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05 Sep 2017

The American Numismatic Association Centennial Anthology Book Review

Library | The Coin Student

Now with this book over 25 years old, it is interesting to look back on the state of our great hobby with the perspective from the 90's. The Dynamic duo Carl W.A. Carlson and Michael J. Hodder team up to write a book on what the hobby looked like back in 91'. And if you ask me, things were pretty good back in 91'. Well, except that the Numismatist was not in color, sixteen years of coins that we have today were not minted at that moment in time and I was not born yet either. A great book for anyone inquiring on the history of our great hobby.

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05 Sep 2017

United States Large Cents 1816-1839 Book Review:

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I received this book from the ANA a while back for the Early American Copper Project where young numismatists can do numismatic related activities to earn Large Cents, Half Cents, Books and other things related to Early American Coppers. This book by William C. Noyes talks about Coronet Cents and diagnostics for major and minor die varieties this book also contains high-quality pictures, a must read for a Early American Copper collector. One problem is that this book is pretty expensive, so I am glad I got it for free. But I can't think of any reason why the ANA library does not have it. And if you haven't already, go and read my Large cent die varieties series on my blog!

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05 Sep 2017

Coin Collecting 101: What You Need to Know Book Review

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A grand slam for Alan Herbert on the basics of coin collecting! He touches all the bases with chapters on mint-marks, values, tools, cleaning, the minting process, numismatic auctions, tips for buying and selling, grading, types of denominations, commemoratives, bullion, going to coin shows and much more! This is a perfect gift for anyone who is new to the world of coin collecting or even something for yourself to learn a thing or two. This is a five star book by a five star author in Alan Herbert!

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05 Sep 2017

Numismatic Photography 2nd Edition Book Review:

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What some people realize is that selling a coin is all in capturing its full beauty in a picture. So if you are planning on selling a coin in the near future, this is a book for you. The Author Mark Goodman give helpful hints on how to perfect numismatic photography to improve your chances of sells dramatically. I have used some of these tips myself and I have seen the results in the pictures I take. So pick this book up and read it today to step up your game in the numismatic market!

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05 Sep 2017

Paper Money of The United States 18th Edition Book Review

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The book "Paper Money of The United States" is a cousin of "A Guide Book of United States Paper Money". The authors are identical with Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg writing the book again. The main difference is the book covers more currency than the Red Book does. Some major differences are it covers colonial and confederate notes unlike the Red Book. So if "A Guide Book of United States Paper Money" does not suit your fancy, then maybe this book will if you are a serious paper money collector.

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05 Sep 2017

Standing Liberty Quarters 4th Edition book review:

Library | The Coin Student

In the fourth edition of such a great book about such a great coin series, the author J.H. Cline talks about the Standing Liberty Quarter series, the designer Hermon Macneil's life, how the quarter came onto the scene of American coinage, who the coin was modeled after, some well known errors, die varieties, values, how to grade the coins, key dates, populations for each date and grade with a percentage thought to remain based upon the original mintage and much more! This book is a must read for anyone who is a collector of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series, regardless of dedication.

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05 Sep 2017

Profitable Coin Collecting Book Review

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David L. Ganz does a good job in giving tips on how to beat the market when it comes to buying and selling. He focuses on market trends and how to make a sound investment instead of a risky one. He advises that investing in PCGS or NGC coins will end up being the right thing to do instead of an ANACS or ICG, even if the ANACS is at a better price at the same grade. One main takeaway I had from the book is not to go get "trendy" coins like the 1950-D Jefferson nickel but instead get coins that have had upside and will continue to have upside for years to come. A must read for anyone who is considering on selling any coin.

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05 Sep 2017

World’s Greatest Mint Errors Book Review

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Mike Byers nails it from the onset, literally! One error coin has been made from a nail and another from a wrench and there are many more examples of wacky mint errors in this book. Mike Byers is a well known collector and dealer of error coins. If you aspire to get some of the rarest of error coins, or if you just want to be entertained then this book is definitely for you as it provides many examples of the mint process gone wrong. Two thumbs up for the best book for examples on mint errors!

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05 Sep 2017

Money of the Bible 2nd Edition Book Review:

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Well known numismatic writer Kenneth Bressett does a great job of talking about monetary means in the ancient times. Bressett has done the Red Book, Cherrypicker's Guide, and other major numismatic publications as well. A very interesting part in this book in my opinion are the "Parable Coins" and in particular the coin that was in the fish's mouth that is a pretty interesting coin if you ask me. I would not collect coins from the times of the Bible just because they are pretty pricey for the nicer ones. But if you are a collector of Bible or ancient coins, this is a book for you.

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05 Sep 2017

Official Guide to Coin Grading and Counterfeit Detection Book Review

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In the book:"Official Guide to Coin Grading and Counterfeit Detection" the author John W. Dannreuther give some helpful hints on how to grade coins accurately and how not all coins, dates or both can be graded using the same standards. The author also gives diagnostics for key dates so that you will not be fooled when the time comes for you to add to your collection. The overall work is great, especially since the book is a PCGS publication giving you the most accurate grading standards and ways to find out if a coin is real or a fraud.

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