Coin Collecting
Consumer Protection Guide

Counterfeit 1799 U.S. silver dollar




The electronic age has created marvelous new opportunities for coin enthusiasts to add to their collections and to their store of knowledge. But it has also opened up new opportunities for coin scammers. Cheating has always been a part of the world of money, including the world of collecting money. The Internet just makes it easier to cheat, and be cheated. Not all of the coin collecting consumer information below is specific to the online world or to deception in numismatics. But it's all relevant to the coin consumer in the information age. Consider this a coin consumer protection guide.

How to Avoid Coin Fraud on eBay

Counterfeit Coin Detection Primer

Coin Grading and Authentication Services

Coin Toning: Real, Artificial, In Between?

Coin Cleaning

Getting the Most from Coin Price Guides

Censorship in Numismatic Discussion Groups

Coin Collecting Compulsion

How to Select a Coin Holder

Coin Photography

Pocket Pieces

Coin Jewelry

Getting Started With Ancient Coins

Ancient Coin Marketplace

Ancient Coin Grading

Attributing Ancient Greek Coins (SNGs)

Language, Empire, and Ancient Coin Scholarship

Looting, Smuggling, and Ancient Coins


Some of the coin consumer protection material here appeared earlier in a different format in articles of mine in Coin World, Coins magazine, Coin Values magazine, and The Celator magazine.


Coin sites:
Coin Collecting: Consumer Protection Guide
Glomming: Coin Connoisseurship
Bogos: Counterfeit Coins

© 2013 Reid Goldsborough

Note: Any of the items illustrated on these pages that are in my possession are stored off site.