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Two Standard Catalogs Down -Now on to German
October 22, 2009



Gold Book & 19th Century Done, Now for the German Coins


It has been one really hectic period the past six months since the last 20th and 21st Century Standard Catalogs of World Coins were completed. Those two books have been out in the market for a while now and we have been busy creating revised and updated editions of two more books - the Standard Catalog of World Gold Coins 6th edition and the Standard Catalog of World Coins 1801-1900 6th edition.


It is interesting to note that in the four years since the 5th edition of the Standard Catalog of World Gold Coins was edited and updated, spot gold prices have advanced from about $410 to around $1050 today. You can do the math, that's about two and a half times higher. Needless to say, I'd recommend purchasing a new edition to harvest the benefits of the long months of time, effort and knowledge invested in this new edition by our contributors and staff.


The same can be said of the new 1801-1900 Standard Catalog of World Coins. Much of the contributor input was added to the database during the spring and summer months, but the final updating to values that I did this fall brought out some very significant increases over a large portion of the country listings. The past edition was completed in 2006, when spot gold was at $650 an ounce and spot silver topped at $12.50 an ounce. Today of course, gold is near $1050 and silver is hovering around $17.50. These spot prices led to higher melt values for the low end grades of hundreds of types, but the most significant changes we made for this new 6th edition came in relation to high collector demand and limited supplies in the higher grades of popular types throughout the country listings. The book won't be out until later this fall, but you can see most of the price changes on our NumisMaster website right now for a moderate subscription fee. Take a look at 

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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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