The April 2009 issue of The Whitman Review has an article by "Red Book" editor Ken Bressett excerpted from his Foreword to the new the Guide Book of the Official Red Book of United States Coins, by Frank J. Colletti. -Editor When R.S. Yeoman published the first edition of his now-famous Guide Book of United States Coins in 1946, he could hardly have guessed that a day would come when another book would be written recounting the history of his effort. Nor could he have envisioned his book becoming a collectible in its own right.
Yet that is just what has happened to this unique coin reference. It is probably every author’s dream that their published work will pass the test of time, but few books have ever achieved the longevity of what has turned out to be the world’s most popular coin price guide.
It was my pleasure to have known R.S. Yeoman from my early days in numismatics, in 1948, to the time of his death 40 years later. My respect for him never wavered. He was a man of the highest integrity, gentle, thoughtful of others, and a keen businessman. His understanding of coin collectors kept him always in tune with their needs and wishes. It was his desire to provide collectors with products that were as precise as possible, sparing no effort to give unbiased pricing information and up-to-date numismatic information.
The story of A Guide Book of United States Coins as told by Frank Colletti in this fascinating account is not merely a story about those who produced it, but a tribute to the thousands of individual contributors who have honed its contents to the point that it has become a numismatic standard and a valuable collectible in its own right. It is a success story that remains unparalleled by any other similar book.
To read the complete article, see: The Most Admired Book in Numismatics (www.whitmanbooks.com/Default.aspx?Page=55&HTMLName=ReviewGuest_0409)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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