If you are interested in becoming a coin collector or dealer, there are several things that you first need to know about, specifically, you should try to take a class about coins that you would be most likely to encounter if you were an amateur collector, such as the much famed silver dollar. By taking a class – or multiple classes – you will be able to identify what coins are worth a serious amount of money, and what coins might not be as authentic as their sellers attempt to make people believe.
One of the most important parts of being a coin collector, or a coin dealer, is to be able to distinguish the difference between an authentic coin and a counterfeit coin, because you don’t want to spend money on something that is not actually worth what you are paying. Another thing that classes would teach someone interested in coin collecting, is what types of coins are valuable, and what types of coins are not as valuable for collecting purposes – some years and makes of coins are more valuable than others, and just because you found something, like a gold American eagle, does not mean that it happens to be particularly valuable.
Once you have learned about the differences between valuable and non-valuable coins, you will be ready to begin your own coin collection – and gain more knowledge and experience so that you can eventually take the step from collector to dealer.