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What is Guided Navigation?
Guided navigation is the ability to add and remove keywords and categorizations of items to filter your results. As you add these filters, they appear in the breadcrumb trail above the search results. You can remove any filter from the breadcrumb trail at any time.
How do I start my search?
Start your search as you've always done. From the home page, catalog home page, or search page, you can select a keyword and choose a coin type such as "Nickels" or "Barber Half Dollars", and then click "Search". Much of the time, this will be all you need!
How do I narrow my search?
You can add a filter in the left column, such as "Category", "Current Bid Range", "Reserve Status", "Grade Range", and so on. Each time you make such a selection, the listing of results will become smaller, showing only those items that meet all the criteria you have selected. You can also enter one or more keywords, such as "The Godfather", if that will help your search. Sometimes a new selection will open up new sub-selection possibilities; for instance, once you choose to look for a poster graded between Fine and Very Fine, you can then narrow your search to a single grade.
How do I expand my search?
You can add or drop fields or keywords from your results at any time. Above the listing of results is a complete list of the filters you have selected. Click on any filter to remove it, and the page will refresh to show all items matching the new broader specifications.
I don't see the category (filter) I am looking for in the Guided Navigation?
The guided navigation section only lists things that contain results. For example, if you are looking at all items in grade Near Mint to Mint, then the category filter will only include categories with items in that grade. To expand your list of categories, remove the grade filter from your breadcrumb trail by clicking on it.
Targeting Your Search
Using "quotes" around your search phrase can help narrow the results to exactly what you are interested in. A search for Lazy Deuce without quotes will return all results that contain both "lazy" and "deuce", in any order. A search for "Lazy Deuce" in quotes returns all results with the exact phrase lazy deuce, in that order.
Try your search first without any search words in the optional search box, then narrow it down.
This will produce more items, and once you see how the items are listed, you can narrow your search results with more accurate words.
Search ALL or search by denomination?
If you're looking for only small-sized Gold Certificates, by all means choose "Gold Certificates" from the drop-down list, but make sure that you select it as a subtype of of "Small Size". If you're searching for items that span multiple kinds of notes, choose ALL from the drop-down.
Search just auctions, or just private offerings, or both?
The search from our home page covers everything we have to offer, whether in auction or private offerings. Try that first. If you aren't interested in auctions, click the BUY NOW tab above to access items only in our multi-million-dollar private offerings. To locate items only in our current auctions, click the AUCTIONS tab above.
Think of the one search word that best describes the item you are looking for and search for that.
Maybe it's a series (like 1957A), a signer (Barr), a bank (Bank of America), or a city. Perhaps you know the Friedberg number (Fr. 1604), Charter number (Ch. # 8813), or another indexing number (T5) - use that.
When using more than one search word, try using "OR" and "NOT".
When you use multiple words, the search engines will try to find items with all of those words in the description. Try using "OR" and "NOT". If you're interested in all notes from Houston and Dallas, you can enter "Houston OR Dallas". This would limit your search to just items with either of those two cities in the description. Or, if you are interested in notes from Washington DC that are not from the Riggs National Bank, you can enter "Washington NOT Riggs".
Avoid punctuation marks unless required.
Don't use commas, periods, dashes, etc., unless required.
Use accurate search words.
- Series should be all one phrase (1957A, 1969B, etc).
- Grades should written out (Extremely Fine, etc).
- Grading services should be entered exactly (CGA, PCGS, etc).
- Enter Friedberg or Charter numbers without a prefix (1604, 8813) or with these exact prefixes: (Fr. 1604), (Ch. # 8813).
Make sure you spell your search term correctly.
If you're looking for a note from Rensselaer, NY, the search function will not be able to help you if you spell the town "Renselaer".