for special coin issues. Where and how to purchase bullion coins. Collecting Mint and Proof sets.) “Oddities, Counterfeits, and Other Coins” (How to spot a counterfeit coin. Authentication services. Error coins. Tokens. Gaming chips. Coins from around the world.)

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Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting: An Introduction to the World of Coins
By Kenneth Bressett; foreword by Rodney Gillis
ISBN 0794845215
Softcover, 6 x 9 inches, 288 pages, full color
Retail $12.95 U.S.

Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison at Shave Miles event at ANA Denver, Aug. 3

Watch “Pawn Stars’” Rick Harrison Help Miles Standish Get His Head Shaved To Benefit the ANA & Help Sick Children


Prominent numismatist Michael “Miles” Standish will get his head shaved in public at the American Numismatic Association 2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money®. The hair-raising act will raise money for the ANA and the nonprofit Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare.

Rick Harrison of History’s “Pawn Stars” program and the famous Las Vegas Gold & Silver Pawn shop will make the first pass of the electric shaver on Miles’ head. Several Denver Broncos cheerleaders will also attend as special guests to cheer on Miles and as well as sign autographs for visitors.​


Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 2 pm (Mountain Time)


ANA 2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money, Booth #97
​Located next to the ANA Business and Messaging Center
Hall F of the Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St., Denver, Colorado

​Background Information:

Miles Standish is an award-winning numismatic author and Senior Grader and Vice-President of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. The Austin, Texas-based Standish Foundation was launched in 2010 by his wife, Andrea Mangione Standish, a certified child life specialist. The foundation assists healthcare providers around the world to provide the tools and training they need to minimize healthcare-related pain and suffering in children.

“The mission of the foundation is to have happy, healthy, resilient kids who haven’t been traumatized by healthcare experiences. This event is to help children get better care and to help an important hobby organization dear to me and so many others, the American Numismatic Association,” he explained.

“Building strong relationships among community-based organizations is a hallmark of the American Numismatic Association. We are proud to partner with the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare during the World’s Fair of Money in Denver,” said Kim Kiick, ANA Executive Director.

“Through combined efforts of the ‘Shave Miles’ event, we’re adding value into the vision of each organization – ensuring that the highest quality of education, training, and tools make the greatest impact in the communities we serve,” Kiick emphasized.

All donations for this event are tax deductible and will be evenly divided between the ANA and the foundation. Checks should be made payable to the American Numismatic Association. Donations can be made at Booth 97 or at the ANA Business and Messaging Center, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and on the day of the event, Thursday, August 3, from 10 a.m. until all of Miles’ hair is shaved.

A native of Michigan, Standish began collecting in 1973 at the age of nine. In 2011, he was honored with the “Director’s Coin for Excellence” by then-Director of the United States Mint Edmund Moy.

He is co-author with former Chief Engraving of the United States Mint, John Mercanti, of the 2012 reference book, “American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program.” Standish’s 2014 book, “Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin,” received the 2015 Numismatic Literary Guild award for Best Specialized Book.

Information about the ANA 2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money can be found at and information about the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare is at

Updated “Grading U.S. Coins Today” Correspondence Course Offered by ANA’s Florence Schook School of Numismatics

Grading is one of the key skills every coin collector strives to master. Some collectors are fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of the multi-day grading seminar offered by the American Numismatic Association (ANA). But for those who cannot attend the seminar, the ANA’s “Grading U.S. Coins Today” correspondence course is the next best thing.

Updated in 2017 and enhanced with visually impressive color images, the course provides valuable information on the methodology behind third-party grading and the differences between technical and market grading.

The course, which features the updated “Grading U.S. Coins Today” along with the 7th edition of “The Official Grading Standards for United States Coins,” is available to ANA members for $40.95. Non-members can order the course for $60.95, which includes both books and a digital membership to the ANA.

“The book closely replicates the live course taught by numismatic experts at our week-long annual Summer Seminar,” says Rod Gillis, ANA education director. “You’d be hard-pressed to find a better introductory guide anywhere.”

“Grading U.S. Coins Today” is one of six correspondence courses (five books) that comprise the ANA’s School of Numismatics Diploma Program. Other courses include:

  • Introduction to Numismatics $35.95
  • Detecting Counterfeit & Altered U.S. Coins (includes a DVD) $68.95
  • The Modern Minting Process and U.S. Errors & Varieties $45.95
  • Grading Mint-State U.S. Coins (includes a DVD) $48.95

All materials for the Diploma Program can be purchased separately or as a complete package for $455, which includes a registration fee of $100 plus a final exam fee of $200. The final exam consists of a 200-question, written test that can be administered by a proctor in any school, local library, at any ANA convention, or at the ANA in Colorado Springs. Students can opt to take correspondence courses, classroom courses or a combination of both to complete the program requirements. Courses can be completed in any order. Students have the option of being assigned a mentor while enrolled in the program.

To order “Grading U.S. Coins Today” or to obtain more information on the ANA’s Florence Schook School of Numismatics Diploma Program, call (719) 482-9829 or email

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit

Shelby Plooster Receives 2017 Young Numismatist of the Year Award

Shelby Plooster of Evans, Ga., was named the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2017 Young Numismatist of the Year at the ANA’s Summer Seminar during the awards banquet on June 22. The award annually acknowledges an outstanding young collector for contributions to the hobby and industry.

The 17-year-old began collecting in 5th grade, when she discovered some Early American coins in an antique shop, and has been establishing herself in the hobby ever since. A member of the ANA, Augusta Coin Club (ACC), South Carolina Numismatic Association (SCNA) and Women in Numismatics, Plooster has given numerous presentations at local and regional clubs on topics ranging from the 1923 Silver Certificate star note to Centennial Coins of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Her articles have been published in the ACC’s newsletter and SCanner, the SCNA’s official publication, and her exhibits have twice won first prize at the latter’s regional show. She also was named SCNA’s YN of the Year in 2014.

“Receiving this award means that maybe one day I’ll be able to inspire a young collector and support them just as numerous clubs and other numismatists have done for me,” says Plooster. “I’m truly honored and thankful for everything that the ANA has done to educate me and develop my love of numismatics.”

Plooster is a gifted artist and exhibited her multimedia collages at the “Art of Engraving” Show and Reception during the 2017 Summer Seminar. A regular at the two-week event since attending on a scholarship from the SCNA in 2014, she feels it is the responsibility of established numismatists to mentor YNs toward success. “The hobby needs to encourage the next generation of collectors in order to move forward. It is very important that we do everything in our power to encourage people to join the Association,” she advises, adding, “One person who has truly guided me is local coin-shop owner and ACC member Larry Lucree. He taught me—and continues to teach me—so much about numismatics. I feel blessed to learn from him.”

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit

Media release: “What are the Greatest Modern Coins of the United States?”

by Dennis Tucker

The fourth edition of Whitman Publishing’s 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins will enjoy its public debut in a few short weeks. Look for it at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado. In the meantime, if you’re a fan of modern U.S. coins, you can preorder your copy online or from your favorite local bookstore.

When 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins debuted in February 2011, it was the eighth volume in Whitman Publishing’s popular 100 Greatest™ library of books. In earlier volumes the spotlight was occupied by rare and valuable ancient coins, unique eighteenth- and nineteenth-century U.S. classics, and even unusual and visually astounding error coins and misstrikes. Finally it was time to focus on the lively field of modern coins, from circulating nickels and quarters to silver and gold commemoratives, Proofs, bullion coins, and more.

This exciting category makes up an impressively large share of today’s numismatic market. Fans of “moderns” are among the most active and enthusiastic collectors in the hobby. To give just one example: The American Eagle bullion-coin program has been part of the numismatic landscape for a little over 30 years. In that time, collectors and investors have purchased more than 400 million American Silver Eagles, plus tens of millions of their gold and platinum cousins. If a book sold that many copies, it would be a runaway best-seller! (Readers have bought about 100 million copies of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit since it was first published; J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter books enjoy print runs in the tens of millions each.) Visit any of the online hobby forums and you’ll find countless threads and conversations revolving around the U.S. Mint’s latest commemorative coins, medals, and bullion pieces. “Collectors love their Morgan dollars and Saint-Gaudens double eagles,” says Diana Plattner, editor of Coin Update ( and Mint News Blog ( “But a feature article on the newest U.S. Mint release is guaranteed to bring hundreds of spirited comments, questions, and strong opinions.”

My own appreciation of the complexity and appeal of modern coins has increased in recent years. In 2016 I was appointed to membership in the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (, a public panel that advises the secretary of the Treasury on the designs and themes of U.S. coins. Serving on the committee has been an eye-opening experience. It has rounded out my education in the entire process of modern coin creation.

Many collectors misunderstand the origin of modern coins such as commemoratives, National Park quarters, and Presidential dollars. While the Treasury Department does have authority to create certain limited coinage programs (e.g., special gold pieces such as the 2009 Ultra High Relief and the more recent high-relief American Liberty coins), nearly all of its products are mandated by Congress and signed into existence by the president. Congress decides the overarching themes, gives authority, and sets parameters.

“Congress orders, and the Mint executes,” is what one Mint officer has told me.

The CCAC has 11 members, each of us either representing the general public or specially qualified in a particular field (sculpture or the medallic arts; numismatic curatorship; American history; and numismatics). We are “an informed, experienced, and impartial resource to the secretary of the Treasury and represent the interests of American citizens and collectors.” For each coinage program we confer early in the process, meeting with stakeholders to flesh out basic design ideas to guide the Mint’s artists; then, weeks or months later, we meet to review and analyze the sketches the artists developed. Every design is considered seriously—even when there are 60 or more to review in a single portfolio!

How does modern coinage not work? It’s not “design by committee.” It’s not a lone bureaucrat sitting in an office making up programs. If you think the Mint is producing too many military-themed commemoratives, write to your congressman. If you think a palladium bullion coin is a good idea, or want to see your favorite charity honored with a silver dollar, or have an idea for a new circulating quarter dollar program, remember that “Congress orders, and the Mint executes.” Every new coin starts with an idea, which grows (with a lot of legwork) into legislation at the congressional level (or program management if initiated within the Treasury Department), then moves into concept development, then to design sketches, then review by the CCAC (and also the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts), which results in formal recommendations sent to the Treasury secretary. The secretary makes the final decision on all coin designs.

After a new coin is finally minted, it belongs to history and it’s there for the hobby community to enjoy, critique, collect, and study.

It’s in the latter pursuit that authors Scott Schechter and Jeff Garrett are uniquely positioned when it comes to the 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins. Each has collected coins since childhood; each has years of unique hands-on experience as a professional numismatist, including buying and selling moderns. Schechter is vice president and finalizer at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC); his first official job in numismatics was in 1994, when he interned at the Smithsonian Institution, working with the National Numismatic Collection. Garrett is a longtime coin dealer and active promoter of the hobby, this year finishing up his term as president of the American Numismatic Association.

In their engaging and informative book Schechter and Garrett share insight on many behind-the-scenes numismatic situations. As you read you’ll find yourself thinking, “So that’s why this coin was made!” or “That explains why that coin is so rare.” There are as many mysteries, stories, and busted myths within modern coins as there are in any of the classic series.

The fact that 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins is already in its fourth edition attests to the coins’ evergreen appeal and popularity. If you haven’t yet been bitten by the modern-coin bug, you will be after enjoying this entertaining volume. Along the way you’ll learn a lot about our nation and its remarkable coinage.

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100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins
By Scott Schechter and Jeff Garrett; foreword by Rhett Jeppson
ISBN 0794845231
Hardcover, coffee-table size
144 pages
Full color
Retail $29.95 U.S.
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