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Rare Money Blog

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

As you read these words I am putting finishing touches on my latest Whitman book, A Guide Book of Gold Quarter Eagle Coins, to be published later this year. There will be a special section on quarter eagles found in various caches as well as recovered from shipwrecks. I have photographs of coins from the  Central America and New York steamships, but am seeking others. I would like coins that are specifically pedigreed to certain finds, not generic images of similar coins.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

This quiz is excerpted from Rare Coin Review #117, published in 1997.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

My comments this week are oriented towards newcomer, not to established numismatists. It is my goal to tell what I would do if I had a coin but knew nothing about it.

How do I know what my coin is worth? This is, of course, THE basic question for many people, especially members of the general public who have found a potentially valuable coin in a drawer, safe deposit box, or elsewhere.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Using my private e-mail address, send me questions involving any aspect of American numismatics. The study of coins, tokens, medals, and paper money has occupied most of my life. Today in 2019 I enjoy writing and research as much as I ever did. There are always new things to learn and discover.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

It is difficult to give any general advice about collecting; it is a matter of taste. If one means to become a collector, and not merely a possessor, it is wisest to choose perhaps a somewhat limited field. To collect everything numismatic means to acquire much that does not interest, and therefore one often becomes discouraged. The more acquired the more one finds there is to be gotten, and the farther one seems to be from a constantly receding goal.​​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Ask collectors their reason for collecting and almost invariably they answer that it is for recreation. With the greater number this is the paramount motive, and as recreation is a necessity as well as a diversion, a collection in providing it, provides a service of no little value. But recreation is of several kinds, and compensating mental recreation is more difficult to find than that of a physical character.​​

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Some reflections on collecting in past times, part of a commentary I am doing on the “instant collecting” of today, 2019. “Instant collecting,” via the Internet and with certified coins and 101 different sources for pricing information, would seem to make it unnecessary for most collectors to know about authenticity, grade, or much else about numismatics. Today, for most buyers, collecting is mindless. Soon, the novelty wears off, and the newcomers are gone forever.

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

This quiz asks you to identify on which date and denomination coin you would find some interestingly names varieties.

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