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Complete Guide Books To Many US Coin Series Available For Free Download

 
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 Posted 11/25/2020  6:26 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add one_fine_dime to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I recently came across this page on the David Lawrence Rare Coins blog. I have the 2nd edition of the Mercury dimes book in hardcover, but I've downloaded the first edition from here as I can now search via key words in the PDF, highlight, etc. Others will no doubt find these books helpful. Just look for the "DOWNLOAD OPTIONS" once you click on the book of interest.

https://blog.davidlawrence.com/enti...le-online-2/
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 Posted 11/25/2020  8:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macmercury to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks One Fine Dime!

They must have updated the site recently? Because I remember they used to have access with their online books, and then the link broke, and now available once again.

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 Posted 11/25/2020  11:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add one_fine_dime to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep macmercury, looks like someone took the time to scan them all to the Internet Archive. Though it looks like many of the pages are not the best scans. I do recall finding the grading descriptions on pages 37-38 of the Mercury dime book on the DLRC website a few years ago, and then they were gone...I then went ahead and bought the hardcover book around that time.

Something you may find of interest (not sure if you have this Mercury dime book or not), I do see some discrepancy with David Lange's grading descriptions as compared to PCGS's Photograde.

Interestingly he does acknowledge that for Mercury dimes he found that "the reverse of the Mercury dime wore more rapidly than most grading standards suggest...When graded by conventional standards, most circulated coins will have a split grade such as Fine on the obverse and Very Good to Fine on the reverse. In numismatic shorthand this is expressed as F/VG-F."

I find this interesting. PCGS (and NGC) grading seems a bit more forgiving than his descriptions, and I'm assuming they must follow ANA standards (I don't have the ANA guide book). For example, Lange says of a VF-20 reverse "the horizontal and diagonal bands are complete but flat at their centers"; I usually see incomplete horizontal bands on TPGd VF-20 specimens...and of an XF40 reverse "the diagonal bands are three dimensional"; I usually see flat but complete diagonal bands on TPGd XF40 specimens.

Anyway, this is a very useful book in general, and I'm sure the other ones are too, for other various US coin series.

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 Posted 11/26/2020  09:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add johnny676767 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks. I thought these were gone forever. I like using the Buffalo nickel and Barber Half guides (two series I collect) for their date-by-date analysis. I tried these new versions on my Kindle app and found them hard to read. However, they are free and have some good information.

From the link you supplied, I found another here:

https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/books

This is another great resource and highly specialized. I hadn't seen this one before but I'm excited to explore it. Happy Thanksgiving all!
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 Posted 11/26/2020  10:49 am  Show Profile   Check Paul Bulgerin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Paul Bulgerin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What a nice resource! Thank you for sharing the link.

I spent some time going through the volume on Barber dimes. Very interesting reading.
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 Posted 11/26/2020  1:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kbbpll to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The Barber books and the Liberty nickel one have been linked on the Barber Coin Collectors' Society web page for at least a couple years. The Barber dime book is a bit outdated as far as the design transition varieties, RPDs etc - more have been documented since 1990. The BCCS website also has a link to archives of their quarterly journal 1989-2015 (hosted on NNP), which is great for research.
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...the Barber Coin Collectors' Society web page...


I wish there was a Mercury dime Collectors Society!
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