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16 May 2019

Getting Started: Books Every Beginning Collector Should Read

Collecting Tips | ANAStaff

A basic library of numismatic references is an outstanding resource for the beginning collector. Books can teach you about the coins you are pursuing, guide you as you build your collection and introduce you to new collecting areas. Here are some suggestions for your home library. I think you' ll find these books informative, helpful and fun.

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02 May 2019

Three Sides of a Coin

Coins | ANAStaff

Everyone knows that a coin has a front and a back, and that you’re supposed to call heads or tails when one is flipped. And, even though it’s theoretically possible, only the most optimistic coin-flippers would think there’s a chance of a coin landing on its edge.

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01 Apr 2019

Colors of Money

Paper Money-U.S. | ANAStaff

We all make certain assumptions about money. We assume that there will be enough currency and coin to complete any transaction, that we can spend and receive money without difficulty or doubt, and that money will hold its value over short spans of time.

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19 Mar 2019

Something for Everyone

Collecting Tips | ANAStaff

Numismatists are sure to find an organization that supports their lifestyles and interests.

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05 Mar 2019

Numismatic Linguistics

Coins-World | ANAStaff

Coins and banknotes are defined by their imagery, and as the old saying goes, a picture is worth 1,000 words. Still, it’s only through language, inscribed or printed, that a coin or banknote can truly tell its story. Who made it? How much is it worth? What does it portray?

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26 Feb 2019

Numismatic Superlatives

Coins-United States | ANAStaff

Discussions about superlatives like “first,” “most” and “largest” are entertaining when used to describe any subject. They are especially interesting in a numismatic context because there isn’t always a consensus about which objects deserve superlative status.

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12 Feb 2019

How the World’s Largest Coin Club Can Help You Build Your Collection

American Numismatic Assocation | ANAStaff

Building a collection of coins is a very personal matter. But you don’t have to go it alone. Doing so could lead to costly mistakes. Wouldn’t you rather learn from others and have more fun at the same time?

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29 Jan 2019

Buy the Book Before You Buy the Coin

Collecting Tips | ANAStaff

It is often said that beginning coin collectors should "buy the book before you buy the coin." There are many excellent reasons why new collectors are told this. It is often said that "knowledge is power." That is especially true in numismatics. And acquiring knowledge, especially for novice coin collectors, can help them make smart decisions. Those smart decisions will result in saving money. Sometimes a great deal of money.

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15 Jan 2019

To Buy or Not to Buy

Collecting Tips | ANAStaff

Unlike most markets, the items traded in numismatics each have their idiosyncracies. Not only do the specifics of issue and grade vary, but variations in quality and “look” are significant (even within the same numerical grade). So, when you’re contemplating a purchase, you’ll need to figure out whether the item is the right fit for your interests and budget, or whether it’s better to wait for another opportunity. No numismatic crystal ball will predict a perfect Mint State (MS)-70, but with experience, knowledge and careful judgment, it’s possible to gain some clarity.

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