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Strike it Rich with Pocket Change Paperback – March 21, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1440215780 ISBN-10: 1440215782 Edition: Third Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Strike It Rich with Pocket Change
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ; Third Edition edition (March 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440215782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440215780
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Brian Allen and Ken Potter are leading experts in the field, with an absolute passion for uncovering the next scarce variety that eludes the U.S. Mint's quality control procedures. Ken Potter has been a dealer in U.S. coins, specializing in errors and varieties for many years, with a sterling reputation for accuracy and a keen eye. Brian has been collecting since childhood.

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It has a lot of detail and very informative.
Denise
The book Strike It Rich with Pocket Change is a great book and has changed my perception of the value of a coin.
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This book is great for the casual coin collector.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason Vaughn on June 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Many years ago I had a small coin collection I had to part with due to economic hardship. For that reason I was extra excited to review "Strike It Rich with Pocket Change: Error Coins Bring Big Money" by Ken Potter and Dr. Brian Allen. This review is for BookSneeze.com.

I was really pleased when I flipped through this book to see so many photographic examples of unique coins. This book is all about the errors of coins and unless you've spent a great deal of time exploring coins you'd never really notice any of these errors.

Most of the errors shown are so small it is truly amazing that anyone ever noticed and that such minor changes would change the value of coins so drastically.

Take for example the South Carolina state quarter. On the tree in the back on the back of the coin some contain an extra branch on the the tree. This minor error takes the value from twenty-five cents to fifteen dollars.

The book shows you a variety of errors separated by the coin denominations.

There are two challenges with this book.

One, a few of the errors have to do with color of the coins and since all the photos are in black and white it is difficult to see the differences mentioned.

Second, many of the errors are so tiny that you'll need a magnifying glass to examine each of your coins and most of us don't pay enough attention to notice such errors.

Otherwise, the information and layout of the book are phenomenal and if you're a coin hobbyist I would highly suggest picking up a copy of "Strike it Rich with Pocket Change."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Just Bibliophiles on June 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you are an avid coin collector, "Strike it Rich with Pocket Change" will be perfect to expand you knowledge around coin collection. Many of the examples are not any different t from the other coin collecting books I have seen. If you have no background in coin collecting and think, you are going to find enough flawed coin in your pocket to collect big bucks, you are wasting your time. Searching to find that specific flaws in a coin take patience, determination and a great deal of time plus you have to understand the number of coins struck makes a major difference regarding the estimated value of the coin.

The book covers in detail the key points of locating flaws during the striking of a coin. If you are a beginner coin collector, this book will be invaluable to determine the key items you need to look for and the coins that had a limited volume. For everyone else that only has a general understanding of coin collecting you will find the pictures interesting to look at but the topic is a very dry read.

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze.com in exchange for my honest review of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By scmiller on June 29, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Okay, can I say I just love this book. Strike it Rich with Pocket Change is chocked full of information on how to spot pocket change that may or may not be worth lots of money. I know I will look at my change with different eyes. I'm the crazy person who picks up pennies on the ground and now I will make sure I do it more often. You never know when you may pick up a treasure. The illustrations in this book are superb and are very detailed so you know just what to look for.This book tells you about different coinage including pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars. It shows you what "flaws" to look for from the mint and tells you which ones are more collectable vs ones that aren't collectable at all. I read through this book in less than 2 hours and then started looking at my coins. I've not struck it rich yet but it sure is fun to hope.

I would advise anyone who wants to collects pocket change to give this book a try. I received this book in e-book form to review but wish I had gotten it in physical book form. My father collects coins and I will be purchasing another copy of this book for him for his birthday.I receive this book at no charge from Booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review and honestly it is one of my favorites so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Agent Seven on February 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book should be titled "Strike It Rich With Coins That Spent No Time In Pockets And Were Never Used As Change," because although it starts out explaining that coins come in various grades that start with "Almost Good," all the way up to "Uncirculated," the title doesn't convey that in reality, every page of this book devotes attention only to coins that are "Very Fine" or above. Breathless accounts of coins worth $50,000 because of minting errors invariably talk about the person who found them "searching through rolls of uncirculated coins" - not exactly what the title seems to convey. The opening paragraphs of the book conjure up images of a family sitting each night sifting through their change and getting rich quick, but that's pretty much the end of that narrative.

It's a useful book to learn about the ins and outs of error coins, it's got lots of pictures and is very informative. I just think the title sucks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Orr on January 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My brother recommended this book to me. You will be surprised how to find "everyday" coins in circulation that contain different errors or flaws, which led to their increased value (over face value). Great resource for a beginning or experienced collector.
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