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Monday, May 16, 2011

Strike It Rich with Pocket Change - Review

Strike It Rich with Pocket Change
By Ken Potter and Dr. Brian Allen

Wow – it’s like a mini treasure hunt in your pocket, purse or change jar!!

If you have the impression that coins must be old to be valuable, this book can really open your eyes! Even fairly new coins –including some of the state/commemorative quarters are worth more than face value to collectors of variations.

The authors have a combined experience of 70+ years in the hobby of coin collecting. In this book they sufficiently covered the basics of finding and collecting error/variation coins; including equipment required, what to look for, where to look, storing your collection, and how to sell your new found treasures.

The meat of the book features coin variations and errors to look for while checking the change in your pocket. This information is broken down by coin type and year. This section also includes many photos and detailed explanations which are invaluable for the newby. Many listings also include a price estimate for the value of your find.

I found this book easy to read, understand and use. This would be a fun book to share with your child or grandchild! Searching through change looking for coin variations presents a great opportunity to bridge the generation gap, pick up a little family history (“1960 was the year your great-grandpa and grandma got married!”) and fun trivia. Coin collecting is an easy hobby for kids because it doesn’t have to be all consuming, is inexpensive, and can easily be dropped and picked up again as interest/time/ages dictate.

Unfortunately, while I have picked up quite a few tips on what to look for, I must confess, I haven’t found anything in my pocket to make me “rich” . . . yet!

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