Gary Dunaier writes:
"Regarding the 2022 Red Book, specifically the publishers' statement that the section on commemorative coins has been "extensively revised", the commemorative section has had an inconsistency that has always bothered me. Background information is only provided up to the 1994 World Cup issue; everything after that just has a photo and the value. Has that been fixed as part of the extensive revision?
"(Here's a photo of the 2017 edition to demonstrate what I'm talking about.)"
Here's a response from Whitman's Dennis Tucker. Thanks!
Believe me, I feel Mr. Dunaier's pain. I wish we had enough pages and space to include historical narrative for every modern commemorative coin—the way we do in Mega Red, for example. In Mega Red we devote more than 100 pages just to modern (1982 to date) commemoratives, and more than 50 pages to classic commems. And they're bigger pages, to boot!
In the regular-edition Red Book we sometimes have to make editorial decisions like cutting out the historical narratives for the more recent years of modern commemoratives. I understand those decisions can seem arbitrary, inconsistent, or like we're not going in-depth enough. I'm grateful that Mr. Dunaier reached out and expressed his enthusiasm for modern commemoratives. The Mint continues to produce compelling and historically important new coins, fulfilling its congressional mandate, and the Red Book will continue to document them in as much detail as we can.
Here's a sample page from the revised commemoratives section. This shows how we've combined our cataloging of individual commemorative coins with their related government-issued sets. These two groups of "Mint products" used to be in separate sections of the book.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: GUIDE BOOK OF U.S. COINS, 75TH EDITION
Wayne Homren, Editor
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