The Midwest Book Review’s Reviewers Bookwatch recently focused its attention on Tom Bilotta’s new volume, Collecting Coins in Retirement, which received its official launch at the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo at the beginning of this month.
Writing in his review forum, “Buhle’s Bookshelf,” Willis M. Buhle found the new release to be “exceptionally well written, organized, and presented,” and “as comprehensive as it is thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ in tone and content.”
Bilotta’s book addresses the unique concerns facing those managing a coin collection during retirement, whether they are finding this stage of life to be a time of greater freedom or careful budgeting. Also of importance are the challenges of preparing a collection to be passed down to heirs, and the author works to provide a wealth of useful advice and perspective on how to “educate your family, and prepare your collection for the future.”
Willis Buhle finds Collecting Coins in Retirement to be highly successful in achieving these aims, predicting that the book is “certain to be an enduringly popular acquisition.” His full review is posted below, followed by a brief summary of the volume, which was provided by the publisher.
Collecting Coins in Retirement
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “Collecting Coins in Retirement” is as comprehensive as it is thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ in tone and content. Simply stated, “Collecting Coins in Retirement” is a profusely illustrated, must-read for hobbyists and their families. Certain to be an enduringly popular acquisition, “Collecting Coins in Retirement” is very highly recommended for community senior center and community library Hobby/Pastime instructional reference collections.
Synopsis: In “Collecting Coins in Retirement”, a professional numismatist and an award-winning developer of software for coin collectors, Tom Bilotta reveals that coin collecting during retirement poses special challenges and offers unique opportunities. For more than 20 years Bilotta has worked closely with retirement-age hobbyists, giving him a firm understanding of their wants and needs. Now in the pages of “Collecting Coins in Retirement” he shares his insights in a comprehensive, step-by-step guidebook. Coin collectors will learn: Why coin collecting is different in retirement; How to devise a collecting strategy that works for you Ways to define your hobby objectives and consolidate your collection; When, where, and how to sell your coins; Important information to share with your family; How to prepare your estate; Ways to allocate your collection to heirs. While family members will learn: The issues involved in managing an inheritance; The best ways to profit from an inherited coin collection; Strategies for selling different parts of a collection; Probate and tax considerations; “Collecting Coins in Retirement” also addresses: Coin industry trends; Selling on eBay for pleasure and profit; Using technology in a coin collecting hobby; and so much more!
Willis M. Buhle’s review included with permission.