Richard S. Yeoman

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Richard S. Yeoman
BornAugust 15, 1904
DiedNovember 9, 1988(1988-11-09) (aged 84)
Tucson, Arizona,[1] United States
OccupationCommercial artist
Years active1932-1970

Richard Sperry[2] Yeoman (born Richard S. Yeo; August 15, 1904 – November 9, 1988) was an American commercial artist and coin collector who marketed coin display boards for Whitman Publishing. Hired by that company in 1932, he redesigned the boards in 1940 to the fold-out model that is currently sold.


He is best known for compiling two authoritative coin price guides, A Handbook of United States Coins (also known as the "Blue Book", published in 1942) and A Guide Book of United States Coins (or the "Red Book" or The Official Red Book), first published in 1946.[3]

R. S. Yeoman retired in 1970, and was succeeded by his assistant, Kenneth Bressett. Yeoman (with Bressett) is still listed as the author of each edition of the books.

Personal life[edit]

Yeoman was married to Marion Junkerman.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Yeoman received the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Numismatic Association, in 1956.[4]


  1. ^ Boye, Roger (November 27, 1988). "A Tribute To Richard S. Yeoman". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Richard Sperry Yeoman - Biography". EPNNES & Washington University in St. Louis. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  3. ^ Tebben, Gerald (May 23, 2016). "Looking at the 'Red Book' at age 70". Coin World. No. 2928. pp. 30–32. ISSN 0010-0447.
  4. ^ "Farran Zerbe Memorial Award". American Numismatic Association. Retrieved 21 August 2019.

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