Whitman Publishing in the United States has announced the release of American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program. This is a 168-page hardcover book authored by the retired Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, John M. Mercanti, in conjunction with Michael Standish, the Vice President and Senior Grader of the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).
American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program covers the highly popular American Silver Eagles (three nines fine 1oz legal tender U.S. silver coins) of which no less than a third of a billion (300 million plus) have been sold since its inception in 1986. For those of you who are not familiar with John Mercanti, he is the guy who designed the reverse of the American Silver Eagle, an expert in his own right with 40-years’ worth of experience at the U.S. Mint. He started out in 1974 as a sculptor-engraver and became the U.S. Mint’s 12th Chief Engraver in 2006, a master tooling development specialist and the guy who supervises design. Michael Standish on the other hand, known as Michael “Miles” Standish, is a guy “…who has studied and graded the finest, rarest, and most valuable coins in the world” (The E-Sylum: Volume 15, Number 40, September 23, 2012, Article 3). It should therefore be abundantly clear that American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program is not just another guide briefly giving a mention of America Silver Eagles, but rather an expertly written “…first book-length study of these popular coins” (The E-Sylum: Volume 15, Number 40, September 23, 2012, Article 3). Furthermore, the American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program features: A foreword by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s son, Michael Reagan, Chapter 1: The United States’ entrance into the modern bullion market, Chapter 2: Mercanti’s behind-the-scenes history of the American Silver Eagle, its design development, the minting process, and other elements of the coinage series, Chapter 3: A detailed date-by-date study, plus varieties and sets, with high-resolution photographs, rarity information, values, certified-coin populations, surface and strike characteristics, market details, packaging information, issue prices, and more, Chapter 4: An illustrated overview of other coins in our nation’s bullion program, plus: Compiled charts for easy coin-by-coin comparisons; a glossary of numismatic terms; and an index for looking up information and a richly illustrated eight-page gallery and catalog of John Mercanti’s coinage and medal designs.
American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program will be released on the 20th of November this year (2012). Be sure to pre-order a copy at Amazon for $29.95 (P&P excluded). This is far less than what an American Silver Eagle currently costs, which makes it an affordable and must have addition to any coin collector’s bookshelf.