As a child I began coin collecting, and today, as an adult, I still treasure my Mercury dimes, Wheatback cents (pennies), Buffalo nickels, Standing Liberty quarters and my many other coins and bills from around the world.
You’ll have noticed the professional markets trade bullion on very competitive prices not usually available to private individuals. The settlement condition for a professional market bullion trade is that the seller makes available a Good Delivery Bar at the door of an accredited bullion vault.
I’m not very excitable. I think gold – particularly held overseas – is necessary for effective wealth storage in the modern era, and it will for some years be an extremely important component of private savings. What I do get a kick out of is providing something which is so important, and so fairly priced, that customers go to the effort of writing thank you letters. We publish many of them on our Customer Comments.
Publications and books. I would not recommend a beginner collector run out and buy expensive books or even coin magazine subscriptions. Those are for more advanced collector. For now, search your public library for books to read. These will likely contain more information than you need at this point but allows you the knowledge to know what’s out there as far as information in general. Don’t overload yourself on books reading information you don’t need or understand at this point as you will lose your enthusiasm when you get overwhelmed. Only read what pertains to your particular collection. If a book contains information on a variety of coins, skip over everything except the information you are looking for. Learning the terminology of numismatics is the goal.
She wasn’t smiling at me, exactly. It’s quite possible that she didn’t even know I was in the coin shop; I had ducked in in a last ditch effort to find souvenirs that wouldn’t strain the already testy seams of my duffel bag. In an effort to cut down on extravagant spending, I’d only brought one bag with me; my flawless logic was that I would never dream of buying something without any estimation of how I could possible ferry it back overseas. I was wrong, of course, and my packing space was at such a premium that any further souvenirs had to be such that they could be stuffed into my jean pockets. Hence, the “>coin shop Trinity