Keying on your phrase of being useful for those just getting started, I can unequivocally recommend David Bowers' "Grading Coins By Photographs".
The first five chapters hold an incredible amount of wisdom on basic, technical and controversial issues pertaining to grading in general. Then comes Mr. Bowers' grading savvy with hundreds of high quality images and tricks of the trade, covering every US series.
Taking this book into the field will pay for itself many times over.
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Spufford, Peter: "Money and its use in Medieval Europe" Cambridge University Press 1988. ISBN 0 521 37590 8.
Here is another good one for all. Good Money, Birmingham Button Makers, the Royal Mint, and the Beginnngs of Modern Coinage, 1775-1821. The author is George Selgin.
If you started to collect medieval coins this book is great:
Has anyone put all of these references in list form, if so could someone please send me a copy of it.
Every red book is a great edition to your library. These includes (if there is a star next to it take special note-there is something for everyone)
A Guide Book of Half Cents and Large Cents
This place is great!
6 years ago
For Saint Gauden's Double Eagles...
Big Nub Numismatics
definitely Pleasure and Profit for the beginner, and intermediate collector.3 years ago