Saturday, December 5, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Whitman Encyclopedia of U.S. Paper Money and Currency Album

Whitman Encyclopedia of U.S. Paper Money
by Q. David Bowers
Publisher: Whitman Publishing
Retail: $69.95
Buy Link: Whitman

Product Description:

Collect, grade, and attribute your paper money. Organize your collection, with Friedberg and Whitman numbering systems. Make wise purchases in today's market.

900 Pages; more than 1,600 full-color images. Printing quantities for nearly all issues - a guide to rarity. Dealer pricing for all federal notes, 1861 to date, $1 to $10,000. History and values for Continental Currency, War of 1812 notes, Fractional Currency, encased postage stamps, star notes, mules, error notes, and more. Auction data, market commentary, more than thousands of prices and values, multiple grades, a bibliography, extensive endnotes. Hardcover. And get the currency album as a bonus! A $109.00 Value!

Billy's Thoughts:

I'm sure many of us has at least one person (young or old) in our family that likes to collect either coins or currency. While you might know what coins or currency to add to their collection for a Christmas present this year, a sure-fire gift would be the Whitman Encyclopedia of U.S. Paper Money and Currency Album.

Published by Whitman Publishing, written by Q. David Bowers and featuring a forward by Fred Reed, the 900-page Whitman Encyclopedia of U.S. Paper Money retails at $69.95. It comes with added bonus - a Currency Album. Mr. Bowers is considered the "Dean of American Numismatics" and has put together this one volume book especially for paper money collectors and history buffs.

Just like any hobby book, it starts out with a introduction about the history of U.S. currency (Federal notes) as well as about the grading and pricing of paper money. There are separate chapters on $1, $2, $3, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000, $10,000 and $100,000 Notes. Then there are also chapters on Postage & Fractional Currency (1862-1876), Paper Money Errors, Continental Currency (1775-1779), Early 19-Century Treasury Notes and Encased Postage Stamps of 1862.

Whether you're already a newbie or are already an expert collector, the Currency Album is a must have. It normally retails at $39.95, but it's free with the encyclopedia. It comes with 12 pages and can store up to 36 Notes (storage area per Note is 8.25" x 3.5").


Though I do have a very small collection U.S. Paper Money (mostly $2's), I didn't know  there was so much history about them. The Encyclopedia is well-written with beautiful and colorful pictures all throughout the massive-size book. The Currency Album is a nicely constructed and is perfect for making sure your paper money is safely stored. Overall, both the Whitman Encyclopedia of U.S. Paper Money and Currency Album is a must have for any collector and would make a great gift for Christmas!

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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