I'll send you a copy of this newsgroup's informal "favorite books"
list. There are dozens of books listed, most with reader comments.
You'll notice that several are "must haves" in their reader's eyes.
A good numismatic library is absolutely invaluable for new coin
collectors and old hats alike.
You can learn a great deal from the members of this newsgroup too. I
recommend glancing through previous posts to this newsgroup. You'll
learn a lot this way (I sure have) and many, many of your questions
will be answered. It can also help you focus your questions to us.
A great way to start is to learn about what coins are out there (check
out your local library), see what e***s you, and then learn about
those coins as you start collecting them. The other stuff like
storage, display, coin shows, prices, etc you'll learn along the way.
Sometimes through books, sometimes with posts here, and sometimes the
hard way. :-)
Welcome aboard! I would suggest the library also. In addition,
lurk around this newsgroup and see what it going on. Also, there
are a couple of weekly newsmagazines ("Numismatic News" and "Coin
World"), monthly magazines ("Coins", CoinAge") and so on.
Look at the different series of coins if you are looking at
American coinage. Ther are large cents, small cents, two cent +
three cent pieces, nickels, dimes, twenty cent pieces, quarters,
half dollars, and dollars... Each having different designs
depending on the production era. Minting varieties, minting
errors, mintmarks, "slabbed" coins, learning how to grade
coins... Then you can start looking at gold coins which is a
whole different ballgame.. :) As you can see, there is an
endless road you can travel in your learning curve.
If you are looking at collecting world coins, I would also
suggest the library. Unfortunately, I never really got myself
into foreign coins as there was/is so much to learn about
American coinage I never had the time.
I am sure others will give you posts as to their opinions also.
But the best overall advice I would give you is to educate
yourself first, then have fun!
> I am just getting into coin collecting and would like to know where I
> can learn more about what I need to get started.