Series: Handbook of United States Coins (Paper)
Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: Whitman Publishing; 74th ed. edition (May 3, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Buy the book before buying the coin -- this adage is more true today than ever before and can save you a lot of money and grief. The blue book gives a good idea of what coins are actually worth, as in if you buy a coin today and need to sell it tomorrow, here's last year's sale price. Generally, if you use the red book version only, substract about 2/3rds of the price and you'll have a fair idea of how much a coin dealer may pay you for your coin(s). The blue book is the better book to determine how much your coins are actually worth. If you want to make money in coins, hold them for a long time (e.g., 5 to 10+ years) and hope silver and gold skyrocket again. Coin collecting is a great hobby but if you're looking for an investment to quickly turnaround for profit, coin collecting, in general, is not the way to go. Like the red book version, the blue book version gives the coin collector invaluable information, albeit in summary form. In addition to buying the blue book, buy or read books on counterfeits and how to grade coins. Sadly, the market is flooded with Chinese fakes and some of these coins have even fooled experts. So, collect with caution and if a deal sounds too good to be true, walk away -- the coin may be a fake (e.g., weight is wrong) or cleaned (e.g., shiny coin but no cartwheel effect when turning it in the light) or artificially toned. (Note: cleaned coins or heavily dipped coins are worth a lot less than the prices listed in the blue book, sometimes 75% less.) This is one hobby where more knowledge through books and online articles can save you a lot of money while also enhancing enjoyment and appreciation for the beauty of coins.
Really nice to know what dealers will pay for my coins. This book is for wholesale prices.I buy one of every edition.
Awesome! Full Of Information! Great Price! Well Packaged!
Have bought this book every year. Great to use.
This book was a Birthday Gift for my nephew. He absolutely loved it. He said it was very informative and it would help him tremendously with his coin collecting! It got there in a very timely manner as well!
Despite the fact this book is made for dealers, it is also great for sellers as well. Knowing what dealers will pay for your coins is great for negotiating.
This book has a lot of interesting facts about older coins that I knew nothing about.The price is good for what you get.
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