slybluenote's Blog

30 Mar 2020


Collecting Tips | slybluenote

When I first started collecting coins/money I had never heard of "Third Party Grading Services". Back in Dec. 2019when I started collecting again, I had retired and decided to "get smarter" about collecting. Below is a picture of theONLY TPGS coin that I own. I promised my buddy MikeB that I would post the picture. As I told MikeB, the reasons thatI bought the coin were I thought it was a nice looking coin, I had heard that this is the last year that the mint was going touse this design, and I could afford it.
My research so far indicates that you can grade your own coins. My favorite book that I've purchased so far is TheOfficial ANA Grading Standards book, 7th Edition. I've read it TWICE and still consult it regularly even though I've onlygraded a couple of my coins. Soon I will post the first coin that I graded in my collection. I've also read about grading onthis site. My MAIN takeaway in grading is look at a LOT of coins, especially the ones that you are collecting. Now, everytime I visit my local dealer, when he sees me come into the shop, he automatically gets out all of his Kennedy Half Dollars!
I've also upgraded my library to include The Kennedy World in Medallic Art, by William R. Rice and A Guide Book of Franklin& Kennedy Half Dollars, Third Edition by Rick Tomaska, which I've only read once. The pictures in these books is GREATand shows fine details in the coins. I will continue to research this topic. My final assessment though is "grading" is a lot likelife, with age comes wisdom. Until my next post, enjoy the beauty of the silver dollar I purchased from Gov.mint !



Level 5

Nice coin!


Level 6

A good library is the best friend a collector can have. Always have a grading book near by.


Level 7

Thanks for posting the coin. Good for you. Enjoy i t. You kept your promise. Sorry i didnt get back to you at that time i was sick. Grading your own coins takes years. M y percentage is 93%. Thats after years of reading books. And actual grading. It takes me two weeks to do one coin. When NGC ships my coins back. I have the customers copy They start with line one i tell them they say your right or off by one or wrong. But it is an art I say ten years it will take . Enjoy it Im well and back sorry about that. Stay healthy!!


Level 5

Beautiful coin ! Back when I was young I studied Lincoln Cents and grading Lincoln Cents for hours. Really enjoy looking at Lincoln Cents for wear on Lincoln and wear on the reverse wheats. Think I got pretty good at grading Lincolns. Have a couple 2020 Eagles, but just regular bullion examples. Thanks for posting.

It's Mokie

Level 6

You are following the best advice anyone in this hobby can give, buy the book, study the book, know the book, before you delve heavily into our hobby. . Grading is subjective but with time, looking at a raw coin, you will be pretty good at guessing its grade. As Longstrider noted, most of us can't really tell the difference between a 69 and a 70 with the unaided eye.


Level 6

Nice purchase. Before this virus we tried to go to shows and view as many graded coins as possible. Like you do at you coin guy. Although I defie a normal not a TPG'er to see the diference between a MS 69 and a 70. I'm looking forward to see your self graded coins. Remember, it's all just some persons opinion. Good luck and Thanks..

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