A Pocketful of History: Four Hundred Years of America--One State Quarter at a Time
Book: A Pocketful of History: Four Hundred Years of America--One State Quarter at a Time , by Jim Noles, ISBN10: 0306815788, ISBN13: 9780306815782, Da Capo Press, May 2008, Hardcover
Jim Noles, the author of three previous books, is a practicing attorney and a frequent contributor to the New York Times and several magazines. He lives in Alabama.
A fascinating look at the fifty state quarters and what they tell us about a changing America
In his latest, author and attorney Noles (Twenty-Three Minutes to Eternity: The Final Voyage of the Escort Carrier USS Liscome Bay) looks at the 50 State Quarters Program, which, over about ten years, has issued a quarter commemorating each state with a different design. Organized by issue date, each state quarter is given a few pages of background information, including the date of release, the number initially minted and the reasons behind its design. His work is full of information for both novice coin collectors and average Joes, and his otherwise dry account benefits occasionally from witty chapter subtitles and gentle mockery (Wisconsin's state motto, "Forward!", appears to be exhorting a cow head, ear of corn and cheese round "to move along"). While some may assume that there is little mystery behind the state quarters series, Noles finds much to inform, and occasionally startle, making each entry a quick, fulfilling slice of American history. 50 b&w photos
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