It has been my experience the most successful coin collectors are those who become fluent in the language of coin grading.
Here are several useful references to improve your grading skill. Once you get into them, you will notice these learning tools offer many other coin collecting tips for beginners:
An old adage familiar to longtime hobbyists is “buy the book before you buy the coin”. This sage advice applies more to grading than any other area of coin collecting. You don’t have to match the skill of a professional coin grader, but becoming educated on the topic will do wonders for your numismatic endeavors. So find that magnifying lens and get going!
Use the links directly below to navigate the "What is Coin Grading?" section:
All the chapters referenced above are accessible from any other chapter in this section. Thus, no need to return to this Introductory page to link to other chapter.