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29 Aug 2022

eBay ….. A warning to new collectors

Collecting Tips | TCHTrove

I've noticed that a number of members have made reference to buying coins on eBay. This can be a good thing, and you CAN get some good deals there. I personally have bought & sold there for over 10 years. Hopefully, they know what they're doing, BUT for those who are new and/or inexperienced, and trying to buy raw coins, WATCH OUT!!

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27 Aug 2022

Researching Blogs

Collecting Tips | thatcoinguy

At one point or another, every one of us has written a blog. But some people's blogs are great, and some need improvement. It's not a bad thing if your blogs aren't perfect (I know mine aren't), but that just means they need to be improved. In this blog, I am going to teach you how to effectively and efficiently research for your next blog post.

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13 Jul 2022

Large Cents: Building A 19th And 20th Century Type Set

Collecting Tips | thatcoinguy

Alright, we're back again with building your type set. For those who haven't read part one (if you didn't click on the #buildingatypeset to read from the beginning of the series), I have set a budget of $200 for the 20th century coins, and $300 for the 19th century coins. Here's part two, on large cents!

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07 Jul 2022

Best All-Around Scale?

Collecting Tips | user_12827

As I continue re-inserting myself into numismatics, I have determined that a digital scale is an essential tool. I never had one when previously collecting in the 60s-80s, but it seems that the dramatic rise in counterfeit collectible coins as-well-as weight distinctions within variants of the same coin make this a necessary addition.I decided that the following are probably necessary features, at least for me:> Compact so that I can readily take it with me> Able to accurately measure to at least tenths of grams, but preferably hundredths.> Durable or at least not cheaply built> Able to use both ac and dc power supply> Able to accurately weigh the entire range of all US coin denominations issued.> affordableI have completed a search online looking to find a scale that satisfies most of these criteria. There are a number of scientific lab scales that provide most of these standards except they are generally not affordable and don’t readily comply with portability.The one scale that seems to come closest is the Weigh Gram pocket scale. It appears to check all the boxes except for dual power supply (only AAA batteries). Does anyone have any knowledge or experience with this scale? Any other recommendations regarding another?Thanks!!

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05 Jul 2022

No Grade Designations: What Are They?

Collecting Tips | thatcoinguy

A lot of collectors submit their coins to third party grading services (TPG) to be slabbed and graded. However, a large number of collectors become very disappointed by the fact that their coin was not graded, and came back as a no grade. This blog is intended to help you learn more about what two of the no grades mean, and identify why the TPG gave your coins these no grades. Let's get learning!

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03 Jul 2022

Hints for Newer Collectors

Collecting Tips | RSchwa57

I know that at least 1 organization uses a slogan "Be Prepared".A few tips gained over the many years in the hobby.1. Have an objective in mind you want to achieve, if possible.2. Carry a Grey Sheet, not a Red Book. Make sure the dealers see you are holding the Gray Sheet. You will probably get a better deal.3. Always look at any purchase before purchasing with a loop or magnifying glass.4. Coins that are black, corroded, or damaged should not be saved in most situations.5. Cleaning coins is never recommended, however, if necessary, the least harmful cleaner is acetone. 2nd is ammonia, and finally a dip as a last resort.6. Any item marked .999 silver, 10 MIL, is plated. Anything marked MIL is plated.7. The Grey Sheet has a "Bid" and "Ask" price for most coins. Bid is generally thought of as the price a dealer somewhere is willing to pay. The Ask is what a dealer is willing to sell for. Very rare coins can go over both "Bid" and "Ask". Very common coins can both be below "Bid" and "Ask'.8. If looking to buy Silverware at a YardSale or garage sale, it must be hallmarked with STERLING or .925. If neither, there is a 99% chance it is NOT SILVER.9. TV, printed media, and telemarketers will push MODERN coinage in PR or MS 69 and 70. Therefore, most people think they are valuable. Most MODERN coins do grade MS or PR 69 or 70, so they are not rare. The average MONSTER Box purchased from the mint will grade 55% MS69 and 45% MS70. Anything other percentage would be out of the norm.10. What makes a COIN RARE? Low mintage combined with low survival rate, high quality, and FINALLY, demand for the item.Just 2 cents worth of learning the hard way over many years.

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01 Jul 2022

Albums and New Once Again to Collecting

Collecting Tips | user_12827

I am re-entering numismatics after an absence of several decades. I am trying to get my 12-year-old grandson interested. I figured a way to do that was to start collections together. I have a couple questions:A: Any tips or suggestions regarding this and affiliated topics would be greatly appreciated. Not even sure where or how to start. Maybe getting a bag of Wheaties and a couple Lincoln Cent press-in albums for each of us then going through them together. Other than that….?2: Speaking of albums, when I was collecting the choices were pretty limited to the Whitman albums. I used mostly the two-side pages with the acetate slide cover to show both obverse and reverse. Just a quick browse has demonstrated that available album styles and quality has grown exponentially. Any recommendations regardalbums that won’t break the bank?

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15 Jun 2022

How To Know Whether You Should Grade Your Coins

Collecting Tips | thatcoinguy

A question a lot of hobbyists have is whether or not to grade their coin(s). I just made this as a general guide from my viewpoint, make the decision for yourself. But I have seen a lot of "Should I grade this MS-61 1945 wheat cent?" so I figured you could read this blog and decide for yourself.The first (and most of the time, deciding) factor is the price of grading to the price of your coin. Why would you grade your MS-61 1945 wheat cent for $17-$19 (plus $10 shipping) when the coin is only worth $1 at best? It just doesn't make any sense. Especially if you are planning on selling the coin, because even if you just wanted to break even, you would have to charge $30 for that $1 just because it is in a TPG slab.

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11 Jun 2022

Writing A Blog

Collecting Tips | thatcoinguy

I have noticed over the past few weeks there have been an influx of new members coming in. Welcome! I have seen a few posts regarding how to write a good information blog, and I feel like I should put my

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