Sunday, February 19, 2012
Book Recommendations for Coin Collectors
There are a few books I think are indispensable for any beginning coin collector. The first is "A Guidebook of United States Coins" by R.S. Yeoman. This book, also known as the Red Book is published annually and is full of useful information about coins and their values. The book covers coins from colonial America to the present day. There is a brief description of how coins are graded, a little history on each coin, and the retail price for coins of all grades. It's really an interesting book, a great way to learn about coins and their values.
I would also recommend "The Official American Numismatic Association Grading Standards for United States Coins", edited by Kenneth Bresset with narrative by Q. David Bowers. This is a fantastic book for learning about the grading standards of various U.S. coins. The photos of the different grades are excellent. It's very important to know the basics of grading coins so as to make informed purchases. This book is an excellent resource.
Finally, you should read "The Coin Collector's Survival Manual", by Scott A. Travers. This book has some good information about the basics of coin collecting and the coin collecting industry. I recommend this to anyone interested in numismatics