Beginner's Guide and Expert Reference in One Book
If you are new to collecting die varieties, go right to the back of the book and start with the appendices. The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties appendices covers the fundamental material that a beginner will need to understand before you start collecting. Topics include an introduction to doubled dies, a detailed explanation of the minting process, how to choose a magnifying glass to search for die varieties, common varieties found in proof and mint sets, etiquette to use when cherrypicking and a list of recommended books for further exploration of die varieties. Before you dig into a detailed section for a particular coin type, be sure to read the "How to Use This Book" section in order to get the most out of this storehouse of information. The easy to use format, descriptions and close-up photography will get you started in no time.
For the more experienced collector, the cross references to the "Fivaz-Stanton (FS) Numbering System", CONECA numbers, rarity factors, interest factors and liquidity factors will help you locate, catalog and attributed your coins. Regardless of your level of expertise, the updated market values will help you determine how much your coins are worth. Finally, one of the nicest features in the Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties are the pickup points (PUP) that help you focus on a particular area of the coin in order to determine if it is a variety or not. The detailed black-and-white close-up photographs further illustrate each variety. Click on the image below to see a sample listing.
New Additions and Changes in the Fifth Edition
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Title: Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties, 5th edition, Volume II
Copyright: 2012 by Whitman Publishing, LLC
Hardcover: 488 pages; Hidden Spiral Bound
Publisher: Whitman Publishing; 5th edition (2012)
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 1.3 inches
List price: $39.95