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on May 21, 2016
Buy the book before buying the coin -- this adage is more true today than ever before and can save you a lot of money and grief. The blue book gives a good idea of what coins are actually worth, as in if you buy a coin today and need to sell it tomorrow, here's last year's sale price. Generally, if you use the red book version only, substract about 2/3rds of the price and you'll have a fair idea of how much a coin dealer may pay you for your coin(s). The blue book is the better book to determine how much your coins are actually worth. If you want to make money in coins, hold them for a long time (e.g., 5 to 10+ years) and hope silver and gold skyrocket again. Coin collecting is a great hobby but if you're looking for an investment to quickly turnaround for profit, coin collecting, in general, is not the way to go. Like the red book version, the blue book version gives the coin collector invaluable information, albeit in summary form. In addition to buying the blue book, buy or read books on counterfeits and how to grade coins. Sadly, the market is flooded with Chinese fakes and some of these coins have even fooled experts. So, collect with caution and if a deal sounds too good to be true, walk away -- the coin may be a fake (e.g., weight is wrong) or cleaned (e.g., shiny coin but no cartwheel effect when turning it in the light) or artificially toned. (Note: cleaned coins or heavily dipped coins are worth a lot less than the prices listed in the blue book, sometimes 75% less.) This is one hobby where more knowledge through books and online articles can save you a lot of money while also enhancing enjoyment and appreciation for the beauty of coins.
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on December 10, 2012
The Red Book gives the reader an idea of what the coins cost while the Blue Book gives an idea of for what they sold. I've discovered that the difference between purchase and resale can be as much as 75%, with 50% difference being the average. Please keep in mind that the prices in both the Red Book and Blue Book are about a year old because of publishing constraints. Overall, I use this book and an online site by a large coin grading service to determine the true value of coins. For serious coin traders, the Grey Sheet is a better indicator but its cost is prohibitive to many of us who collect for reasons unrelated to making a living buying and selling coins. The information in this book is worth the price alone. Always read (and buy) the book first, then buy or sell the coin.
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on September 16, 2012
First thing to keep in mind is that anyone buying this book is looking to see what their collection is worth. If you need to insure your collection or you are planning to sell off part or all of it, you need some idea of what to ask for it. For those reasons this book will come in very handy. Having said that, I must admit it does contain a few gaps in the area of very old gold coins, and the same for silver ones. Over all worth the money.2012 Handbook of U.s. Coins: Blue Book (Handbook of United States Coins (Paper))
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on June 3, 2012
The book is just what I neded to see what dealers would pay for coins I want to sell. I would recommend it to anyone who looked at prices in the red book.
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on March 26, 2017
As always, high quality book. I always take it to Office Depot/Max and have them spiral-bind it - the same way that the red book comes from the dealer. That way I can open it to the page I need and lay it flat while I examine the coin(s) I'm working on.
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on March 4, 2017
Does not give any prices above MS 65. Not any good for what I would need.
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on October 16, 2016
The blue Handbook of US Coins will give you the real trade in value of your coins that a coin store will pay you. The red book will give you the retail value of your coins. A coin dealer will not pay you this value.
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on July 13, 2016
Really nice to know what dealers will pay for my coins. This book is for wholesale prices.I buy one of every edition.
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on February 5, 2017
This "blue book" tells you what a specific coin in your possession is worth to a coin dealer. The "red book" gives you the price you can expect to pay for a specific coin sold by a coin dealer. In other words, the red book lists the retail price for specific coins, whereas the blue book provides the wholesale price. This book is easy to understand and provides some useful guidance in determining the grade of a coin, although an accurate grading can only be assured through a professional appraisal. The price I paid for this hardcover book ($8.69) was a real bargain. Definitely a 5-star product and price.
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on July 4, 2012
I'm not an expert on coins but have a number of pre '64 items. This book has the information I need to estimate grade and value. It contains a brief individual instruction for most types on determining grade plus circulation and estimated value.
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