Whitman Publishing Announces Expanded, Updated 6th Edition of Q. David Bowers’s “Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars”

(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of the newly expanded and updated sixth edition of A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, by Q. David Bowers. The 320-page book will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide in early March 2019, for $19.95. Before then it is available for preorder (including online at www.Whitman.com).

The sixth edition’s coin-by-coin retail valuations have been updated to reflect today’s market, in 11 circulated and Mint State grades plus 3 levels of Proof. Certified-coin population commentary has been updated. The book includes a new illustrated 9-page appendix on the discovery of dies, hubs, and models for the 1964 Morgan dollar, and a new appendix on counterfeit coins in today’s marketplace. The index has been expanded for easy navigation of the book. Numerous edits were made throughout the volume, reflecting new research including insight on George Morgan’s professional relationship and personal friendship with engraver Charles E. Barber.

As did the previous five editions, the sixth edition includes a history of America’s silver dollar dating back to the 1790s, and chapters on the Morgan dollar’s design, how dies were made, the minting process, the five mints that struck the coin from 1878 to 1921, and Treasury hoards and other accumulations. Collectors benefit from Bowers’s advice on ways to collect Morgan dollars; grading and the marketplace; and how to specialize in die varieties. The book’s year-by-year catalog is an analysis by date and mintmark of more than 100 coins in the series. Appendices offer further study of Morgan dollar patterns and error and misstruck coins.

“The world of collecting Morgan dollars is full of the kind of historical intrigue that makes up any legend,” said professional numismatist Adam Crum in his foreword, “with roots reaching deep into the mines of the Comstock Lode and into the minds of numismatic scholars and collectors alike.”

The Bowers Series, named for Whitman Publishing’s numismatic director, Q. David Bowers, is a popular library of numismatic books, each covering a different segment of the hobby. Two dozen volumes have been published as of early 2019, written by Bowers and other authors including David W. Lange, Rick Snow, Katherine Jaeger, Frank J. Colletti, Roger W. Burdette, and Rick Tomaska. Together they comprise more than 6,000 pages of history, market data, grading instructions, and other valuable information.

Because Whitman Publishing is the Official Supplier of the American Numismatic Association, ANA members receive 10% off the book when purchasing directly from the publisher. It can also be borrowed for free as a benefit of ANA membership, through the Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library.

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A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, sixth edition
By Q. David Bowers; foreword by Adam Crum
ISBN 0794846424 · 6 x 9 inches, softcover, 320 pages, full color · Retail $19.95 U.S.
URL: https://www.whitman.com/store/Inventory/Detail/A-Guide-Book-of-Morgan-Silver-Dollars-6th-Edition-+0794846424

United States Mint Releases First 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coin on February 4

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will release the America the Beautiful quarter honoring Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts on February 4 at noon EST.

The reverse (tails) design honors Lowell’s role in the Industrial Revolution. The design depicts a mill girl working at a power loom with its prominent circular bobbin battery. A view of Lowell, including the Boott Mill clock tower, is seen through the window. Inscriptions are “LOWELL,” “MASSACHUSETTS,” “2019,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” The obverse (heads) design features a restored 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”

The new quarter is packaged in the following product options:

19ABA 100-Coin Bag P $34.95
19ABB 100-Coin Bag D $34.95
19ABC 100-Coin Bag S $34.95
19ARA Two-Roll Set P, D $32.95
19ARB 40-Coin Roll S $18.95
19ARC Three-Roll Set P, D, S $46.95

The Mint produces the coins in the rolls and bags at Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. The three-roll set contains coins from all three facilities. Unlike the “P” and “D” mint mark quarters, those with the “S” mint mark will not be released into circulation.

The Mint accepts orders at www.catalog.usmint.gov and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Shipping options are available at www.catalog.usmint.gov/customerservice/shipping.html.

Numismatics-inspired 60 pound bottle of wine

It took several months to hand etch the intricate, Brasher Doubloon-inspired Arrow&Branch logo on the 15 liter bottle of the vineyard’s 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. (Photo courtesy of Arrow&Branch.)

(Long Beach, California) January 31, 2019 – A Napa Valley California wine company, whose name was inspired by the design of the fabled 1787 Brasher Doubloon once owned by the vineyard proprietor, has created a mega-size bottle of fine wine standing over 2½ feet tall and weighing about 60 pounds. It was purchased by another numismatist who took delivery of the huge bottle at the January-February 2019 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectibles Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com).

“The bottle contains 15 liters – 507 ounces – of our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Black Label,’ the equivalent of 20 normal size bottles. The wine alone weighs a little more than 31.6 pounds and the huge bottle weighs about another 30 pounds,” explained Steven L. Contursi, Chief Executive Officer of Rare Coin Wholesalers (www.RCW1.com) in Irvine, California.

He and his wife, Seanne, are proprietors of Arrow&Branch Estate Vineyard in Napa Valley (www.ArrowandBranch.com).

Contursi delivered the $4,500 bottle of wine to Lee Minshull, President of Minshull Trading in Palos Verdes, on January 31, 2019 at the Long Beach Expo.

It took several months for Bergin Screen Printing & Etching in Napa to custom prepare the bottle and hand etch the intricate label depicting arrows and branches.

Contursi was inspired to name the vineyard and wine brand Arrows&Branch as a reference to the unique Brasher Doubloon with the EB punch mark on eagle’s breast that he owned when he and his wife founded their wine company in 2007. The gold coin created by Ephraim Brasher depicts an eagle clutching arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other.

In the wine world, 15-liter bottles are called Nebuchadnezzar, named after an ancient King of Babylon, and this is the first and only such bottle produced by Arrow&Branch. “To use a coin grading metaphor, it’s one and none bigger,” said Contursi.

Minshull said he appreciates fine quality wine and has been a wine collector for many years who appreciates quality fine wine. He has known Contursi for over 40 years.

“My nickname is ‘Big Hands Lee,’ and I called Arrow & Branch last year to see if they would make a giant bottle for me.”

Minshull originally thought he would store the wine for a few years, but now has a specific special occasion for opening it this coming December. “It will be my 60th birthday, and sharing this with our family and friends would be the perfect toast to the day,” he said.

The Arrow&Branch 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label vintage recently received a 94 rating from critic Antonio Galloni, founder of Vinous, one of the most respected wine publications in the world.

Steven L. Contursi (left) delivered the 60 pound bottle of Arrow&Branch wine to Lee Minshull (right) on the first day of the Long Beach Expo, January 31, 2019. (Photo credit: Donn Pearlman.)

America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ Honoring Lowell National Historical Park Goes on Sale on February 7

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the 2019 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Massachusetts’s Lowell National Historical Park (product code 19AJ) on February 7 at noon EST. The coin is priced at $154.95.

The America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are struck in .999 fine silver at the Philadelphia Mint. These coins are three inches in diameter and bear the same designs featured on their America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coin counterparts.

The reverse (tails) of the Lowell National Historical Park five ounce coin depicts a mill girl working at a power loom with its prominent circular bobbin battery. A view of Lowell, including the Boott Mill clock tower, is seen through the window. Inscriptions are “LOWELL,” “MASSACHUSETTS,” “2019,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” The obverse (heads) features a 1932 restored portrait of George Washington.

A presentation case holds each encapsulated coin, which comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

The mintage limit for the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Lowell National Historical Park is set at 20,000 units.

The Mint accepts orders at www.catalog.usmint.gov and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Information on shipping options is available at www.catalog.usmint.gov/customerservice/shipping.html.

The America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins™ are also available for purchase through the Mint’s Product Enrollment Program. To learn more, visit us online at catalog.usmint.gov/shop/product-enrollments/ for details.

Nominate Candidates for the ANA Board of Governors

Nominations are being accepted for the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2019 Board of Governors election through March 1, 2019. The ANA is a nonprofit, educational organization and is governed by a nine-member Board, which includes a president, vice president and seven governors at large. The ANA’s federal charter, granted in perpetuity by the United States Congress, rests control of the Association in the hands of this Board.

This year, the terms of all nine current officers will expire. The newly elected members will be installed August 16, 2019, at the ANA’s 128th Anniversary Convention (World’s Fair of Money®️) in Chicago and will serve for the next two years.

ANA members with voting privileges can nominate candidates for the Board of Governors. Individual members 13 years of age or older as of March 31, and who have been members of the Association for at least one year as of that date, are entitled to vote. (ANA member clubs are entitled to one vote.) Nominations must be in writing and received by Executive Director Kim Kiick no later than March 1, 2019.

In order to be a candidate for office, a member must receive at least 25 nominations from member clubs in good standing and/or individual members in good standing. No member may nominate himself or herself and each individual member or club is allowed to nominate one person for president, one for vice president and seven for governor. Members 18 years of age or older as of March 31, and who have been a member of the Association for at least three consecutive years as of that date, are eligible to hold elected office.

To nominate an individual for the Board, or to view an outline of the election process, visit money.org/election. A video, “What It Takes to Be an ANA Board Member,” presented by the current Board of Governors at the 2018 World’s Fair of Money, also can be viewed online. A booklet containing the same information is available for reference. Direct questions and requests for information to Donna Nunez, ANA Executive Assistant, at (719) 482-9811 or email her at dnunez@money.org.

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 educational and outreach programs as well as its museum, library, publications, and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

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