As a writer and coin enthusiast, I had to stop and think when I saw the latest question posed in Numismatic News. Was your first coin book a Red Book?
Every collector, casual or advanced, should own at least one Red Book. This book has everything. Info, mintage figures, photos, history. There are so many editions, including the massive Mega. I fondly remember the Professional Edition, which I consulted umpteen times.
But my very first coin book was a 1966 Blue Book. I got it at a local store when I became interested in coins. I wanted to learn more about the two silver dollars I got for Christmas, and how long Mercury dimes were minted, and how much a dateless Buffalo nickel was worth.
More books followed. When I discovered foreign coins, there was Current Coins of the World. There was an annual Red Book. I had quite a collection of these at one time, only missing the 1st and 5th editions. And then came the auction catalogs, price lists, and Rare Coin Review.
In total, I have owned enough books and catalogs to stock a store. Wish I had more! Collectors, numismatists, need reference books, and will always need them.