The author of the book, Scott A. Travers, (former ANA vice president) creates a book full of pointers and tips on making money off coins, avoiding counterfeit coins, graded coins, buying, selling, and more throughout the book. Over the coarse of the book, Scott helps the reader identify safe and secure transactions versus risky and dangerous buys. He well states the benifts of grading coins, and informs the reader on making profit through the "crack-out game". Content on the history of grading is also included. The book explains ways to get the best deals when buying, and getting the most money when selling a collection. Scott places forth his experienced knowledge on the gold and silver market as well as a simple United States and Canada silver coin melt value chart. This book gets four and a half stars. The Coin Collector's Survival Manual, Revised Seventh Edition is a book to go back to refer to at every step in a coin collector's journey. I would recommend this book to other people.
Poland has an interesting addition for collectors of their nation's coinage. Proba coins, or official patterns, are struck off by the government in limited quantities when the mint is considering coin designs. Proba coinage can be a proposed regular issue or even commemoratives. Mintages typically run anywhere from 15,000 to 33,000, and all patterns are struck "proba". While this is much more than we are used to concerning U.S. pattern coinage, Poland caters to the collector and offers something very different. Proba's are comparative to our modern commemorative mintages, and just as interesting. I'd like to see the U.S. Mint offer a modern pattern in limited, but affordable, mintage for collectors someday. The history of U.S. pattern coinage has been mired in technical legalities and government seizures, and is sadly out of reach for the average collector. While you won't get wealthy from collecting Proba's, you will find diversity and enjoyment, which is sometimes what numismatics is all about.