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05 Oct 2022

Strike It Rich With Pocket Change: Book Review

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One of my favorite things to do in my free time is sort rolls of coins. I love to look for W quarters, old dates, and anything special. But what I really love to look for is errors. My favorite reference book for them is a book called Strike It Rich with Pocket Change. I'm sure some of you are familiar with this book because it is one of my favorite coin collecting books. It talks about a lot of major and minor errors on modern circulating coins. It will tell you where to look on the coin and what to look for. It will give you an estimated price range on your coin in circulated condition and uncirculated condition. It ranges from cents to half dollars and includes zoomed in photos with captions. The title on the box says "Mistakes happen. Now you can cash in on them." Ken Potter and Dr. Brian Allen did a great job with this book. If you are into errors and like to roll sort, I would highly recommend this book!

Here's an example of what it's like: It says 2000-P 25c South Carolina "Extra-Branch". It says to look at the reverse of this quarter and to look for a small gouge giving the appearance of an additional branch. It says it's worth around $3-$5 in circulated condition and $10-$15 in uncirculated condition. I had no idea about this error and I think it is really cool because a lot of people would notice it that well and it reminds me of the extra leaf Wisconsin quarters. Now I look at all of my 2000-P SC quarters for this error, although I have yet to find one. For the amount of numismatic error information it gives, $20 is really cheap for the book and I would 100% recommend it to you guys.

Thanks for reading my blog and have a great day!



My brother owns a copy

Long Beard

Level 5

Excellent! I've seen the title but not bothered to go beyond that, so I'm adding this one to my vast library. I hope it's available in the hardback format Thanks!. Also, there is no set dollar amount for knowledge.


Level 6

Great review! I have this book too! A must for roll searching! ; )


Level 4

A veteran, he has been collecting coins as long as I have been alive, member of our local coin club still avidly searches coin bins and finds wonderful error varieties, primarily Lincoln cents. He recently brought in some slab examples including a very striking double die 1971 proof cent I had never seen before that he had only paid the regular price of a 1971 proof set. You can see an example of it at variety vista 1971-S DDO-001 http://www.varietyvista.com/01b%20LC%20Doubled%20Dies%20Vol%202/DDO%201971-S.htm

It's Mokie

Level 6

I had a copy of that book many many years ago, nice to see it is still being published and still helping collectors young and old. Thanks for your review.

AC coin$

Level 6

Great interesting book, fine acquisition. It could be a nice guide for error seeking. I have one copy. Thanks.


Level 6

I use this book and The Cherry Pickers Guide. All you need.


Level 7

There is nothing like a good roll of coins. It takes up my time. It keeps me interested. And you never know. what you'll find. Its just not for the younger groups but us old timers also. I still enjoy it. Good hunting!


Level 4

Great information! I used to sort a lot of wheat penny rolls. Also been looking for a few various dates & varieties to finish off my Kennedy halves. Never been huge on errors, but actually sounds like a lot of fun.

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