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What To Look For

There are four questions you should answer when determining whether to add a coin to your collection:

    Is the coin appealing to look at?
    Appeal can be different for each collector. If the coin doesn't appeal to you, don't buy it.
    How lustrous is it?
    There is no way to restore a coin's luster—the shininess of a new coin—once it's gone.
    Is it damaged?
    Scratches, bag marks, staple marks, corrosion and other damage will decrease a coin's value.
    How worn is it?
    According to experts, wear tends to be the single biggest factor that determines the grade given to a coin.

Collecting Basics