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Coin Books I Recommend

#1 Unread post by Daniel » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:46 am

Here's a list of books that I own and highly recommend any coin collector to own. You can find much of this information online but it's a huge plus to be able to read and reread this information without lengthy only searches and scrolling through all the irrelevant content.

I provided an ebay link under their image so you can see how much they sell for or buy one.
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The Official Price Guide to Mint Errors, 7th Edition by Herbert, Alan
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The Official Guide to Coin Grading and Counterfeit Detection
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The Official 2014 Red Book - Guide to U.S. Coin Values

Also of further value in knowledge are the various "Red Books" written by Q. David Bowers, the author is a world renowned and respected Numismatist. He has literally wrote volumes on every US coin type, tokens, medals, patterns and much more. If you collect it then he's wrote a book about it.
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You can find the Red Book for the coin type you collect here, too many choice to post each one Coin Type Red Books

I know that I left out a few great resources but it's confusing enough trying to decide on which to own, not mention how pricey. So if you have a recommendation then feel free to add them in a reply. If you have any questions then don't hesitate to ask.



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#2 Unread post by PALH1 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:19 pm

:trophy: post.
you are only as good as your knowledge.
these books may seem 'pricey', but just 1 book, like the counterfeit detection issue, will pay for itself several times over when it saves you from buying a fake!
i picked up a 'pattern' book several months ago. every now & again, i search for 1 or 2.
luck? 100%. as i found a 1859 1/2 dime j-232 about a month ago for $48 'buy it now'.
how did i find it you ask? D-U-M-B LUCK. that's all. stumbled across it in one of those 'search days'. :ebay:
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#3 Unread post by 2centsal » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:52 pm

I have the 6th edition of the Mint Errors book and I've learned so much from it. It's the 1st Error Book I read. I like how they explain the whole Minting Process from Start to Finish and the whole section about the History of Coin making. I think he did a good job breaking up the Errors into parts from the Planchet Errors to the Actual Striking process and all the Errors that are known to exist and how they are created. That's one thing that some books don't do, is actually explain in detail the type of Errors and how they happen. What I don't understand about Errors is that is seems if it's a Machine's fault or a device that's used in the Striking Process then it's an Error, but if it's a human mistake than it's not recognized as an Error like " Machine Doubling ". I feel if it's a machine's mess-up or a human's, then it should be an Error. I don't understand that whole thing and don't see what the difference is. The 1952 " Superbird" is recognized as an Error and that was supposedly done by an Employee. Are there any more Errors that were made by an Employee or is Machine Doubling the only one not recognized as an Error that increases the Value of the Coin ?
Hmmm.... That sounds like a good Contest question.

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#4 Unread post by Daniel » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:21 pm

Let's keep it on track and about books. So let's start a new topic on the questions about mint errors and varieties.

I thought about getting the pattern book, good recommendation. I did a lot of research on US Patterns to put together my guides, but there's so many to remember.

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#5 Unread post by PALH1 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:27 pm

daniel, i looked around for a 'good' pattern guide. i like this one, as it has full coin images...but no close-up's (if those books even exist?)

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#6 Unread post by Daniel » Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:17 pm

Here's this one United States Pattern Coins by Judd / Bowers - 10th Edition

I just bought the same edition as you so I don't know if this is better. I always wanted a Pattern Book.

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#7 Unread post by 2centsal » Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:06 am

:greatfind: Paul !!

Can I make a Couple recommendations ? Well it doesn't matter because I'm going to anyway. widegrin

I suggest subscribing to Coin World. There are some good articles in there. There's also a lot of seller ads and a Price Guide, but you get those with a lot of Magazines if you know what I mean . What ? I was talking about my Metal Detecting Magazine .
For those into Colonial Coins like me, there are some good books for those also that show all the Varieties for Coins like the CT. Coppers.
I also recommend becoming a member of CONECA. They have a great website and send a little booklet called Error Scope every month . There's even a Contest at the end of the booklet. I just won last months Contest.
I'll definitely have to get that Counterfeit Detection Book .
Thanks for the recommendations . :thumbsup:

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#8 Unread post by alizah » Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:39 am

nice post, thanks for shairng
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#9 Unread post by PALH1 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:54 am

2centsal wrote::greatfind: Paul !!

Can I make a Couple recommendations ? Well it doesn't matter because I'm going to anyway. widegrin

I suggest subscribing to Coin World. There are some good articles in there. There's also a lot of seller ads and a Price Guide, but you get those with a lot of Magazines if you know what I mean . What ? I was talking about my Metal Detecting Magazine .
For those into Colonial Coins like me, there are some good books for those also that show all the Varieties for Coins like the CT. Coppers.
I also recommend becoming a member of CONECA. They have a great website and send a little booklet called Error Scope every month . There's even a Contest at the end of the booklet. I just won last months Contest.
I'll definitely have to get that Counterfeit Detection Book .
Thanks for the recommendations . :thumbsup:
ty sal. i would like to just add one thing here. :eureka:
over the last 3-5 years, the 'coin buying/selling' population has boomed....most likely due to the 'profits' they see from others 'flipping' coins. the reluctance to purchase ANY 'books/guides', other than 'price guides', to me, is beyond my comprehension. the $20 - $30 you spend on a valuable resource for coinage, is the best money you will ever spend. JUST 1 COIN PURCHASE COVERS THE PRICE OF THE BOOK.....weather it prevented you from finding/buying a uncertified coin that is a fake, or to finding a very rare die variety. from what i have been seeing on the internet auction sites, & asking these sellers key specific questions, it's clear to me that only a VERY FEW sellers/buyers these days, have any idea of what they are actually doing.... :dunno

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#10 Unread post by Daniel » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:51 am

I second that Paul, most sellers with coins for sale don't know much if anything about coins. I see a few who just took them to a couple dealers and got a quote then listed the coins, or just looked at the listed coin auctions and priced their coins the same as the highest they were listed for, or just used an online calculator to figure a rough melt (but didn't consider the actual melt is not by face but by the weight of the coins due to wear).

I can sell any BU silver coin for 20 times face or more, but I see a lot of worn silver coin lots listed for the same melt, it just doesn't work that way.

I know the books I have purchased over the years have more than paid for themselves.

Some people have no business selling coins and are just looking for a fast buck anyway.

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