ARE YOU NEW TO NUMISMATICS?
If you've gotten this far, you've
probably already been bitten by the coin collecting bug. This page
provides basic information to help you get started.
First, you should learn as much as you
can about numismatics (coin collecting and the study of coins).
You can do this by purchasing books that give you a good overview of the
hobby. A great starting point for beginning collectors is
"Coin Collecting For Dummies".
Second, learn the language.
Here's a glossary to help you understand
Third, learn to grade. "Photograde"
by James Ruddy is a good guide because all you have to do is match your
coin to the photo in the book to determine its condition.
Fourth, pick up a good price guide.
One of the best and most popular is the "Guidebook of
United States Coins" (commonly known as the "Redbook").
Fifth, find a coin club in your area.
This is a great way to meet new collectors and make new friends!
Click here to find clubs in your area.
Sixth, surf the web! Plug "coin collecting"
into any search engine and you'll be amazed at how many
different sites there are for you to visit.
Finally, have fun!