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Coin collectors and dealers alike know
that the new Price Guides are here. By far the most famous
is the RedBook by R. S. Yeoman and edited by Kenneth
Bressett. The new 2006 edition went on sale July 5, 2005
and is already ranked #15,594 at Amazon.com.
Since 1947 the Red Book has been the definitive
guide to coin valuations for an ever growing population
of coin collectors. Even the Red Book itself has become
a collectible with the 1st edition valued at $750. in
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Are you a coin collector or a numismatist???
There are almost as many different ways of collecting
coins as there are collectors. Many collectors specialize in
some area of collecting, at least for a time.
Numismatics is the scientific study of money
and its history in all its varied forms.
While numismatists are
often characterized as studying coins, the discipline also
includes the study of medals, medallions, and tokens.
Numismatists are sometimes differentiated
from coin collectors inasmuch as the latter chiefly derive pleasure
from the simple ownership of monetary devices, whereas the former
are more concerned with acquiring knowledge about monetary devices
and systems. In fact, many numismatists are also collectors and
At the very highest levels of coin
collecting, it can become a highly competitive sport. Recently,
this has exhibited itself in registry sets, where the most complete
set of coins with the highest numerical grades assigned by grading
services are published by the grading service. This can lead
to astronomical prices as dedicated collectors strive for the
very best examples of each date and mint mark combination.
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