Basics of coin collecting
Coin collecting is not only a hobby… it’s an investment. Every coin that you add to your collection, will most probably gain value over the years.
Buy yourself a good magnifying tool, this will be your best collector’s friend. 5 to 10 times magnification should do the trick. Learn the basics of how to grade a coin and look out for rim nicks, scratches, polishing etc.
Find a good price reference guide, like Brian Hern’s handbook and also online references. Look at regular auction prices as well as Ebay and bidorbuy. You can also make use of www.coindatabase.org
Protect your coins, make sure you use non PVC coin holders/albums for your ungraded items.
NEVER clean your coins!
Ask as many questions as possible!
THE COINAGE AND COUNTERFEITS OF THE ZUID AFRIKAANSCHE REPUBLIEK by Elias Levine published by PURNELL
( This is a must read – try to obtain from second hand bookshops )
Hern’s Handbook on South African Coins & Patterns
MONEY IN SOUTH AFRICA by C.L. Engelbrecht published by TAFELBERG
ONS GELDERFENIS deur Matthy Esterhuysen
THE GOLDEN KEY ( A Complete Guide to Gold Coin Investment ) by Eli Levine published by PURNELL