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19 Mar 2019

Something for Everyone

Collecting Tips | ANAStaff

Numismatists are sure to find an organization that supports their lifestyles and interests.

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27 Feb 2019

Hello World!

Collecting Tips | user_67788

This is my first blog post. Please ask me questions about determining precious metal content of an object or anything about Alaska.

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31 Jan 2019

Certificates of Authenticity

Collecting Tips | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Hello all. Hope everyone is staying warm. The Legacy Knights are dealing with a nice polar vortex here in the Midwest. We are surviving.

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29 Jan 2019

Buy the Book Before You Buy the Coin

Collecting Tips | ANAStaff

It is often said that beginning coin collectors should "buy the book before you buy the coin." There are many excellent reasons why new collectors are told this. It is often said that "knowledge is power." That is especially true in numismatics. And acquiring knowledge, especially for novice coin collectors, can help them make smart decisions. Those smart decisions will result in saving money. Sometimes a great deal of money.

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21 Jan 2019

Why Can't Anybody Run a Useful Coin Discussion Board?

Collecting Tips | VKurtB

I simply don't get it. Maybe I'm of the wrong generation, or something. But why can't anybody run a coin discussion board that's worth spending time on? CoinTalk is a complete train wreck with excessively heavy-handed moderation, and it's run by egomaniacs. Disagree with them too much on ANYTHING, and they'll make up a violation to ban you. Their rules are really only one. "The site managers are above error." I know; been there, done that. Plus, the zeitgeist on CoinTalk.com has always beenOPENLY HOSTILE TO THE ANA! And the site MANAGERS AND OWNERSHIPARE THE RINGLEADERSof that zeitgeist. The NGC discussion board is moribund, and the PCGS is merely a rah-rah site for them, and little else. And is it just me, or does EVERYTHING that touches PCGS reek of a "superiority complex"?

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15 Jan 2019

To Buy or Not to Buy

Collecting Tips | ANAStaff

Unlike most markets, the items traded in numismatics each have their idiosyncracies. Not only do the specifics of issue and grade vary, but variations in quality and “look” are significant (even within the same numerical grade). So, when you’re contemplating a purchase, you’ll need to figure out whether the item is the right fit for your interests and budget, or whether it’s better to wait for another opportunity. No numismatic crystal ball will predict a perfect Mint State (MS)-70, but with experience, knowledge and careful judgment, it’s possible to gain some clarity.

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