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Kevin Leab's Blog

19 Feb 2021

Pioneers in Numismatic Publications

| Kevin Leab

Have you ever grabbed your "Red Book" or "Blue Book" to check information about a coin or series that you wanted to collect? Or maybe you were curious about what your coin was worth? You can thank this man, Richard S Yeoman for that book. Mr Yeoman (1904-1988) was one of the pioneers in our hobby who published price value guides for us collectors to use for years to come.....and has become a collectible in itself. Mr Yeoman started out as a commercial artist and a coin collector like the rest of us.....He started working for Whitman Publishing Co. In 1932 developing coin "boards" for collectors....youngsters and adults alike suddenly took on the challenge of filling every hole in the board....eventually the boards developed into the thin coin folders that we know today... Imagine being a kid in the 1940s and being a coin collector, armed with one of Yeomans coin boards and a roll of wheat cents from the bank, lying on your bedroom floor searching that roll and filling those holes. ...what fun that must have been. Yeoman went on to win the Farran Zerbe Award in 1956, the highest honor given from the ANA.. RS Yeoman then retired in 1970 with Mr Kenneth Bressett taking over as Editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins and the Handbook of United States Coins.. How fortunate we are to have this man so dedicated to our "hobby" and give so much of his life.

Comments

coinfodder

Level 4

We can thank Mr. Yeoman for helping numismatists in identification and pricing. Also, if anyone could provide me a quick bio of Mr. Yeoman. I am a contributor to the site findagrave.com, and his bio and info is woefully empty. This would be very much appreciated!

Kevin Leab

Level 4

If you Google his name you'll find just as much as I did. I can't get the link to work here.

Mr. Yeoman will forever be looked upon as the George Washington of American Numismatics.

Stumpy

Level 5

Excellent blog on a truly amazing man. Later

Kepi

Level 6

Really enjoyed your blog! A true Numismatic pioneer! ; )

Kevin Leab

Level 4

Thanks for the kind words everyone! I knew his name from the very beginning when I started collecting. I bought my first red book in 1980. That certainly made an impact on me.

"SUN"

Level 5

He saw great changes in the hobby.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I really enjoy learning the back history of our hobby, thanks!

Longstrider

Level 6

A true pioneer of numismatics. He deserves every award there is. Thanks for putting a face to his name.

Mike

Level 7

Thanks good blog . It's a great book the Deluxe and the regular book. When we buy it as don't even look at his name. Never mind what he has done. You have put his name and picture to the book.. We never ask who wrote it. We say one red book please. He has allot of help. Look at the pages just inside. Those people contributed to this great book.I enjoyed this.

Long Beard

Level 5

Great job on discussing a name which defines collecting as we know it. From the coin folders to the annually updated books, had he not created them what would coin collecting look like?

Mr. B Coins

Level 4

PS-He could pass for Barry Goldwater. Mr. B

Mr. B Coins

Level 4

Excellent historical blog. It seems like Mr. Yeoman was completely dedicated to our hobby. If you keep writing blogs like this, you'll be earning the accolades he gets. Great job, Stay warm, Mr. B

Mokie

Level 6

Mr. Yeo is on my Mt. Rushmore of Numismatics. He is joined by Chet Krause, David Bowers, and Clifford Mishler.

Golfer

Level 5

Nice tribute. I was wondering about this man. His name still appears on red books, doesn't it? Some of the people involved in numismatics are amazing. I only dream of affecting the hobby a fraction of how they did. Maybe being my coin clubs first librarian will be my humble contribution? A lot of books now and growing. Good luck to the next librarian!!

slybluenote

Level 5

Thanks for sharing this story. I also noticed his name on the first Red Book that I purchased. His name is also on my Mega Red book as well.

CentSearcher

Level 5

I remember seeing that name on older redbooks, but I didn't really know anything about him. Well now I do, thanks for letting me know!

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