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Buy the Book – Again and Again
November 01, 2013

If I ever want to prove how far numismatics has advanced in the last half century, one way to do would be to set two Red Books side by the side.

The first would be the 1965 edition that I first read cover to cover as a kid.

For the second volume, I would use its descendant, the fifth edition of The Official Red Book A Guide Book of United States Coins, Professional Edition, which arrived on my desk this week.

The first thing that would be noticed is the Professional Edition is 8.5 by 11 inches and spiral bound as compared to the 5.25 by 7.75 inches of the old hard bound edition.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News, Bank Note Reporter and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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