The Cherrypickers’ Guide, Volume III Coming Soon, Part II Has Landed

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Book Cherrypicker Volume 2

Whitman® announces the release of a second print run of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties: Volume II, 6th Edition. The wait is finally over for this highly anticipated reference, which originally debuted at last year’s ANA World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh.

"The Cherrypickers’ Guide was one of our best book sellers of the entire year," said Whitman vice president of sales Dawn Burbank. When it released at the show, "collectors and dealers bought every advance copy we had. We couldn’t keep them on the shelves, and overall, we sold the entire print run of over 7,200 copies in just under four months." Burbank added, "We expect the second print run to sell just as fast, based on pent-up demand for the wildly popular title."

The 320-page spiralbound-hardcover Cherrypickers’ Guide can be ordered for $39.95 online now at whitman.com, Whitman’s Ebay Store, Amazon, and will be available in bookstores, hobby shops, and other online retailers nationwide later this month. Ask your favorite coin dealer for a copy!

Few books have excited the coin-collecting community like the Cherrypickers’ Guide series. Since the first edition burst onto the scene in 1990, thousands of hobbyists have been searching for the rare die varieties described inside. This handy book tells you how to "cherrypick" — that is, how to examine coins that look normal at first glance but have unusual characteristics — such as doubled and tripled dies, overdates, repunched mintmarks, and other features that can reveal a common coin to be a rare and valuable variety. With the close-up photographs and descriptions inside, you’ll learn exactly what to look for.

For this volume, Cherrypickers’ Guide co-authors Bill Fivaz and professional numismatist Larry Briggs feature more than 440 die varieties, including nearly 80 new additions. The book covers Capped Bust and Liberty Seated half dimes, dimes, and quarters; Barber dimes and quarters; Mercury dimes; Roosevelt dimes; twenty-cent pieces; Standing Liberty quarters; and Washington quarters, including the State, D.C., Territorial, and National Parks series.

Cherrypickers’ Guide, Volume III to be Released this Summer

The Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins, Sixth Edition, Volume III is scheduled for release this summer prior to the ANA World’s Fair of Money 2024 in Chicago. It will cover half dollars through federal gold denominations, bullion coins, commemoratives, and the Philippines.

"I am very proud of the product headed to press later this month — the high level of community collaboration, updated content, and added features such as GSID have taken this high-demand product to the next level," said Whitman Cherrypicker’s Guide production editor Brandon Hall.

"The cherrypicking community should be very excited for the next volume!" Author Bill Fivaz believes "CPIIIv6" to be the "best Cherrypicker ever."

For the first time ever in Cherrypickers’ this volume features Greysheet-based pricing and GSID numbers that identify and link a coin across the entire family of Whitman Brands products, such as the Greysheet online pricing tool, CDN Exchange, and the Greysheet mobile app.

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2023 (P) Lincoln Shield Cent “Extra V” Population Report: . NGC (03/16/24): Number Certified: 247 PCGS (03/16/24): Number Certified: 96 ANACS (03/16/24): Number Certified: 117 Total Number Certified to date by all 3 TPGs (03/16/24): 460 ¹ . History: Certification Rate ¹ Total Number Certified (10/10/23): 217 Total Number Certified (11/18/23): 287 (∆% +32.3%) T= 39 Days (+0.83%/Day) Total Number Certified (11/26/23): 298 (∆% +3.83%) T= 8 Days (+0.48%/Day) Total Number Certified (12/26/23): 366 (∆% +22.81%) T= 31 Days (+0.74%/Day) Total Number Certified (01/16/24): 379 (∆% +3.55%) T= 21 Days (+0.17%/Day) Total Number Certified (02/16/24): 423 (∆% +11.61%) T= 31… Read more »

CaliSkier

Thanks E1 for sharing the 2023 “Extra V VDB” population updates!

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You’re welcome Cali.

Cheers

Rick

Thanks E1, I will say that although the number of certified V’s has doubled over the last 5 months, we have seen no recent coins graded higher than MS-66. I believe that most of the newcomers are MS-65 and lower, with only a few -66 as of late. I spoke with Dave Santiago roughly 6 weeks ago and I asked him the following questions/comments if anyone is interested in this recent discovery… (Me) 1) “I was curious if you will have anymore Extra V’s coming to market, graded or ungraded?” 2) “I hope you saved some for yourself, like some… Read more »

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Rick,

Recognition and a following by some of the industry’s leading experts. This coin is here to stay. If it ends up in the “Red Book” or “The Cherry Pickers Guide” then we were a part of that history. Great follow up Rick.

Cheers

AK Bob

I did purchase one 2023 MS68 Extra V from Dave. It was the one he listed for $1400 or Best Offer. I was able to purchase it from him for $1000. I made the offer, expecting Dave to counter but he didn’t, he accepted my offer!! Dave and his wife are both very, very nice folks. I’m disappointed that Dave hasn’t really received the recognition for discovering this new Lincoln error coin! He worked his tail off trying to get the Extra V noticed, graded by ANACS first then finally NGC followed by PCGS. At least that’s my understanding. I’ve… Read more »

CaliSkier

AKBob, Rick, E1 and others may find this article(brief) from CoinWorld, by Steve Roach of interest, if not already familiar with the piece? “Market Analysis: $780 for MS-68 red 2023 ‘Extra V’ cent”

https://www.coinworld.com/news/us-coins/market-analysis-780-for-ms-68-red-2023-extra-v-cent

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Stack’s Bowers calling the subject offering, “a fleeting opportunity for the advanced Lincoln cent enthusiast to acquire one of these top-of-the-census condition rarities before they all find their way into tightly held collections.” (December 26th 2023)

Prices have shot up considerably since this article was published.

sharks2th

Thanks for the data E1. I bought an item off of the mint sales list last week so I’m interested to see if they add it back on to the sales list next week. It didn’t show up as a sale this week in the numbers. Based on what I saw, there should have been 6 of this item sold.

Darek

If this was someone’s return, you will not see it on the Mint sale list. I hope you will get “fresh” coin/medal.

CaliSkier

How about “Cherry Picking” deals on Ag? Here is a smoking deal IMO. Anyone out there like good deals on silver numismatic offerings at current spot pricing? As well as, the bonus of not getting coins with the Queens effigy? LOL Many comments over the years of dislike of Canadian coins, due to the Queens image on their coins. Doesn’t bother me though. Both of the sets in this “sale” were ones I wanted to get, however wasn’t willing to pay original RCM or GateWest issue price. Well now, I can! I shouldn’t, but hard to resist. Just $169.95 plus… Read more »

Dave SWFL

Cali,
Thanks for the heads up on the Coin Lore Combo deal from RCM. I hopped all over that baby – first silver purchase in months! Can’t wait to see them in hand.
kudos on the link – quick & easy!!!

CaliSkier

DaveSWFL, you’re welcome, however I have to give a disclaimer on this product offering. I noticed this statement, after posting the above details about GateWest. Once the product(Combo 3-coin Sets) page is open, near the top, above the “shopping cart” icon, there is a green “check mark”, which they indicate, “We are accepting orders for this product”. However, just below that, in red, is the following statement: “ Inventory status for this item is unavailable at this time.” I sincerely hope you/we get your/out coins and they aren’t actually sold out already and that they just haven’t updated their site… Read more »

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Mark In Florida

Is this dealer selling these for half the issue price? How can that be real? Is the company trustworthy?

CaliSkier

Mark In Florida, this dealer is selling them for “Less” than half price. Although, the Mintage limit on them is only 5,500, these sets, mustn’t have been too popular, sales wise. So instead of sitting on them, they appear to be blowing them out? GateWest is possibly(?) the largest(?), as well as a Major Distributor” of Royal Canadian Minted coins. I personally find them to be very trustworthy. They are based out of Manitoba. I have been ordering from them, since a Royal Canadian Mint employee(cus service) suggested them to me, when I was unable to get a product I’d… Read more »

CaliSkier

E-mail from GWest, which indicates when you can actually get ready to be excited, to receive product, “if available”.(once it’s shipped) “Your order is being prepared for credit card verification and will be subsequently charged. Please keep this email for your records. Please note that this does not guarantee the product or order, only that we are confirming that your order has proceeded to the next stage. Once shipped, you will receive a shipping confirmation email from us.” Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Worst case scenario is you don’t get charged and don’t receive the coins ordered. Whereas, with our US… Read more »

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Dave SWFL

Got my shipping notice from Gatewest today. I will comment when they arrive.

CaliSkier

Back at you DaveSWFL, my sets shipped as well and I’ll also comment when they arrive. The first thing I want to hear about, is the packaging surrounding(News print?6 the contents of your package. I expect a pizza box, with the best padding of paper surrounding and holding everything secure, in place and protected. Every single shipment I received from them, from 2008-2020, had bomber packaging! Vs a piece(1) of brown paper in a typical US Mint package, doing nothing to help with anything.

Government Drone

Is there a way to get Vol.1 of the 6th edtion? It sounds like they might be reprinting Vol.2, but the first volume is nearly $400 used on Amazon!

Tom

I think its a rare occasion for a reprint of Cherry Pickers Guide. I can’t recall it happening before. Buy it while available. If history repeats a printed copy will become scarce & very expensive later on. IMO its a must have for any collector.

Mark In Florida

Anyone else take the Mint’s survey? They ask how much interest in a 2026 Mercury dime in gold for $417. Also, they want to sell the 2026 pennies for $20 for 40 circulating quality pennies with the double date and privy mark, or $35 for a bag of 100 pennies. WTF??? Similarly 40 circulating quality nickels will be $30 and 40 dimes will be $35. Also a 1 oz. gold coin in the shape of a liberty bell at the usual $900 premium. I told them I might buy a bag of 100 innovation dollars (to use as tips). The… Read more »

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The 2009 Bicentennial Reverse Lincoln Cent P&D Two Roll Sets sold for $8.99 each in 2009 (~9¢/coin) and the mintage was 300M+ for each across the four different designs and the two different mints. These coins are still a little sluggish 15 years later but are still desired by set builders. The LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, and LPT4 roll sets still in the mint sealed boxes are readily available in the marketplace for $100-$125 (4 complete sealed P&D roll sets). It’s the SMS 2009 Bicentennial Reverse Lincoln Cents that came in the 2009 mint sets that seem to do much better… Read more »

CaliSkier

Mark In Florida, at those prices, I have “zero interest” Not even an inkling of FOMO. Unfortunately, so far, the US Mint has killed the 250th Anniversary for me, with lack of innovation(damn repeat, re-issues again) and the potential pricing. What is up with $380 5oz pucks? Expect $400+ in 2026! Ouch!

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Craig

The mint is pricing itself out of the game for me as well. Their pricing structure reminds me of that old saying ‘A fool and his money are soon parted!’ As far as those 5 oz ‘pucks’, I have over 100 of them in my safe and I certainly wouldn’t use them to play hockey. I have the entire series and most of them cost me $149.95 (some of the first ones were a bit more money.) I was thinking if the mint sold them today, they’d charge $410 each. The melt value of these is currently $125, so the… Read more »

data dave

Looks like a lot of collectors have moved over from the other blog. I like all the talk about lincoln cents!

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Data Dave, I have a Dansco 8104 (Lincoln Shield Cents 2010 – ) with a slipcase that it up to date with gem BUs, PLs, and proof cherries. The back blank page is filled with: 2022 PDS, 2023 PDS, 2010 P&D Satin Finished, Several 2023 P Extra Vs, 2017 S Enhanced, and a 2018 S Reverse Proof. All labeled with a P-Touch black on clear in small fonts. I got an old 8×10 autograph cover, cut it to size, and hole punched it to fit in the back of the album. That pocket holds the 2019-W BU, Proof, and Reverse… Read more »

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“that iS up to date’

It’s happy Hour…

Cheers

Rick

E1, That Cent album and your customizations sounds amazing! Is there a way that you can share a few photos with us to enjoy, and learn? I have missed the boat when it comes to some of these modern offering’s(with the exception of the ’09’s) and I’m interested and catching up/learning when I can. It’d be great if you could share your observations/study on the 2019-W 3 Cent planchets that came in those blister packs.. Also if possible, to assemble a Top 10 ish Modern Lincoln cent money coin list? Similar to what I dubbed as your “Top 25 Kennedy… Read more »

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Rick

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Rick

Attached is my 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Set.

Notice, matched grade, matched certifications, and the double die varieties in ANACS.

Cheers

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Some newer stuff….

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The Album, a little hard to photograph.

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Rick,

The LPT1 roll set is in short supply and is the most expensive. The LPT2 roll sets tends to have double dies (double fingers).

That Lincoln Chronicles Set is a beauty. Sadly, I don’t own one.

These 2009 Lincolns aren’t worth much today. But someday they will be. Just keep them in good condition and in a cool dry place.

Thats all for now….

Cheers

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Also,

The 2009 SMS Lincoln Cents are made of Copper or Bronze.
The 2009 Proof Lincoln Cents are made of Copper or Bronze too.
The 2009 Business Strikes are made of Copper Zinc.

The proofs tend to tone up rather quickly.

Rick

Thanks for sharing E1..
A good tool here(photo attachment)for us to share some of our own goodies in hand!! Also as a potential coin troubleshooting tool as well…

Superlative Modern Lincoln collection! And the Shield Album does not disappoint as far as I can tell, I wish I had that beauty! I can just make out that Satin Finish P&D on the 2nd page..Which year? It can wait..
A couple more comments/Questions later..

That’s all for now too…

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Rick,

More eye candy for you.

Tight hands tend to have tight collections.

Thats all for now bro.

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Rick

Oh ho woah!
Now you got me salivating!
That Proof on top eye pops from here!
The Accent hair-Bam!
I really like 65-67 SMS
Not familiar with 1976-S ?
Nice work! An inspiration you are!
More on that later…

Are you trying to scare me over @ MNB??
Is that you posting?

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It is not you Rick. It is the internet in general and all its corrupt madness. Just trying to make sure it is private and safe enough to post pictures here. Posting pictures of my coins is new to me and I kind a like it. Yet, I don’t see others doing it. I feel like an early pioneer that must step forward, but slowly, and carefully.

Rick

Thanks E1 The photos I posted are from my phone that I run over to Google Photos, are auto-backed up, I place in an album, then email link them back to myself(whew). And safe to share after all of that(they say)… I can’t get into the properties of these photos like I can with my Kodak(or any)digital camera as you describe(and have before). I might get the Kodak(dead battery)out and see how that goes..For now I feel comfortable with things seeing that you, nor I can see much of anything.. Photo sharing(coins, etc.)in forums has been common practice for years… Read more »

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Rick, I have several Nikon cameras (830, S9100, & N50) that I use and had configured them back in the day through the Nikon PC App via a USB cable. Those cameras produce professional JPGs that contain a great deal of personal user information under “Properties.” On the other hand, my new iPhone produces JPGs that include the name of my phone. Later today, I will take a look at the JPGs produced by my HP flat bed scanner to see if they contain any personal information as well. Also, some websites may scrub uploaded JPGs as a way to… Read more »

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I am sure you are still curious about these. I bought these Kennedys from the Mint first week of issue and sent them in to PCGS myself. They turned out pretty good.

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Rick

E1, Great info on camera data. Thanks. I’m not too worried , but you never know, and I’ll be checking into things a little more closely..If someone comes lurking around my home? They need to be aware of the “Make My Day” Laws… VinnieC chimed in on the photo issue as well @ MNB. I can appreciate everything you & he talk about(well, everyone)…We need to get him over here, he always seems to have something worthy of reading(unlike me now & again!)… I love your Coins. So far I’m totally satisfied with your coin collecting interests, storage, and reference… Read more »

Rick

E1

You may have been curious about this one as well.. posted below…

It has had only 2 owners. The first owner never laying eyes on it. Me? Yes I’ve seen it, and on Monday It will be seen again within it’s new little comfy holder…

https://www.pcgs.com/cert/49367583

Back to Baked Beans with Bacon!…Just not anytime soon as it stands, Maybe later…..

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Wow!

Big money for those V75 AGEs. A mintage of 1,945.

That may show up in the next “100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins.”

Mr. Bam! Bam!

Great Score Rick!

Cheers

Rick

E1′

Mr. Bam! Bam!”

That nickname is reserved for Cag!
Of which I offered an Olive Branch for him to grab & stop on by…

It won’t take long for us to miss him…

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Rick,

Mr. Bam! Bam! is now our “Special Award Designation” for anyone that brings us the next Rock Star Coin. That V75 AGE is truly a genuine Rock Star.

Cheers

Major D

E1, only the business strikes are copper zinc. The 2009 Lincoln cents in the Uncirculated Mint set and Proof sets (clad set, silver set, 4-pc set, coin & chronicles) are all 95% copper.

AKBob

I really like your displays! I posted a post on MNB asking others if they display their coins or even tell their friends they collect coins. I do not simply out of fear of being robbed. I’d actually like to start a coin club with kids where I live but I’m afraid of folks learning I collect. What is your take about displaying coins and/or sharing with friends/relatives that you collect. Thx in advance.

VinnieC

Looking forward to Volume III. Volume II was sort of sparse in the varieties I collect. I’m interested in some of the quarter. Volume III has all the dollar coins.

Rick

It’s great to see you here VinnieC !!

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VinnieC in the House!

Cheers

AKBob

Welcome VinnieC!!! Very nice to have you onboard! I like your posts and enthusiasm about coins. You add a great deal of dialog so I’m looking forward to reading your posts. Again, welcome Aboard!!