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Looking for Book Recommendations

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I've been playing around with doing some paper money collecting and need some books. I've got a couple of catalogs but need something more detailed about grading, proper storage and history.

(Cross posted from the NGC Journals)


Greetings all,


It's been a while since my last post, but I'm still here and slowly adding to my coins. I've also been playing around with the idea of starting a paper money collection. I'm a big believer in education first so I need some recommendations on what books give the best information on the subject.


Two books that I have gotten on the subject, United States Currency (The Official Red Book) and the Standard Catalog of United States Paper Money, are fine catalogs of what's available but.... I need something that provides more detail on grading and other facets of the hobby. Also, it would be nice if I wasn't limiting myself to just US Currency so what about foreign currency?


Any and all suggestions are welcome either by a reply here or PM.


Happy Collecting,



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I will recommend the Whitman Encyclopedia of U.S. Paper Money by Q.David Bowers because of the details you are asking for on grading, the wonderful, narrative text, and the scope and depth of color photos. Lots of history also. Great all around book, but does not address World currency at all.

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