Starting a Coin Collection

Hey have you ever wanted to start a coin collection of your own? Read on to enter the world of coin collecting!!!!!

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Step 1: Buying Your Coins

Usally there are many coin shops around.Now when buying coins rember to try to buy high grade coins here are the coin grades.
Proof-coin that has never been handled or touched by human hands.
AU-a coin that has had so little wear that it could be mistaken for proof.
EX-coin that has light wear on high points of the coin.
VF-coin will have medium to light wear and all coins with LIBERTY all seven letters must be clear.
F-coin has medium wear and LIBERTY all seven letters must be visable although some worn.
VG-Coin has medium to heavy wear LIBERTY must have three or more letters visable.
G-The coin only has the genral design of the coin outlined and it is very weak.
AG-Most of the design of the coin will be outlined, but the rims are worn.
F-Rims worn well into the design and should be outlines of some of the images are there.
P-Barely visable and completely flat. 
Now rember never clean coins

Step 2: Storing Your Coins

Now there are many ways to store coins.Binders are a common way of storing are slabs they are the best way to store coins.Plastic flaps are a tempary way of storage because over time they break apart and corrode coins.Now thats it!Here is a cool website that has grading all over the world!



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    5 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Why do you say "Never clean coins"?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Could you add some more to this?
    E.g. who's grading guide is that? Similar to this.
    Where do you shop for coins / find coins, and more about corrosion would help?


    3 replies

    the grading guide is used every where in coin collecting they all use the same grading rules.I have a lot of coin shops around and antique shops are great places.Also the crosion happens when the chemicals in the old pvc "flaps" the chemicals leak on the coin over time.