20 Aug 2018

Numismatic Book review-My thoughts on The Red Book

| Big Nub Numismatics

The Red Book, by R.S. Yeoman, is one of the best researched books on the market for rare, and modern coins, but it has its limits. It is like a field guide to a national park, it gives you an overview of the coin market, but if you really want to learn about what you are getting into, a more in-depth books might help. If numismatics is a wildlife park, then it is a great field guide, it is big enough for an informative section at the beginning of each series, but also small enough that you can take it pretty much anywhere. I only use it for quick access to mintages when buying coins I do not know much about, but deeper research into a certain series provides better knowledge, and leads o less mistakes, The Red Book, given that it is published almost a year before it's date, and the research was done months before, it is almost always outdated, many coin dealers have told me to buy them only every three years, and that you will get the best picture then of the coin market, although they prefer the green and grey sheet. A nice, small reference book is all I would describe it as. Many books are better for the intermediate collectors and advanced types, and it does not go into much detail about errors, types, or varieties. When I first got my Mega Red Book, I was surprised to see all of the things left out of the regular Red Book. I agree with The coin student, is that it does not really give a price different between slabbed, and not slabbed, leading to some confusion to new collectors. Everyone should have it, but do not go strictly on this book, expand your knowledge, and your library.

19 Aug 2018

ANA YN Auction Hall Of Fame Moments

Young Numismatists Exchange | The Coin Student

There were moments that I showed in last weeks article that were amazing, but what about giving some of them names? Names like the bid, the yep, the tweet (you read that right) and more are included in this ANA's YN Auction Hall Of Fame article. So enjoy.

19 Aug 2018

There are Counterfeits and Then There are Counterfeits

Coins | Ancient Collector

Since we are talking about counterfeits we really need to differentiate between the different types of counterfeits. The ones of most concern to the average collector are fakes made to fool collectors into paying current prices for collectable coins. The "restrike" of the EID MAR denarius of Brutus is an example thatI have in my collection (purchased as a restrike). Also read the monthly column in The Numismatist for an ever growing list of examples.

18 Aug 2018

My Most Recent Finds... Change, Coin Roll Hunting, and Coinstars!

Coins | Jonas's Coins

Today I have put together blog full of some of my recent finds. These are from change, Coin roll hunting, and from Coinstars. So here are all of the goodies I have found:

18 Aug 2018

Detecting Counterfeits

Coins | Ancient Collector

The best way to detect counterfeits is to handle as many coins, both good and bad, in your field of interest. The first test is What is your first impression - Is it real of phony?

18 Aug 2018

So You Want To Take Pictures ! Even Macro

Coins | Mike 271

Hi everyone. We all like blogs and we love to post our pictures. Sometimes that can be a problem. I have an excellent Nikon with great lenses. All but a macro lense Now my laptop is not compatible with the camera. I was not going to spend hundreds for one that I wasn't going to use. Problem. I like detail in my pictures. Good detail the kind you can't see vams with or errors with the naked eye just a loop. Can't take one through a loop. I had to beat this and get the quality and pictures with the detail I wanted you to see.

17 Aug 2018

My Thoughts On The Guide Book Of US Paper Money (basically a review)

Paper Money-U.S. | Jonas's Coins

Today I will be sharing my opinions and reviewing The official guide book of United States Paper Money. The book is written by Arthur L. And Ira S. Friedberg.

17 Aug 2018

David Hall and The Mercenary's Guide to the Rare Coin Market (1987)

| Well worn Copper

Back in 1987, when PCGS had just gotten off the ground, founder and coin dealer David Hall published A Mercenary's Guide to the Rare Coin Market. Irecently purchased a well read copy for under $5. I enjoy reading books offering timely market speculation, even 30-some years after the fact. Mr. Hall did his homework here, and it shows. He goes into numerous type coins, such as Morgan dollars, year by year, including mint marks, and picks what he believes will be future winners. Hall also goes into stuff like PDS sets, and why some are winners while others are losers. At 417 pages there is a lot to cover. What makes this book interesting is his opinion on owning gold, as he believed the U.S. government can easily repeat the events of 1933 again and confiscate gold ownership - and probably some day will! Hall also goes into the history of establishing PCGS and the problems of grading before then. Finally, it should be pointed out this book was written with the investor in mind, and some of what he advises might rub collectors the wrong way. Stuff such as getting rid of tokens and medals (they don't sell well) as well as error coins (too small a collector market) seem surprising coming from someone who will gladly slab them for you today. Still, a lot of what Hall wrote in 1987 is good advice even today. I especially like his recommendations on buying certain commemoratives. Theories such as "The Horizontal Theory of Coin Demand" and "The Case Against Ultra-Rarities" are suggested reading. It's a nice book to read while watching your old VHS copy of "Back to the Future"......


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