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One great book on coins is:
The Official Red BookŪ
A Guide Book of United States Coins. It enters its 62nd year with no signs of slowing down! Americans nationwide look to this "one-volume library" to tell them how rare their coins are and how much they're worth. Collectors rely on it for its full-color photographs and detailed technical data. The Red Book covers the history and values of colonial and early American coins, half cents through silver dollars and gold, commemoratives, Proof and Mint sets, errors, Civil War tokens, territorial gold, state quarters, Presidential dollars, and other U.S. coins, with practical essays on grading, investing, auctions, and more. Pricing for more than 6,000 coins, more than 700 full-color photographs, updated values, mintages, and auction records. Expanded coverage of commemoratives, sets, and other coins. New state quarters and Presidential dollars. Full Color. 432 Pages. Hard Cover. Bressett.
Here is a great book on Shipwrecks in North Carolina
Shipwrecks of North Carolina
From the Diamond Shoals North GARY GENTILE'S POPULAR DIVE GUIDE SERIES. As suggested by the title and series name, this volume covers the most well-known wrecks sunk off the geographical coast of North Carolina from the Diamond Shoals north to the Virginia border.
For each of the wrecks covered, a statistical sidebar provides basic information such as the dates of construction and loss, previous names (if any), tonnage and dimensions, builder and owner (at time of loss), port of registry, type of vessel and how propelled, cause of sinking, location (loran coordinates if known), and depth. In most cases, an historical photograph or illustration of the ship leads the text. Throughout the book is scattered a selection of color underwater photographs, some of the wrecks, more often of typical marine life found in the area.
Each volume is full of fascinating narratives of triumph and tragedy, of heroism and disgrace, of human nature at its best and its basest. These books are not about wood and steel, but about flesh and blood, for every shipwreck saga is a human story. Ships may founder, run aground, burn, collide with other vessels, or be torpedoed by a German U-boat. In every case, however, what is emphatically important is what happened to the people who became victims of casualty: how they survived, how they died. Also included are descriptions of the wrecks as they appear on the bottom. At the end of each volume is a bibliography of suggested reading, and a list of more than 400 loran numbers of wrecks in and adjacent to the area covered.
Wrecks covered in Shipwrecks of North Carolina: from the Diamond Shoals North are: Australia, Bedloe/Jackson, Brewster, Buarque, Byron D. Benson, Carl Gerhard, Carroll A. Deering, Chenango, Ciltvaira, City of Atlanta, Consols, Diamond Shoals, Empire Gem, Empire Thrush, Equipoise, Glanayron, Harpathian, Hesperides, Huron, Kassandra Louloudis, Kyzickes, Lancing, Liberator, Magnolia, Marore, Merak, Metropolis, Mirlo, Mormackite, New Jersey/Virginia, Norlavore, Northeastern, Norvana, Oriental, Palestro, Pocahontas, San Delfino, Strathairly, U-85, U-701, Venore, Veturia, Virginia, Wetherby, William Rockefellar, and YP-389.