Friday, 23 August 2013

Review - The Offical Red Book: A Guide Book Of United States Coins 2014

The Official Red Book
A Guide Book Of United States Coins 2014
67th Edition
By R.S. Yeoman
Senior Editor: Kenneth Bressett
Research Editor: Q. David Bowers
Valuations Editor: Jeff Garrett
Publisher: Whitman Publishing, LLC
Pub. Date: April 16, 2013
ISBN: 9780794841805
Retail: $14.95
Format: Spiral Bound
Pages 448
Buy Links: B&N, Amazon, Whitman



Many people collect coins as a hobby or even as an investment. The values on the coins change rapidly, but it depends on the current market. To help collectors to learn more about the value of their coins, Whitman Publishing, LLC has been releasing The Official Red Book: A Guide of the United States Coins since 1946, which was started by R.S. Yeoman, to help them. Their recent 2014 Red Book (67th Edition) was released back in April. Whiteman Publishing nicely sent me a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.

The Official Red Book is a must for any new or advanced coin collector, which is available in a hardcover, hidden spiral, large, or a regular spiral (pictured above). It is the #1 best-selling price guide with over 24 million copies sold! There is no single author or collaborator for each edition as there are many people who bring this book to life, such as coin dealer, collectors, and readers.

The guide book gives a helpful introduction on how to use the book correctly and how to find the correct condition (grade) of your coins. Their is over twenty pages giving you a detailed history of the coins in the United States, starting with the Spanish Milled Dollar to sunken treasure coins. Due to the popularity of coin collecting, there have been many fake coins released on the market that look antique. The Red Book contains detailed colored photos of coins from a variety of years, all which are genuine, so you won't be fooled by an imitation.

The coin guide starts from the pre-federal issues (Colonial and Post-Colonial), the Federal Issues, up to the current Silver Bullion coins. There are even sections on private/territorial gold, private tokens, Philippine issues, Alaska 1935 tokens, coin misstrikes and errors, Hawaiian and Puerto Rica issues, commemoratives, and Confederate coins.

I took up coin collection from my father when I was a kid and I recommend the hobby to everyone. The Official Red Book: A Guide Book Of United States Coins 2014 is an incredible book to own, thanks to outstanding coin descriptions and photos. Even though the coin market changes constantly, you can still use the coin prices as a guide. Just remember if you want the buying guide prices, you'll need the Official Blue Book, which is also published by Whitman Publishing. Overall, The Official Red Book 2014 is a wonderful coin book to own and I highly recommend it to other coin collectors of all ages.

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