A Pocketful of History: Four Hundred Years of America—One State Quarter at a Time

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9780306817892: A Pocketful of History: Four Hundred Years of America—One State Quarter at a Time

History is all around us—even in the spare change jangling in your purse or pocket. For the past decade, the U.S. Mint has offered America a pocketful of history through its popular 50 State Quarters® Program.

A Pocketful of History tells the story behind each state's quarter: how each state chose its design; what is important about the people, scenes, and themes depicted on the coins; and what the collection tells us about ourselves. It's an entertaining and enriching journey through four hundred years of America—in twenty-five-cent doses.

This updated paperback edition will include the U.S. Mint's new quarters honoring Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and four other territories.

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About the Author:

Jim Noles is an attorney in Birmingham, Alabama. He has authored six previous books and writes for newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and Smithsonian Air & Space.


"Readers will encounter familiar information but also the new and unfamiliar and will come away with a greater appreciation of their pocket change and the valuable history it can offer."--"Library Journal"

"Even though Noles claims he is not a coin collector himself, he writes with the passionate and attention to detail of a seasoned pro. His book is breezy, informative and fascinating."--"Tucson Citizen" 5/8/08

"A fascinating book and a fascinating premise...Very readable nonfiction...The quarters provide a wholly unexpected, sometimes quirky, sometimes surprisingly inspiring view of American history. This one is a fun read for anybody, and an absolute must-have for anybody who collects the state quarters."--"Montgomery Advertiser" 4/27/08

"Even if you are just spending the commemorative quarters to buy soda, bottled water or candy, this book should be added to your personal library. It could be an important introduction to U.S. history for some child who otherwise might suffer from history phobia...It is a fun and easy read full of information that seldom makes it into history text books."--"Roanoke Times"

"Everyone who collected these quarters--and anyone who loves anecdotal American history--will want to own and read Jim Noles "A Pocketful of History,""--"Constant Reader" column

"Few of us ever bother to look at the loose change that jangles in our pockets and purses. Noles reminds us that what's inscribed on those coins says a lot about the kind of country we are, and what we hope to be."--"Baton Rouge Advocate"

"Winsome and valuable...A fascinating look at how politics and personalities shape what we see and how we see it--a history lesson in itself."--Blogcritics.org

"The general reader will enjoy this book. It is highly recommended to those who have collected the state quarters."--"The Oklahoman," "Book Briefs" 5/25/08

"At the very least, you'll want to look up the story behind the silver of your home turf."--Bookgasm.com, 5/29/08

"Numismatists, history buffs and schoolchildren alike will enjoy "A Pocketful of History,.".There's a lot to be learned here."--"BookPage"

"This book is going to make my new hobby even more enjoyable...Noles is an enthusiastic guide."--"Seattle Times," 6/6/08

"A wonderful book on America's state quarters that belongs in every library. It tells the historical side of each design in a fascinating way."--"COINage," 9/08

"A must-have for collectors."--"Acadiana LifeStyle," September 2008

"An enlightening journey through 400 years of American history in twenty-five-cent doses."--"History," Oct/Nov 2008

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