The Value Of Old Coin Price Guides And Magazines

coin-value-guides.jpg Have you ever looked at an expensive coin and wondered what it cost 5 years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago, or even 50 years ago?

I have. In fact, every now and then, I enjoy looking at old price guides just to get a sense of the kinds of prices I would have paid if only I bought the same coin several years ago.

In most cases, prices always seem to increase, but there are those coins which have gone down in value, too.

Finding old coin price guides and coin value guides has gotten easier in recent years thanks to auction web sites like eBay.

But yard sales, garage sales, and flea markets also make for great places to locate old coin books, magazines, and publications.

There is a fairly significant market for old coin publications.


Vintage Coin Price Guides

Perhaps one of the most enthusiastic arms of collecting old coin books belongs to the large group of people that collect vintage editions of the famous and well-respected A Guide Book of United States Coins. This beloved, annually updated book is also well-known in numismatic circles as "The Red Book."

In recent years, The Red Book has added to its list of coin prices a guide to the values of earlier editions of A Guide Book of United States Coins.

It may interest you to know that the earliest editions of The Red Book (which was first published in 1947) can be worth hundreds of dollars. Later editions can cost as little as only a couple dollars.

However, don’t let the price of those early editions of A Guide Book of United States Coins keep you from picking up a copy. Many people are unaware of the value of such vintage coin books and often sell them at yard and garage sales for pennies on the dollar.


Vintage Coin Magazines

Coin magazines are a great way to get a feel for the pulse of the coin market during a given time.

Usually published on a monthly basis, most coin magazines not only include coin prices but also articles which often reflect the numismatic buzz of the time.

For that reason, reading old coin magazines can be another great way to get a feel for where the coin market was months, years, or decades earlier.

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

My love for coins and numismatics began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of both the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). I've also been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about coins, weather, travel, health, food, and living green.

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  • Bill Laruffa

    Hi There – Quick Question – I have a Price Guide published by STACKS auction house in 1935.

    Is it worth anything?

    • Anonymous


      Old Stack’s catalogs are very collectible; 1935 was the year of the company’s first auction. While I can’t determine how much your catalog is worth, I highly suggest you seek out well-established coin dealers who may be interested in buying the catalog for their own collection.

      You may also want to consult an old book auction company for insight on a value for your 1935 Stack’s catalog.

  • Jordan Necol

    I have a bunch of Numismatist magazines. the oldest in 1995 and going up to 2004 what are they worth if anything? not all of them are the complete year set but 96 97 99 are all 12 months

  • diana

    i have a 1988 steel penny is it worth anything