Coins - Coin Publications For The Beginner

There are hundreds of websites now in existence devoted to coin collecting and trading. But there are still several hardcopy publications that the novice collector will find extremely useful. And, even if you choose to buy or subscribe to the web versions, you'll find them indispensable as you build your collection.

The Red Book

Though the full title is 'A Guide Book of United States Coins' by R.S. Yeoman, this publication is commonly referred to as 'the red book' owing to the color of the cover. Prices range from a few dollars to about $12 for the 59th edition. Published yearly, it provides an excellent overview of basic grading factors, approximate value, descriptions and history of U.S. Coins.

ANA

The 'Official A.N.A. Grading Standards for United States Coins', published by the American Numismatic Association is a must-have for serious collectors. It is a standard among professionals for grading coins, an important factor in determining prices. Readers will pick up lots of helpful hints about grading their own collection. The ANA also offers memberships.

See http://www.money.org for details.

COIN and COINage Magazines

The standards among numismatists, these two publications are packed with useful articles on collecting, care and lots more. For over 40 years these magazines have been used by amateur and professional alike to find out everything you want to know about coin collecting.

See http://www.coinagemag.com for details.

Newspapers

Coin World and Numismatic News are two weekly publications that are filled with the latest information about the coin collecting world. Current prices, history-making deals, up-to-date info about dealers, professional grading services and lots more are provided for only a couple of dollars.

You'll also get good sources for purchasing supplies. If you're looking for Whitman folders, clear plastic tubes, white cardboard holders with Mylar windows or anything else, you'll find lots of ads.

See http://www.coinworld.com for details.

See http://www.numismaticnews.net for details.

Clubs

Thanks to the Internet there are even more coin clubs than ever. Real coin clubs have been popular for decades, but were often limited to local towns. With social networks, hobbyists and professionals can now connect in a few mouse clicks.

But Internet clubs do have one potential drawback. With a local club, members quickly come to know one another personally. As with other Internet venues, an initial caution is required before you undertake any kind of exchange. Regrettably, some con artists do take advantage of people this way. But, once you get to know the person at the other end of the wire, it's just like any other online meeting place.

Welcome to the 'Hobby of Kings'!





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