Coin Collecting For Dummies

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Can’t make heads or tails out of coin collecting? You need Coin Collecting For Dummies, 2nd Edition, the treasure trove on information on numismatics. This hands-on guide escorts you through the world’s oldest hobby, helping you decide which type of coins you want to collect, keep your collection in mint condition, buy and sell coins on the Internet, find interesting coin shows to attend, and assemble and diversify a great collection.

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Overview

Can’t make heads or tails out of coin collecting? You need Coin Collecting For Dummies, 2nd Edition, the treasure trove on information on numismatics. This hands-on guide escorts you through the world’s oldest hobby, helping you decide which type of coins you want to collect, keep your collection in mint condition, buy and sell coins on the Internet, find interesting coin shows to attend, and assemble and diversify a great collection.

The purpose of this fun, easy-to-access guide is to turn you into a world-class coin collector in as little time as possible. You’ll learn what coins can teach you about history and geography, develop organizational and observational skills, and learn to use analytical tools, all without event thinking about it. And you’ll learn the basics about ancient coins, U.S. coins, world coins, and the wild-and-wooly stuff that really gets your numismatic juices flowing. Discover how to:

  • Start your collection correctly
  • Evaluate coins using age, condition, rarity, and more
  • Buy interesting coins without breaking the bank
  • Locate rare and expensive coins
  • Get savvy about avoiding fakes
  • Get the whole family involved in your collection
  • Develop a buying strategy
  • Clean and handle coins safely
  • Keep your collection secure at home and on the road
  • Investigate tokens, medals, and miscellaneous coins
  • Create complete collections of copper, nickel, silver, or gold U.S. coins

When it comes to numismatics, Coin Collecting For Dummies, 2nd Edition is right on the money!

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Editorial Reviews

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"...a treasure trove of information on numismatics." (Stamp & Coin Mart, July 2011).

"After reading this guide you will understand the basics about ancient coins, US coins and world coins." (Stamp & Coin Mart, September 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470222751
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/3/2008
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 144,478
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil S. Berman: Neil S. Berman has been an expertnumismatist and professional rare coin dealer since 1968. Comingback to the United States from Israel at the end of 1967, heapprenticed to the world-renowned Dutch numismatist and coinauctioneer Hans M. F. Schulman. He incorporated as Neil S. Berman,Inc., in 1968. In 1974, Neil became an associate of MetropolitanRare Coin Company of New York. For the next several years, herepresented Arthur and Donald Kagin of Des Moines, Iowa, then thelargest coin dealer in the Midwest, as a purchasing agent. Later herepresented Superior Galleries under the Goldbergs, also as apurchasing agent. In 1979, Neil, with his brother Jed, foundedFirst Federal Coin Company, the first East Coast coin company tosell rare coins into IRA, Keogh, and pension plans. From 1983 until1990, he was the purchasing agent for Asset Services, Inc., thelargest coin company serving the financial community. Neil donatedhis large collection of German and Swiss silver minor coins to theAmerican Numismatic Society (ANS) in 1989. In 1997, he received theAmerican Numismatic Association (ANA) Service Award from ANAPresident David Ganz. In 2005 and 2006, he was associated againwith Superior Galleries of Beverly Hills, this time under theownership of numismatist Silvano DiGenova.
Neil catalogued the U.S. gold in the 1977 Kagin’s ANA CoinAuction Sale, the first New York coin auction sale in 1981 of Spinkand Sons, England’s oldest and largest coin dealer, and acoin auction sale by Superior Rare Coin Galleries of Beverly Hillsin 2006.
Neil has been published in Barron’s, Trusts & Estates,The National Law Journal, The Financial Planner, PensionsWorld, and Executive Jeweler. In 1987, he wrote, withHans Schulman, The Investor’s Guide to United StatesCoins, which sold 40,000 copies and received a NumismaticLiterary Guild award for Best Investment Book. In 2007, he wrotethe second edition of the book with Silvano DiGenova. Neil has justcompleted a book on rare coin auctions.

Ron Guth: Ron Guth is a jack-of-all-trades and master ofone — numismatics. Ron is a certified public accountant(CPA), a licensed auctioneer, and a writer, but the bulk of histime is spent on his true love — coin collecting and dealing.Ron’s battle with coin fever began when he was 12 years old,and he’s never gotten over it. After a decade of collecting,Ron went professional in 1976, when he began working for a localcoin shop in Tampa, Florida. In 1978, he partnered with DavidGoldsmith and purchased the Bay Area Coin Exchange in Tampa. Ronand Dave blasted through the silver boom, and then split up in1981, when Ron moved to Evansville, Indiana (his wife’shometown), where he set up shop on First Avenue. In 1984, Ronformed Mid-American Rare Coin Auctions with Jeff Garrett ofLexington, Kentucky. The company quickly established itself as aninnovative leader in the industry and, within the first year,became the fifth largest rare coin auction company in America. In1988, Ron sold his interest in the company, went back to school tofinish his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, andhas since become a numismatic consultant and a major dealer inGerman coins.
In 1984, Ron won the American Numismatic Association’s Wayteand Olga Raymond and Heath Literary awards. He has written manycoin-related articles and is listed as a contributor to severalbooks, including Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of UnitedStates Coins, Krause Publications’s Standard Catalogof German Coins, Roger S. Cohen’s American Half Cents,Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents,and others. Ron has served as a numismatic consultant for manyrare-coin companies, including major firms such as the ProfessionalCoin Grading Services, Heritage Numismatic Auctions, and EarlyAmerican History Auctions.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Making Heads and Tails out of CoinCollecting.

Chapter 1: Welcome to the World of Coin Collecting.

Chapter 2: Understanding Numismatics.

Chapter 3: Arming Yourself with Knowledge.

Chapter 4: Storing Your Collection Correctly.

Part II: Ancient to Present Day: Choosing Coins for YourCollection.

Chapter 5: Showing Their True Age: Ancient Coins.

Chapter 6: Making a Safe Bet with U.S. Coins.

Chapter 7: Globetrotting with World Coins.

Chapter 8: Exploring the Wild Side with Rare, Expensive, andEsoteric Coins.

Part III: Focusing on U.S. Coins.

Chapter 9: Colonial Coins: America’s Ancients.

Chapter 10: Copper and Nickel Coins: Made for the Masses.

Chapter 11: Silver Coins: Keeping Commerce Alive.

Chapter 12: Gold Coins: Concentrated Wealth.

Chapter 13: Commemoratives: Raising Money with Money.

Chapter 14: Advancing to Oddball Coins.

Part IV: Buying Coins the Safe Way.

Chapter 15: Foiling the Fakes.

Chapter 16: Weaving Your Way through Price Guides.

Chapter 17: Wheeling and Dealers.

Chapter 18: Going Once, Going Twice: Buying at Auction.

Chapter 19: Affecting Value through the Condition of YourCoins.

Chapter 20: Grading Coins: Your Best Defense.

Part V: Selling Coins and Minding the Law.

Chapter 21: The Art of the Sale: Selling Your CoinsYourself.

Chapter 22: Selling Your Coins on Consignment or at Auction.

Chapter 23: Coin Investments, Taxes, and the Law.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: The Ten Most Valuable U.S. Coins.

Chapter 25: Ten Favorite U.S. Coin Designs.

Chapter 26: Ten Ways to Get Your Kids Involved in CoinCollecting.

Glossary.

Index.

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    This is in the must have for beginning numismatists, but it is not the "Bible" of the multi-faceted areas of coin and currency collecting. It will acquaint the reader with the basics and should be utilized as a springboard for identifying more specfic areas of interest. It is written in clear and simple language and provides enough information to afford the reader insight into areas of additional reading/research needed or desired.

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