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Old 06-22-2008, 09:32 AM
 
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Hello,

When my grandmother died a few years back, I "inherited" a bin with a lot of coins-most American, some European. I know nothing about coins. Some of this coins are old. Could someone suggest a book or website that could guide me through the value of these coins? Where would I start? I don't want to go to a dealer because I know nothing about coins and their value.



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Old 06-22-2008, 09:47 AM
 
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Google u.s.coin prices and you should get quite a bit. I dropped out of collecting in 1980 but it's a great hobby/investment. If there is a Barnes and Noble or Borders near you check it out. There are several coin price guides available in the hobbies and crafts section. In the magazine section Coin Prices has either monthly or every other months on coins, trends, latest activity on high dollar coins, etc.
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Old 06-22-2008, 02:28 PM
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In addition to a price guide I'd suggest you pick up a grading guide to familiarize yourself with condition, it can make a HUGE price difference with some coins and be only a minor difference with others.
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Old 06-22-2008, 03:38 PM
 
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Thank you DOUBLE H and burdell! I appreciate your help!




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Old 06-22-2008, 04:06 PM
 
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Local coin shops will also carry redbook guides. Be cautious about getting quotes unless you know about the store you take them to.

You can get help here: Money.org | Home (http://www.money.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home - broken link)

Perhaps not for pricing, etc, but for good advice and reliable local contacts.
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Old 06-23-2008, 06:57 AM
 
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Local coin shops will also carry redbook guides. Be cautious about getting quotes unless you know about the store you take them to.

You can get help here: Money.org | Home (http://www.money.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home - broken link)

Perhaps not for pricing, etc, but for good advice and reliable local contacts.
Thank you Tek_Freek!



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Old 06-23-2008, 07:58 AM
 
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You are welcome.

I know about this organization because one of my clients is very active in it. Past Pres of the state chapter here and the main reason our state no longer taxes sales of gold.

If you lived closer I'd recommend you talk with him, but it's a bit of a hike from NH.
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:14 AM
 
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Good advice by Tek Freek and Burdell. I haven't cashed in what I collected since I was a kid but my problem are sliding grades, coins that are almost mint (MS-60) but not. The redbook guide has been publishing for many, many years. When you get into condition, they do it right; large photo illustrations of coin conditions on most every coin ever made. The ANA museum (American Numismatic Association) is based in Colorado Springs and is a great place to visit for beginning and advanced collectors.
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Good advice by Tek Freek and Burdell. I haven't cashed in what I collected since I was a kid but my problem are sliding grades, coins that are almost mint (MS-60) but not. The redbook guide has been publishing for many, many years. When you get into condition, they do it right; large photo illustrations of coin conditions on most every coin ever made. The ANA museum (American Numismatic Association) is based in Colorado Springs and is a great place to visit for beginning and advanced collectors.


There's also a book, the name of which escapes me, that features line drawings of coins in all grades as well as detailed descriptions of exactly what design details must be present to meet a certain grade.

The Red Book is a useful guide to relative rarity but being published only once a year can put it somewhat behind the both up and down markets. Anyone know if the weekly 'Gray Sheet' is still published or??????
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:57 PM
 
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Thanks everyone-you have all been so helpful. I do not plan on rushing out and selling what I have right away-I was just curious to know what exactly I do have. Thank you all-your information will get me started!



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