Jump right in to buying rare coins and build a basic library
- Published: Dec 23, 2014, 4 AM
At first, buying rare coins can be an overwhelming experience.
For someone just entering our hobby, there’s a complete new vocabulary to learn from coin types to grading terms, and everything in between.
Building a basic library can help ease that transition. Robert Shippee recommends it in this month’s cover story and hobby legend Q. David Bowers has put it well in his Coin World column “The Joys of Collecting,” writing in the past, “If you have even a modest numismatic library — say a couple dozen books — you already have an advantage, for 90 percent of the buyers in the marketplace consider only what is written on a holder and its price.”
But where does one start in building a basic library on U.S. coins without spending a small fortune?
He added three more historical books for an essential library: Q. David Bowers’ The History of United States Coinage: As Illustrated by the Garrett Collection, Walter Breen’s Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins and Don Taxay’s The U.S. Mint and Coinage: An Illustrated History from 1776 to the Present. Examples of each of these are available for less than $100 each with some searching.
Fanning expanded the list to include Bowers’ Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States: A Complete Encyclopedia, his United States Gold Coins: An Illustrated History; and the Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins.
Magazines, including Coin World, provide both research articles and a flavor of what numismatics looks like at any given moment. Over time they provide documentation of a hobby that is always dynamic and ever-changing.
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