Good people who take the time to help in what you need. – John, Grass Valley
New to Coin Collecting?
A few items of interest.
Coin Collecting Basics
Basically, coin collecting is obtaining or buying, collecting, trading, or selling forms of coins which are struck or minted.
- Generalist: collects a few examples of a great variety of coins either historically or geographically
- Specialist: collects for a certain period of coins. Also error collectors for this category
Completist: may collect or look for an example of every type of coin from withing a disctict period or category
|COmmon Collecting Area
|- By Country
- By Year
- By Mint Mark (P, D, S, W, C, CC)
- By Variety (die marriages, etc.)
- By Type (Barber, Morgan, Peace, Franklin, etc.)
|- By Subject (portraits, landmarks, animals, historic people, etc.)
- By Period (i.e. 17th/18th/19th Century)
- Copies (These are coins that are copies of originals that may be too expensive for most to own)
Why do you want to collect?
What are your interests?
- Mint/Proof Sets
- Circulated Coins
- Uncirculated Coins
- Type Sets
What type of coins?
- World Coins
- U.S. Coins
What is your budget?
- Weekly buys
- Monthly buys
- Occassional buys
Educating Yourself - see Recommended Books
- Buy The Book Before You Buy The Coin
- Become educated on your type of collecting before you buy
Slabs (Encapsulated Coins)
- Major grading companies grad and attribute and slab coins for a fee
- Stay away from 5th tier graders and stick with the top 4
- Join a local coin club to meet with and educate yourself
- Many shows provide training (some at a cost) for many areas of the hobby
- Visit one when it comes to town
Storage of Coins/Paper Money
- Use only archival holders (non-pvc polyvinylchloride)
- Inert materials will not harm the coins/paper money
- Hard plastic holders are best. Mylar flips are okay but get hard over time and may scratch the coin(s)
- Safe: never store coins/paper money with guns or ammunition
- Do not bury your coins