An official Red Book.
Lavishly illustrated in full color, A Guide Book of Shield and Liberty Head Nickels features enlargements for important overdates and other varieties, plus actual-size photographs of every coin in the Shield and Liberty Head series.
These popular coins are given the famous Bowers treatment: insightful study, lots of fascinating historical background, and good storytelling. Certified and field populations, historical and current market values, and auction records add to the book�s reference value. The chapter on five-cent pattern pieces, with brand-new research from experts in the field, is alone worth the �price of admission�!
Four special illustrated galleries round out the text with a rollicking ride through the history of America�s favorite coin-from nickelodeons to �a good five-cent cigar�; from ice cream cones at Coney Island to silent movies �Down at the Bijou Dream.�