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« on: July 06, 2008, 12:12:34 PM »
Gowen City woman’s book to be released in July

Whitman Publishing LLC will release the new “Guide Book of United States Tokens and Medals,” written by award-winning author Katherine Jaeger of Gowen City, this month. The 304-page book is the 11th title in Whitman’s Bowers Series of numismatic references.

Coin collecting first boomed as a hobby in the United States in the mid-1800s, and since then, in addition to coins, Americans have collected the nation’s rich variety of tokens and medals. The Guide Book of United States Tokens and Medals is an overview study of these popular and fascinating pieces of history.

Jaeger has written a narrative that spans from the 1700s to today, exploring the “coin-like objects” that have aided commerce, lampooned politicians, commemorated events, celebrated lives, marked deaths, paid fares, promoted social causes, awarded the deserving and satirized the wicked. She discusses the difference between medals and tokens, how each is created, aspects of today’s marketplace, areas of specialization and how to be a smart buyer.

Full-color illustrations, market values and a grading guide add to the book’s reference value. This is an essential guide for every American coin collector’s or history buff’s library. The book can be ordered at, and will be available at bookstores and hobby shops in late July at a retail price of $19.95.

Jaeger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College in 1979, and spent each of her college summers working at archaeological digs in Israel. There she first heard the peculiar term numismatics, and began to view coins as archaeological dating tools and as pieces of historical record.

From 1979 to 1986 she worked in New York City as a copy editor and managing copy editor. Later, while raising a family with her husband, Tom, she switched to freelance editing. In 1999, she began writing history features for magazines such as American History and American Heritage.

The “hook” into exonumia came when she found a clipping of an 1885 newspaper interview with diesinker George H. Lovett, her great-great-grandfather. Immersed in the study of medals and tokens since then, she has authored several features for “The Numismatist” and “Coin World” and is the co-author (with Q. David Bowers) of “Whitman’s 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens.”

In 2006 she received the American Numismatic Association’s Heath Literary Award, and in 2007 the ANA’s Wayte and Olga Raymond Literary Award.

Dennis Tucker, publisher of Whitman Publishing LLC, extended special thanks to the American Numismatic Society for providing images of more than 500 tokens and medals in the book. The American Numismatic Society is the preeminent national institution advancing the study and appreciation of coins, medals, tokens and related objects of all cultures as historical and artistic documents by maintaining the foremost numismatic collection and library, by supporting scholarly research and publications, and by sponsoring educational and interpretive programs for diverse audiences.

Source: Zwire
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