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2020 ‘Red Book’ reports dramatic changes

The newest edition of the coin hobby’s annual Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”) debuted on April 9. The 73rd edition (with a cover date of 2020) features extensively updated pricing and auction data … Continue reading

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Treasury Notes of the War of 1812

Author Donald H. Kagin, Ph.D., recently released a new 52-page hardbound story and catalog listing titled Treasury Notes of the War of 1812. This is the first reference work covering the complete accounting of the first circulating currency of the … Continue reading

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New ‘100 Greatest Ancient Coins’ edition out

A new and expanded second edition of 100 Greatest Ancient Coins, authored by noted historian and professional coin dealer Harlan J. Berk, debuted on March 12 from Whitman Publishing. In this richly illustrated volume, Berk takes the reader on a … Continue reading

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New edition of ‘Barber Silver Coins’ available

By Dennis Tucker The silver coins of U.S. Mint chief engraver Charles Barber have enjoyed a rise in popularity in recent decades, and aficionados are now able to enjoy a new second edition of the popular reference A Guide Book … Continue reading

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New volume examines WWII internment camp chits

The Coin & Currency Institute has announced the release of a groundbreaking new book on the money used by World War II prisoners of war in the United States. Titled The Complete Book of World War II USA POW & … Continue reading

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Mega Red 4th Edition a must-have

By Mike Thorne, Ph.D. To say that the book I’m going to review in this column is gargantuan is an understatement. According to my postal scales, it rings in at a whopping 6 pounds 10.5 ounces. That would be a … Continue reading

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Bowers’ Guide Book features Liberty Seated silver coins

By Mike Thorne, Ph.D. I have before me a massive guide book entitled A Guide Book of Liberty Seated Silver Coins. As the title indicates, the subject is Liberty Seated silver coins, which encompasses a variety of different series of … Continue reading

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Review of the 2019 Blue Book and Red Book

By Mike Thorne, Ph.D. When I started collecting coins in the 1950s, the Handbook of United States Coins (the Blue Book) and the Guide Book of United States Coins (the Red Book) were widely used for pricing U.S. coins. Then, … Continue reading

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Thorne lays coins aside for murder

If you read Coins magazine and Numismatic News, then you’ve probably seen Mike Thorne’s byline. Thorne has written many feature articles and a column for Coins, “Basics and Beyond,” which has run for more than 30 years. In addition to … Continue reading

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