1949 "Red Book"
A Guide Book of United States Coins
R. S. Yeoman, Whitman Publishing Company: Racine, Wisconsin, 1948.
Third edition, 254 pp. plus ad leaf at rear. In original red cloth with gilt spine and front cover titles. Old Guide Books are now listed as a collectible in current Red Book editions.
Covers with light shelfwear to extremities, some fraying at spine ends. Front cover and spine gilt dulled but completely readable. Inner front hinge starting to split at bottom exposing the webbing and the rear cover has some weakness at the top hinge requiring some minor regluing). Single small reddish streaks (as published?) were observed on two pages otherwise the text and illustrations are bright, mark-free and clean.
Like all Guide Books, this example reports the average of what the entire market is paying for each coin at the time of issue. Denominations covered include half cents (Liberty Cap, Draped Bust, Turban Head, and Braided Hair); large cents (Chain, Wreath, Draped Bust, Turban Head, Coronet, and Braided Hair); small cents (Flying Eagle, Indian, and Lincoln); two cent pieces; silver and nickel three cent pieces; nickel five cent (Shield, Liberty Head, Buffalo, and Jefferson); half dime (Flowing Hair, Draped Bust, and Liberty Seated); dime (Draped Bust, Liberty Seated, Barber, Mercury, and Roosevelt); twenty cent; quarter (Draped Bust, Capped Bust, Liberty Seated, Barber, Standing Liberty, and Washington); half dollar (Flowing Hair, Draped Bust, Capped Bust, Liberty Seated, Barber, Liberty Standing, and Franklin); silver dollar (Flowing Hair, Bust, Gobrecht, Liberty Seated, Morgan, Peace, and Trade); gold dollar (Types 1, 2, and 3); quarter eagle (Capped Bust, Classic Head, Coronet, and Indian); three dollar gold; four dollar "Stella"; half eagle (Capped Bust, Capped Head, Coronet, and Indian); eagle (Capped Bust, Coronet, and Indian); double eagle (Coronet and Saint-Gaudens); colonial; commemorative; etc. (Note: some denomination names, including Flowing Hair, Capped Bust, and Capped Head, were not in use for this edition)
Old "Red Books" are collected for many reasons. In addition to their reference and educational value, they are also a great source of nostalgia for the serious coin collector. The prices reported in this edition are unbelievably low (or high for some issues)! Some examples: good 1793 Wreath large cent, $30; fine 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent, $10; proof 1878 Shield nickel, $27.50; fine 1921-D Standing Liberty half dollar, $3; good 1794 Flowing Hair dollar, $200; very fine 1873-CC dollar, $55 (cheaper than the 1871-CC!); uncirculated 1921 Saint-Gaudens double eagle, $750 (the 1927-D would have only set you back by $550!); and so forth. Would make a great birth year gift!