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How Did You Guys Do Coin Research Before The Internet?

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 Posted 01/15/2020  8:52 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add germ22 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am sorting through my inherited collection. so far I am only sorting by country.
So far, when ever I am unsure, I can do a quick search on the internet, and I know country, value, and other info within seconds.
how much of a pain was this before the internet? Buy books and flip through hundreds of pages of book?
What was done before collecting coins was popular enough for books to be available?

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 Posted 01/15/2020  9:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well some of us old timers had to search through the Ancient Dead Sea Scrolls !
No really , looking through coin books , either buying them or going to the library for information on coins .Yes it was a little slower but you don't miss what you never had .
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 Posted 01/15/2020  9:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm tech savvy (I work in IT) but I do most research using books (like Red Book) ir at the LCS.
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 Posted 01/15/2020  10:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pepactonius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Books -- Various detailled US coin books have been available for a long time, especially for pre-federal (crosby, 1875). I'm not sure what collectors used before the 1800s, when collecting ancients.
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 Posted 01/15/2020  10:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Books, hand-me-down periodicals like Coin World, Numismatic News And Bank Note Reporter. My Uncle would get his "new" weekly coin paper on Saturday and bring me his old paper to Church on Sunday. Got caught many times reading the coin paper during church services! This was in the 1960's.

If you were really lucky you might be able to get a subscription to Coinage or Coins Magazine. If no subscription you'd stand in the grocery store magazine aisle or the drug store magazine aisle and read the latest issues. That was kinda frowned on!
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 Posted 01/16/2020  01:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am one of the older guys on the Forum.
Printed pricing catalogs have been around for longer that I have been.

The Internet has speeded the research process, but I still use the old Krause catalogs for pictures and pricing history, especially when it comes to World coins.

For ancient coins, reference to Wildwinds and Vcoins is a good research tool as a guide, but I still think carefully in doing such pricing research.
Even now, printed pricing catalogs for ancient coins don't exist, and probably never will.
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 Posted 01/16/2020  02:24 am  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In the old days .......my numismatic Library.
Now for most everything the Net !
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 Posted 01/16/2020  03:43 am  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Krause catalogs for World coins, Seaby's for UK coins, and various coin magazines including the long-defunct UK-published 'Coin Monthly'.

For an unidentifiable ancient or medieval coin, one could even send a letter to the British Museum with a photo or rubbing!

There were also lots more coin shops in those days, so, if you'd bought a strange coin in a flea market, you could take it into your local coin shop and the dealer might be able to identify it (or look it up in his own numismatic library)...
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 Posted 01/16/2020  10:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Way back in the early years for me there was this book called the Red Book by Whitman. I not only started coin collecting but continued collecting that book. Now have them all.

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Quite a collection of Red Books with a nice value to them !
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 Posted 01/16/2020  9:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MrPink2018 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
books/library, magazines, LCS & other collectors.
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 Posted 01/16/2020  9:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They had to walk miles uphill both ways barefoot in the snow to get to the library to meticulously comb line by line through books, newspapers, periodicals, and magazines that were all written in cursive by feather pen. Even more impressive after the 18 hour work day
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 Posted 01/17/2020  08:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add scopru to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Before the internet was my books, magazines, libraries, other collectors, writing for information. Sounds like a familiar theme. Now, although the internet is good for research, I still use my reference materials. Then I will bring in the internet to further develop (if needed) what I have from my sources.
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 Posted 01/17/2020  10:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add joecoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, first I memorized the Krause catalog, which wasn't as daunting as it may seem, as there were only a couple dozen coins at the time.
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 Posted 01/17/2020  12:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add germ22 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd imagine things get even weirder when coins do not have the Latin alphabet on them.
I have a few coins like that, and even with the internet things get a little complicated. At least for me, still learning stuff.
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