[+] 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?
The real power of Guided Navigation is the ability to narrow your search results. The left column allows you to add filters, such as "Coin Category", "Current Bid Range", "Reserve Status", "Coin Grade", "Mintmark", 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 add or change a keyword, such as "1909-S", at any time, if that will help your search. Sometimes a new selection will open up new sub-selection possibilities; for instance, if you start your search by looking at all Silver and Related Dollars, you can then narrow your search to just Morgan Dollars, Early Dollars, Peace Dollars, or whichever suits your collecting interests best.
[+] 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 the remove link next to 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. To expand your list of categories, remove one or more criteria from your breadcrumb trail at the top of the results 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 Redfield Dollar without quotes will return all results that contain both "Redfield" and "Dollar", in any order. A search for "Redfield Dollar" in quotes returns all results with the exact phrase Redfield Dollar, 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 Category?
If you're looking for only Morgan Dollars, by all means choose "Morgan Dollars" from the drop-down list. If you're searching for items that span multiple denominations or types, choose ALL from the drop-down.
[+] Search just auctions, or just inventory, or both?
The search from our home page searches everything we have to offer. Try that first.
[+] Think of the one search word that best describes the item you are looking for and search for that.
Maybe it's a date (like 1883), or even a date with a mint mark (1883-CC). Perhaps you know the variety reference number (VAM, Judd, Pollock, Overton, etc.) - 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 coins from 1882 and 1883, you can enter "1882 OR 1883". This would limit your search to just items with either of those two dates in the description. Or, if you are interested in untoned coins from 1883, you can enter "1883 NOT toned".
[+] Avoid punctuation marks unless required.
Don't use commas, periods, dashes, etc., unless required - such as in a date/mintmark combination like 1883-CC or 1909-S.
[+] Use accurate search words.
- Date/mintmark combinations should be separated by dash (1909-S, 1883-CC, etc).
- Grades should be prefixed appropriately (MS65, AU58, XF45, PR69, etc).
- Grading services should be entered exactly (PCGS, NGC, ANACS, ICG, etc).
- Grading suffixes must be abbreviated properly (RD, RB, BN, FB, FS, etc.).
- Judd/Pollock/Overton/Sheldon numbers should be entered as J-xxxx / P-xxxx / O-xxx / S-xxx.