New Edition of “Grading Coins by Photographs”

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August 30, 2012 – Whitman Publishing is releasing an updated second edition of Q. David Bowers’s “Grading Coins by Photographs: An Action Guide for the Collector and Investor”. The 384-page spiralbound book is available for preorder online (including) and will be available from bookstores, hobby shops, and other retailers nationwide on August 30, 2012. It retails for $19.95.

Q. David Bower, Grading Coins by Photographs. An Action Guide for the Collector and Investor, Whitman Publishing, Atlanta (Georgia), 2012. 384 pages, 6 x 9 inches, Spiralbound softcover, Illustrated in full color. ISBN 978-0794836870. $19.95

“Grading Coins by Photographs” includes a unique set of step-by-step grading instructions for every U.S. coin, from half cents to gold double eagles. The second edition has been updated with hundreds of new high-resolution color photographs showing each coin type in multiple grades. Bowers describes the historical evolution of grading standards, how to “read” a coin’s surfaces, expert techniques of grading, smart buying tips, and aspects of today’s rare-coin marketplace.

“Accurate grading is the most important skill for a coin collector or dealer to learn,” said Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. “It’s the foundation of the market. Knowing how to grade coins properly can save a buyer or seller hundreds and even thousands of dollars.”

The first edition of “Grading Coins by Photographs” won an “Extraordinary Merit” award from the Numismatic Literary Guild. It was praised by graders from the major coin certification and grading services. John Albanese calls it “magnificent” and “a must-read”; David Hall pronounces it “absolutely essential reading for all serious collectors”; David W. Lange finds it “a very useful book”; and James Taylor describes it as “an important reference for hobbyists, whether new or longtime collectors.” Special consultants to the book are Kenneth Bressett and Bill Fivaz.

For more information on this book you can visit the website of Whitman Publishing.