It's time. Time to share a little knowledge I've aquired in hopes of a better understanding of what I'm looking for on e-bay and what I offer.
Rarely will I extend a grade to my coin listings. And for good reason. Those who collect know, or better yet, should know the general worth of the coins they collect. In the long term, most all American numismatic investments pay handsome rewards. However with a little knowledge, those rewards can be multiplied fruitfully.
I recommend reading a book called "Making the Grade" by Beth Deisher. I was led to this wherehouse of information by a friend I met here on e-bay and I am so glad I was. This book contains page after page of vivid, brilliant, color photographs of the 25 most widely collected U.S. Coins. All catogorically simplified as to grade. Additionally introduced is a wonderful system of ascertaining the most important aspects of what to look for and where to see truble spots when grading. The high points of the coins surface are identified clearly and the most important spots to look for damage or problems stated. This was most helpful for me when trying to speculate on a grade above MS-60.
The impotant definitions in numismatic are lain out for common understanding as well as the proper technics in handling and storage of these wonderful treasures.
Please pick up a copy for yourself and please feel free to contact me directly if you are thinking of listing your coins and do not know where to begin. I am glad to correspond and share what knowledge I have and guide you to maximize your enjoyment and returns in the wonderful world of United States coinage.