In 1962, The Black Book of U.S. Coins was first published by House of Collectibles. The "Black Book" was a softcover price guide of U.S. coins and became the closest thing to a competitor for R.S. Yeoman's superior Red Book (Guide Book of U.S. Coins) published by Whitman. The Black Book's compact size meant it could be easily displayed in places like supermarket checkout's, and attracted "casual" and novice collectors, while "hard core" numismatists preferred the Red Book. The other thing the Black Book had going for it was the fact that it sold for about half the price of the Red Book. While the Black Book didn't delve into specifics and the wealth of information like the Red Book, it managed to see the publication of 53 Editions. 2015 was apparently(?) the last printing, and by 2000 it had become simply known as The Blackbook". I remember having a 1970 edition of the Black Book back when I was a young and budding collector, and one of the coolest things in it was a proposed design of the yet-minted Eisenhower Dollar (see photo). In the end, the Black Book could never mount a formative challenge to the Red Book in both sales and knowledge.
Hi everyone. I was looking through my old blogs and noticed I never wrote one on underrated coins. As well as medals and tokens.. We all own some. My question is why don't these coins get the respect they deserve. I own a 1931 S.mint cent. Those who commented said basically the same thing. Let's look at it. One of the lowest minted cents made. Mine is a MS 64 yet the rarity condition and desirability does not reflect in the value. I'm just going to cover a few then I want you to tell me what you think is underrated. There are Mercury dimes, nickels there's one the 1997 Botanical Nickel. Twenty five thousand made. A matte coin in MS 69 underrated . Think about it twenty five thousand made with a special finish. Try and well it for the price they list. You get a no thanks. Kennedy halves very underrated. Even the silver proofs. Now.I have been buying many different coins medals and tokens over twenty five years and I buy some for value some because I just plain like them.