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Encyclopedia of the Commemorative Coins
Anthony J Swiatek
of the United States
American collectors are undoubtedly familiar with the popular U.S. State Quarters program and the Presidential Dollar coins. Such limited-edition coinage is part of a long tradition, dating back as far as the Columbian Exposition of 1893. Encyclopedia of the Commemorative Coins of the United States celebrates America’s rich numismatic history with the most thorough and wide-ranging volume ever compiled on U.S. commemorative coinage.
Edited and compiled by the country’s leading expert on numismatics, the Encyclopedia provides indispensable information for a broad spectrum of readers--from the reference librarian and the hobbyist to the serious collector. Anthony J. Swiatek not only provides a history for each coin, but also a detailed analysis of contemporary collecting facts, including quantity in existence and the coin’s current value. Swiatek further discusses counterfeit and doctored coins; mint errors; and even other related collectibles, such as cancelled coinage dies. With 668 full-color photographs of coins as well as of historical memorabilia, packaging, and other ephemera, the Encyclopedia is a must-have for the discerning investor and the casual collector, and should be a part of every library's general reference collection.
The book also contains a glossary of coin-collecting terms, a further reading section, and is fully indexed.
An essential, well-organized guide...with a valuable 37-page introduction...in straightforward language. The glossary makes the book’s specialized language accessible to novices—Library Journal
Swiatek’s authoritative reference to commemorative coinage impresses with its meticulous coverage and well-researched details about protecting investments in coins. Well worth adding to large libraries—Booklist
The Encyclopedia of the Commemorative Coins of the United States is an indispensable numismatic reference on U.S. commemorative coinage…an important book.—Mark Salzberg, President of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
…an exhaustive…invaluable reference, history and price guide…packed with fascinating little-known facts about the origin, popularity, and sales of commemorative American coinage.—Midwest Book Review: Small Press Bookwatch
About the Author
Anthony J. Swiatek is a past president (1997-99) of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), the world's largest organization for collectors of coins, tokens, medals and paper money. He is highly respected by collectors, dealers and colleagues in the numismatic world, and is a recognized authority on silver and gold commemorative coins. In 2002, the ANA awarded him its highest honor, the Farran Zerbe award. Mr. Swiatek is also a past publisher and editor of the popular “Swiatek Report,” one of the premier numismatic investment newsletters. Currently, he operates Swiatek-Minerva Coins and Jewelry, Ltd. in Saratoga Springs, New York.
6 x 9; 712 pages; 668 color illustrations.
May 2012: $150