I've been lurking here for a few days and combing the archives. What a great forum with such a knowledgeable readership. Thanks.
As a kid 40+ years ago I used to collect a few coins using the coin holders, etc. I have no idea what ever happened to them!
With our kids we collected the state quarters, etc. and we hold on to all pre-65 silver coins. And I know to look for 65-70 40% halfs.
I have a copy of the Red Book coming from Amazon.
I'm going to pick up $200 of rolled halfs on Wed and go through them with my kids.
My father passed down multiple socks with coins in them from all over. And, I have a few of my own I want to start going through.
Here's a couple questions:
1. What is a decent quality loop (loupe?) to buy for examining coins?
2. I realize this is going to be a very broad question but - What's the best way to learn which coins are valuable? For example - as we go through the halfs, other than 1970 and older, what other coins should we be watching for?
The same question is true for all the misc coins we potentially will come across in the socks.
One more question:
3. Once you find a certain coin that is valuable - how do you store it? How do you annotate each coin?
Thanks in advance for any comments.