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New book U.S. Coins Close Up released

IOLA, Wis. (April 12, 2012) --
The best way to know whether or not a coin is genuine is to understand what a genuine coin looks like. And a picture is worth a thousand words, which is what makes U.S Coins Close Up: Tips to Identifying Valuable Types and Varieties a must-have.

With the advent of online coin sales and the flood of counterfeit coins from China, collectors are increasingly wary about the authenticity of coins. This visual guide to U.S. coins from award-winning author Robert R. Van Ryzin shows collectors how to identify a genuine coin from an altered or one variety from another. This is an ideal product for anyone looking for a handy, portable guide to identifying genuine U.S. coins.

The book features:

• Clear details of inscriptions, mintmarks, and initials with tips and explanations on how to distinguish major from minor varieties
• Hundreds of large, impressive images highlighting key areas of genuine U.S. coins
• Detailed descriptions of coin varieties, a glossary of numismatic terms, and meanings behind the images on the coins

For more information visit For review copies contact Meghan McKeon at (212) 447-1400, ext. 12257 or .

About the Author
A collector for more than 35 years, Robert R. Van Ryzin serves as editor of Coins Magazine, Coin Prices and Bank Note Reporter. He is also the author of Striking Impressions: A Visual Guide to Collecting U.S. Coins, Fantasy and Fiction from U.S. Coins, Crime of 1873: The Comstock Connection and Fascinating Facts, Mysteries and Myths About U.S. Coins.

About Krause Publications
Krause Publications, based in Iola, Wis., is the world's largest publisher of leisure-time periodicals and books on collectibles, firearms and knives, automobiles, hunting and construction. Chet Krause, a long-time collector of coins, published the first issue of Numismatic News on Oct. 13, 1952, with nearly 1,000 readers. Today, Krause Publications, owned by F+W Media, offers more than 40 periodicals, 10 hobby shows including the Chicago International Coin Fair and Chicago Paper Money Expo, 750 reference and how-to books, and web properties such as, the online coin price database.