Handbook of United States Coins 2003: The Official Blue Book

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St. Martin's Press, Aug 1, 2002 - Coins - 222 pages
-- The only book showing current dealer buying prices in up to seven grades of condition
-- Up-to-the-minute buying prices, including coverage of statehood quarters and Sacagawea dollars.
-- Useful mintage records, and grading and collecting tips

First published in 1942, the Blue Book is the annual reference book that coin collectors across the country consult for the average prices that dealers will pay for their coins. The guide lists coin values compiled from data supplied from more than fifty contributors around the country, providing the most reliable information by far. Fully illustrated with detailed actual-size photographs of hundreds of coins, this handbook contains mint records and prices paid by dealers for all U.S. coins from 1616 to the present time, including colonials, regular issues, commemoratives, territorials, gold, proof sets, and mint sets. It also includes basic coin collecting information such as how coins are produced, mints and mint marks, grading of coins, location of hint marks, preserving and cleaning coins, the history of mints, and detailed descriptions of all U.S. copper, nickel, silver and gold coins.

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About the author (2002)

He was the creator of The Red Book and The Blue Book, first published in the 1940's. He was a speaker, exhibit judge, an authority concerning U.S. and world coins, and the inventor of coin folders. He was a lifelong member of the ANA.

Ken Bressett is the author of numerous books and articles on collecting U.S. and world coins. He joined the American Numismatic Association in 1947, and has since received the Zerbe Award, ANA's highest honor for service to the association. He is also a member of the National Numismatic Hall of Fame.

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