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The Official Blue Book Handbook of United States Coins 2010 (Handbook of United States Coins (Paper)) Paperback – May 20, 2009
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To its credit, the book does start with G4 and not AU like the Greysheet. That is helpful for lower grades. It also gives grading descriptions for each coin. And, it gives the mintage.
I use it mostly to take advantage of the very low prices in making my own online bids. If you go by the Blue Book, you'll never pay too much.
- Susanna K. Hutcheson
In addition, the Red is sold with a very nice wired binding for easy page turning. The Red lays flat on your table. The Red has color photographs (Blue is B/W). Don't buy both books. Pick one and you are forever set.
Pricing in the both guides are inaccurate. I watch PCGS and NGC graded coins on eBay. The grade of the coin is without question. I compare the selling price to the book and it is sometimes close, but often well off. Half of the graded coins sold on eBay are more then 40 percent off the Red Book price. So, what is the point of an up to date price guide, if it isn't up to date?
Both PCGS and NGC give free value guides about their graded coins. Just go to their site and type in their serial number stamped on the slabbed coin case, you'll get a price guide. I have found this guide to be more accurate then the book.
The important value of the book is the information and photographs of the coins. The Red Book color photographs are excellent. Great info too. But you only need one of these books because the info is duplicated between the two editions.
I wish the Blue Book would have explained why some coins wholesale for slightly more, or slightly less, than purely 50 percent of retail. Are some classes of coin appreciating faster then others? The book gives no answers.
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Helped me get good prices for commemoratibe silver coins