- Spiral-bound: 344 pages
- Publisher: Whitman Publishing (December 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0794827012
- ISBN-13: 978-0794827014
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grading Coins by Photographs Spiral-bound – December 1, 2008
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I started coin collecting in the 1950's and was familiar with Q. David Bowers experience in coin collecting from his advertisements in Coin World magazine. I sold the majority of my collection in the late 1980's but having just retired, I decided to resume my favorite hobby and realized that I had a lot of "catching up" to do. For example, the numerical grading of coins was completely new to me. Consequently, I purchased "Grading Coins by Photographs" by Q. David Bowers. This is an excellent book for educating novice coin collectors regarding the grading of coins, and is an important reference book for experienced collectors looking to expand their collections to include coin types in which they may have limited knowledge.
The first five chapters were a good introduction to the in-depth review of key characteristics associated with assigning a grade to a coin. I enjoyed the history of coin collecting and how it has evolved to the present, the development of the numerical grading system, metals and their interaction with the environment, cleaning of coins and consideration of features other than those commonly associated with a particular coin type. Photographs next to each discussion section were particularly valuable in illustrating each point the author was making.
The in-depth review of grading coins was very good. The brief review of each coin type preceding grading of each coin or incorporated into the grading discussion enhanced grading information and served to educate the reader regarding factors affecting the strike and sharpness of coins. I wish more information could be given that exactly distinguishes 64, 65, 66, 67 and 68 coins.Read more ›
The author writes in a clear, easy-to-read style that quickly puts you up to speed. In the first part of the book, you'll want to read what he says about grading and related topics. It's very valuable information and fun to read.
The pictures are not the best in the world. But I've been using an old black and white grading book and even that is a tremendous help and has saved me lots of money and mistakes. So this one is far better. The important thing is, you see what to look for and avoid and you see what a coin should have to be a certain grade. You'll quickly be able to grade any coin with a high degree of accuracy.
Each coin is pictured in the grade described. Then you read what to look for on the obverse and the reverse.
If you buy and sell coins, especially online, you need this book and I highly recommend it.
- Susanna K. Hutcheson
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exceptionally written and illustrated. Very helpful and full of exciting features. For a "used " item this book was in exceptionally good shape, no torn or folded pages... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Clipper
very nice this is a good book ...! and the pictures are fine nothing wrong with the pic's in this book...!! & good info as well...!!Published on November 14, 2013 by TATTOO JOHN
This is a very good grading book and I use it almost every day. I have learned a lot from it. Thank youPublished on April 26, 2013 by dale wilford
This book is very useful for both beginner and more experienced numismatists. The photos provide an excellent basis for judging the differences between grades for most U.S. Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Pat
I've only been collecting coins for a year now, but I've lost count as to how many times I've misgraded a coin (which came back to haunt me at times). Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Baze
Wow, now I know what the other reviewer was talking about. I have alot of Kindle ebooks and have never seen print like this. Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by NytOwl69
This book has helped me in understanding the grading system of coins, and has allowed me to purchase better looking coins for my collection.Published on February 17, 2012 by money saver
Finally - a photograde coin guide with decent (not great) photos. The best I've seen and used.
The best part of this book however is the emptying of Mr. Read more