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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 17, April 27, 2008, Article 6

A GUIDE BOOK TO THE GUIDE BOOK?

Gary Dunaier writes: "On page 409 of the 2009 Red Book,
in the article "The Red Book As A Collectible," there's
this statement:

 For a more detailed history and edition-by-edition study
 of the Red Book, see A Guide Book of the Official Red Book
 of United States Coins (Whitman, 2008).

"Is this a joke, or did I miss something?  Not that I think
such a book is silly -- if this is really coming out I want
one -- but if memory serves me right this is the first I've
heard of it.

"Incidentally, as you know, for the first time the 2009 Red
Book also includes listings of back volumes of Blue Books.
What you may not know is that while every edition of the Red
Book is listed, only the first twelve editions of the Blue
Book are listed (1942-1953), and according to the list only
the first ten have any kind of collector's value.  (This may
be common knowledge to you but it's news to me.)

"Finally, while on the topic of Red Books, are there any
indications on how the 1947 Tribute Edition has been doing
in the stores?  I occasionally see copies on the shelves at
Borders and Barnes and Noble, and I wonder if people have
been buying it."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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