So I am a bit late in getting this book. Since this book came out in April of this year I just been waiting for either a price drop or an extra $20 to justify the purchase. I did not expect a major improvement from any other red book but as a collector I could not skip a year, it's a bad habit I am breaking with the 2011 World Coins Book.
A Guide Book of United States Coins 2011: The Official Redbook the 64th edition is spiral bound is what I bought. While hunting online I saw they have leather bound editions that are $70, journal editions with tabs I assume for recording your own notes, and a professional edition with expanded prices and varieties. Unfortunately I want to see these in person but no local stores have these. Once I saw the Professional edition but I saw no real difference with the regular edition.
- 434 pages of less-pastel goodness each section is color coded but they changed it from the last year to a darker motif
- Changed the term "whizzed" to "buffed", this one made me laugh
- Many early coins lost values
- Draped bust images was moved or resized
- Most post-1800 coins have gained value
- Better 2009 Lincoln cents images were added
- Added the 2010 to date Cent
- Added 1824 & 1827 Flat and Pointed Top 1 images for dimes
- Changed 2009 quarters images
- Added a list for the Parks quarters and changed the end date from 2020 to 2021
- Added 1887/6 image for silver dollars
- Sacagawea dollars end in 2008 and a new Native American dollars section was added
- Updated the latest presidential dollars
- More realistic and updated commemorative images
- Better Misstruck and Error chart with the change of number to word references
- Complete elimination of the Significant U.S. Mint Error section
- Free gift final page is back
- Still no explanation of the edge lettering position for dollars although the pictures has them head-side up.
Rare coins went up, most pre-1800 coins went down, and most newer coins gained in value. Format has not changed and they use there limited space wisely.
If you have any of the Red Books from the last few years no need to upgrade just adjust for metal prices.
If you do not own one wait until the 2012 because rumor is it will be out by February.
Do you have a U.S. coin and want to know its book value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.El