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A Guide Book of Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars (Official Red Book: Bowers) Paperback – December 15, 2010

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By Rick Tomaska History ? Rarity ? Values ? Grading ? Varieties A Guide Book of Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars is the 15th entry in Whitman's bestselling Bowers Series of numismatic reference books. Franklin and Kennedy half dollars are affordable favorites of collectors. Lavishly illustrated in full color, this book features high-resolution enlargements for important overdates and other varieties. Mintages, specifications, market values in multiple grades (including Full Bell Lines for Franklin halves), inside information on set registries, and buying tips add to the book's importance as a standard reference. A Guide Book of Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars will deepen your appreciation and make you a smarter buyer and collector of these popular U.S. coins. 304 Pages, Full-Color, Softcover, $19.95

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Product Details

  • Series: Official Red Book: Bowers
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Whitman Publishing; 1 edition (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794832431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794832438
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,859,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David 6602 on December 29, 2011
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Disclosure: I have purchased coins from the author over a period of years.
It is a generally accepted in the numismatic community that Rick Tomaska is an authority if not the leading authority on Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars. I have collected Franklin Half Dollars over twenty years and will attest to the valluable information relating to this series in this book. This book will provide the collector of eiter series valuable information concerning history of the designs to a date by date analyis of populations of the date stratified by grade. One does not have to have the aspirations to complete the highest grade set to profit from the valuable knowledge in this book. Of course if one does wish to even obtain one mint or proof strike example of the series, this volume will aid you in the selection of your example. Collectors interested in circulated examples will find this book a valuable aide in obtaining the better examples for the date.
One can always join the American Numismatic Association (ANA)and check this book out for free. A Guide Book of United States Coins 2011: The Official Red Book (Guide Book of U.S. Coins: The Official Redbook)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Lowery on August 13, 2011
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This book informed me so much more than I could of imagined. Very enlightening and educated me so much more about these two under-appreciated coins.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bushmaster8 on December 29, 2010
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The pix are smaller (1.5X) than we Frankiephiles like to see (understandable due to costs). The color coins have

that "Hawaiian Punch" intensity that we have come to associate with R&I's color shots. If you've viewed toners on the R&I website, they

are basically the same style. As we know a bit of color enhancement is very often necessary to convey the intensity of colors on many coins.

Digital photography certainly has limitations. You just can't get digital color pix to look like Kodachrome unless you have a bit of electronic

assistance. It would have been nice to get an MDGoodman type Master to do the photos, but I think Brendan did a pretty good job overall

with the pix.

I really like the little tidbits of info that RT has sprinkled throughout the date-by-date analysis. Things like the fact that FBL 1961-P and 1963

-P's can sometimes be found in mint sets. Or that 1959 proofs are "dip-at-your-own-risk!" coins. (I did not know that! but thinking back, I

have to concur.)

These tidbits alone are valuable enough to me to justify adding the book to my library.

The pricing info looks to be accurate.

Some excellent information regarding Franklin Varieties has been included.

I do wish the book contained a more in-depth discussion of FBL. I find no mention of the duality (PCGS FBL vs. NGC FBL) of FBL Standards

employed by the two major TPG's. This could lead to a great deal of confusion and consternation for a neophyte that picks up this book with

the intent of learning about an unfamiliar coin series.

The Kennedy section is actually better than I expected!

Overall, the book is well done and certainly a bargain!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Mcmunn on October 4, 2011
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I purchased this book a year ago and it gave me insite on how the Franklin and Kennedy halfs are minted. I didn't know what basening is and how it applies to coin dies. This is the 15th book in the set and I started with this book and read all of them. I also learned the prosses of making dies and when and where collars are made.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Hagenah on January 31, 2011
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If you collect Franklin and Kennedy Halfs this is the book for you. It provides valuable information on this series not available in the annual Red Book.
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