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What to Do with Granddaddy's Coins: A Beginner's Guide to Identifying, Valuing and Selling Old Coins

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Numismatic expert Jeff Ambio introduces the general public to the coin collecting market in this simple and entertaining guide on how to sort through old family coins. By the end of What to do with Granddaddy's Coins, readers will be equipped with the knowledge (and a self-made list of coin values!) to confidently approach the cutthroat coin market.

All the basics of handling granddaddy's coins are covered. Included are chapters on supply lists, how to care for coins, what makes...

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Overview

Numismatic expert Jeff Ambio introduces the general public to the coin collecting market in this simple and entertaining guide on how to sort through old family coins. By the end of What to do with Granddaddy's Coins, readers will be equipped with the knowledge (and a self-made list of coin values!) to confidently approach the cutthroat coin market.

All the basics of handling granddaddy's coins are covered. Included are chapters on supply lists, how to care for coins, what makes a coin valuable on today's market, and the benefits and drawbacks of contacting dealers. Step-by-step directions will prepare readers to identify and approximately value their coins. Reading this guide will equip the non-coin collector with the knowledge to discuss their coins with familiarity and understanding in the numismatic market.

An indispensable tool for anyone who came into a coin collection, this book will prepare readers to approach other experts and make wise choices when handling various coins. Learn how to successfully sell granddaddy's coins without squandering any valuable treasures!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933990248
  • Publisher: Zyrus Press Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 575,272
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Ambio holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. In addition to extensive cataloging and marketing experience, Jeff is a widely read numismatic author. His writings and articles are credited with groundbreaking work in the field and have appeared in numerous publications. Ambio is the author of the books Collecting & Investing Strategies for United States Gold Coins and Collecting & Investing Strategies for Walking Liberty Half Dollars. His fourth and most current book, Collecting & Investing Strategies for Barber Dimes, is the first comprehensive book published on this important series in nearly 10 years.

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Table of Contents

About the Author ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xv

Introduction: Early Retirement or 10 More Years on the Job? xvii

Part 1 Tools of the Trade

Chapter I Recommended Supplies 1

Part 2 Tricks of the Trade

Chapter II Handling Granddaddy's Coins 13

Chapter III Cleaning Granddaddy's Coins 17

Chapter IV Safeguarding Granddaddy's Coins 19

Part 3 Identifying Granddaddy's Coins

Chapter V Taking Stock 27

Chapter VI What are All Those Markings on Granddaddy's Coins, and What Do They Mean? 35

Chapter VII United States Coins that Granddaddy Might Have Saved 39

Chapter VIII Counterfeit and Altered Coins 51

Bringing it All Together

Building Your Coin List 59

Part 4 Valuing Granddaddy's Coins

Chapter IX What Makes a Coin Valuable? 65

Chapter X Consider the Source 71

Chapter XI Coins Worth Face Value 77

Chapter XII Coins with Minimal Value 79

Chapter XIII Coins with Potentially Significant Value 81

Chapter XIV Appraisal and Third-Party Certification 85

Bringing it All Together

Expanding Your Coin List 93

Part 5 Selling Granddaddy's Coins

Chapter XV General Considerations 97

Chapter XVI Selling Coins to a Dealer 99

Chapter XVII Selling Coins through Auction 109

Chapter XVIII When Selling is Not an Option 119

Bringing it All Together

Completing Your Coin List 123

Appendix A Tools of the Trade Checklist 127

Appendix B Useful Websites 129

Appendix C General Grading Guidelines for United States Coins 131

Appendix D Values of Frequently Encountered United States Coins 135

Appendix E United States Paper Money 139

Glossary 151

Bibliography 159

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  • Anonymous

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    His work seems to be neither groundbreaking nor unique--seems to

    His work seems to be neither groundbreaking nor unique--seems to be taken from other people's works. And I question the validity of it being that the author has to take medication for a serious chemical imbalance. Borderline crazy. I would not buy any of his stuff--if it was so great then why are his books not selling now, why did he have to move back in with his parents, and can't even pay his bills? I would not buy anything he writes if it were me.

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