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  1. You Can't Rush a Great Collection

    You Can't Rush a Great Collection

    By Jeff Garrett

    Be patient, educate yourself, find opportunities and enjoy the hobby.

    In the past, most rare coin collectors chose a series or area of interest, and spent decades building their collection. Many of the greatest rare coin collections were assembled slowly over many years, if not a lifetime.

    The famous collector John Jay Pittman spent several decades collecting coins and rarely, if ever, sold anything. After he passed in the 1990s, his primary residence sold for about $150,000. His coin collection was sold at auction by David Akers for over $30 million. You can easily gather that John Jay Pittman was very passionate about his collection

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  2. In Collecting, Change is Constant

    In Collecting, Change is Constant

    Posted by Jeff Garrett on 10/18/2018

    Numismatists' tastes in coins have evolved over the years. Coin collecting habits in the United States have continued to evolve since the hobby became popular in the late 1850s. Large Cents became sought after when the large format was discontinued. Many great collections were formed by collectors who started to search for one of every year Large Cent struck from 1793 to 1857. Many were surprised to find out that none had been produced in 1815 due to a copper shortage.

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  3. When Proofs Were New

    When Proofs Were New

    The Smithsonian collection sheds light on some of the earliest examples from the US Mint. To begin a conversation about early United States Proof Coinage we should first discuss the definition of the term. The Guide Book of United States Coins (Redbook) defines the term as such: Proof: A specially made coin distinguished by sharpness of detail and usually with brilliant, mirrorlike surfaces. Proof refers to the method of manufacture, and is not a grade.

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  4. Digital Photography Revolutionizes The Hobby

    Digital Photography Revolutionizes The Hobby

    NGC launched a new service for collectors and dealers in June called Photo Vision. The new photo service provides submitters with high-resolution pictures of their coins before they have been encapsulated. The pictures will be emailed to submitters who can use them for Set Registry listings, online sales and for identification purposes. The service is available at the discounted rate of $7.50 until the end of the year.

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  5. Numismatic Camaraderie

    There are many specialized clubs that show coin collecting doesn't have to be a solitary activity.

    One of the biggest decisions for most collectors who become interested in numismatics is what to collect. Large numbers are attracted to the hobby when buying from the U.S. Mint, or purchasing a coin from a national advertiser.

    Coins such as American Silver Eagles and Morgan Silver Dollars attract huge numbers into the hobby. These coins, and others, are often referred to as “gateway” material that introduces new collectors to numismatics. The same can said about the many bullion buyers who eventually gravitate to coin collecting.

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  6. New Monthly Grey Sheet

    New Monthly Grey Sheet

    Greysheet is changing to a all encompassing Monthly issue. The first issue premiers May 2018, and now includes the entire Greysheet newsletters, Bluesheet (certified coin), and Goldsheet pricing in one tabloid, every month.

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  7. Determining Coin Values

    Determining Coin Values

    Determining Coin Values

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  8. 2017 Holiday Party

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