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New To Coin Rolling. What's The Best And Non-expensive Tools That I Need?

 
 
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 Posted 06/24/2019  11:09 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CozyCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hey, everybody. I asked this question in the introductory forum. What's the essential tools I need that aren't expensive? And what is your opinion on the best magnification (10x for example)? USB microscope? Scale? I want to upload these to the computer to blow them up and also share. I don't know if a phone's camera would be a better option. I don't know. I'm new to this. Thanks for any help!
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 Posted 06/25/2019  02:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add EM55062 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Some tubes, gloves, maybe an album (Dansco or Whitman). A lot of people buy microscopes but I just use a magnifying glass. Figured if doubling was dramatic enough to be worth something then I would be able to see it.
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 Posted 06/25/2019  05:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to CCF. Get a good loupe,10x or 14x doublet (a Hastings triplet is best). Use a good light source. Only hold coins by the edge. Do not clean coins.Scale should go low 0.001.
Microscope 0-150x.You can buy a clip on magnafier for not much money to clip on your phone. Here is a list of links http://www.coppercoins.com/index.php
http://traildies.com/
http://lincolncentresource.com/
http://coinsandcanada.com/coins-prices.php
http://doubleddie.com/
http://koinpro.tripod.com/
http://varietyvista.com/
http://errorvariety.com/
http://www.coinsite.com/html/userrorprices.asp
http://koinpro.tripod.com/Articles/Doubling.htm
http://errorvariety.com/Varieties/index.html
http://www.maddieclashes.com/index.html
John1
( I'm no pro, it's just my humble opinion )
Searched 5+ Million Cents Since 1971
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 Posted 06/25/2019  05:41 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fistfulladirt to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
1) A bicycle or motorbike as opposed to automobile. Bank runs can get expensive.
It used to cost me $10-$50 in gas per week for my runs, especially road trips.

2) 100% fee-free banking accounts.

These are the most expensive parts of roll hunting if you aren't careful.
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 Posted 06/25/2019  08:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CitationSquirrel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome aboard.

The best tool you need for CRH is patience.
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 Posted 06/25/2019  12:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add HGK3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Patience is certainly the most valuable tool you can have.

As to actual tools, I bought an inexpensive USB scope off of Amazon for probably around $30 and followed that with an inexpensive stand for the scope at around $20. Although the stand isn't necessary strictly speaking, I think it's invaluable and while loupes and magnifying glasses are cheaper, the scope and stand makes reviewing large numbers of coins really easy and relatively eye stress free.

Seeing them on your monitor helps immensely, especially if you're beginning.

A lightweight digital scale is also very helpful and can be bought for $10. Make sure it weighs in grams as well as ounces and goes to hundredths for accuracy sake.

A copy of the most recent Red Book is also helpful, so long as a) you read it and b) understand the prices are probably inaccurate by about 20% on most common coins.

Good luck and happy hunting.

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Patience? Volume is the key to successful roll hunting.
When I listen to LED ZEPPELIN...so do my neighbors...
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 Posted 06/25/2019  11:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CozyCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for all the help, everybody! So much help already. I appreciate it!
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 Posted 07/07/2019  08:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Big-Kingdom to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Best and non-expensive? I'd have to go with a box of rubber gloves, non powdered and a cloth that you can wash or a mat to search on.
Unless your searched a lot of rolls you might not see it but your fingers get fithy as well as the areas where you search. Coins are dirty even the new ones.
Then you have paper cuts around your cuticles on your fingers from removing wrappers and it can get painful even infected. This way you don't get coal miner hands.

Cheapest things you could add that will increase your enjoyment would be those two things. Tables get beat up and dirty areas, this is the reason for the cloth or mat. Nothing worse than a wife or mom complaining about the damage your crazy hobby is doing to the table. Lol.

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 Posted 07/09/2019  10:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nick10 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To open paper rolls with crimped ends I've used the plastic cap of a pen, like those from Bic crystal pens. I push the sharp end of the cap between the coin and crimped paper then hold the cap steady while I rotate the roll. This pries up and uncrimps the paper, usually within two or three turns of the roll. This technique saves your fingers plus the plastic of the cap generally will not harm the coin at the end of the roll.
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