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Whitman Releases Bowers Guide to Quarter Eagle Gold Coins

ByKeith M. Jones

Jan 21, 2022

Whitman Edition announces the upcoming release of A Guide to Quarter Eagle Gold Coinsby Q. David Bowers. The new 448-page book is Volume 26 of Whitman’s”Gazebo Seriesof numismatic references. It will debut in March 2022, available at booksellers and home improvement stores nationwide, for $29.95 USD. In the meantime, it is available for pre-order (including on whitman.com).

“The quarter eagleface value of $2.50, occupies an unusual place in US currency,” said Bower. “Unlike larger gold coins, it was too small for common use in export and international trade. It also never became popular in day-to-day commerce (although, like the smaller gold dollarit was often given as Christmas gift).

“Despite this,” Bowers says, “The quarter eagle has been minted almost continuously for over 130 years, beginning in 1796, with six different design styles over the years.”

Today, the Quarter Eagle is a favorite among collectors who consider it a difficult to collect, yet accessible denomination. Rarities like 1841 “Little Princess” and the 1848 CAL. type (struck to commemorate the discovery of gold in California) always bring excitement as they cross the auction block.

In the Guide to Quarter Eagle Gold Coins, Bowers – the main author of the hobby – applies his signature expertise to the naming. With characteristic thoroughness, it delves into its economic and historical context, from bank runs and bullion legislation to gold rushes and Civil War hoarding. It gives readers an encyclopedic study of every quarter eagle ever minted, complete with color images, grade values, mintages, rarity ratings, die data, auction records, tips for collection, etc. Each of the design styles – and their die varieties – are discussed in detail.

“This latest volume in the Bowers series will make you an expert quarter eagle”, says editor Whitman Dennis Tucker. “Every collector, investor, and student of American silver will draw valuable lessons from this.”

gold merchant Mike Fuljenz calls him “[a]an important book that takes the reader on a fascinating journey through history, using the quarter eagle as a “time machine”.

the Guide to Quarter Eagle Gold Coins is richly illustrated. Of particular note are the coin photographs in Chapter 3, showing varieties of 1796–1834 quarter eagles, which were provided by the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation. Marc Borckardtsenior numismatist at Heritage auctionsco-author of chapter 10, on the Classic quarterhead eagles from the 1830s.

Topics covered include Mints and Frappe; circulation and distribution; Stamped proofs for collectors; quarter eagles on the numismatic scene; and understand the market. Bowers catalogs the Capped bust and Draped bust types (1796–1808); the Capped head type (1821–1834); the classical head type (1834–1839); the liberty head type (1840–1907); and the Indian head gender (1908-1929).

The appendices give more information on the model of the $2.50 gold coins; quarter eagles found in hoards and hoards; historical quarter eagle news coverage; error coins; and counterfeits.

A detailed index and a selective bibliography help the reader in his in-depth research.

the Guide to Quarter Eagle Gold Coins is the 20th volume written by Q. David Bowers in Whitman’s 26-volume Bowers Series. Other writers in the series include David W.Lange, Richard Snow, Katherine Jäger, Roger W. Burdette, Frank J. Collettiand Rick Tomaska.

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A Guide to Quarter Eagle Gold Coinsfirst edition
By Q. David Bowers; foreword to Mike Fuljenz
ISBN 0794847331
Softcover, 6 x 9 inches
448 pages, in color
Retail price US$29.95

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