Whitman Publishing Offers Free John F. Kennedy Book on Medallic and Coinage Art to Celebrate President’s 100th Birthday, 1917–2017

(Pelham, Alabama) — John F. Kennedy, the only American president ever honored on a circulating half dollar coin, was born May 29, 1917. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth, Whitman Publishing is offering a free copy of The Kennedy World in Medallic Art: John F. Kennedy and His Family in Medals, Coins, Tokens, and Other Collectibles, by William R. Rice, in a promotion throughout the month of June.

Normally The Kennedy World in Medallic Art is available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide and online for $19.95. From May 29 through June 30, 2017, collectors who spend $25 or more at may request a free copy of the 304-page hardcover book by entering code JFK at checkout.

In this monumental book, Kennedy historian William Rice offers fresh insight on the life and times of the president. His exploration includes the history of the Kennedy family; JFK’s boyhood; his military service and early political career; his inauguration and presidency; Jacqueline and the children; life in the White House; the November 1963 assassination; and the world’s mourning and remembrance.

The story is told through touching and insightful essays illustrated by more than 1,500 images including coins, medals, tokens, stamps, and other memorabilia. Many are popular and collectible, like the 1964 silver Kennedy half dollar (with its mintage of 429 million coins) and the recent best-selling 2014 gold Kennedy halves. Other items are rare and seldom seen, and some one-of-a-kind.

“John F. Kennedy is one of the most popular presidents in American history,” says Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. “Edward Rochette and Aubrey Mayhew started numismatic studies of Kennedy in the 1960s, and William Rice builds on their foundation. Today’s collectors benefit from full-color images and 50 years of ongoing research. Savvy buyers can find many JFK coins, medals, and tokens at local coin shows, flea markets, antique malls, and online.”

Special book sections discuss subjects like satirical and critical pieces; brothers Robert F. and Teddy Kennedy; the Peace Corps; and paper money issued during the Kennedy administration.

Military challenge coins are given extra attention (with more than 180 images) as are foreign and domestic “march” medals, commemorative postage covers, world coins, and medal sets. Rice discusses and illustrates Chinese Hell notes, carved hobo coins, Wedgwood pottery, silver bullion bars, elongated coins, and many of other categories of Kennedy collectibles.

In addition to colorful historical images and narrative, the book’s scholarly appeal is expanded by multiple appendices, a bibliography, and a full index. Collectors benefit from the catalog numbering system and commentary on today’s buy-sell-trade market. A 52-page appendix catalogs more than 2,670 individual items by date, size, composition, and description.

“Historians will remain deeply indebted to William Rice for his gigantic addition to the field of John F. Kennedy medallic art and related historical memorabilia,” says noted Kennedy historian Dr. Gerald J. Steinberg.

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The Kennedy World in Medallic Art: John F. Kennedy and His Family in Medals, Coins, Tokens, and Other Collectibles
By William R. Rice; foreword by Dr. Gerald J. Steinberg
ISBN 0794842364
Hardcover, 8.5 x 11 inches · 304 pages · Full color
Retail $19.95 U.S.

Watch for your ANA Election eBallot

The American Numismatic Association has partnered with Election Services Corp. to conduct the 2017 Board of Governors Election. Your eBallot should have arrived in your email inbox on Wed, May 24.

Visit or read the June issue of The Numismatist to review candidates’ biographies and election statements. Then follow the simple instructions outlined in the email you received. (Biographies also can be accessed on the eBallot). Individuals that are the point of contact for their club may have received two emails – one is for your personal vote, the second ballot represents your club.

Need assistance? Email or call 1-866-720-4357.

The deadline to vote is 11:59 pm (MDT) on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

NOTE: I will make my endorsements in early June. Watch the blog for that post.

Whitman Publishing Releases New Search & Save™ Coin Books on Dimes, Quarters, and Half Dollars

(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of two new volumes in its series of combination book-albums trademarked under the name Search & Save. Each new volume consists of a 96-page hardcover book bound with a Whitman Classic Coin Album page for storing and displaying a customized coin collection. The Search & Save volumes are intended for beginning to intermediate hobbyists, as a fun way to introduce newcomers to active coin collecting. Volume 5 covers dimes and quarters, and volume 6 covers half dollars. Each retails for $9.95 and is available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at

The Whitman Classic® Coin Album page has protective plastic slides that are inserted on each side of the page’s openings, holding each coin firmly in place while allowing its obverse and reverse to be displayed.

Many of the Search & Save coins can be collected from circulation. Others require some hunting at local coin shops, online, or at a coin show. The two new volumes discuss coins going back to the earliest years of the Philadelphia Mint, in the 1790s. Their album pages start with more common and easily collectible coins beginning with the Capped Bust types of the early 1800s.

“Readers of our Search & Save books learn about each coin in the context of American and world history, and enjoy the fun and pride of building their own valuable collections,” said Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. “The books encourage readers to explore beyond their pocket change, to build relationships with coin dealers and go to coin shows. When they’re done, they not only have a personalized coin collection, but they can tell each coin’s story and share them with their friends and family.”

Search & Save: Old U.S. Dimes and Quarters begins with a richly illustrated chapter on the history of coinage in America. It includes chapters on Capped Bust, Liberty Seated, and Barber dimes and quarters of the 1800s and early 1900s, Mercury dimes, Standing Liberty quarters, Roosevelt dimes, and Washington quarters. A final chapter gives advice on collecting each coin type. The book’s album page provides openings to assemble a collection of 16 different coins dating from the early 1800s to today.

Search & Save: U.S. Half Dollars offers a colorful exploration of American commerce and coinage from the colonial era to the start of the Philadelphia Mint in 1792. Subsequent chapters cover Capped Bust, Liberty Seated, and Barber half dollars (spanning from 1807 to 1915), Liberty Walking half dollars, Franklin half dollars, and Kennedy half dollars. A special chapter explores the field of U.S. commemorative half dollars from 1892 to date, and a final chapter tells how to collect each coin type. The book’s album page allows the collector to display 12 coins of different types and varieties, ranging from Capped Bust half dollars of the early 1800s to today’s Kennedys, plus three of their favorite commemorative half dollars.

The first four Search & Save books covered Lincoln cents, nickels, State quarters, and America the Beautiful quarters.

Because Whitman Publishing is the Official Supplier of the American Numismatic Association, ANA members receive 10% off the Search & Save books when purchasing directly.


United States Mint to Launch Quarter Honoring Ozark National Scenic Riverways on June 5


Join officials from the United States Mint and the National Park Service for the official launch of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri on Monday, June 5, 2017, at 11 a.m. CT.

Ceremony highlights include musical entertainment by The Baker Family, an award winning bluegrass band from South Central Missouri. United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Ron Sanders, designer of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarter, will also attend.

A coin exchange of $10 rolls of newly-minted Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarters after the ceremony.


  • Cameron Sholly, Midwest Regional Director, National Park Service
  • Michele Satchell, Senior Advisor, Office of the Director, United States Mint
  • Paul Fitzwater, Missouri State Representative, for Governor Eric Greitens
  • Larry Johnson, Superintendent, Ozark National Scenic Riverways
  • David Stokely, District Director SW & South Central Missouri, Office of Senator Claire McCaskill
  • Caroline Yielding, Field Representative, Southeast Missouri, Office of Senator Roy Blunt
  • Tom Akers, former astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Monday, June 5, 2017, 11 a.m. CT


Alley Spring and Mill
State Route 106
Eminence, MO 65466

The United States Mint will host a coin forum the evening before the launch ceremony-Sunday, June 4, 2017, 6-7 p.m. CT-at the Echo Bluff State Park, Nixon Room, 34489 Echo Bluff Drive, Eminence, MO 65466. The coin forum is an opportunity for the public to learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives, and express their views about future coinage.

The Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarter is the 38th release in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a 12-year initiative that honors 56 national parks and other national sites authorized by Public Law 110-456. Each year, the public will see five new national sites depicted on the reverses (tails sides) of the America the Beautiful Quarters. The United States Mint is issuing these quarters in the order in which the national sites were officially established.

Additional Contact Information
United States Mint:

Ozark National Scenic Riverways:
Dena Matteson

Texas Attorney General Issues Gold Coins Consumer Protection Tips

(Austin, Texas) May 22, 2017 – With input from numismatic experts, the Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, has issued a consumer protection alert about buying and selling gold coins.

Award-winning rare coins and precious metals writer, Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas, provided continuing consultation to the attorney general’s office on this important consumer alert. Fuljenz, in coordination with other key numismatic industry leaders, offered guidance on consumer protection best practices for precious metals consumers.

The advisory notes that senior citizens make up about 14% of the U.S. population but account for 60% of the callers to the National Fraud Information Center.

Paxton’s advisory cautions consumers and investors: “If coins you bought as an investment would have to double or triple in value before any gain could be realized, you may have been a victim of fraud.”

Entitled “Consumers Should Do Their Research Before and After Investing in Gold Coins,” the advisory emphasizes the crucial importance of working with reputable dealers to help avoid paying too much when buying or receiving too little when selling. Paxton’s office recommends researching dealers through the Better Business Bureau, the American Numismatic Association, the Professional Numismatists Guild, Professional Coin Grading Service and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.

“By issuing this important consumer protection advisory, Texas is not only assisting Lone Star state residents but providing nationwide benefits to the public who can access this useful information online. Attorneys general across the country now also have a template to provide consumer protection advice to their residents about buying and selling gold bullion and gold coins,” said Fuljenz.

Among other tips in the Texas Attorney General’s advisory:

Do not respond to callers not previously contacted. Cold callers often are not registered in Texas to legally telemarket and often try to pressure customers to act quickly.

Do not do business with a dealer who guarantees your purchases are totally safe, will go up in value or can’t go down, stresses government gold confiscation or says he will buy them back for what you paid at any time.

The full consumer protection advisory from Texas Attorney General Paxton is available online and as a printable PDF document at

Regretfully, due to print limitations, additional buying and selling tips were excluded, said Fuljenz, including avoiding false grading claims, advice about return privileges and urging caution if sellers receive certified money orders or certified checks from unknown buyers because they could be counterfeit. All ten of the additional consumer protection tips are available online at

At Fuljenz’ request, the following are among the precious metal industry leaders who provided input to him for the advisory. Their names are listed alphabetically with affiliations given only for identification purposes.

Gary Adkins, American Numismatic Association Vice President and former Professional Numismatists Guild President
John Albanese, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and CAC
Doug Davis, Founder of Numismatic Crime Information Center, City Manager and former Police Chief of Pantego, Texas
Beth Deisher, Director of Anti-Counterfeiting for the Industry Council for Tangible Assets and former Editor of Coin World
Terry Hanlon, Dillon Gage Metals President, former PNG President
Jerry Jordan, award-winning investigative reporter and former Texas newspaper editor
Kathy McFadden, ICTA Executive Director
Rick Montgomery, NGC President
Donn Pearlman, public relations consultant, ANA Zerbe Award recipient, former ANA Governor and former journalist/broadcaster
Jay Sheppard, Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas Dispute Resolution Director
Miles Standish, NGC Vice President

Universal Coin & Bullion ( President Michael Fuljenz has won more than 60 prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals. He is on the Boards of Directors of the influential Industry Council For Tangible Assets, Crime Stoppers of Jefferson and Hardin Counties Texas, and is a member of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild which honored him along with Doug Davis and Jerry Jordan in 2016 with its Sol Kaplan Award for helping to fight numismatic-related crimes.

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