A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS

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A Guide Book Of United States Coins


The One Hundred Greatest Items Of United States Numismatic Literature Rank: Number 4.



Clain-Stefanelli 11910*. Davis 1203.

AKA: 'The Redbook'. Hands down the biggest selling numismatic book of all time, twenty-two million copies and counting, this annual valuation guide far outshines its successful predecessors, Mehl’s Star Rare Coin Encyclopedia and Wayte Raymond’s Standard Catalog Of United States Coins. The signature hardbound red cover was the most powerful brand in American numismatics even before Whitman began expanding the Redbook series to include guides of all flavors, even a guide dedicated to Redbook collecting itself. Whitman has further enhanced the Redbook with lovely color photography and a host of binding choices, of which the spiral bound hardcover is this writer’s favored version for working purposes.

Editions One through Ten

First Edition

Image courtesy of George Frederick Kolbe - Fine Numismatic Books.

YEOMAN, Richard S. A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS 1947.

Interleaved version. Image courtesy of Charles Davis Numismatic Literature.

Racine: Whitman, 1946
254 pages, illustrated
Octavo
Hardbound: Red cloth, lettered in gilt

First printing - 9,000 copies. On page 135, 'the scarcity of this date.'
Second printing - 9,000 copies. On page 135, 'the scarcity of the 1903 O'.

Available Interleaved.


Second Edition

Image courtesy of Charles Davis Numismatic Literature.

YEOMAN, Richard S. A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS 1948.

Interleaved version. Image courtesy of Charles Davis Numismatic Literature.

Racine: Whitman, 1947
254 pages, illustrated
Octavo
Hardbound: Red cloth, lettered in gilt

Available Interleaved.


Third Edition

Image courtesy of Wayne K. Homren Numismatic Library.

YEOMAN, Richard S. A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS 1949.
Racine: Whitman, 1948
254 pages, illustrated
Octavo
Hardbound: Red cloth, lettered in gilt


Fourth Edition

Image courtesy of Charles Davis Numismatic Literature.

YEOMAN, Richard S. A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS 4TH EDITION.
Racine: Whitman, 1950
254 pages, illustrated
Octavo
Hardbound: Red cloth, lettered in gilt


Fifth Edition

Image courtesy of Wayne K. Homren Numismatic Library.

YEOMAN, Richard S. A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS 5TH EDITION.
Racine: Whitman, 1951
254 pages, illustrated
Octavo
Hardbound: Red cloth, lettered in gilt


Sixth Edition

Image courtesy of Alaska Coin Exchange.

YEOMAN, Richard S. A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS 6TH EDITION.
Racine: Whitman, 1952
254 pages, illustrated
Octavo
Hardbound: Red cloth, lettered in gilt


Seventh Edition

Image courtesy of Charles Davis Numismatic Literature.

YEOMAN, Richard S. A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS 7TH EDITION.
Racine: Whitman, 1953
254 pages, illustrated
Octavo
Hardbound: Red cloth, lettered in gilt


Eighth Edition

Image courtesy of George Frederick Kolbe - Fine Numismatic Books.

YEOMAN, Richard S. A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS 8TH EDITION.
Racine: Whitman, 1954
254 pages, illustrated
Octavo
Hardbound: Red cloth, lettered in gilt


Ninth Edition

YEOMAN, Richard S. A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS 9TH EDITION.
Racine: Whitman, 1955
254 pages, illustrated
Octavo
Hardbound: Red leatherette, lettered in gilt


Tenth Edition

Image courtesy of Alaska Coin Exchange.

YEOMAN, Richard S. A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS 10TH EDITION.
Racine: Whitman, 1956
254 pages, illustrated
Octavo
Hardbound: Red leatherette, lettered in gilt


Hardbound Editions

Image courtesy of Whitman Publishing.

Racine: 1947 - present

Interleaved version. Image courtesy of Charles Davis Numismatic Literature.


Some issues available interleaved, with the following editions having been seen:
15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th


Softbound Editions

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Racine: 1993 - 1996, 1998, 2003 - 2007


Spiral Softbound Editions

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Racine: 1997 - present


Leatherbound Editions

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Racine: 2005 - present

Typically limited print runs of 3,000 copies or less.


Spiral Hardbound Editions

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Racine: 2008 - present


Journal Editions

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Racine: 2009


Large Print Editions

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Racine: 2010 - present


Professional Editions

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Racine: 2010 - present


Special Editions

1987 40th - A. N. A. EDITION. Limited to 500 copies.
1992 45th - A. N. A. 100TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.
1997 50th - ANNIVERSARY EDITION. Limited to 1,200 copies.
2000 53rd - A. N. A. EDITION. Liberty Bell embossing on flyleaf.
2002 55th - A. N. A. TARGET 2001 BUILDING FUND EDITION.
2002 55th - S. S. CENTRAL AMERICA EDITION.
2005 58th - F. U. N. 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION. Limited to 1,100 copies.
2007 60th - MICHIGAN STATE NUMISMATIC SOCIETY EDITION. Limited to 1,100 copies.
2007 60th - A. N. A. MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION EDITION. Limited to 500 copies.
2008 61st - NUMISMATIC LITERARY GUILD EDITION. Limited to 135 copies.
2008 61st - A. N. A. MILWAUKEE EDITION. Limited to 1,080 copies.
2008 61st - A. N. S. EDITION. Limited to 250 copies.
2008 61st - STACK'S RARE COINS EDITION.
2010 63rd - PHILADELPHIA EXPO EDITION. Limited to 2,009 copies.
2011 64th - BOSTON NUMISMATIC SOCIETY EDITION. Limited to 450 copies.


Tribute Editions

2007 - 1947 First Edition Hardcover. Issued with dust jacket, 32 page color section and hobby comparison.
2007 - 1947 First Edition Leatherbound. Full burgundy leather, all page edges gilt. Limited to 500 copies.


References

LAKE, Fred L. Various auction catalogs.
YEOMAN, Richard S. A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS. Racine, 2004. 64th edition.