This article was originally printed in the latest issue of Numismatic News.
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Whitman Publishing has released the 15th title in its Bowers Series of numismatic references: the Guide Book of Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars by Rick Tomaska.
The main catalog of the book is a coin-by-coin study by date, mintmark and die variety. Franklin half dollars are analyzed in 115 pages, and the Kennedy series in 123 pages. These illustrated sections cover mintages, certified populations, values in multiple grades, variety characteristics, tips for smart buying and strike characteristics.
The book also includes technical information on how proof coins and Special Mint Sets are produced, the preparation of dies and planchets and their influence on the finished coin, press operation and die maintenance, and potential imperfections during and after minting.
The 304-page softcover book is available online at www.whitmanbooks.com and from booksellers nationwide. It retails for $19.95. A special Limited Edition of 2,000 individually numbered and autographed hardcover copies are available directly from Tomaska’s R&I Coins (www.ricoins.com). Tomaska is a coin dealer specializing in high-grade proofs.
Q. David Bowers wrote the guide’s foreword.