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New Books for the New Year
By World Coin News
January 14, 2014

This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
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It is the one bit of advice given by veteran numismatists: Buy the book before you buy the coin.

To help with that endeavor, we preview numismatic books offered by Krause Publications in the first half of the year.

They include world and U.S. coin and paper money books that have become the backbone of the collecting hobby, as well as a new book that focuses on the Coin of the Year program sponsored by World Coin News and Krause Publications.

The new year kicked off with a new edition of the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money Specialized Issues, 12th Edition.

The book has been three years in the making. The latest numismatic book release from KP features world bank notes of a specialized nature – notes issued by states, municipalities and private companies in addition to nationally issued Foreign Exchange Certificates and military-use currency.

Edited by George S. Cuhaj, the 1,296 book contains 12,000 detailed illustrations and more than 27,500 note varieties listed and priced in up to three grades of condition.

The Standard Catalog of World Paper Money Specialized Issues is available as a book or CD from Retail price is $90 for the book and $59.99 for the CD.

The new year brings a spring lineup that opens with the 2015 Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Modern Issues, 20th Edition. A network of more than 80 international paper money collectors and dealers work with editor Cuhaj to ensure that the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Modern Issues, is the most comprehensive resource available for proper identification, description and valuation of modern world bank notes. All circulating paper bank notes worldwide are included in this one-of-a-kind catalog.

The 20th edition is available April 11 at and bookstores nationwide. The retail price for the 1,160-page book is $70.

The 2015 U.S. Coin Digest, 13th Edition, The Complete Guide to Current Market Values debuts May 1. David C. Harper is editor and Harry Miller is market analyst.

U.S. Coin Digest features nearly 2,000 high-quality images for easy coin identification. The hardcover, concealed wire-o binding allows the book to open and lay flat on a table, creating the perfect hands-free tool for researching and pricing.

There is simply no better guide to U.S. coins on the market. Ideal for the beginning or seasoned collector, this fully illustrated, comprehensive color guide in a hardcover, lay-flat, easy-to-use format covers all U.S. coin issues.

2015 U.S. Coin Digest is a complete reference that includes all circulating and non-circulating coins, from early American token coinage to modern commemorative issues of the 21st century. It is an ideal product for readers looking for a handy, portable price guide. The 320-page color book retails for $17.99.

Coins of superior craftsmanship and design are celebrated in Coin of the Year – Celebrating Three Decades of the Best in Coin Design and Craftsmanship by Donald Scarinci.

Standard Catalog of World Coins 5 CD Set
Standard Catalog of World Coins 5 CD Set

World coin prices covering five centuries of coins are now at your fingertips in this complete five-CD set.
Get yours today!

This full-color, hardcover 128-page book showcases the very best in modern commemorative coinage, perfect for any collector or coin historian. It features a photographic study of coin design and technology spanning the past 30 years. The book, set for a May 15 release, retails for $40.

Sponsored by Krause Publications and determined by an expert panel of international judges, the honor of Coin of the Year is symbolic of great accomplishment and recognition of numismatic creation. Readers will enjoy seeing the obverse and reverse image of every COTY winner.

It also features the stats, designer and the story surrounding each overall winner. Perfect for the collector as well as the coffee table, this unique reference is entertaining and informative, and is a must-have addition to every numismatic library.

Scarinci serves on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Commission, which considers and approves all designs for American coinage. He is recognized internationally as an authority on medallic art and has written and spoken extensively on the subject. Scarinci is the managing partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck.

Krause Publications numismatic books and CDs are available at

More Coin Collecting Resources:

• Strike it rich with this U.S. coins value pack.

• Get the 2012 Coin of the Year – limited quantities remain!

• Build an impressive collection with Coin Collecting 101.

• IT’S HERE! Order the 2014 North American Coins & Prices.


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