Coin expert Dennis Tucker, publisher of Whitman Publishing's Guide Book of United States Coins (known as the "Red Book"), will give a presentation Friday evening, May 15th, at 7 pm at the Phoenix Public Library (34 Elm Street). His illustrated talk will cover some of the most popular and fascinating American coins and paper money, including World War II steel cents, Morgan silver dollars, Buffalo nickels, and $20 gold pieces. Are those old coins in Grandpa's cigar box worth a fortune? This will be a fun and educational lecture with time for questions and answers about U.S. and world coins. Tucker will give away copies of the Red Book and other Whitman books to the first 20 attendees, and will also share his story of going from John C. Birdlebough Class of 1990 to becoming the youngest publisher in the famous firm's 99-year history.
The next morning, on Saturday, May 16th, from 10 am to 1 pm, Tucker will present a "Books and Coin Road Show" at the library, in conjunction with the ongoing Phoenix Community Garage Sale. Visitors are invited to bring in their coins and paper money for a free evaluation. Visitors with questions about their coins can email Tucker in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org,or simply bring them to the Phoenix Public Library on Saturday.
Tucker, a native of Phoenix now living in Atlanta, studied political science and history at the University of Rochester. He was honored in January 2015 by Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia for his career in book publishing and his promotion of the state's history. As publisher at Whitman Publishing, he specializes in books on numismatics (the study of money), banking and financial history, the American presidency, U.S. military history, and other nonfiction topics. He has been a coin collector since the age of seven, and has written and lectured on coins, medals and other collectibles.