I know the 2019 Red Book came out more than 6 months ago and I got it about 6 months ago. One thing I forgot to do? REVIEW IT! I read through the book again last night and gathered information needed for this blog post.
The Red Book 2019 is a very notable book in the community of numismatists and is literally the lifeblood of numismatic valuation. But lodged deep inside the informative context of this "mega-book" were more than a few typos. 1 or 2 of the typos were in fact more major but most were minor. Now, this is not the most compelling of the books bad points. The most compelling was that some of the prices listed HIGHER GRADES being less expensive than the same coin's LOWER GRADES. I was like "What the heck!". This happens a lot in numismatic valuation like last time, I was reviewing a recently acquired collection that my friend bought and we checked NGC prices for a few of the coins. We found the "lower grade more expensive that higher grade" errors and we all wondered how was that possible!! Another bad point for this book is that they do not have some Civil War era tokens that were indeed quite common and also they did not have the VOC Duit from the 1700's and I'm guessing they probably missed a few others. Now, I said that the civil war tokens that they missed were pretty common right? The VOC Duit from the 1700's was also quite common. Wonder how they missed them.
Oh, there are too many pros to say about the "heavenly" book of American numismatics. I'll just list a few.
1. They have specific grading instructions for people that aren't too good at grading for each type of coin (besides colonials, patterns, territorial, private gold).
2. They have a detailed historical chapter in the very front for history loving people like me.
3. They list very accurate prices (besides the error) that I find very fair and I bet many people do too.
I'll give the book 4 stars.