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New SCWC 36th Edition 1901-2000 Now Available
June 02, 2008

Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-2000 36th Edition

I have not yet received my desk copy, but the new 36th Edition Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-2000 is now available for purchase through our KP book website. You should also be seeing copies at shows and in stores very soon, if not already, as the distributors are the first to get stocked.

This edition represents a huge effort in price updating, as I had to work on all silver, gold, platinum and palladium issues to bring them up to current market levels. From last years catalog production period to this years, the spot price of gold has risen by about 30%, while silver has climbed about 35%. Platinum went up by over 70% during the year, while palladium rose by over 40%.

When you see a copy of the book, you may notice that I am now listing market level ranges for precious metal spot prices used during book production, which takes many months. This range illustrates how much metals were changing during the 3-5 months it takes us to revise listings for the new edition. This presents a very difficult task, but I think this 36th edition offers a very good set of values, as fellow blogger George Cuhaj and I were able to accomplish some precise metals changes in the final weeks of production to ensure stability at the upper end of our spot ranges.

Another big added feature of the 36th edition is the inclusion of a pdf file DVD of the entire catalog. It's a great way to get the catalog onto your PC screen for quick easy reference, plus you can enlarge images for a closer look at design details. An electronic version of the Standard Catalog of World Coins is something collectors have been waiting a long time for, so if you have a DVD player on your desktop or laptop, pick up the 36th edition and enjoy the enclosed DVD today.

This new edition and it's DVD version should serve the hobby well over the coming year and of course, we have already been working on new updates out on NumisMaster, our live database, which will fold into next years 37th edition SCWC. It's a continual process and we appreciate everyones participation!

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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