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Cherrypickers’ Guide Volume III: Unearthing U.S./Philippine Coin Treasures

Numismatic enthusiasts, collectors, and researchers gathered at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh from August 8th to 12th, 2023, witnessed a significant moment in the world of coin collecting as the sixth edition, volume II, of the esteemed Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties was unveiled. This unveiling marked not only a celebration of numismatic diversity but also paved the way for the anticipation of the final volume of the sixth edition set to make its debut in 2024. Coin enthusiasts have even more to look forward to as the book’s editors have invited collectors, dealers, and researchers to contribute their insights on U.S./Philippine coins for inclusion in the upcoming sixth edition, volume III.

The forthcoming volume III of the Cherrypickers’ Guide is set to encompass a broad spectrum of die varieties, ranging from Capped Bust, Liberty Seated, and Barber half dollars to Liberty Walking, Franklin, and Kennedy half dollars. Beyond that, it will delve into trade dollars, Morgan and Peace silver dollars, modern dollar coins, gold coins (ranging from dollars to double eagles), classic commemoratives, and silver, gold, and platinum bullion. This installment will introduce several new chapters, with one of the most exciting additions being the inclusion of die varieties from coins minted for the Philippines under U.S. sovereignty.

The historical context surrounding U.S./Philippine coins adds an intriguing layer to the numismatic landscape. The United States gained control of the Philippine Islands in 1899, following the conclusion of the Spanish-American War. In 1901, a civil administration replaced the American military government, leading to the creation of a new coinage system that harmonized with older Spanish coin issues while maintaining a one-to-two exchange rate with U.S. currency. U.S./Philippine coins were manufactured from 1903 to 1945, featuring various denominations from bronze half centavos to silver pesos. Notably, this coinage also included a set of commemoratives released in 1936.

The Guide Book of United States Coins, commonly referred to as the “Red Book” among numismatists, has consistently recognized the significance of U.S./Philippine coins in America’s numismatic history. The 77th edition of the Red Book highlights popular die varieties such as the 1917-S, 7 Over 6, one-centavo overdate; the 1909-S, S Over S, silver peso with a repunched mintmark; the 1934-M, Recut 1, five-centavos; and the intriguing 1928-M twenty-centavos muled with the reverse of a 1928 five-centavos.

The editors of the Cherrypickers’ Guide warmly welcome input from passionate collectors, dealers, and researchers regarding U.S./Philippine die varieties. To contribute to this monumental endeavor, individuals are encouraged to send their recommendations via email to Submissions should ideally include comprehensive information along with high-quality, clear photographs to aid in the assessment process.

For those eager to be part of this endeavor, the deadline for submitting recommendations is set for October 1, 2023. With the Cherrypickers’ Guide continuously evolving and expanding its horizons, the numismatic community can anticipate an enriching addition to their coin-collecting journey in the upcoming volume III, which promises to bring U.S./Philippine coins into the spotlight of rare die varieties.

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