The one and only Bill Fivaz ! Where do we begin with all that he has done for numismatics and numismatist everywhere ?!? One of the authors of the Cherrypickers' Guide,
Recipient of the ANA Medal of Merit 1986,
Educational Forum Speaker at the FUN show since 1979,
Frequent Educator at the ANA summer seminar, and
NSDR lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
Did you know he began coin collecting in 1950 when his dad gave him some Liberty 5c and his uncle "donated" some Indian cents. As he says, "As was the case in 99% of beginning collectors, I plugged them in the old blue Whitman folders and I was off and running."
His advise is to do your homework before buying! "In looking for VAM's, education is the key. Every Morgan and Peace dollar that was ever minted is some sort of VAM. The secret is in knowing which ones are worth spending time looking for and what are the key "PUP's" (Pick Up Points) which identify them as that special for variety. The Van/Mallis book and the supplements are the #1 source as well as internet sources such as Vam View. Then of course there's the Cherrypickers' Guide."
His last piece of advice for numismatist getting into Silver Dollars, is "but the Hughes grade that you Understand. By that, I mean know your grading and try to purchase coins that are in the high end of the particular grade. This takes time, but it is a good goal to keep in mind."
Numismatics wouldn't be the same without you Bill Fivaz!! Thank you !! .
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