Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Krause Publications; 4 edition (June 10, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
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Primarily, this book will appeal to coin collectors, although you don't need to collect coins to wonder whether the change in your pocket might include a rare, and perhaps valuable, error penny, nickel, or dime. Written in a clear and engaging style, "Strike It Rich With Pocket Change" is appropriate for readers from 8 - 80. The text is laid out in a concise and logical sequence so that specific information is easy to find. Information is included for coin issues only up to 2009, and an updated edition is needed. Most people who order this book will know that they are unlikely to "Strike it Rich with Pocket Change." The reason some of these coins are valuable is because many are exceedingly rare (1969-S, doubled die Lincoln Cent, only one known). There are, however, ample examples of errors that can be commonly found in change (value $2 - $5). If the "hunt" is part of the enjoyment, this book, used as a "trusty guide", can provide hours of entertainment. It is not a book to be read, and then discarded, but, rather a reference that can be consulted time, and time again. For me, the book underscored how there are many coins with extremely small errors floating around in every day pocket change. For instance, looking at the reverse of the Lincoln Memorial cent under magnification you might notice that the detail of the Memorial has been doubled, or even tripled, creating additional upright supports for the building. This falls into the category of minutia for me, and is too small, and too minute, even under magnification, that searching for it feels a lot like "work." After reading about the 1974-D, doubled die Kennedy Half, I noticed an example for sale and purchased it for $20, in an unopened Mint Set. With that purchase, the book paid for itself.
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