First off, I wish all a very pleasant and happy New Year. I hope everyone is in good spirits today and did not over indulge last evening. Finally, I am a new member to the ANA, but have been collecting coins for several years. My interest has always been in old US coins (pre- 1959). Lately I have been concentrating on bettering my collection by being very selective on the coins I purchase. I have been attempting to improve my skills on grading coins, but it seems what I might grade as a fine coin others grade as Extremely Fine or Very Fine. I have been using the official American Numismatic Association Grading Standards along with Grading Coins by Photographs by Q. David Bowers, but it still leaves significant wiggle room on grading. The other option is to purchase coins that have been graded by a professional grading service, but I believe that is still subjective. Any ideas on how to improve my skills would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to being coached and taught the finer points of coin collecting through this membership.
Looking forward to conversing with the group.