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09 Jul 2020

Coin Inventory Software: Review of Two Software Programs

Collecting Tips | I. R. Bama

Today I would like to share my experience in using software programs and sharing the pros and cons of each that I am using. I have two different programs EZcoin2 and Exact Change.

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30 Jun 2020

Using ANA to the Fullest: What Website Resources Do You Use?

Collecting Tips | I. R. Bama

There is so much to gain from on this website. I have only scratched the surface by reading blogs and commenting on other's blogs as well as writing a couple of my own.I was looking at the ANA Official Blog yesterday and spent a little time getting familiar with the library but I got the idea they aren't loaning books right now because of the virus. Maybe I got the wrong impression on that. There is a book they have I would like to see on varieties of Flying Eagle Cents.What other features do you all use and which do you all not care for much? And, of course, why do you like them or don't like them? What strategies do you use to get the most out of your membership?

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24 Jun 2020

Grading Coins, Next Question

Collecting Tips | I. R. Bama

So I've learned that Au 58 is a much better quality coin than MS 60- 62. How do AU55 and AU 50 compare to MS 60- 62?

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23 Jun 2020

So I Learn Something New Every Day

Collecting Tips | I. R. Bama

Some of you know that I am taking the ANA Diploma program. I finished the first course and now am into the grading class. I'm learning about technical grading vs. market grading. Technical grading considers luster, contact marks and to a lesser extent eye appeal. It is used for grades About Good to Extremely Fine. Market grading considers Luster, contact marks, strike and eye appeal, used for grades AU to Mint State. This is the type of grading the services employ when they grade your submitted coins. So it seems counter intuitive that technical grading does not employ stricter criteria to me due to the use of the term "technical".The other surprise for me was that an AU 58 coin is considered a much better coin than an MS 60 coin, and probably a better buy up until you hit MS 63. That also puzzles me, as it seems arbitrary, so I would I would enjoy hearing some discussion about that from the collective wisdom here.

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15 Jun 2020

I think I need a microscope

Collecting Tips | I. R. Bama

I'm just finishing up the first course of the Diploma program and one thing I picked up is that I'm going to need to buy a stereo microscope if I'm going to be any good at grading coins and down the road identifying counterfeits and altered coins. I did a little browsing on line and saw one that seemed suitable, but one of my better strengths in all of this is knowing what I don't know, so I'd like to hear from you all on your experience with these microscope s along with pros and cons of ones you have had or use... Please school me!

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