Which Books List Prices for Old Coins?


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Some books that list prices for old United States coins are the "Official Red Book," "Official Blue Book" and the "Official Black Book." The "Official Red Book," which is published by Whitman Publishing, is considered the standard guide for most coin collectors. This book has the retail prices for all coin denominations minted in the U.S., including colonial coins, gold coins, double eagle, commemorative and proof and mint sets.

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Whitman Publishing also provides the "Official Red Book" online. This online source gives a price list for many different colonial coins, such as the British and French New World issued coins. Some other coins found on this price list are half cents, Liberty Head gold dollars from the 1849 to 1854 era and Puerto Rican and Hawaiian coins. The book and its online version provide images, design information and material composition of each coin listed.

The "Official Blue Book" is also published by Whitman and gives a listing of coin prices; however, the difference between the Red Book and Blue Book is that the Red Book gives retail coin prices, while the Blue Book has wholesale prices. People can obtain both books from this publisher by going to the category marked "Shop at Whitman" provided by the online source.

The publisher of the "Official Black Book" is House of Collectibles. This book also provides more than 18,000 values for U.S. minted coins.

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