Coin Books I Recommend

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Re: Coin Books I Recommend

#11 Unread post by mhonzell » Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:55 pm

Just wanted to say thanks for the recommendation. I picked up the first two books on the list above for a whopping $10 (total) from Amazon. Used, in great condition. Shipping cost more than the books.

Official Price Guide to Mint Errors is superior, by far, for providing details on every stage of the minting process and defining each type of variety that exists. This book also defines the variety classification systems and the abbreviations used. The prices indicated for errors is nice, but quickly becomes obsolete as collector's desire rises and falls for particular types. With this in mind, I got the Sixth Edition instead of the Seventh Edition and saved a few dollars. Overall, a tremendous aid to collecting and a valuable asset to my reference books.

I have not started on the second book, yet, but suspect it will be just as beneficial as I move back into collecting raw coins again. My IHC collection is almost complete... only four coins to go (all graded). And, I've already started branching out due to the huge support system and wealth of knowledge in this forum.

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#12 Unread post by Daniel » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:40 am

I am so glad to hear this! Glad you found help here. Only four coins and all graded!? I can't wait until you complete it. What dates do you need to fill it?

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Re: Coin Books I Recommend

#13 Unread post by PALH1 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:23 pm

mhonzell wrote:Just wanted to say thanks for the recommendation. I picked up the first two books on the list above for a whopping $10 (total) from Amazon. Used, in great condition. Shipping cost more than the books.

Official Price Guide to Mint Errors is superior, by far, for providing details on every stage of the minting process and defining each type of variety that exists. This book also defines the variety classification systems and the abbreviations used. The prices indicated for errors is nice, but quickly becomes obsolete as collector's desire rises and falls for particular types. With this in mind, I got the Sixth Edition instead of the Seventh Edition and saved a few dollars. Overall, a tremendous aid to collecting and a valuable asset to my reference books.

I have not started on the second book, yet, but suspect it will be just as beneficial as I move back into collecting raw coins again. My IHC collection is almost complete... only four coins to go (all graded). And, I've already started branching out due to the huge support system and wealth of knowledge in this forum.

Thanks again!
mark,
do you like the 'mint error' book book you got?
does it have a-lotta pictures??
i need something new with good pic examples for teaching............

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Re: Coin Books I Recommend

#14 Unread post by mhonzell » Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:50 pm

Official Price Guide to Mint Errors book is designed to teach what all the different types of errors are by giving concise definitions and examples. It is not like CPG showing errors discovered within a year, or type. So, while it has pictures, it is usually an example of the type of error being discussed to distinguish the difference between an Offset Hub Doubling, Rotated Hub Doubling, and a Pivoted Hub Doubling. The "price guide" is extremely generic in that it assumes the coin is a MS-60 and dictates what kind of premium this type of error would add to the value of the coin. It is usually something simple, such as: $5 and up. (Way less that what eBay is usually trying to add on!)

The photos are black and white and because I got the paperback version, they are a bit grainy.

This is the novice book (my type at this point) that provides the full scope of terminology and a good understanding of the minting process. By describing the whole process, it defines why strike doubling adds no premium to coins since it occurs after the designed last strike of the coin. The book name is a bit misleading using "Price Guide" in the title.

Please don't take this write-up as a negative reflection on the book. The book serves a specific function and does it extremely well.

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Re: Coin Books I Recommend

#15 Unread post by PALH1 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:57 pm

mhonzell wrote:Official Price Guide to Mint Errors book is designed to teach what all the different types of errors are by giving concise definitions and examples. It is not like CPG showing errors discovered within a year, or type. So, while it has pictures, it is usually an example of the type of error being discussed to distinguish the difference between an Offset Hub Doubling, Rotated Hub Doubling, and a Pivoted Hub Doubling. The "price guide" is extremely generic in that it assumes the coin is a MS-60 and dictates what kind of premium this type of error would add to the value of the coin. It is usually something simple, such as: $5 and up. (Way less that what eBay is usually trying to add on!)

The photos are black and white and because I got the paperback version, they are a bit grainy.

This is the novice book (my type at this point) that provides the full scope of terminology and a good understanding of the minting process. By describing the whole process, it defines why strike doubling adds no premium to coins since it occurs after the designed last strike of the coin. The book name is a bit misleading using "Price Guide" in the title.

Please don't take this write-up as a negative reflection on the book. The book serves a specific function and does it extremely well.
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all of this soaking in, studying, LOOKING AT UNDER A SCOPE hugeeyes , is what separates the pro from the rest. black & white here. with practice, you will be owning some of the choicest pieces known. top pop's. i have quite a few myself (23 cat'd vars). but remember, it takes 'looking' at a MOUNTAIN of coins on a continuous basis as they become available. the more you have 'snap' memorized at a glance, the quicker you can go.....
i do recommend you pick 1 single denomination for a 'primary'. i do flying eagle cents. a second, & third when times are slow.

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#16 Unread post by mhonzell » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:32 am

Daniel wrote:Only four coins and all graded!? I can't wait until you complete it. What dates do you need to fill it?
This thread is on recommended books, so I'll keep it brief: widegrin

1869, 1871, 1878 and 1888

I have the complete set, but these last four are not graded. I have a goal of all coins in the set are a minimum of XF45. (Current average is AU53.) Many of my dug coins did not meet the goal. I will have to upgrade two additional coins: 1877 and 1909S to meet the grade goal. These were also the first two I had graded, before I knew anything about grading, or I even had a goal. (I was wrong... it was only two coins. Memory is failing. Good to keep records.)

I found the 1877 in a dig and it graded as F15 Details. So, technically, it is not quite there either.

Surprisingly, the 1888 is difficult to find in that AU-MS62 grade. I cannot use mine because it was obviously cleaned at one time in the recent past.

When very young, I found a few Indians in the Lincoln Wheat rolls I actually got from banks. Later, I dug them out of the ground. I put these in a Dansk collection book using fillers for the missing coins, which I bought from a local dealer. Then, I found the 1877. That started the grading movement.

With the use of this forum, I started discovering that the TPGs were not identifying now encased varieties. That led to both better observation tools and a need for much better references. The first book I bought allowed me to identify three varieties in my collection raising it's value by over $1000. I think the book paid for itself (even though I'll likely not sell any of the coins.)

I'll finish my goal before I branch out too far. It's tempting, but I'm too close to let it slip now. In the meantime, I'm trying to learn as much as I can through these books and questions to the group. While the coins are still moving slowly my way, the knowledge side is moving faster than I can keep up.
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Re: Coin Books I Recommend

#17 Unread post by PetesPockets55 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:10 am

:winnah: Mark, Nice find on that 1877 (Around a house or field?) and congrats on the almost complete goal. I never knew about wheat rolls when starting (about '67). Just whatever turned up in change. Was able to complete the Jefferson series this way tho (exclud. 1950d).
Also, when you said "the TPGs were not identifying now encased varieties", does this mean they would not "reslab" a coin already labeled as a variety or they would not include the variety in the label description on IH submissions? I haven't had the joy of dealing with them yet and just trying to gain as much knowledge as I can about the process.
Really like your posts because you have a way of articulating questions and thoughts I have also. This site provides a lot of positive guidance and information from all the members, from the newest to most experienced. Thank you to all!!!

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#18 Unread post by mhonzell » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:24 am

Found around an old fallen barn. (See my avatar.)

I didn't know anything about varieties and as a result, I never asked for variety attribution when I submitted my coins. Keep in mind, I didn't submit very many since they were simply coming back as Genuine, Details or body bag because they were dug up. But, nothing I submitted was a variety, so that was good. Three of the coins I bought slabbed were later identified as being varieties, by me. I was okay with buying these less than pristine looking coins because they were so much better than what I had and still met my goals. Turns out those ugly markings were unique die markers. Treasures in plain view usually at a significant discount since no one else was buying them. So, those who submitted those coins didn't know either. The TPGs... well, unless you pay them, they do not label the coins as varieties. Based on a lot of posts on several forums, not sure how well that process works even when varieties are pointed out. But, that's another thread, please.

The point was it took these books to identify them and now I'm learning to shop with confidence.

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Re: Coin Books I Recommend

#19 Unread post by mhonzell » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:34 am

PS. My book recommendation is kind of specialized due to my collection preference. It can be purchased for a particular coin or groups of years (4 volumes: the book below is just the first volume.) And, the author is fairly well known and respected. (Of course, he sells hard-bound versions for just about any other coin type.)

The Flying Eagle and Indian Cent Attribution Guide
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Re: Coin Books I Recommend

#20 Unread post by Daniel » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:59 am

Good book recommendation, Snow is a well known name in Flying Eagle-Indian Cent varieties, you can buy all volumes of this book in one but not sure how available that copy is.

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