Krause Catalogs (Bless Their Hearts)

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by kanga, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    I've been using the Krause 2011 Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-2000, 38th Edition to find coins for my birth year set.
    I know tackling a job that large (2000+ pages) is subject to errors.
    But I ran into some that were driving me nuts.

    France 10 centimes of 1941.
    The 38th Edition lists 6 varieties.
    I have 4 and was trying to verify which ones I have.
    Three were easy but the fourth was driving me up the wall.
    I wanted to get it ID'ed so I'd know which 2 I was missing.
    Just couldn't get it done.
    BUT
    I have the 2016 Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-2000, 43rd Edition on disc.
    It's a bit of a pain to use but in desperation I decided to take a look.
    BINGO!!!
    The disc only lists 5 varieties.
    I assume that's a correction from the older catalog.
    NOW I know which varieties I have and which 1 I'm missing.

    I'm breathing easier now.

    I'm sure others have found errors in the Krause catalogs.
    And it seems they correct them when they find out their error.
     
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  3. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    One more go-around with the Krause catalog on disc and I've got it figured out.
    There are five 1941 France 10 centimes varieties but it also appears that I only have three of them.
    Nothing like a couple hours work to ID a few $1 coins.
     
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  4. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    Krause is pretty good considering how broad their catalog is, but for any given country a specialized catalog is better.

    I'd be happy to make a list of Hungarian coinage for you for 1941 if you want to double check what you have.
     
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  5. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    The catalog says 6 coins dated 1941.
    Naturally I'm missing the 2 pricey ones:
    -- 1941 2 filler
    -- 1941 2 pengo/wavy base
     
  6. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    Sounds right. The wavy 2 reverse was from a pattern die that was accidentally used. There were not many struck using that die.
     
  7. serafino

    serafino Well-Known Member

    I agree that Krause is good for a general catalog for many different countries. I specialize in 1600's to 1930's Italian coins and Krause is just not detailed enough. I use a catalog printed in Italy call "Gigante", it's in Italian and I can read enough Italian to use it. It's far superior for what I need.
     
  8. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    The Krause catalog is good, but after Krause publications was sold to F & W publications starting with the 32 edition a lot of errors start creeping into the catalog, types being left out even whole countries being forgotten. One year they even put out a dvd afterward that had all the missing countries. Also to make more room they started dropping images and more minor varieties/types. The problem was F&W wasn't that interested in putting money into the catalog. By the time it reached the bankruptcy the staff for producing the 500+ years worth of catalogs and all the hundreds of thousands of listing was down to 8 people.

    I'm interested to see what happens next. In the dispersal of the assets one company bought the rights to publishing the standard catalogs, but a different company bought the database that the catalogs are produced from.
     
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  9. Robidoux Pass

    Robidoux Pass Well-Known Member

    Since the bankruptcy sale, has anyone heard any news about the future of the Krause catalogs? As I collect most of the world, they are very useful to me. Yes, I have many specialized volumes for certain countries or regions, but the comprehensive nature of the K&M volumes makes then an important and convenient resource.
     
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