Coin Collecting

A Listmania! list by Anders Blom
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The list author says: "This is a list of the most required tools, equipment, and reference materials needed for someone that is interested in collecting U.S. coins. The items on this list and a membership in the American Numismatic Association (ANA), should give you a great start for this demanding hobby and profession. Check out air-tites, whitmanbooks, and wizardcoinsupply for more information."
A Guide Book of United States Coins 2015: The Official Red Book Spiral (Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins (Spiral))
1.  A Guide Book of United States Coins 2015: The Official Red Book Spiral (Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins (Spiral)) by R. S. Yeoman
The list author says:
  "A must have. Keep every year you get, these are the GREATEST resource for coin collecting."
$12.75   Used & New from: $7.55
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A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents (Official Red Books)
2.  A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents (Official Red Books) by Q. David Bowers
The list author says:
  "Guide books of specific coin types are an indispensible source of history and facts about the particular coin.

This series of books cover many types of coins from the US Mint's history. There's over a dozen of them now and almost every type of coin has been covered from the late 1800's and on."
$15.85   Used & New from: $7.29
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

A Guide Book of United States Coins: 1st Edition 1947 Commemorative Reissue
3.  A Guide Book of United States Coins: 1st Edition 1947 Commemorative Reissue by R. S. Yeoman
The list author says:
  "The very first Red Book ever!

This edition has great insight to coin price inflation towards investment, over a period of the first sixty years - Another reason to keep every Red Book you get."
Used & New from: $4.15
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BelOMO
4.  BelOMO by BelOMO
The list author says:
  "Best Loupe. Triplets provide a distortion free image."
$35.99   Used & New from: $27.49
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)

Carson Multi-Power LED Lighted Pocket Magnifier (PM-33)
5.  Carson Multi-Power LED Lighted Pocket Magnifier (PM-33) by Carson
The list author says:
  "Slim, compact, large viewing area, and good light."
$6.95   Used & New from: $4.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

Carson 60X-100X MicroMax LED Lighted Pocket Microscope (MM-200)
6.  Carson 60X-100X MicroMax LED Lighted Pocket Microscope (MM-200) by Carson
The list author says:
  "This is a much needed device to detect counterfeits. Great for grading the higher mint states too, especially if you can't drop $150 on a microscope."
$10.59
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (829 customer reviews)

Housweety Professional Jeweler's Lighted Magnifier Visor - 5 Lenses 1.0X to 3.5X - Weighs Just 2 oz.
7.  Housweety Professional Jeweler's Lighted Magnifier Visor - 5 Lenses 1.0X to 3.5X - Weighs Just 2 oz. by Housweety
The list author says:
  "Great set of hands free lenses for quickly sorting through a pile of pocket change."
$8.99   Used & New from: $6.27
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (498 customer reviews)

AmScope SE305R-PZ Forward Binocular Stereo Microscope, WF10x and WF20x Eyepieces, 10X-60X Magnification, 1X and 3X Objectives, Upper and Lower Halogen Light Source, Pillar Stand, 120V
8.  AmScope SE305R-PZ Forward Binocular Stereo Microscope, WF10x and WF20x Eyepieces, 10X-60X Magnification, 1X and 3X Objectives, Upper and Lower Halogen Light Source, Pillar Stand, 120V by AmScope
The list author says:
  "This is the perfect optics kit for grading coins."
$139.98   Used & New from: $134.32
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Lincoln Cents Folder Starting 1975 (Official Whitman Coin Folder)
9.  Lincoln Cents Folder Starting 1975 (Official Whitman Coin Folder) by Whitman
The list author says:
  "These books are the safest folders for your coins. Acid free paper, no sulfur, no PVC, no friction on surface of coin while you install or remove your coin. They are very inexpensive and are offered in a full range of type and denomination.

Use Air-tite w/ring coin holders for more valuable coins."
$3.99   Used & New from: $1.78
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

Air-Tite Coin Capsule "I" White Ring Coin Holder for 40mm Coins
10.  Air-Tite Coin Capsule "I" White Ring Coin Holder for 40mm Coins 
The list author says:
  "Made in U.S.A.

These coin holders offer the best protection for your coins, you can buy them directly from the manufacturer in large quantities for about 42 cents apiece. 

They come in every possible size, either with foam ring (black or white) or as a direct fit. I suggest the ring type as it provides more of an atmospheric barrier."
$4.49   Used & New from: $0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

introduction to numismatics
11.  introduction to numismatics by the school of numismatics
The list author says:
  "These five books are all correspondence courses offered from the ANA. They offer the most comprehensive and intense training anyone can receive on their subjects."
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Detecting Counterfeit and Altered U.S. Coins (ANA correspondence course)
12.  Detecting Counterfeit and Altered U.S. Coins (ANA correspondence course) by J. P Martin
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Grading coins today: A correspondence course of the American Numismatic Association and the School of Numismatics (ANA correspondence course)
13.  Grading coins today: A correspondence course of the American Numismatic Association and the School of Numismatics (ANA correspondence course) by Don Bonser
Used & New from: $30.00
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The modern minting process and U.S. minting errors and varieties (ANA correspondence course)
14.  The modern minting process and U.S. minting errors and varieties (ANA correspondence course) by James Wiles
Used & New from: $129.74

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Grading Mint State U.S. Coins Today: An ANA Correspondence Course
15.  Grading Mint State U.S. Coins Today: An ANA Correspondence Course by J. P. Martin
Used & New from: $24.99

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Penny Whimsy
16.  Penny Whimsy by William H. Sheldon
The list author says:
  "This book entails the 70 point scale in which coins are graded. Writen by the creator of that scale.

The most authoritative and in-depth reference on early American cents."
Used & New from: $134.99
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Coin Chemistry: Including Cleaning and Preservation
17.  Coin Chemistry: Including Cleaning and Preservation by Weimar W. White
The list author says:
  "Should you clean your coins? NO (safest answer), but if you are trained and knowledgeable enough... you can.

Some coins NEED to be cleaned, and this book is a necessity when cleaning, preserving, and or storing your coins."
Used & New from: $8.96
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Grading Coins By Photographs
18.  Grading Coins By Photographs by Q. David Bowers
The list author says:
  "The next four books are great resources to aid you in grading your coins."
$17.05   Used & New from: $10.59
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

The Official American Numismatic Association Grading Standards for United States Coins
19.  The Official American Numismatic Association Grading Standards for United States Coins by Q. David Bowers
$14.87   Used & New from: $5.46
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

NGC Grading Guide for Modern U.S. Coins: Grading Tips - Census Reports
20.  NGC Grading Guide for Modern U.S. Coins: Grading Tips - Census Reports by David W. Lange
Used & New from: $0.09
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Photograde: Official Photographic Grading Guide for United States Coins, 19th Edition
21.  Photograde: Official Photographic Grading Guide for United States Coins, 19th Edition by James F. Ruddy
$13.46   Used & New from: $4.61
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Whitman Encyclopedia of Paper Money
22.  Whitman Encyclopedia of Paper Money by Q. David Bowers
The list author says:
  "If you insist on collecting bills, then pick up a copy of this.

I avoid this at all cost... it's harder to do, pays out far less, smaller collector base, plus; no melt worth."
$52.25   Used & New from: $43.99
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

America's Money - America's Story
23.  America's Money - America's Story by Richard G. Doty
The list author says:
  "This is like a 200 series college textbook on U.S. history focusing only on capital."
$23.17   Used & New from: $4.60
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

History of the U.S. Mint and Its Coinage (Red Book)
24.  History of the U.S. Mint and Its Coinage (Red Book) by David W. Lange
The list author says:
  "The next few books are just plain fun."
Used & New from: $4.50
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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The U.S. Mint and Coinage: An Illustrated History from 1776 to the Present
25.  The U.S. Mint and Coinage: An Illustrated History from 1776 to the Present by Don. Taxay
Used & New from: $44.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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The Denver Mint: 100 Years of Gangsters, Gold, and Ghosts
26.  The Denver Mint: 100 Years of Gangsters, Gold, and Ghosts by Lisa Ray Turner
Used & New from: $2.04
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Fascinating Facts, Mysteries and Myths About U.S. Coins
27.  Fascinating Facts, Mysteries and Myths About U.S. Coins by Robert R. Van Ryzin
$11.69   Used & New from: $7.65
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

The Secret History of the First U.S. Mint: How Frank H. Stewart Destroyed, And Then Saved A National Treasure
28.  The Secret History of the First U.S. Mint: How Frank H. Stewart Destroyed, And Then Saved A National Treasure by Leonard Augsburger
$19.13   Used & New from: $5.87
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

24x48x3/32 Hobby Ck Roll
29.  24x48x3/32 Hobby Ck Roll by The Board Dudes
The list author says:
  "Velvet Jewelers pads aren't the smartest thing to use... most velvet is made with sulfur.

Hold your coins above a cork tile while you grade or appraise them to protect it if it is dropped."
$14.63   Used & New from: $8.41
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

Polishing Cloth - Lintless
30.  Polishing Cloth - Lintless by Minor Details
The list author says:
  "A great lint free, chemical free, dye free, microfiber cloth for drying your coins.

Gently pat the coin dry, do NOT rub it."
$4.83

Plastic Forceps set of 10
31.  Plastic Forceps set of 10 by World Class Learning Materials
The list author says:
  "Use these to hold your coin if you have to restore it."
$6.48   Used & New from: $3.50

Nestle Water North Amer Inc Gal Deerpark Dist Water (Pa Beverages
32.  Nestle Water North Amer Inc Gal Deerpark Dist Water (Pa Beverages by Deer Park
The list author says:
  "Tap water from the city or a well will leave chemicals and minerals on your coin, and that will ruin the coin. Only use distilled water to rinse your coins."
$11.61
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Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry and Eyeglass Cleaner Cleaning Machine (White)
33.  Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry and Eyeglass Cleaner Cleaning Machine (White) by Generic
The list author says:
  "This is one of the best ways to safely remove years of residue because of bad storage from your coin. By thoroughly removing corrosive particulate, you will ensure that it won't continue to damage the coin."
$27.98   Used & New from: $21.35
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,311 customer reviews)

Dawn Ultra Original Scent Dishwashing Liquid 24 Fl Oz (Pack of 2)
34.  Dawn Ultra Original Scent Dishwashing Liquid 24 Fl Oz (Pack of 2) by Dawn
The list author says:
  "Gentile yet strong, will safely remove dirt and grime from your newly found treasure without harming the metal."
$12.90   Used & New from: $6.50
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)

Colgate Classic Soft Full Head Toothbrush - 1 ea Colors May Vary
35.  Colgate Classic Soft Full Head Toothbrush - 1 ea Colors May Vary by Colgate
The list author says:
  "Never use anything harder than this to clean grime off. Try to let the water do its work first. Dirt IS an abrasive, don't rub it around."
$3.08   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

E*Z*EST Coin Cleaner 5oz. jar (Qty = 1 Jar)
36.  E*Z*EST Coin Cleaner 5oz. jar (Qty = 1 Jar) by eZest
The list author says:
  "A safe dip cleaner. This will not add an artificial tone to your coins.

This will only remove the natural tone of the coin and not discolor it, which in many cases will lower its value to most collectors. Research this type of cleaning before you do it. This is very risky. Natural tone can be beautiful or it can be ugly."
$12.48   Used & New from: $6.99
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

Numismatic Photography, 2nd edition
37.  Numismatic Photography, 2nd edition by Mark Goodman
The list author says:
  "I suggest a Nikon D7100 and an 85mm f/3.5 DX Micro plus a Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT Tripod with a SIRUI ball head and a Polaroid ring light."
$25.31   Used & New from: $20.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

The Whitman Coin Guide to Coin Collecting
38.  The Whitman Coin Guide to Coin Collecting by Kenneth Bressett
The list author says:
  "A good book for beginners."
$8.92   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Coin Collecting for Kids
39.  Coin Collecting for Kids by Steven Otfinoski
The list author says:
  "Start the kids off early, try the Statehood Quarter and the America the Beautiful Quarter programs. Another good way to start is to buy them a year set from the year they were born.

Buy a red book too (the first item on the list)."
$15.52   Used & New from: $5.74
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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