Special Pre-Publication Offer: The 1822 Gold Half Eagle

A Unique Book!

We invite you to order in advance one of the most extraordinary books of our time. Q. Dave Bowers, working with a team of researchers, has used the 1822 half eagle as a focal point to create an absorbing narrative covering much of numismatics of the past century and a half. This has been made possible by the upcoming sale at auction of the D. Brent Pogue Collection specimen of the 1822—the finest of only three known, with the other two being in the National Numismatic Collection in the Smithsonian Institution.

In the past two centuries the 1822 half eagle has been sold at auction only two times: at the H.P. Smith Sale in 1906 and the Louis E. Eliasberg Gold Coin Collection Sale in 1982. Other transactions have been by private treaty, including the highly-acclaimed Dunham coin sold to Charles M. Williams in advance of the auction-to-be.

Generations of numismatists have been born and died without having had the opportunity to acquire an 1822 half eagle. Here is what two prominent dealers have said:

“The King of All Rarities. The 1822 Half Eagle, Probably the Rarest Coin in the World”—B. Max Mehl, 1941.

“The legendary 1822 half eagle is the most famous and most desirable United States gold coin.”—David W. Akers, 1979

The new study contains much information never published in a book before. Although 17,796 half eagles were coined in 1822, why are only three known today? The mystery of the rarity of the coin is revealed.

You will have “you are there” experiences with many famous collectors and dealers. You will “meet” Virgil M. Brand (who formed the greatest private coin collection), Louis E. Eliasberg, the Chapman brothers, Abe Kosoff, the Stack family, B. Max Mehl, and many other personalities, including much information—often surprising—that is not available in any other book. You will go behind the scenes with the National Numismatic Collection, how the Mint Cabinet was formed, and how in 1976 many of the rarities in the Smithsonian were nearly taken away!


We promise you a great “read,” a delightful book that will be among your favorites. Guaranteed!

What You Will Get

The book is heavily illustrated and is deluxe hardbound with gold-foil-imprinted cover, fine endpapers, and printed on high-quality paper stock and will list for a remarkably low $39.95 plus postage. Normally, a limited edition of a comparable book would be $50 or more.


Special offer: For just $24.95 plus $5 shipping you will be among the first to get a copy, expected to be in your hands in early January. Each copy will include a special autographed bookplate.

Limits: This Pre-Publication Offer is available only until December 31. Limit: 3 copies to any one person. As the edition is limited, all orders are subject to confirmation. Books will be shipped on a first ordered, first sent basis.

Your complete satisfaction is guaranteed. If for any reason you are not 100% delighted, you may return the book within 14 days for a full refund.

Call 866-811-1804 to order today!


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