Book Review: 2015 Red Book of United States Coins

A Guide Book of United States Coins 68th Edition

A Guide Book of United States Coins 2015: The Official Red Book Cover
A Guide Book of United States Coins 2015: The Official Red Book Cover. Image Courtesy of: Whitman Publishing, LLC www.whitman.com

Whitman Publishing has released the newest edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins. Known to most coin collectors as "The Red Book", it is now in its 68th edition with the cover date of 2015. The Redbook was first published in 1942 by R. S. Yeoman and is now edited by Kenneth Bressett, Q. David Bowers (Research Editor) and Jeff Garrett (Valuations Editor).  Coin collectors use this book to identify, catalog and value their United States coins.

The book has over 7,600 entries in up to nine different grades for total of more than 32,500 prices. In addition to classic and modern United States coins, the book also includes sections on colonial issues, post-colonial issues, pattern coins, commemorative coinage, U.S. bullion coins, private/territorial gold pieces and popular private tokens issued in the United States.

About the Guide Book of United States Coins

A Guide Book of United States Coins is the world’s most popular annual retail price guide for U.S. coins, tokens, and other numismatic items. Since 1946 more than 23 million copies have been purchased making it one of the top selling coin books of all times and one of the best-selling nonfiction titles in the history of U.S. publishing. Collectors and people all over the world constantly turn to this book to answer the age-old question "How much is my coin worth?"

The book is printed on high quality semi-gloss paper that includes full-color actual size images of each and every coin.

Section headings are color-coded to help you easily find the denomination that you are looking for. Within each denomination, each coin series is listed chronologically with a brief introduction to each coin type. In addition to detailed listings of retail prices, a short grading guide is presented for each coin.

What's New in the 68th Edition

Keeping up with the latest coins from the U.S. Mint, the 68th edition has added pages in the "Quarter Dollars," "Silver and Related Dollars," "Modern Commemoratives," and "Gold Bullion" sections. All of the Mint’s circulating coins have been updated with the most recent data. The 68th edition includes 92 new coin issues and 13 new sets, with information about the San Francisco Mint "America the Beautiful" quarters (the only circulation-strike quarters made in San Francisco since 1954), and new research on die varieties. Also, the "Top 250 Coin Prices Realized at Auction" has been updated with the latest auction results.

The 2014 National Baseball Hall Of Fame and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 commemorative coins have been added to the book. While the images of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 coins are actual photographs, the National Baseball Hall Of Fame coins are the artist renderings in black-and-white. Additionally, since the book was printed before the coins were issued; the prices for the National Baseball Hall Of Fame are already outdated (they will cost you a lot more than what is listed in the book).

This quintessential coin collecting guide is the perfect addition to any numismatic library and, for the well-seasoned coin collector, it should be updated each year with the newest edition. For the beginning coin collector, this is the first book that should be purchased. If you want to make money in coin collecting, "Buy the book before you buy the coin!"

Product Details

Series: A Guide Book of United States Coins
Publisher: Whitman Publishing; 68th edition (April 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0794842151
ISBN-13: 978-0794842154
By: R.S. Yeoman; Senior Editor: Kenneth Bressett; Research Editor: Q. David Bowers; Valuations Editor: Jeff Garrett