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14 Dec 2021

The history of the Red and Blue Book

Coins-United States | Anakin104

For many years, new coin collectors are wondering how to get the information they need to know about their new hobby. The Blue Book, which has been here since 1942, and the a Red Book, which has been here since 1946, have been helping coin collecting for 75 to 79 years and counting. In this article, I will talk about the history of the Red and Blue book.Ist book: The Blue BookOriginally named the Handbook of United States Coins, was later changed to the Blue Book, because of its nickname because of its blue cover. The Blue Book, was introduced to the world in 1942 by Richard S. Yeoman and Whitman Publishing, tells the possible amount of money you could earn by selling your numismatic treasures. All money that you could possibly earn depends on condition,mintmark and year. In 2022, the Blue Book will celebrate 79 years of information about American coins. This book covers buying offers. From early American coins to National Park Quarters, colonial American coins to U.S Mint products, there is practically no coin this book doesn't cover with buying offers.2nd book: The Red BookOriginally known to the world as the Guide Book of United States Coins, had a similar situation like the Blue Book and its name. A nickname of a book now a trademarked name, it is now the Red Book because of its red cover. The Red Book covers the retail price of your coins. It lists the price of colonial coins to circulating coins, proof sets and even Red Book prices! It also includes water tokens, commemoratives and Phillipine issues. The prices go off of grade, mintmark and year. The Red Book is the longest coin price guide, with over 24 million copies sold.Red Book vs Blue BookThe Red Book covers the retail price of your coins, what you can expect to pay for the coin desired. The Blue Book covers the wholesale price, the price you could expect to get from a dealer , coin shop or wherever you buy your coins. Also, the Blue Book, the less popular coin book, sells for around 10 to 12 dollars. The more popular Red Book sells for around 16 to 20 dollars. (This is also the buying range and some copies will cost more because of rarity and such) The last and easiest way to tell them apart is there colors. One is Red and one is Blue. Red Book and Blue Book nowR. S Yeoman retired from being the editor in 1970, 18 years before his death. He left Kenneth Bressett in charge as editor. Bressett, the former assistant of R.S Yeoman, who retired in 2017, passed the baton to Jeff Garrett . Jeff is now currently the editor of both the Red and Blue books, and Bressett is now the editor emeritus. Also Q. David Bowers has served as the senior editor in the Deluxe edition of the Red Book since 2018.

Comments

Kepi

Level 6

There are so many reference books out there. I have borrowed many books from the ANA Library. Its a wonderful collection that they have. ; )

TheHobbyist

Level 4

Nice Blog! I only have the 2021 Red Book, as I got it for a club trivia prize.

Longstrider

Level 6

The ANA library is open to order books online. Not sure if it is in person. Nice blog. Thanks.

slybluenote

Level 5

I resemble ALL of the above remarks! My library is quite meager, but I do rely heavily on the “Guide Books” of a particular series and the “Mega Red, 7th Edition” ! Thanks for sharing !

Anakin104

Level 4

So do i ,but the only one i have is Red Book 2006

Mike

Level 7

I'm 68. The books I used for different coins are now in the public library. I had so many. I donated them. They were happy to get them!!

Anakin104

Level 4

Im sure the ANA is grateful for that

"SUN"

Level 6

i been collecting over 60 years and still study the bookz

Anakin104

Level 4

Wow! Thats a lot of collecting

Golfer

Level 5

Nice information on blue and red books. Lots of great coin books out there. Read a lot of them. Thanks

Anakin104

Level 4

Red book is so informative

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Great blog and nice information! It is a great book and gives lots of information.

Anakin104

Level 4

Thanks CheerioCoins

I. R. Bama

Level 5

The Ana library is open again last I heard

Anakin104

Level 4

Good.

AC coin$

Level 6

Good blog information . Experience is also a good book .

Anakin104

Level 4

Yeah. If you don't buy the book before the coin things can get bad. You could always ask your dealer for information

Mike

Level 7

We have a saying here. Buy the book before the coin. Many of us have many books on coins. I don't know if the A.N.A. library is open but they have 29,000 books. They will send you what you been and you just send it back. Thanks.

Anakin104

Level 4

I did not know that. Thanks Mike

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