The Newman Numismatic Portal is a godsend and where I spend many hours.
As a member of the ANA
you have free access to check out many books from the Dwight N. Manley Library, you pay only postage both ways and you keep the books for a month or so, it's also easy to extend time if needed. Unfortunately with Covid that is been put on hold due to not having staff to handle incoming and out going orders. The cost of shipping is minimal as the Museum Media Rate is even lower than standard USPS Media Rate shipping. So be sure to use that when returning books (insured of course).
Link to ANA
Dwight N. Manley Library to get you started: https://www.money.org/library
for now you can at least browse for books in their catalog, and create an account for checking them out later.
Now the NBS or "Numismatic Bibliomania Society" is also a great place to learn about literature and books. They created the Top 100 book list which in itself is a good US list of books that would likely fulfill your goal of learning US Numismatics if you were to read 80% of them. I'm missing about 5 or 6 from that list in my own Numismatic library now. I did complete a set of Numismatic Scrapbook periodicals, but doubt I will ever have all the Coin World
magazine/newspapers. There are a few other esoteric and rather expensive books I don't have as well, Atinelli's Numisgraphics and Heath's Counterfeit Detector, some others I have in reprint only.
A great list of the cream of the crop in any US numismatic library. I would also tell you while at the NBS site, to sign up for the e-sylum weekly newletter (it's free and wonderful, put out each Sunday evening by Wayne Homren).https://www.coinbooks.org/resources/index.html
Many of my own favorite numismatic books are all online for free at the NNP https://nnp.wustl.edu/
, check under "Library - Books by Author" menu for Bowers, Quentin and the following great books he wrote: Adventures with Rare coins
- This book is what really got me to be a serious collector for life.The History of United States coinage as Illustrated by the Garrett Collection
. American Numismatics Before the Civil War 1760-1860, emphasizing the story of Augustus B. SageUnited States Gold Coins: An Illustrated History
Also (other authors now):The Early Coins of America
- Sylvester S. Crosby (The Quarterman Press edition is a good quality affordable reprint to search out in a physical copy).
Those are all free and available to download via PDFs, though I still recommend you pick up copies as they appear at a reasonable price. All but the "Augustus Sage"
I've seen on eBay for under $30 per copy sometimes much less than that, all are large illustrated books. The Crosby book you will have to settle for a reprint unless you are willing to spend upwards of $1000 for a copy.
Also not free but very worthy books as well IMO, especially on early US history of coinage are:
Roger Burdette's 3 vol set:Renaissance of American Coinage 1905-1908
(2006)Renaissance of American Coinage 1909-1915
(2007) Renaissance of American Coinage 1916-1921
and his From Mine to Mint
(2013)The Secret History of the First U. S. Mint
- Leonard Ausbuger and Joel Orosz (2011)History Of The United States Mint and Its Coinage
- David Lange (2005)History Of The First United States Mint: Its People And Its Operations
- Frank Stewart (1924)Henry Voight and others involved with America's Early Coinage
- Karl Moulton (2007)
For Pioneer and Territorial Gold:Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the United States
- Donald Kagin (1981)A Pioneer Denver Mint: Clark, Gruber and Company, 1860#8209;1865
- Nolie Mumey (1950)
Now the best place on earth to really learn is the ANA
Summer Seminar a week or two week long immersion into coins and attending class taught by the foremost experts in their fields. I have attended many of them over the years beginning with my first one in 1982 as a YN scholarship winner, I've done grading, advanced grading counterfeit detection(several times on the latter two classes as things change over the years), coin photography, VAM
Collecting, Early American Copper Coins, Cherry picking varieties, errors and oddities from the mint, etc. my favorite memories mainly revolve around ANA
seminars I've been to and attended.
For book purchasing, try:
eBay - Coins>Publications & Supplies>US>Books Amazon
- always shop around as many sellers have other shops around the web often with lower costs.
Kolbe & Fanning https://www.numislit.com/
Charles Davis https://www.numisbook.com/
Those last two are very well known book dealers specializing in numismatics, they also hold auctions. I'm a regular buyer from both of them and can attest they are extremely knowledgeable and honest. Once I became a known buyer with K&F they regularly ship my auction winnings off to me before I even get my invoice. That's trust! Plus K&F and C. Davis have some of the best quality books in condition, always exceeding my expectations when I place an order or win a bid at auction. They ship everything very well packed which is more than I can say for many other sellers.
"Buy the Book Before You Buy the Coin" - Aaron R. Feldman - "And read it" - Me 2013! ANA
Life Member #3288 in good standing since 1982, EAC Member #6202, NBS Member, 2¢ variety collector.
See my want page: http://goccf.com/t/140440