Book, Guide to Coin Collecting

Book, Guide to Coin Collecting

by Kenneth Bressett


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780794845216
Publisher: Whitman Publishing
Publication date: 05/21/2017
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 233,074
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Rodney Gillis vii

Author's Preface ix

Publisher's Preface xi

Chapter 1 Coin Collecting as a Hobby 1

Reasons to collect and have a hobby

Why people collect coins

Pride of ownership

Popularity and growth of coin collecting

A look at coins as historical documents

Chapter 2 Coins are Where You Find Them 21

Check your pocket change

Why we use coins

Different kinds of coins

Other forms of money

How coins are made

What to look for in a coin

Mints and mintmarks

Chapter 3 Learning about Your Coins 41

Varieties, types, and differences that affect value

Coin clubs, trade shows, exhibits, dealers

Books on the subject

ANA services, Museums

Chapter 4 How to Get Started 61

The best places to look for coins

What to buy

Necessary tools and equipment


Chapter 5 Caring for Your Collection 79

Albums and holders

Storage problems

What you must know about cleaning your coins

Insurance considerations

Paper products

Chapter 6 Grading Techniques and Standards 99

How to grade coins

What to look for in investment grade coins

Use of grading guides and books

Grading services

Chapter 7 Coin Prices and Values 121

How to buy for best value

Pricing charts

Investing in rare coins

When it's time to sell

Chapter 8 Catalog of Significant Coin Values 145

Prices for select coins most wanted by beginners

Why some coins are a better value than others

Chapter 9 Commemorative, Bullion, and Special Coins 215

Why commemorative coins are so popular

What is in the future for special coin issues

Where and how to purchase bullion coins

Collecting Mint and Proof sets

Chapter 10 Oddities, Counterfeits, and Other Coins 235

How to spot a counterfeit coin

Authentication services

Errors coins


Gaming chips

Coins from around the world

Appendix: Gallery of Actual Coin Sizes 253

Glossary of Coin Terms 259

Bibliography 267

About the Author 270

Credits and Acknowledgments 270

Index 272

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