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New Edition of ‘Red Book’ Released

The 74th edition of the annual Guide Book of United States Coins, popularly known as the “Red Book,” is set to debut from Whitman Publishing April 7. The new volume includes updated pricing and auction data reflecting the current market for collectible U.S. coins, along with historical information and guidance on how to build a valuable collection.

Coin collectors have used the Red Book to value their collections since the first edition was published in 1946. Senior Editor Jeff Garrett attributes the book’s strength to its network of experts.

“Whitman relies on a system of more than a hundred professional coin dealers, researchers and other specialists from around the country,” Garrett said. “Their expertise covers every segment of American coinage – not just in accurate real-world pricing, but also in the latest discoveries in numismatic scholarship.”

Research Editor Q. David Bowers said, “The Red Book is the one reference I keep handy when buying, selling or writing about coins. Every year it becomes more valuable for hobbyists and researchers. The 2021 edition is the best yet.”

The 74th edition Red Book is 464 pages long and prices nearly 8,000 entries in up to nine grades each, with more than 32,000 retail valuations in total. Its panel of retail-pricing contributors includes more than 100 active coin dealers and market analysts.

The book covers United States coins from 1792 to date, from half cents to $20 gold double eagles, commemoratives and bullion, plus earlier coins and tokens that circulated in colonial times. The latest coins from the United States Mint – Lincoln cents, Jefferson nickels, Roosevelt dimes, America the Beautiful quarters, Kennedy half dollars, Native American dollars, American Innovation dollars, commemorative coins, bullion coins and government-packaged coin sets – are kept up-to-date.

The book also includes error coins, Civil War tokens, Confederate coins, Philippine coins struck under U.S. sovereignty, private and territorial gold pieces, pattern coins, Hawaiian and Puerto Rican coinage, Alaska tokens, So-Called dollars, special modern gold coins and other specialized topics.

It includes 2,000 photographs, including enlarged close-ups of die varieties.

The Red Book can be pre-ordered online (including at Whitman.com) in several formats and after April 7 will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide.





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One Response to New Edition of ‘Red Book’ Released

  1. sneauman3@gmail.com says:

    The RED BOOK 2021 Edition as usual is really a regurgitation of the last one. Same uncorrected Typo’s. The Silver Eagle Section is once again in error. They’ve confused the Value of the now fabled Fiasco Mint Coin 2019-S Enhanced Reverse Proof ASE {which isn’t even listed} and given the $1,250.00 amount to the 2019-W Enhanced Reverse Proof from the Pride of Two Nations ASE. They also have listed the last item under the ASE Sets “2020 Pride of Nations Two-Coin Set Enhanced Reverse Proof Silver Eagle and Israel Silver Coin”. The US Mint says they have no idea what that Set is and have no info for such a Set. Whitman needs a Professional Numismatist Proof-Reader [ and I don’t mean Proof Coin Reader } for their Typo’s. Over the years Whitman has made a few changes at my suggestion.Lately though they just don’t seem to care. I’ve suggested that they note things like the 1990 Eisenhower Commemorative be designated as the first Silver Coin to bear the W Mint Mark, and the 1993 Bill of Rights Commemorative Half be designated as the first Silver Half Dollar to also bear the W Mint Mark. I’ve asked them to show the 2016- S Silver 8 Piece Limited Edition Set has a W ASE in it. Whitman is certainly the biggest Publisher in the field of Numismatics, I have 14 of their Publications, I’ve yet to find even one that is Typo free. Is this the best they can do ?

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