Book Review: Strike It Rich with Pocket Change (4th Edition, 2013)

How to Find Error Coins That Bring Big Money

Strike It Rich with Pocket Change by Ken Potter
Strike It Rich with Pocket Change. Image Courtesy of: Krause Publications

Strike It Rich with Pocket Change (4th Edition, 2013) by error and variety experts Ken Potter and Dr. Brian Allen bring back the fun and excitement to coin collecting using the change you get in everyday purchases. The United States Mint makes billions of coins each year. Odds have it, that there will be a few mistakes that will slip out into general circulation. Coin collectors who specialize in error and variety coins will pay big money to get the coins they want.

The authors illustrate this point in the very beginning of the book to get your attention by highlighting several recent finds that have sold at auction ranging from over $125,000 to a few thousand dollars to about $100.

The Perfect Book to Get You Searching

The introduction of the book whets your appetite by answering the question "Why search your pocket change?"  For the novice, the first sections of the book cover introductory topics such as: coin values, circulated coin conditions, uncirculated coin conditions, supplies you'll need and some advice on cleaning coins (don't do it!). The real education in collecting die varieties and mint errors begins with a discussion of the different forms of doubling on coins and the level of interest collectors place on each type of doubling.  The use of extreme close-up photography illustrates each type wonderfully.

Details. Details. Details.

You will find that some varieties are visible to the naked eye and other types you will need a high-powered magnifying glass to see.

Although all the pictures in the book are black-and-white, the extreme close-ups will help you recognize each individual variety. The book is ordered by denomination and date for coins that you can currently find in circulation. Additionally, there is an estimation of the coin's value in three different grades.

Some discoveries are so new that there is not enough information as to what coin collectors are willing paying.

What makes this book extremely easy to use are the "Look at" and "Look for" tips that are included in every listing. The "Look at" tip directs you to a very particular area of the coin to concentrate on. The "Look for" Tip verbally describes the variety that is illustrated in the picture below the listing.

The book concludes with a discussion on how to collect error coins and a brief overview on the different types of error coins. If you do find an error coin in your pocket change, the chapter on "Buying and Selling Error, Variety Coins" will be your best friend so that you can get a fair value for your coin when you go to sell it.

Product Details

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Krause Publications; 4 edition (June 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1440235708
ISBN-13: 978-1440235702
Product Dimensions:  8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches

The Bottom Line

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