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Strike it Rich with Pocket Change
     

Strike it Rich with Pocket Change

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by Ken Potter, Brian Allen
 

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Can You Spot The Errors?

This coin looks a bit mangled, as if a car ran over it. It's really a copper cent struck on a silver dime. And no, that doesn't make it worth a nickel.

The excess of metal at the top of the Lincoln cent is called a cud. It is caused when a piece breaks from the die face and leaving a hole into which the metal flows as the coin is

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Can You Spot The Errors?

This coin looks a bit mangled, as if a car ran over it. It's really a copper cent struck on a silver dime. And no, that doesn't make it worth a nickel.

The excess of metal at the top of the Lincoln cent is called a cud. It is caused when a piece breaks from the die face and leaving a hole into which the metal flows as the coin is struck.

Spot the doubled die on an otherwise common dollar coin. Not all of them can be easily seen with the naked eye. In this case it is at the intersection of the Statue of Liberty's arm and the spike from her crown. An enlarged photograph inside will reveal it.

It takes a keen eye to spot them, but errors on coins produced by the U.S. Mint occur every year, and they can be worth money to coin collectors. Strike It Rich with Pocket Change is THE book that shows clear, concise photos of those errors and tells what those coins are worth in today's market.

Don't miss out.

That cent in your pocket could be worth dollars.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440215780
Publisher:
Krause Publications
Publication date:
03/21/2011
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


Dr. Brian Allen and Ken Potter are leading experts in the field, with an absolute passion for uncovering the next scarce variety that eludes the U.S. Mint's quality control procedures. Ken Potter has been a dealer in U.S. coins, specializing in errors and varieties for many years, with a sterling reputation for accuracy and a keen eye. Brian has been collecting since childhood.

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Strike it Rich with Pocket Change 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Angela_Nic More than 1 year ago
I just had the chance to review "Strike it Rich with Pocket Change" by Ken Potter and Dr. Brian Allen and found it very interesting. This is the updated 3rd edition. If you are interested in the topic of collecting coins and taking a bit of time to try your hand at studying the coins that pass through your change purse to see if you come across any that could be worth a bit more, this may catch your attention as well! For me as a beginner, I thought it was great and I'm never going to look at pocket change the same again! For those who know a bit more about the subject since I'm just learning about the subject, I know there are other books out there on the same topic. But this is a great one to get you started. It was a pretty easy read, and most of the book consists of the pages that go through some of the different coins that have been discovered to have some sort of printing error or imperfections which can make them worth much more than meets the eye.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for coin collectors young and old.
JanSD More than 1 year ago
Searching your pocket change can be like looking for hidden treasure. Ken Potter and Dr. Brian Allen show you exactly what to look for in Strike It Rich with Pocket Change, 3rd edition. Tens of thousands of dies are used in the production of US coins each year. An occasional imperfect die can create coins worth great value because of their rarity. Hundreds of photos throughout this book take the mystery out of coin collecting, one of the oldest hobbies known to man. This book is organized into categories which make it easy to find the coin you're curious about. For a fun family activity, let your kids help sort and check the coins. I don't expect to get 'rich' with this book, but it is fun. Grab your magnifying glass and give it a try! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Gingmf1980 More than 1 year ago
Found this book to be very resourceful will be using it for years as a reference. I'd recommend it for any amateur collectors. I'll be buying the hardcopy for my husband.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was more of a guide with details photos and descriptions on how to find errors in the coins in our pocket change. You'll never look at change again the same way.
Gabrielle321 More than 1 year ago
Okay I love the idea of finding hidden treasure as much as the next person but the idea of sitting for hours with a magnifying glass looking at pennies for valuable bumps always seemed a tad unrealistic. When I read "Strike it Rich with Pocket Change" by Ken Potter and Dr. Brian Allen, I was shocked that mis-stamped coins could be so valuable. Who is paying $1000s of dollars for these pennies? My son Ryder was extremely excited when this book arrived at our door and I can totally see him having the fortitude to sit in that chair, magnifying glass in one hand and this book in the other until a great discovery is made. "Strike it Rich with Pocket Change" would make a great tool for anyone of that mindset. It is clearly laid out and well organized. It gives tips for not falling for fakes and how to sell your coins should you discover a treasure. Admittedly, I can already tell you that I will be taking a second look at any American coins I happen to come in contact with. The one downside of this book was that it didn't talk at all about Canadian coins. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in what does and doesn't make a coin worth more than face value. I was given this book free in return for an honest - not necessarily positive - review.
crichmanfreebies More than 1 year ago
Strike It Rich With Pocket Change is a book written by Ken Potter & Dr. Brian Allen. This book is all about making money with coins that have errors on them straight from the mint (not damage that occurs daily from circulation).I am not an avid coin collector, but my grandmother was and I have a lot of her coins. It was interested for me to read this book and become a little more educated on the coins that my grandmother left for me. If you are a coin collector I strongly suggest this book. There are a number of examples in this book, along with several pictures to demonstrate the description which I found extremely helpful. It is a well written book with plenty of informative information. It's amazing to me how much coins can be worth when you think they are only worth the value of the coin itself, and in some cases it's not true. Once you read this book, you will want to check all your coins. If you are interested in coin collecting I suggest you read this book
LilyDee More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Strike it Rich with Pocket Change by Ken Potter and Brian Allen. The title is a bit misleading. It makes you get dollar signs in your eyes and think this is your easy get rich scheme. It's not just that easy. Though if you purchase this book it is a little easier than doing it on your own. The book explains the different mistakes that happen in the making of coins. You need to be informed before you start. This book however then goes into the coins with a leap. Surprised me how fast it switched gears. The authors went on to tell exactly what dates to look out for, what mistake (double dies, clashes, thickness...) to look for and shows examples to each. The pictures are as clear and helpful as anyone could hope for. Don't forget sale value. For most coins mentions he shows an estimated value and examples of what it has been sold for in different markets. Along with these he also provide sites to find coin dealers, sites to sell coins and a list of other books that would be helpful. It really is a thoroughly constructed book. I would suggest this for anyone interest in collecting or selling mistake ridden coins.
HannahJane More than 1 year ago
Overall: My siblings were quite fascinated with this book, and several of them pulled out magnifying glasses to try and see if they could find anything of value in our coins. After only a little while, they realized that 1) they could not even see many defects without higher magnification. 2) The time and effort that would need to be used to find a coin of "value" was not worth it. So basically, this is an interesting book for those who are already interested in collecting coins, or perhaps for those who have just always wondered, but not very practical for most of us. Best points: I enjoyed looking at the clear photos. The book also features an easy to understand guide of what to look for, and value estimates are also included. Warnings: Don't expect to get rich from reading this book. Although some coins did indeed receive an estimated value of over $1,000.00, most were well under $10.00. Other observations: Despite the shortcomings listed above, I did have fun reading this book, which is one of the reasons it would make a good coffee table book. Also, just so that you know, this book is mainly text-enhanced photos of various defects. My Rating: 6 out of 10 stars. ?????????? I received this book for free from the publishers in exchange for this review, which was not required to be either positive or negative.
SteveCapell More than 1 year ago
Not many things have more value because of an error in production; however, with coins that is the case - coins with production errors are worth more than mint value. "Have you ever knowingly spent $100 on a candy bar, or $50 on a soft drink? As ludicrous as the concept sounds, there is no doubt that you have unintentionally done this numerous times without even knowing it," according to the authors of this book. My thoughts: I grew up collecting coins so I found this book fascinating and easy to follow. The authors gave pictures that detailed the errors and also descriptions for each error. I found the photographs are so detailed that it would be easy to spot the errors on the various money denominations. My only complaint is that I found descriptions that detail colors; however, all the pictures are black and white. Overall this book would be a good book to use as a reference for anyone wishing to collect coins. I am giving this book a 3.5 rating. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Strike it Rich With Pocket Change: Error Coins Bring Big Money byKen Potter & Dr. Brian Allen, published by KP publishers, is a unique coin guide for the beginning collector. Educational and interesting to read, this book contains black and white photographs on each page. Written in simple to understand language, with relevant photos, this book will appeal to coin collectors and non collectors alike. Unknown to most laymen, and perhaps collectors as well, collecting error coins are a subset of the coin collecting hobby. Furthermore, a distinction is made between damadged coins and error coins. Not only does this guidebook educate the reader about these distinctions and the types of errors to be found, photographs of the errors are included in the text. What makes this book a truly great resource for the novice collector or coin student is the fact that it basically includes photos of every modern American coin minted in the U.S. Sufficient back ground information on coin collecting is included in this book. For example, collecting quaterers and commemorative dollars are a common hobby for many. In this book all the 50 States Quarters are photgraphed in a handy check list type format as well as nickels, Presidential $1 coinage, Sacagawea Dollars and America the Beautiful dollars too! Furthermore, at the end of this book is a glossary of coin collecting terms and some articles debunking common coin myths such as the popular misconception that Bicentennial coins ar e valuable. Additional resources are included to direct the collector to additional sources of information on the web or via mail. Membership applications for various coin collecting groups are included in the book as well. This all inclusive book is the perfect start to jump start any new collector's coin hobby. So, if even after reading this book and looking through change doesn't yield financial resouces, at the very least, any reader who has completed this book, will have gained an education in Coin Collecting 101, a trained eye and a new appreciation for pocket change. As a blogger for booksneeze I recieved this book from Thomas Nelson publishers for the purpuse of writing this review.
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elise067 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading "Strike it Rich with Pocket Change" by Ken Potter and Dr. Brian Allen. It brought back many childhood memories; times when coin and stamp collection was one of our favorite pass times as children. And now reading about this angle of coin collecting, things take on a whole new light! I was happy to see my kids get into it as well and my daughter wants to start applying some of her newly learned skills in seeing if she can spot and find some of these treasures. I'm no expert on the subject, but I know that I really enjoyed the book, the way it was present easily, simply and gives the tools needed for a beginner like me to feel they can do it too. With the photos, the comments and details I look forward to trying it out for myself just as soon as I find a good magnifying glass, collecting pocket change as well as rolls of change from the bank all to see what I can find!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, I can't believe I am about to admit this, but I spent three hours looking at all the change in my crayon bank. This book is so neat. It helps a non- coin collector learn the tricks and trades of coin-collecting. This book helps train the unfamiliar eye in collectable coins that can be worth thousands of dollars. At first I was hesitant to write this review, but after spending three hours checking to see if my coins were worth money, I began to enjoy the journey of this book. This book is a great guide for the beginner coin collector. The title " Strike it Rich with Pocket Change" is not a get quick rich scheme. It is more of a guide, but is very simple for the begininer to understand. I give this book a 4/5 stars. I received this book complementary of booksneeze. They did not pay me for this review and this is my own opinion of the book.
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Henry_Berry More than 1 year ago
Not all coins with irregularities have the high auction or sales values into the tens of thousands of dollars you hear about from newspapers, TV spots, or trade media. Some errors from minting coins are worth only a few dollars up to twenty or so. This is nonetheless obviously a large multiple of the face value of the coins, enough to make this field of interest to many. Allen and Potter's book can be used in two ways. With its many magnified photographs of errors in specific coins, it can be used as a reference for identifying and confirming errors; and in relation to this, a pricing guide for such an errors. Many errors, however, are minute or can to the untrained eye appear a natural part of the striking of an individual coin. Beginners or less experienced persons might not pick up such errors. For these, the many different types of errors covered with descriptions and close-ups serve as a survey of errors. By reviewing these, one learns about kinds of errors which can have value to collectors. Since coins are being designed and struck all the time and there are countless numbers continually being circulated, not all errors can possibly be recorded or known about. There's always the possibility anyone, even an amateur, can discover an error in examining coins. Strike It Rich orients one to be able to spot many known errors and to possibility find an unknown one. Starting with the 5-page section "Coin Terms and Definitions" and then moving on to the descriptions of particular recognized errors is a reliable, efficient way to get the basic orientation.