Buy the Book Before You Buy the Coin
It is often said that beginning coin collectors should "buy the book before you buy the coin." There are many excellent reasons why new collectors are told this. It is often said that "knowledge is power." That is especially true in numismatics. And acquiring knowledge, especially for novice coin collectors, can help them make smart decisions. Those.
To Buy or Not to Buy
Successful bids and ill-advised purchases help clarify the age-old dilemma.