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If you've gotten this far, you've probably already been bitten by the coin collecting bug.  This page provides basic information to help you get started.

First, you should learn as much as you can about numismatics (coin collecting and the study of coins).  You can do this by purchasing books that give you a good overview of the hobby.  A great starting point for beginning collectors is "Coin Collecting For Dummies".

Second, learn the language.  Here's a glossary to help you understand numismatic terms.

Third, learn to grade.  "Photograde" by James Ruddy is a good guide because all you have to do is match your coin to the photo in the book to determine it's condition.

Fourth, pick up a good price guide.  One of the best and most popular is the "Guidebook of United States Coins" (commonly known as the "Redbook").

Fifth, find a coin club in your area.  This is a great way to meet new collectors and make new friends (click here to see how many clubs are in your area).

Sixth, surf the web (plug "coin collecting" into any search engine and you'll be amazed at how many different sites there are for you to visit).

Finally, have fun!