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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Resource for Building a US Type Set, January 21, 2007
This review is from: A Guide Book Of United States Type Coins: A Complete History And Price Guide For The Collector And Investor (The Official Red Book) (Paperback)
US Type sets are a great way to learn about the history of the United States through its coins. This book is a great resource for learning how to compile said type set. The first ~50 pages are spent on a history of the US through its coins, history on the most famous set of all time (Eliasberg), some practical notes on grading (though if you really want a detailed resource on how to grade coins, you should look elsewhere), and then several pages on what to consider when assembling a US type set - such as by metal, everything but gold, just gold, how many varieties to include, etc.

The bulk of the rest of the book is devoted to describing almost all types of US Coins that have been minted since 1792 (including the 1792 pattern half disme). Before each major type (such as half cents, large cents, small cents, etc.), a few pages are spent with an overview of the series, tips on collecting a type set with those coins, and then information on going "beyond a type set," in other words, what issues you may encounter if you want to assemble a set of all the coins in that series by date and mintmark.

Then, almost all types are subsequently descirbed with full-color pictures, mintage information (e.g. 158.1 billion Lincoln memorial reverse bronze coins were struck), basic information, a "key to collecting," and "aspects of striking and appearance." It also has suggested grades to shoot for based upon three budget tiers. It then has tables of approximate market value at time of print (2004) by grade, certified population reports and approximate field population, and then market price performance for the last 60 years in decade intervals, which show how the value at (usually) 3 grades has changed (making you wish you bought back in 1950).

Overall, if you want a general resource/guide to collecting type coins from 1792-2004 (I assume an update will be published within the next few years to account for the remaining Statehood Quarters, Jefferson 2005 reverse and obverse and the 2006 Jefferson obverse, and the new Presidential Dollar Series), this should be on your shelf. If you are an experienced numismatist, you may find much of it elementary, but still worth buying for the history section in the beginning and the relatively comprehensive data for each type.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to start a type collection., November 9, 2006
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This review is from: A Guide Book Of United States Type Coins: A Complete History And Price Guide For The Collector And Investor (The Official Red Book) (Paperback)
If you want to start a "type collection" of US coins, this is the place to start. This book gives you the information that you need to get started. It also give you the price information that you need to make informed buying decisions. The history and other information will be extremely usefull to collectors that are new to this hobby. If you are a more experienced collector, the detailed numerical information will be a be help in improving your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to United States Type Coins, April 25, 2014
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I love this book. I can now see what I have and the value of the coins.............
Thank for writing a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Type Coins, November 22, 2013
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Excellent resource for United States type coins. Clear, concise. Most everything you would want to know about United States type coins.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but not exactly what I was expecting, January 7, 2009
The book came and was in very nice condition. It wasn't exactly all that I thought it would be, though, as it didn't have all the coins charted like I've seen in older red books. Still a great buy! I'd recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Primary Source For The Coin Collector, July 9, 2011
The Red Book has been the source of US coinage information for over 60 years. The spiral version is great for one who likes to have a working copy. Any numismatist would benefit from the ownership of such a building brick of coinage information.
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