Coin grading is at best an art and at worst an opinion, but very little is more important in determining value, save for demand and rarity. That’s why people spend years learning to properly grade and evaluate coins. Over time, they develop a familarity with coins and series and get a true feeling for what […]
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While I am generally not fond of published price guides, I admit that they have a place in the collector’s world. They provide a snapshot of the coin market on the day that they were published and when compared year by year, they can give a state of that market at that point in history. […]
When value is measured in any collectible, determining its state of preservation or condition is probably one of the most important factors. Determining the condition of a given piece is what’s more commonly referred to as grading and in order for any stated grade to have significance with the collecting public there must be accepted […]
Seldom do I read a book and not feel better for the experience, but only on rare occasion do I discover a new book that not only makes me want to put it in my own personal library but makes me want to put it in everyone else’s numismatic library as well. “Cash In Your […]
In it’s short 25 year history, the Silver American Eagle has become an American collecting favorite. What once was intended as a way to sell off a portion of the strategic silver stockpile, had become a coin. And although it had what seemed to be a ridiculously low face value of $1 compared to it’s […]
Whitman Publishing is likely one of the more well-known houses of numismatic literature available today. They publish the Annual RedBook – A Guidebook of United States Coinage which is found on more numismatist’s shelves than any other book in the hobby of coin collecting. Covering the stories behind the history, “The History of The […]
Eighth edition published in 2011 with the original published in 1976. It contains almost 700 pages of news, history, and information all pertaining to coins and coin collecting in the United States. This is not your typical novel or even set up like a typical book where you can sit and read the chapters, this […]
There are, in my opinion, 4 books so essential to collectors and experts alike that they provide the cornerstones of coin collecting knowledge. These would be: A Guidebook of United States Coins, the “Red Book”, Photograde, Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins, and The PCGS Guide to Grading and Counterfeit Detection. […]
Learning to grade coins is the basic skill that separates the beginners from everyone else in the hobby of coin collecting. Your skill at grading coins will develop over time and experience as you look at hundreds if not thousands of examples of the series that capture your interest. In fact, I would go as […]
More commonly known as “The Redbook” for it’s distinctive red cover has become the consummate guide for beginning and expert coin collectors alike. The very first edition, dated 1947, was actually released in November of 1946 and this title has since sold millions of copies worldwide. The Redbook is usually thought of as a price […]