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Buy this book before you buy a coin
on December 10, 2012
The photographs in this book help a coin buyer decide whether his or her coin is a BU slider or is actually an AU (almost uncirculated) coin, for instance. Grading is tough. It takes years of practice looking at hundreds of coins. Q. David Bowers' advice is top notch, as always. If he were a coin, he'd be an MS70. Before spending money on a coin that may be over graded or cleaned or worse (whizzed), read this book over and over. Compare your current coins and pocket change to the photographs shown. Please don't be upset if you find out your coin is a Good 4 and not a Fine 12. I've been there, many collectors have been there. The best defense against fraud and abuse in coin collecting is knowledge. This is a great book to have in any coin collector's library.