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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 8, February 25, 2007, Article 2

NEW RED BOOK REFLECTS HOBBY CHANGES

The 2007 edition of the standard "Red Book" will go on sale next
month.  Publisher Dennis Tucker forwarded the books' press release;
excerpts are published below:

"An active coin market is reflected in the 61st edition of the Guide
Book of United States Coins, by R.S. Yeoman (edited by Kenneth Bressett).
Popularly known among collectors as the 'Red Book,' it is the world’s
best-selling annual retail price guide for U.S. coins, tokens, and
other numismatic items... For the 61st edition, more than 120
professional dealers, scholars, and other numismatic experts
contributed their knowledge under the direction of editor Kenneth
Bressett, valuations editor Jeff Garrett, and research editor Q.
David Bowers.

"With the U.S. Mint continuing to innovate and produce new coins and
designs, the 61st edition devotes four extra pages to regular federal
issues, one extra page to commemoratives, and three extra pages to
bullion (including the new American Buffalo and First Spouse gold
coins). The latest State quarters, as well as the Mint’s new
Presidential dollars, are also featured.

"Other updates to the newest Red Book include additional grades in
the colonial/pre-federal section, a feature on the Libertas Americana
medal, recent auction records from 2006 and 2007, and new content
in the 'Significant U.S. Patterns' section.

"Hundreds of full-color photographs illustrate more than 6,000 coins
priced in the Red Book. For the 61st edition, newly upgraded highlights
include Liberty Seated coinage, classic silver commemoratives of 1892
to 1954, and early half dollars and silver dollars.

"The Red Book continues to update each edition as research brings new
data to light. In the 61st edition, noted numismatist Roger Burdette’s
careful study of government records has led to new Proof mintages for
early Lincoln cents. Also, the United States Mint has provided some
dramatically updated commemorative coin mintage data, in some cases
bringing its records up-to-date from many years past.

"For the first time ever, the Red Book is available in a new spiralbound
hardcover format. “On the outside, it’s an attractive and durable
hardcover Red Book,” said Tucker. “On the inside, a hidden spiral
binding lets you lay the open book flat while you examine your coins.”
Collectors have responded favorably to this popular new format, which
has been featured in other Whitman books including Hugh Shull’s Guide
Book of Southern States Currency and the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare
Die Varieties. Traditional hardcover and spiralbound books are also
available, and an autographed leather-bound Limited Edition (3,000
copies) will be available in the spring.

"The 61st edition Red Book will debut at the ANA National Money Show
in Charlotte, North Carolina, March 16. After that the book will be
available online, and at bookstores and hobby shops nationwide. In
addition to the regular edition, Whitman Publishing is also taking
pre-orders for the leather-bound Limited Edition of this year’s Red
Book, to be released later in the spring.

"416 pages
Full color
By R.S. Yeoman; edited by Kenneth Bressett
$14.95 spiralbound
$16.95 hardcover
$19.95 spiralbound hardcover (new format)
$69.95 leather-bound Limited Edition "

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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