by Franceso Pastrone
This book has been the bible on the coins of France since it was first published in 1973. It is literally the French red book and in France, it in fact goes by the name "Le Rouge" (The Red)
The 22nd edition of the Red Gadoury was completely revised and significantly enlarged. It contains 560 pages, more than 100 additional pages compared to the 21st edition issued in 2013, but retails for the same price, around $45.
The 22nd edition contains a complete price guide for all French coinages made between 1789 and 2015, covering areas like Monaco, Corsica and the Saarland as well.
The book’s strengths are its clarity and illustrations, and the fact that many specialists contribute information for their particular areas of expertise to present a catalog that is based on state-of-the-art research.
The 22nd edition was completely revised in regard to the following subjects:
• Coins prior to the introduction of the franc in 1795.
• Newly added: Coinages of Napoleon in Italy, with a great number of hitherto unedited variants.
• French commemorative coins between 1989 and 2001.
• French euro gold and silver commemorative coins struck between 2001 and 2015, including all mintages.
• Coins from Monaco: introduction of a completely new typology of the sol de billon of Antonio I.
The new edition also includes more than 500 additional photos with many close-up details and an entirely new numbering for French commemorative coins after 1989.
All coins of Monaco have an entirely new numbering system as well.
Published by Editions Victor Gadoury, Monaco
Source: Coin World