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 Posted 08/20/2011  12:29 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add motoryoda to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Okay..I have decided today to start with collecting US coins.

Now the newbie question...
Is there a book similar to the Canadian Charlton for US coins?

I have decided to take the plunge, and want to get my hands on what is considered the "best" guide.

Thanks in advance for the help!
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 Posted 08/20/2011  12:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BLUESZONE to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Most consider the " Red Book" the one to get.


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 Posted 08/20/2011  3:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As noted the Red Book is possibly the most versatile book for US coins. What you should possibly do to save money is to look for one that is a few issues old. They come out every year so they are mostly good for the information, not the prices.
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 Posted 08/20/2011  5:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add seal006 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I use the Numismedia website. It is constantly updated. Red Book is good for reference, but the prices are already out of date by the time it hits the shelves.


OH yeah, it is also FREE.
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 Posted 08/20/2011  9:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add motoryoda to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the information.

It is greatly appreciated!

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 Posted 10/27/2020  1:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
HI folks

Hijacking this thread instead of starting a new one... you have all made me a little more interested in what US coins I have in my little "keep" container, so I looked to see what's around for a basic guide, and it seems the one suggested here is just about the only one out there! Reminds me of the Scott stamp catalogs...

Are these Red Books beginner friendly? Are there lots of images to help understand markings, etc?

And what makes the Blue version different?
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 Posted 10/29/2020  6:15 pm  Show Profile   Check Lancek's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Lancek to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes red books are user friendly. The Red Book shows "retail" price. Blue Books supposedly show wholesale, or what you might expect to get if you were to sell them to a coin shop. I have't found either to be all that reliable as a price quide. I use Numismedia website.
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 Posted 10/30/2020  3:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Myself, being a non-collector, I think I may enjoy leafing through an illustrated guide so I can at least know what to look for when I find older coins in my change. I keep most of them aside anyway, but a little extra knowledge is always a good idea!

:-)
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