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Collectors' Coins GB 2008
The popular coin collectors handbook since 1973, and it still lists the most varieties and is still at least GB£5 cheaper than its nearest rival. British coins are a fascinating field, each coin a historical document, each type has a design depicting an element of British society or culture, and the Royal family tree can be traced back on them, non only in words, but in pictures too. The fact these coins were spent by past generations and treated just like we treat modern coins, gives an insight into what people handled in days long gone. Coins can teach many aspects about the past, they can also cultivate the imagination, and who knows where that could lead. With the help of Collectors Coins Great Britain, you can learn what's rare and what isn't, and how many British coins of each type were minted each year. You can see pictures of every king or queen, and every different denomination. You can learn about the people that designed the coins, including the designer that was actually born at the Royal Mint premises. Learn how to distinguish between different varieties, some of which can make a substantial difference in the value of the coin. Most importantly you can see what all these different coins sell for in up to 5 different states of preservation. With this book as your guide and the knowledge you will gain, you can value your existing collection, or purchase new coins without potentially paying too much for them. This colour book lists all known major varieties for every coin type, as well as mintage numbers where recorded for each date. It really is the best value A5 (21 x 14.8cm) paperback book a coin collector could own. And also has a firm following with boot-salers, antique dealers, auctioneers, metal detectorists, historians, and anyone who is likely to encounter or be fascinated by the British coinage of the last 210 years.
AN INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH COIN GRADING The columns containing the market values in this book are headed by 2-4 Standard British coin grade names. Even novice coin collectors will probably realise that coins that are in better than average condition are always worth more than coins that have seen lots of circulation. Grading coins accurately takes a lot of experience in looking at the same types of coins, but, just as a rough idea this is what the grade columns stand for and mean: F = Fine: Fine coins show considerable wear to all raised surfaces. Some detail should be visible on the designs and some of the main hair volume should be visible on the Monarch’s head. Not individual strands, but maybe a parting or signs of head-dress. Many of the coins in your pocket even after just 30 years or less of normal use would probably be Fine or less. VF = Very Fine: A coin with some wear to the highest areas of the design but which has seen limited circulation. More hair detail is evident and also detail on the other designs. Just as an average guide a coin that has been in normal circulation for approximately 5 years may qualify for VF status. EF = Extremely Fine: A coin with little sign of being circulated. There may be only the slightest wear to the highest areas and minimal scratches and other marks. Often some of the mint lustre is visible on coins of this grade. As a rough idea a coin in your change would probably be an EF if it had been lucky and was minted just 1 year ago. UNC = Uncirculated: Like the name suggests, the coin should be as it left the mint with no signs of circulation or wear. Not necessarily perfect though, because coins can pick up scratches and what are known as ‘bag marks’ during mass production and contact with other coins at the mint. The coin should have most of its lustre present and some dealers may expect 100% lustre on coins stated as Uncirculated. An Uncirculated coin would be given to you in your change from a freshly opened bag of new coins. So, as you can imagine, Uncirculated coins that are 30, 60 or even 200 years old, are often pretty rare, and very collectable, hence the higher prices for coins in this grade. BU = Brilliant Uncirculated: BU is not really an official grade but is increasingly used to refer to an Uncirculated coin with full mint lustre. Such coins are also allowed to exhibit minor signs of mass production. You may also see some other grades referred to in this book: FDC: Generally only used when talking about special proof strikings, and it means absolutely perfect in every way. Fair/Good: Heavily worn, but with clear writing and being identifiable. Only very rare ‘Fair/Good’ coins have any value. As well as the basic grades listed on this page, collectors will often encounter grades like ‘GVF’ for example. This indicates the coin is not exactly a ‘VF’ (Very Fine). In fact the ‘G’ stands for ‘Good’ so a GVF coin would be better that VF but not quite EF. ‘N’ stands for ‘Near’ and ‘A’ for ‘About’. So, the
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