Whitman Publishing

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Whitman Publishing
Parent company Anderson Press
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Atlanta, Georgia
Publication types Books, coin folders, coin albums, postage stamp albums
Imprints H. E. Harris & Co.
Official website www.whitman.com

Whitman Publishing is a book publisher that primarily produces coin and stamp collecting books and materials.[1] The company is owned by Anderson Press.[2]

From the early 1900s to the mid-1970s, Whitman was a popular children's book publisher. For decades it was a subsidiary of Western Publishing. Its genres included westerns, mysteries, science fiction, adventure stories, and various others. Whitman also published authorized editions of popular television shows, such as Hawaii Five-O, The Roy Rogers Show, Lassie, and book adaptations of many Walt Disney films. One of its most popular mystery series, a Nancy Drew-like series intended for girls, was called the Whitman Authorized Editions.


In 1938, Whitman began publishing coin boards, used by coin collectors to store their collections.

In 1942, the company published its first price guide, The Official Blue Book of U.S. Coins, and in 1946 they introduced A Guide Book of United States Coins.

This started an expanding line of books aimed at numismatists which would include hundreds of titles. The line continued as Western was sold to Mattel in 1982, then spun off and renamed Golden Books Family Entertainment. The new company sold off Whitman Coin Products and other non-kids lines to St. Martin's Press. They in turn sold off just the Whitman Coin Products line to the H.E. Harris company, another publisher specializing in coin and postage stamp collecting materials. H.E. Harris was then renamed Whitman Publishing, and continues to produce primarily coin and postage stamp collecting materials.[1]

Today Whitman Publishing is owned by Anderson Press.[2] As of 2017, Whitman was also publishing books on other topics, in addition to the coin and postage stamp collecting materials and books.[3][4]


A coin folder featuring Lincoln cents ranging in date from 1941 to 1974


  1. ^ a b "History". Whitman Publishing. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Entrepreneur seeks new channels as media goes digital". Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  3. ^ "New and Upcoming Releases". Whitman Publishing. May 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  4. ^ Putnam, Norbert (2017). Music Lessons Vol. 1: A Musical Memoir. Whitman Publishing. ISBN 978-1618500908. Retrieved June 2, 2017.

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