Coin World's first-rate coin grading guide, Making the Grade is now published in its third edition. The book provides a visual guide into the world of grading United States coins. Written by Beth Deisher, this was her last project before she left her post as editor of Coin World in April 2012. The third edition is a vast improvement over the previous edition in that it covers 30 more series of coins and has a larger physical dimension that makes it easier to use.
The book's usability is created by its use of a standard format:
- The introduction describes the tools presented in the book and how the reader should use them to determine the grade of their coins.
- A history of each coin is provided for each series. Topics covered in the history section often include the design development, details on peculiar aspects of grading the series and insights from various coin experts.
- Color-coded maps that define the prime focal areas on a coin are one of the most valuable features in the book. These were originally developed by James Halperin of Heritage Auction Galleries, who is regarded as being one of the leading coin grading experts in the industry. These maps help readers identify the area where a contact marks will have the most impact on the coin's grade.
- Images for each design that shows where a coin's highest points are help readers determine if a coin is circulated or uncirculated. These are the areas that will exhibit wear first. These images were originally developed by long time ANACS coin grader and authenticator Michael Fahey.
- Large color images of both the obverse and reverse are provided for each coin grade throughout the book. Underneath each full-color picture is a description that helps the reader determine the grade of their coin.
Great Book for the Beginner Coin Collector
Intermediate and Advanced Coin Collectors Benefit Too
Color Photos Help Perfect Your Skills
What sets Making the Grade apart from other coin grading books is its full-color format. There are no low resolution black-and-white photographs in the book. This is particularly helpful when grading copper coins that develop a patina over time. Collectors of silver coins also benefit from these color photographs in that surface toning can be portrayed accurately. Although gold coins do not tone or tarnish, friction and rub marks are evident in the full-color photographs. Unlike other coin grading books where coins are reproduced in their exact size, this book uses images that are large enough to see the detail on some of the smallest coins that United States has made.
Bottom Line: Buy It!
Publisher: Amos Hobby Publishing; 3rd edition (August 10, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 2.4 pounds