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Modern World Coins (Official Red Books)

A Catalog of Modern World Coins, 1850-1964. The 14th edition of R.S Yeoman's classic guide book has been fully updated with new photographs and retail valuations by coin type, in up to four grade levels. Editor Arthur Friedberg and his team of experts from around the globe provide an accurate snapshot of the exciting world-coin market. This handy volume is perfect for today's hobby: small enough to easily hold, carry, and read, but packed with photos, data, and valuations---the high-quality content and design that have made Whitman Publishing a hobby leader since the 1930s. ;Who Should Read A Catalog of Modern World Coins?;, Collectors looking for an accurate book on world coins, New hobbyists attracted to coins by the recent hot market, Dealers looking for a convenient type-coin guide - ; (One From Every Country) coin collectors, U.S. coin collectors looking to branch out into an interesting new field, Token and medal collectors intrigued by the connection to world coinage, Casual collectors and travelers with unidentified coins from other countries. What Will I Find Inside?, A complete listing of coins of all countries from 1850 to the mid-1960s, Each type and date of coin grouped in chronological order, High-quality images in actual size, for quick identification, Retail values for circulated, Uncirculated, and Proof coins, Individual listings of rare and significant dates, with valuations, The official Y-number catalog system used to identify all world coin types.

Series: Official Red Books

Paperback: 522 pages

Publisher: Whitman Publishing; 14th edition (October 30, 2007)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0794820565

ISBN-13: 978-0794820565

Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 8.9 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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(both Y and KM numbers given). The purpose of the book is stated as " introductory coin book, intended as an outline or framework for organizing a collection of type coins of the world. As such...a handy source of information to supplement more complex books..."Keeping that focus in mind, this book does what it sets out to do. I was initially disappointed in the book's scope, but realized that I was having unreasonable expectations. Of course it doesn't go into full depth on any one series! This is an overview, and done very well.It is a handy sized reference and is not very 'busy' in presentation. The coins are laid out by type with all years lumped though is some annotation about rarities (i.e. if a specific year is rare, but doesn't go into varieties or errors). There is not much information regarding mints, proves or proofs, but again, that is outside the scope and intent of this book.The valuations are vague at best--again, only using VF, EF and Unc. These are not particularly useful in the modern era of grading...where the distinction between even Unc, BU, and Gem is now even losing ground to the one point numerical differences found on the slabs. Even so, Unc vs BU vs Gem is a big distinction.In checking the series I am most familiar with there are some items that appear to be relatively valueless (i.e. $1), in the real world you just won't find them anywhere near that cost when getting into certain grades. At this point I would not use this for any serious attempt at pricing, however, this is not really the aim of the book. I would hate to see an unscrupulous buyer try and use it as such with a non-collector.

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