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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.

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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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