Sophisticated collectors will find photos and text to describe each year coin, struck at the Philadelphia, and eventually the New Orleans and San Francisco mints. For collectors who collect by variety, the authors go into great detail about the die varieties (as is typical of early type varieties), down to the number of curls on Miss Liberty's head, the position of stars, and whether ribbons touch. We also are told about the rarest coin in the series--one of the rarest coins in all American silver coinage--and we learn the precious metal conditions in the country that caused the U.S. Mint to place arrows on either side of the date for the years 1853-55.
Beginners will find a concise, overview narrative at the back of the book by Doug Winter. He provides a summary of each year's coins in a more general way, right up to the last year issue, when the government had to decide between the half dime and the newly-emerged Shield nickel.
Edition: Revised Edition
Publication Date: 2007