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04 Jan 2022

Coin Collecting 101 “What You Need To Know”: A Review

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Coin Collecting 101: What You Need To Know by Alan Herbert is great. Mr. Herbert has had his articles published by Coin World for multiple years, and although the book is a little outdated (it was published in 2005) it is still a great resource with good information with facts still relevant today.


My favorite feature of this book is when he has a question sent to him by one of the readers of his magazine, and he goes in depth about his answer to the questions. The questions range from "What part of the coin is the exergue?" to "Which coin was the first to feature the motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM". He answers with a correct and complete answer, while also telling numismatic stories related to the question to give the reader a little more information and background.


This book covers everything beginning collectors need to know. But besides a few facts from time to time, he covers nothing a advanced or even intermediate collector wouldn't already know. Nice book for beginners, but not so great for our more advanced hobbyists.


Keep collecting,
Thatcoinguy

Comments

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Thanks for the review.

Kepi

Level 6

Thanks for another book review! Two in one day, you've been a busy reader! haha ; )

thatcoinguy

Level 5

Haha. I had read them about a month prior, and I’ve just been lazy lately and hand’t gotten to it.

TheHobbyist

Level 4

Nice Blog!

Longstrider

Level 6

I like the readers questions part.

Mike

Level 7

Thanks

Golfer

Level 5

Nice review. Thanks

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Cool! So what the heck is the exergue part of a coin? Enquiring minds want to know!

thatcoinguy

Level 5

Yup! TheHobbyist pretty much hit it on the nose.

TheHobbyist

Level 4

Google: "The exergue is a space on the coin below the central design, usually delineated by a line." Hope this helps!

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