The Half Cent Die State Book: 1793 - 1857|
by Ronald P. Manley, Ph.D.
Edited by J.R. "Bob" Grellman, Jr.
300 pages, hardbound.
Published in 1998.
INFORMATION and AVAILABILITY
This 300-page hardbound reference book was the winner of the 1999 EAC Literary Award
and the 1999 NLG "Best U.S. Coin Book" Award. Edited by Bob Grellman, it is packed with
new and updated information on all business strike half cent varieties. Separate obverse
and reverse descriptions are provided for each die state. Also included are over 250
plated die states, emission sequence revision, rarity estimates, reverse rotation
data for each variety, references to major copper sales, blundered edge examples,
and more. Large photographs (3-inch diameter for varieties; 2-inch diameter for
$75.00 Postpaid (autographed on request.)
Ron Manley, EAC #3909
300 Turnberry Circle
Brentwood, TN 37027
NOTE: Copies of this book are no longer available for sale from the author.
(CMccawley@aol.com) still has copies available
as of April 2008.
Bill Eckberg writes:
"This is an excellent volume. If you have any interest at all in die state
analysis, half cent emission sequences or even excellent photographs of great
copper coins, you need this book. It supplants Cohen in the way that Cohen
supplanted Gilbert. It does not rehash the wealth of supplementary information
in Breen, but it does correct a number of Breen's errors. It takes a rightful
place with Gilbert, Cohen and Breen as an essential addition to the library
of any half cent collector and a useful one for collectors of other series."
-- Penny-Wise, July 1999, pp. 233-236.
Rating: (highest rating)
"WOW, if you are into half-cents this book is absolutely impossible to live
without. The pictures are all 2 to 3 inches in diameter and very clearly shot.
Attribution has never been easier. This work contains all recent discoveries
since the Cohen book. You will [not] be disappointed no matter what the cost
for this book!"
Numismatic Guarantee Corporation of America (NGC):
"The excellence of both the text and illustrations in this volume, which uses
Cohen's numbers, has increased the utility of the Cohen system and increased its
popularity among half cent collectors."
-- Coin World, September 9, 2002, p. 76.
Jeff Ambio of Heritage Insider magazine writes:
"In addition to the fresh information that it presents on die states, die rotation,
and rarity factors, The Half Cent Die State Book: 1793 - 1857 features exquisite
photography that provides for ease of attribution. A blessing in disguise for
professional numismatists, dedicated half cent collectors should also realize that
Dr. Manley's book represents a labor of love by one of numismatics' newest scholars."