Denis Tucker of Whitman Publications forwarded this release about the new Professional Edition of the standard Red Book.
Whitman Publishing is releasing a new, expanded version of its best-selling Guide Book of United States Coins (known within the hobby as the "Red Book"). The 384-page volume, called the Professional Edition, is intended for intermediate and advanced collectors, professional coin dealers, auctioneers, and investors. It will be available in October 2009, with a sneak preview at the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Philadelphia Expo (September 23–26).
"The Professional Edition is a companion to the regular-edition Red Book, not a replacement," said Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. "Each book contains information that the other doesn't, and each will be published annually."
The Professional Edition is 45% larger than the regular-edition Red Book, at 8.5 x 11 inches, and is spiralbound for convenient reference. It retails for $29.95, with a searchable DVD version available for $27.95.
Features of the Professional Edition include:
Detailed coverage of every federal coin type, half cents through double eagles, plus classic commemoratives and Proof and Mint sets.
Expert guidance on striking and sharpness characteristics for each type—valuable information when inspecting coins for purchase.
Insight on availability and condition rarity for each type.
Detailed grading instructions, including for Mint State and Proof coins.
Certified population summaries for every date and mintmark—including the number certified, the average grade, and the percent in Mint State.
Expanded valuations, including multiple Mint State and Proof levels, plus Full Bands, Full Bell Lines, Cameo / Deep Cameo, and other specialized designations.
Auction records for coins listed.
Additional die varieties in every denomination, with closeup photographs for easy identification.
Informative chart notes that expand on the history, characteristics, and market values of significant coins.
Detailed research, estimated mintages, and market information on early 1800s–early 1900s Proof coinage, including gold.
High-quality, full-color photographs of both circulation strikes and Proof coins, for every type.
Enlargements of key focal points and varieties, many more than in the regular edition.
A groundbreaking appendix on modern counterfeit coins, including research by Dr. Gregory DuBay.
A gallery of large-size images of early Proof coins.
The Professional Edition's editorial team consists of Senior Editor Kenneth Bressett, Research Editor Q. David Bowers, and Valuations Editor Jeff Garrett. Dozens of hobby leaders contributed their expertise to the book's production.
A Guide Book of United States Coins, Professional Edition
384 pages, full color.
8.5 x 11, spiralbound softcover.
Retail $29.95. Also available in searchable DVD format for $27.95.
For more information, see:
2010 Red Book U.S. Coins - Professional Edition
Wayne Homren, Editor
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