The following table lists answers to common questions many beginners have on the topic of coin collecting. One of the best resources for answering questions is your local coin club, but if you don't have access to one (or even if you do) another option is to go to one of the many coin-related forums on the internet. Use google to find them.
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At the state level we have access to resources most local coin clubs don't have, such as a visual education library, experts in organizing show and educational activities, and a membership base that contains people involved in every aspect of the hobby. Plus, we act as a central collection point for publishing numerous member articles and distributing information of interest for the region. Our financial resources also allow us to undertake projects broader in scope than most clubs could easily handle.
In accordance with bylaws, rules and regulations. You can see from the officers list that we have many experienced volunteers, each of whom is involved with their own member clubs, in some cases many clubs. As such we represent the interests of a wide variety of people, with different backgrounds and preferences. The governing board meets several times per year (and those meetings are open to the membership), and there are various other committees, functions, and activities sprinkled here and there on the calendar.
Goodness, we thought you'd never ask! It's pretty simple...just attend one of the meetings, make contact by correspondence or email, or ask at your own local coin club (hopefully you already belong to one)—there's often an NASC Representative at your club that can help you get involved.
Everyone is welcome to attend the NASC Board Meetings. General business is carried on in the open, and the diversity of topics will make for an enjoyable morning or afternoon. Most meetings last two or three hours at most. Contact us by email or check the Calendar page if you're interested in attending the next meeting.
Tough question without seeing the coin. The value of a coin is dependent on two primary factors: 1) demand versus scarcity, and 2) condition. Most coins people come across are not very scarce, so condition plays a very important role. Most beginners (and quite a few experienced collectors) tend to over grade their coins; this is a natural optimistic tendency, and one that can be overcome with discipline and experience. One website that has a price list for US coins is CoinClub. Remember, this listing (or any other) is simply a guide to value. If you're a seller and looking for a buyer, you can probably expect to get a bit less than this. For lower priced coins (say under $100), the discount is pretty stiff (maybe as much as 50%); for higher priced coins you might only give up 10% or so. It all depends on the coin, how badly the person you're talking to wants it, and your negotiating skills.
Local coin clubs and coin stores are also an excellent source of information on coin values. The club members will be flattered that you're consulting them, and are likely to be more impartial in their estimations, even if they may not have the pricing experience of dealers.
Another excellent way to get a good idea of the true price you coin should bring upon sale is to search eBay for the same coin in similar condition. If you can find it there, look at the closed auction results to see what people are really willing to pay for that piece. Be careful to pay close attention to the condition, and any varieties or mint marks that may be different from the coin you have. Just a minor difference can give you the wrong information.
Here's a few books your local library may have that will also help to determine coin values:
The NASC doesn't deal in coins, but there's many options out there for someone who wants to sell. You should remember that there's generally a trade-off between the ease of sale and the amount you can expect to receive. Here's three options that are popular with a lot of folks: