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Strike it Rich with Pocket Change Third Edition Edition

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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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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: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Just Bibliophiles on June 9, 2011
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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 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
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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 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 L. Bowles on August 9, 2011
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Have you ever picked up a book thinking it was one thing, only to find out it was something totally different? Yeah, reading subtitles is important! Maybe I have been too focused on saving money lately that I ordered this book without reading the subtitle, but I was pleasantly surprised.

They say:
In late 2007 a collector found a double die cast 1969 Lincoln cent piece in a plain brown roll of coins. That penny was auctioned in early January 2008 for $126,500.00. To the untrained eye, that penny might look no different than any other. But in their concise and informative book, Ken Potter and Dr. Brian Allen give you all the tools you need to spot mint errors and turn small coins - ones you may have in your pocket right now, or that big glass jug at home - into big cash. They distill their years of collecting experience into simple chapters like 'Age Does Not Equal Value', 'Tools of the Trade', and 'Where to Sell Your Coins' that show you step-by-step how to spot and sell these treasures.

My take:
While not all error coins will bring big money, it might be worth a second look at the coins in that coin jar. Potter and Allen have filled this book with lots of photos and examples of what to look for in error coins. They give you specific directions on how to store and care for your coins. What amazed me was that the coins that are in this current book aren't ancient coins that my mom has tucked away in her safe deposit box, but coins that were struck in my lifetime. They also deal with the myths of coin collecting like all those wheat-backs that Mom hoards! Sorry, Mom! While I don't expect to be buying a magnifying glass and scanning my coins before using them, I might take a second look now and then.

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