Standard Catalog of World Coins


Standard Catalog of World Coins

The Standard Catalog of World Coins is a series of numismatic catalogs commonly known as the Krause catalogs in the numismatic hobby.

These massive by-century volumes list by date virtually every coin type, most photographed, with mintage and other information, plus market valuations in 4 to 5 grades. Listings are by denomination rather than series, as in earlier World coin catalogs. The proprietary KM (or K) numbers are widely used; for some countries specialized or earlier systems such as Y (Yeoman) and C (Craig) are given instead.

The century format is inconvenient and expensive for many who collect geographically, and date listings are clipped at the century mark. Originally covering 1800-date, the main catalog (first edition 1972) evolved into an annual 20th century-only work, plus separate 17th, 18th, and 19th century volumes which are revised less frequently. Beginning with the 34th (2007) ed, listings after 2000 are dropped, and a 21st Century catalog covers 2001-date.

Data from the by-century volumes are collated together in special editions for Crowns, Gold, German, and North American coins. Fantasies and medallic issues, which do not appear in the other catalogs, are covered in "Unusual World Coins". Starting with 2002 editions, the catalog numbers and other specifications previously shown in bold or larger text were buried in small type to create space for inclusion of additional information such as main design elements and designer names. Since then, readability has gradually improved, but pre-2002 editions are still clearer in some ways. Notable editions: 12th (1986) &19th (1992) are two-volume hardcovers covering 1700-date; 13th (1987) is the last edition to include cross-references to Yeoman and Craig; 23rd (1996) is the last main edition covering 1800-date; 33rd (2006) is the last 20th century edition including 21st century listings. List priced at $55 to $70 they are often discounted, and can be found iin many public libraries. Older editions are steeply discounted even though revisions between editions in many areas are minimal. Pirated DVD versions are sold on eBay, and an official DVD version of the 19th, 20th, and 21st C. eds. was introduced August 2007.

A distant second in terms of collector use is Whitman Publishing's "A Catalog of Modern World Coins 1850-1964" by Richard S. Yeoman, now in its 14th (2008) edition, and source of the "Y" numbers. The companion "Coins of the World 1758 - 1850" by William D. Craig was last printed in a 3rd edition in 1976. Early editions attribute authorship to Chester L. Krause (krou as in plow -zee), the publisher, and Clifford Mishler, although Colin R. Bruce II was the actual chief compiler and is given as editor or senior editor on later editions. Contributions from many collector experts and dealers are collated by the KP staff to create revised listings and valuations for new editions. Valuations may or may not reflect the market accurately, and collectors should use the Krause values as a starting point for their own market research.

ee also

* Standard Catalog of World Paper Money
* A Guide Book of United States Coins


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Standard Catalog of World Paper Money — The Standard Catalog of World Paper Money is a very well known catalogue of banknotes that is published by Krause Publications in three volumes. These catalogues are commonly known in the numismatic trade as the Pick catalogues, as the numbering… …   Wikipedia

  • Coins of the Australian dollar — were introduced on 14 February 1966, although they did not at that time include a one dollar coin. The dollar was equivalent in value to 10 shillings in the former currency (half of a pound). Contents 1 Regular coinage 2 Commemorative coins 3… …   Wikipedia

  • Coins of the Hawaiian dollar — In 1847, the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, under the reign of King Kamehaheha III, issued its first official coinage a large one cent copper penny to alleviate the chronic shortage of small denomination coins circulating in the Hawaiian Islands. The next… …   Wikipedia

  • Coins of Lundy — The harbour and jetty at Lundy The coins of Lundy are two unofficial issues of currency from the island of Lundy, in the Bristol Channel off the west coast of England. In 1969 Jack Haywood, a British millionaire, purchased the island for £150,000 …   Wikipedia

  • Coins of the Australian pound — Federation in 1901 gave the Commonwealth a constitutional power to issue coins and removed this power from the States. However, British coins continued in use until 1910, when Australian silver coins were introduced. These included florins,… …   Wikipedia

  • Coins of the East African shilling — The following coins were issued for the East African shilling. Contents 1 Issued during the reign of George V 2 Issued during the reign of Edward VIII 3 Issued during the reign of George VI …   Wikipedia

  • Coins of the Rupiah — Indonesian rupiah coinage was first issued in 1951 and 1952, a year or so later than the first Indonesian rupiah banknotes printed following the peace treaty with The Netherlands, agreed in November 1949. Although revolutionary currency had been… …   Wikipedia

  • Coins of the Venezuelan venezolano — The Coins of the Venezuelan venezolano circulated between 1874 and 1897. On June 11, 1873, the government ordered subsidiary silver coins of 5, 10, 20, and 50 centésimos de venezolano from Paris. An order for gold coins was placed on September 16 …   Wikipedia

  • Coins of Australia — Australian coins refers to the coins which are or were in use as Australian currency. During the early days of the colonies that formed Australia, foreign currency was used, but in 1910, a decade after federation, Australian coins were introduced …   Wikipedia

  • Coins of Madagascar — See Malagasy ariary Contents 1 Malagasy Republic 2 Democratic Republic 3 Republic of Madagascar 4 Mintmarks …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.