The Coin Collector's Survival Manual

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House of Collectibles, 2006 - Antiques & Collectibles - 360 pages
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“The preeminent consumer advocate in the numismatic field.”
New York Times

From one of the world’s most knowledgeable coin dealers—a former consultant to the Federal Trade Commission often quoted by theWall Street Journal—comes a thorough update of his consumer protection handbook to buying and selling rare and valuable coins. Bestselling, award-winning authorScott A. Traverscombines insider information on the latest trends in coin collecting with his influentialHow to Make Money in Coins Right Now. Beautifully illustrated with black-and-white photographs and a full-color insert,The Coin Collector’s Survival Manualis indispensable for seasoned collectors and novices alike.

“One of the most important coin books ever written.”
New York Times

Coin Collector’s Survival Manualyou’ll learn how to:
• Understand coin grading systems
• Detect altered, counterfeit, and doctored coins
• Know when to buy and sell—and when not to
• Buy coins through Internet auctions—and avoid the pitfalls
• Safeguard and protect your coins from disaster


Praise forTheCoin Collector’s Survival Manual:
The book on rare coins “you can’t afford to be without.” —Newsweek
“A book that should be read before a single coin is bought—and read again and again!” —Coin World


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If you are starting to collect coins read this book first! It will save you from the pitfalls and tell you what to look out for! Truly the Bible of coin collecting! Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Scott A. Travers ranks as one of the most knowledgeable and influential coin dealers in the world. His name is familiar to readers everywhere as the author of six bestselling books on coins: One-Minute Coin Expert, How to Make Money in Coins Right Now, Travers' Rare Coin Investment Strategy, Scott Travers' Top 88 Coins Over $100, The Insider's Guide to U.S. Coin Values, and The Investor's Guide to Coin Trading, and the forthcoming Coin Collector's Survival Manual. All of them have won awards from the prestigious Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). In 2002, NLG awarded him its highest bestowable honor, the lifetime achievement Clemy. He was elected vice president (1997-1999) of the American Numismatic Association, a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization. He is contributing editor to COINage magazine and a regular contributor to other numismatic periodicals, and has served as a coin valuation consultant to the Federal Trade Commission. His opinions as an expert are often sought by publications such as Barron's, Business Week, and The Wall Street Journal. A frequent guest on radio and television programs, Scott Travers has won awards and gained an impressive reputation not only as a coin expert but also as a forceful consumer advocate for the coin-buying public. He serves as numismatic advisor to a number of major investment funds and has coordinated the liquidation of numerous important coin collections. He is president of Scott Travers Rare Coin Galleries, LLC, in New York City. Please visit him online at

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