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07 Jun 2019

Lucky Find (don't overlook dates!)

| TheBoss

Hey guys! So I periodically buy some world coin bags from Amazon and a few months ago, I bought a bag that was quite expensive compared to the other bags (It was $17) and wasn't expecting too much. I still looked forward towards the order and soon enough, it came. I sat down on my collecting desk and gently poured the contents of the bag onto a velvet pad. I was shocked to see the number of pre 1950 coins that came tumbling onto the pad (there was no silver but its fine with me). As you guys know from my forum (Pre 1940 World Coins), I generally like to collect pre 1950 or pre 1940 when it comes to world coins. Of course, I prefer US coins over world coins but hey, I need variety! I quickly sorted out the old coins from the new ones. The bag had about 50 coins and I would say 30 of them were pre 1950, 10 of them were pre 1960, and only a couple were newer. It was a pretty good bargain price as I matched the coins to the Krause catalog coins. Most of the pre 1950's were worth $0.75 +. But all the excitedness escalated as I picked up a coin that was nearly dismissed as the average coin from the pre 1950 batch. It looked the same as any mexican centavo that circulated from about 1900-1945, which are really cheap today as I have a near complete set of them. But no, it was the key date 1916, and it was in ef condition (worth $100+). I quickly brought it to the dealer and he confirmed it was real. They only made 500,000 of them that year and it even had light toning on it. That was the highlight of the search and I truly found a great bargain.... Lesson: Don't overlook coins if they look like regular, cheap junk. Check every one.Thanks, TheBoss

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04 Jun 2019

Review for 2019 North American Coins & Prices

| TheBoss

Hi guys! Here comes another review...bear with me..... This book is published by Krause Publishing.2019 North American Coins & Prices is an intricate guide to all coins from North America. This is like the Red Book 2020 combined with extra US Information and then combined with the Mexico and Canada section of all 5 copies of The Standard Catalog to World Coins (1601-1700, 1701-1800,1801-1900,1901-2000,2001-Present). For the US coins section, they offer graphs of prices throughout the years and more! Addtionally, they give all the "standard" Catalog to World Coins information like metal content, obverse inscription, reverse inscription, diameter, weight etc..This is definitely an awesome choice for people looking to delve deeper in research for their North American Coins. I would rate this 5 stars for its quality and detailed information.-TheBoss

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04 Jun 2019

Review of Coin Collecting For Dummies

| TheBoss

Hi Everyone! I haven't posted in a while so you guys have probably forgotten about me haha. This blog post will be informing you on what the book, Coin Collecting for Dummies is talking about and what you need to know about it. This book is written by Ron Guth and Neil Berman. The edition that I am posting about is the 2nd Edition.Coin Collecting for Dummies is a wonderful book for collectors of any level, teaching them the fundamentals of collecting and things to be aware of. The things it covers varies from teaching you how to collect different types of coins to information about consigning your coins or selling them. In the beginning,they give you an overview of the history of numismatics and also different types of coins. As you progress forward, it slowly starts going into the "techniques" of how to collect them. Also, they give a full report of all the ways you can store coins, clean them (in special circumstances, otherwise not), handle them etc. I think this book is a definite go-to for all collectors and will help you boost your collection and is an excellent investment! One of the memorable things I learned is not to "advertise" that you're a collector...I used to love boasting to people that I was a collector but after reading it....I changed! I would give the book a 4.5 stars, partly because some sections get boring. Some of the sections just don't "grab onto you". But overall, this was a pretty nice book! Give YOUR opinions on the book in the comments. Thank you!-TheBoss

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24 Jan 2019

Quarterly Numismatic Book Review #2: The Red Book + Extra Blog content

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Hey guys!

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24 Jan 2019

Apollo 11 Coin Opinions (along with other opinions)

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Hey guys!

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25 Dec 2018

Quarterly Numismatic Book Review #1

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Hey guys and Merry Christmas to you all!!

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