An extremely important reference work that no Morgan dollar collector should be without. With silver dollar variety collecting is still in its infancy, I expect variety collecting to expand dramatically in the years to come. Any collector or dealer who routinely uses this book gains a very worthwhile edge. Jim Halperin, Co-Chairman, Heritage Auction Galleries (HA.com) One of the perks of coin collecting is the thrill of the hunt and the exhilaration of the find...always has been, always will be. What better a series than the Morgan Dollar to feed this habit? The newly revised, easy-to-read and comprehensive Top 100 book you are holding in your hand will enable you to capitalize on the most important aspect of numismatics...having FUN. Enjoy! Bill Fivaz Fey and Oxman have significantly updated what is arguably the one 'must-have' book on Morgan Dollar varieties. Van Allen and Mallis painted the 'big picture', but the Top 100 brings many of its most interesting elements into the sharp focus they deserve." John Roberts Director of Attribution Services ANACS For as long as I can remember, I've carried a copy of the Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties in my briefcase to every show I've attended. It's perfect size and gives a fellow like me who really isn't an expert in VAMs the knowledge I need to know about the best of the best. I'm elated to hear that there is now a new expanded edition coming! Ken Potter Coin World Columnist Numismatic News Feature Writer --Jim Halperin, Co-Chairman, Heritage Auction Galleries (HA.com)
No one is more responsible for the renewed--and rapidly growing--interest in VAMS than Mike Fey and Jeff Oxman. No one. That resurgence began with their landmark 1997 book, Top 100. This book is the long awaited and expanded update. The first one sold out quickly; I predict this one will sell out almost before the ink is dry. I've already ordered my copy. James Taylor CEO & President, ANACS --James Taylor, CEO and President, ANACS
In the dozen years since its debut The VAM Keys book has revolutionized the collecting of Morgan Dollar varieties, taking this previously overlooked speciality into the mainstream. The number of collectors seeking Top 100 VAMs has multiplied many times over. While their attribution is now much easier, the competition to locate unattributed rarities is far more keen due to this handy guide. David W. Lange Research Director Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) --David W. Lange, Research Director, NGC
About the Author
Michael S. Fey, Ph.D. While most collectors and dealers know of Dr. Fey s expertise in advanced silver dollar collecting and investing, few know that he has comparable expertise in nearly all U.S. coinage types, in all types of Canadian and Maritime Province coins, in 20th century Philippines and Mexican types, and in working with clients of his Rare Coin Investments (RCI) business on a wide range of numismatic investment properties. Dr. Fey was second under bidder on the Walter J. Childs specimen of the 1804 silver dollar (1999), generally thought to be the finest known example of the King of all U.S. coins. Dr. Fey is a professional member of all the most recognized grading services (PCGS, NGC, NCS, ANACS and others), and has been engaged as a consult to the grading services at times. He maintains membership in dozens of numismatic specialty organizations, and has published extensively on new variety discoveries in U.S. and foreign coins. He currently publishes a quarterly newsletter, Top 100 Insights and Value Guide, with current trading values used by Coin World and Numismatic News and published in Coinage magazine. He has given dozens of numismatic talks in public venues and has taught advanced courses at ANA Summer conferences. His books, The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys co-authored with Jeff Oxman, and A Decade of Top 100 Insights, have become ground-breaking books and necessary references for advanced silver dollar collecting. He also assisted several other authors with editing and publication of their numismatic reference books. Dr. Fey has conducted numerous Ultra Rarity auctions through his company Rare Coin Investments (RCI), and has brought consignors record prices for their rare die varieties and collections. Dr. Fey donated much of his time to the coin collecting hobby. He is a past member of the Board of Governors of the American Numismatic Association (ANA; 2005-2007), a member of several ANA Presidential appointed committees, and is currently serving on the ANA Consumer Protection and ANA Mediation Committee. He is also currently serving as a member of the ANA Advisory Board, and as a member of the founding Board of the Society of Silver Dollar Collectors (SSDC). He served as President of the New Jersey Numismatic Society (2002), and is currently serving the Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors or America (CONECA) as Attributor of Trade, Morgan and Peace silver dollar varieties. The hobby has recognized Dr. Fey s efforts in numismatics with an ANA Glen B. Smedley award, three ANA Presidential awards, The National Silver Dollar Roundtable Presidential Award, the New Jersey Numismatic Society Charles F. Nettleship award as well as dozens of certificates and awards for speaking and teaching engagements. Dr. Fey was a founder and President of New Life Health Products Corp., was awarded two patents and a trademark for a drug he developed to help people quit smoking, and received grants from the National Heart Lung & Blood Institute. He was Chairman and founder of Venture Match of New Jersey, and a founder and Board member of the Venture Association of New Jersey, two not-for profit organizations, and was a Director of the Rutger s University Technical Assistance Program. He was Director of the Food Division of Radiation Technology Inc., and was a Technical Brand Manager for the Proctor & Gamble Company. Dr. Fey received a Ph.D. (1980) from Cornell University, an M.S. from Louisiana State University (1976), a B.S. from St. John s University (1972), and had MBA coursework from Xavier University. He served his country as a Vietnam Era Officer in the U.S. Army Chemical Corp.