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27 Nov 2021

Coin Collecting For Dummies

Library | thatcoinguy

Hello fellow YNs and YNH!
This 362 page book by Neil Berman and Ron Guth is absolutely amazing. 
The first chapter is filled with the basic knowledge every collector should know; hold a coin by it’s edge, don’t breath on your coins, etc. You know, the stuff we were learning when we first experienced the hobby. The later go on to explain the upsides and downsides of different collecting areas, from ancient coins, to patterns, to early American coppers, the authors explain them all. Although it was nice of the authors to include pricing estimates, they really were off the money (pun intended) when it came to pricing the coins, especially at today’s market pricing. 
It was an entertaining read, with lots of fun stories and helpful tips. There were chapters in there for the advanced collectors as well, with lost of numismatic celebrity tips, from everyone’s favorite coin collectors. I give this book an 8/10l, mainly because it would drone on and on, making the book way longer than it needed to be. 
Keep collecting (and reading),thatcoinguy 

Comments

Anakin104

Level 4

This is a great book to put your mind to. I myself have read it multiple times while I was just starting collecting , and it is very helpful. I also recommend the Red Book. (Who wouldn't? )

CoinHunter

Level 5

Have you read the Coin Collector's Survival Guide (by Scott A. Travis I think)? It is also a very good book.

thatcoinguy

Level 5

Not yet!

CoinHunter

Level 5

I have also read this book... ... the thing I don't like about is the fact that it includes cleaning techniques (very bad!). Nice blog!

thatcoinguy

Level 5

True. But that was a minor ding of a great book though!

Mike

Level 7

Thanks this is the second time I read this. It was better this time

Golfer

Level 5

Seems like a good book. Should read as many numismatic books as possible to learn. Thanks

Kepi

Level 6

I like these "For Dummies" series... Good review! ; )

AC coin$

Level 6

Good orientation for all . Thanks for Showing That book.

Longstrider

Level 6

This series of books is always a fun read. Thanks.

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