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  • Hardcover-spiral: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Whitman Publishing; 5 edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794822851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794822859
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very good information.
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It is fun to discover or find a coin I have worth more than I thought.
Cecil C. Smart III
THis is a must for the serious collector!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T.C. Owens on February 20, 2010
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"Buy the book before you buy the coin" is some of the best advice often given by coin experts. This is one of those books to buy, in addition to Vol. II. Don't spend that pocket change before you do. In addition to both Cherry Pickers' Guides, for someone, like myself, who collects U.S. coins, I recommend having a current copy of The Official Red Book; The Official Guide to Coin Grading and Counterfeit Detection; PhotoGrade and/or The Official American Numismatics Association Grading Standards of United States Coins; and The Coin Collector's Survival Manual, all of which can be purchased on Amazon.com. When it comes to coin collecting, ignorance isn't just an excuse, it can be downright costly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregory T. Hall on September 12, 2009
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Great book! A must have if you want to find valuable coins for a fraction of their cost. Very well laid out with pictures so you know exactly what to look for. I have early volumes of this book that I used, about five years ago to find two Proof 1960 Dimes that are listed with a PF-65 with a price of $350.00.
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34 of 45 people found the following review helpful By jcu47 on December 26, 2008
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After having been a thrilled student of the 4th edition, I was almost holding my breath to get my hands on the 5th edition. Now that I have it, to say the least, I am very disappointed ...

The guide stops at listing varieties at 2000 - which is a real bummer as a lot of what I have been collecting are DDOs from after the year 2000.

Another huge problem is the prices they list: some are too high and others too low which is just going to lead too confusion in the variety coin market. For example they list '97 DDO-001 as going for $500 in MS-65 which is way too high in my view. Then they list the 1909 DDO-001 for $90 in MS-65 which is unbelievable low - PCGS lists this @ $1,500, while high, is closer to what I have seen them sell for.

They omit the '89 and '89-D RDV-006, the '98 proof close AM; and the '92-D close AM. They then have a 2000 proof close AM listed, something I have never heard of even existing.

Hard to say if the problems with this volume are just sloppy work putting the book together at the last minute or (somehow) misguided research. Whatever the cause, it is too bad this is such a mess as the CPG use to be one the most reliable sources for die varieties. I would suggest not buying this book - rather - find a copy of a used 4th edition (or hold your breath) and wait for the publisher to fix this version ...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Caswell on December 31, 2008
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For every coin issued there is likely to be a similar book written from a diehard specialist. This series just condenses them. Cherrypicker are my go to reference books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Foodie on January 26, 2013
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Suggestions to improve usability:

1. Have master lists of denomination/date
2. Have a more detailed table of content to reduce scrolling/searching time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Y. Berry on January 17, 2012
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Awesome Book that explains the different types of coins with errors with excellent pictures and easy to explain terminology. Glad I purchased the book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cecil C. Smart III on June 29, 2011
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I use this book to look up every coin I have or recieve in change. It is fun to discover or find a coin I have worth more than I thought. Every coin collector should own this book. Only problem, it needs to be updated yearly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sal Vetro on December 1, 2010
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Good book with many errors not listed in other books.Pictures are ok, but would be better in color. The book new is expensive but I was able to buy it for half the price right here on Amazon. It opens your eyes to what other coins out there may be overlooked by non-collectors. Highly recommend this for anyone's book library.
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