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12 Jul 2021

Whitman Guide To Coin Collecting-A Review

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Hello fellow YNs and YNH!

Today I am going to be reviewing the book that got me hooked on coin collecting; Whitman Guide To Coin Collecting: An Introduction To The World Of Coins written by Kenneth Bressett. This 274 page masterpiece is perfect for the beginning coin collector, no matter the age. It goes over grading, caring for your collection, where and how to find valuable coins, and much, much, more! There isn't a single dull paragraph, as Kenneth pours is extensive and vast knowledge into this numismatic publication.

I feel as though I should close this blog out by sharing the words on the back of this book (please don't sue me Whitman): "As the old saying goes, "Find a penny, pick it up, and all day long you'll have good luck." Now Kenneth Bressett, senior editor of the Guide Book Of United States Coins (the ""Red Book"") and former president of the American Numismatic Association, has written the definitive reference to finding just how lucky you can be as a coin collector. From how to get started in the hobby, to caring for your collection, with full explanations of grading standards, coin prices, and how to buy and sell, the Whitman Guide to Coin Collectingaddresses everything clearly and with easy-to-follow detail. Squarely aimed at newcomers, this is a guide that covers all the different aspects of coin collecting-and in doing so brings a fun and potentially lucrative hobby home to readers everywhere."

Go out, buy the "Yellow Book" for your grandson, then YOU will be the favorite grandparent.



Level 4

There's always plenty to learn...many of us get rid of and acquire new books over the years as a pretty much constant cycle :-)


Level 7

After 27 years I'm done with books. I have what I need. . Everyone says it's a good book . It probably is. But I stick with the coins I have and what I need. Thanks


Level 5

LOL. As the saying goes “Buy the book, don’t read the book, buy the coin, then read the book, and and realize you got scammed.”


Level 5

I usually just wing it ! A guide is nice, but most of us just have fun picking up coins we like, bargains, odd stuff, series we like. Guides can help a little, but just enjoy the hobby is my advice.

Long Beard

Level 5

Books are a great source of information. As you progress in collecting you'll discover denomination/series specific books that will prove highly useful. These go into much further detail than the generalized "coin" books, of which Mr. Bressett has several.


Level 6

Nice review! Sounds like a good book to have. ; )

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Great tag line! Thanks!


Level 5



Level 6

Thanks.. Some of these can be a bit old and outdated. Not this one.


Level 6

Sounds good. Can you tell me when this was written? Thanks.

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