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The Experts Guide to Collecting & Investing in Rare Coins Hardcover – October 31, 2005
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I have to be honest, coin books are generally NOT books that you read from beginning to end and find that you can't put down. This book is an exception - I couldn't put it down and I read the entire book from beginning to end.
Although I've been collecting for years, one thing I enjoyed about this book was that some of those obscure numismatic terms that other authors assume you know, Mr. Bowers will stop and take a sentence or two to explain the term. I really appreciated that.
Plus, where the Gold Rush book failed in the "How to Collect, Invest, and Profit," this book did an excellent job of showing how to do just that. It is not a price guide with outdated prices. It is an excellent reference guide with information that will never get old. This book will still be great 10 years from now.
This book has excellent chapters with hands-on advise and great stories to help explain coin market cycles, determining coin prices and value (not a list of coin prices like other books but goes into things like grading, rarity, and demand), history of the coin market and predicting the rare coin market, techniques for buying and selling, and chapters on collecting advise for everything from gold coins, commemorative coins, to paper money and tokens and medals. The only thing I would point out as that this book sticks to the U.S. rare coin market and does not discuss World coins.Read more ›
"The Expert's Guide to Collecting & Investing in Rare Coins" is definitely worth reading. It is autobiographical and contains the secrets of his 60 years of success as collector, investor, numismatist, grader, dealer, auctioneer, ANA board member, and author.
Cramming six decades of numismatic life experiences into a single book is tough, requiring mental and spiritual strength. Doing this in a comprehensive, coherent and organized manner is unquestionably a laborious, taxing, onerous, and difficult task. Such a demanding project could only be achieved by the formidable Q. David Bower.
Mr. Bower is one of the most prolific numismatic writers of all time, he has written over 30 books and numerous articles and columns.This is by far the most important of his works and possibly the best ever, the quality of information & wide-ranging content makes it the cream of the crop, flower of the flock, pick of the bunch --whatever you want to call it.
It is full of valuable expertise, candid story telling, dealer & auctioneer trade secrets, smart buying and selling techniques and recommendations, and detailed descriptions of every US coin by type, complete with a close focus on: Rarity, Grading, Quality, and Value of coins. It also includes his recommendations and insights on Conferences, Life & Internet Auctions, Library, Protection and Conservation of Coins, Tokens, Medals, and Paper Money.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I Recommend this Book.
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The best thing about this book is its layout. I read the book pretty much cover to cover, but the great thing is that after you have finished the book you can go back and find specific things very easily! I recently started investing in proof coins and wanted to brush up on some of the finer points. In this book it is simple to find a specific topic and read until your heart's content.
The depth of this book is also astounding, Mr. Bowers has so much experience and his command of the history of coins is amazing. If you want to expand your knowledge of coins, this book will open a flood gate of information!
The only downside is that I do not think that this is a book for a beginner in the field. It will overwhelm them with it's sheer size and depth of information. A Red book is a good starting place.
Thank you Mr. Bowers for a book that I will read for a VERY long time to come!
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I've had a lot of trouble finding coin books that are really worth the read. This book is by far the best one I've found so far. Read morePublished 10 months ago by william stevenson
A useful book for someone who has been away from coin collecting for a while. No need to read every page, though some may in fact do so. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David in Massachusetts
This book is fantastic. It's easy to read, and full of outstanding information. David Bower's is the "guru" and should be read by anyone interested in Numismatics. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dave
Excellent book, talks about a life worth of experience and understanding of coin collecting. Lots of excellent, real life examples . Mr. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ALAIN LAVALLEE