When Should Coin Collectors Move to Building A New Set?

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Many coin collectors wonder when they should stop collecting one type of coin and try building different coins. The answer isn't always so simple. The decision to abandon collecting one set of coins for another happens on a case-by-case, individualized basis, but almost always happens when one of the following scenarios occurs. #1 – When The Coin S...
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Whatever Happened To The Golden Dollar?

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Remember the golden dollar? Most adults do… They were released in 2000 with much media hype and a hope that they could spark a new monetary revolution in which everybody would be trading in their raggedy dollar bills for shiny new dollar coins. Yet, the year 2000 came and went, and years later we're still using dollar coins – and most people have s...
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Five Reasons Quarters Make Excellent Starter Coins for New Collectors

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People love collecting quarters . These days, it seems just about everybody is checking their change for the newest quarter designs. But what makes quarters so appealing for coin collectors? Here are five reasons people love collecting quarters. #1 – There Are So Many New Designs There are so many awesome designs on quarters these days. Since 1999,...
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Coin Buyer Beware… See These 4 Phrases in an Ad? Then Run, Don’t Walk, Away From The Seller

Coin Buyer Beware… See These 4 Phrases in an Ad? Then Run, Don’t Walk, Away From The Seller
If you shop for coins online or from dealer advertisements in magazines and newspapers, then you've likely come across a few familiar marketing phrases with each of the coin ads you've come across. Some of the phrasing is legit, such as "our business is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau" or "Member of the Professional Numismatists Guild." In f...
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How Do You Collect Canadian Pennies?

How Do You Collect Canadian Pennies?
Most hobbyists approach collecting Canadian pennies as they would any coin series – usually either by type or date. Type collectors enjoy assembling runs of both large cents and small cents depicting each of the changes seen on those coins over the years. Such a collection would be a challenge to finish, though one that's far more affordable than c...
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Four Hot Summer Coins for Summer 2017

Four Hot Summer Coins for Summer 2017
It's summer! That means it's time to break out the flip-flops and head to the beach. Or lake. Or campsite. Or wherever you enjoy relaxing during this hot time of the year. Many coin collectors spend the summer cruising the bourse of major coin shows such as the Florida United Numismatists annual summer convention or American Numismatic Association ...
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New American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin Turning Heads, Changing Hearts?

New American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin Turning Heads, Changing Hearts?
Who would've thought a 1-ounce gold coin could cause as much chatter in the numismatic world as the American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin has created over the past several months? The .9999-fine gold coin bearing a nominal denomination of $100 has been selling for $1,690 (as of June 27, 2017) and has definitely inspired a lot of opinions fro...
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Three Coin Collecting Projects for the Dog Days of Summer

Three Coin Collecting Projects for the Dog Days of Summer
Is the intense summer heat getting you down? Maybe it's time to chill off with a cool hobby like coin collecting. Yes, I said coin collecting is a cool hobby. And, you know what? It is! In what other pastime can you learn about history, art, national and world governments, social movements, and still have the potential to actually make money if or ...
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Collecting Proof American Silver Eagles

Collecting Proof American Silver Eagles
Many collectors enjoy building sets of American Silver Eagles , a one-ounce bullion coin that has become one of the most popular in the world. The first American Silver Eagle coins were released in 1986 as bullion and proof specimens. While the bullion silver eagles are primarily sold to precious metals investors, the proofs have always been market...
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Why Do People Still Clean Their Coins?

Why Do People Still Clean Their Coins?
It's happened yet again. Last night, somewhere in the United States, another of Grandpa's Morgan dollars was scrubbed with baking soda, and those old Lincoln wheat cents that turned up in change at the grocery store were dropped in a vinegar bath. Oh, this didn't just happen to me, but I've seen it all before. A lot of folks ask me about their old ...
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Why Are Jefferson Nickels Ignored?

Why Are Jefferson Nickels Ignored?
It seems like everywhere I turn, coin collectors are talking about Morgan dollars, pre-1933 gold coins, and Lincoln cents. But Jefferson nickels? Why isn't the hobby abuzz over the nickel bearing the face of the third United States president? Jefferson nickels are certainly popular enough in commerce. Hundreds of millions of Jefferson nickels are m...
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Ten World Silver Bullion Coins Worth Collecting in 2017

Ten World Silver Bullion Coins Worth Collecting in 2017
Bullion investors love world silver coins and so do coin collectors. In fact, one of the fastest-growing segments of the modern coin market is among collectors who enjoy building sets of world silver bullion coins. There are dozens of different world silver bullion coins out there, many of which appeal to a wide variety of coin collectors. Here's a...
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Why (Most) Old Wheat Pennies Aren’t Worth Hundreds of Dollars

Why (Most) Old Wheat Pennies Aren’t Worth Hundreds of Dollars
Many folks visit Coin Values asking about the value of their old wheat cents . I think a lot of these visitors believe they've hit the jackpot when they find an old Lincoln wheat cent in circulation and then come here wanting to know whether their 1941 penny is worth either hundreds of dollar or thousands of dollars. How disappointing it must be fo...
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5 Ways Coin Collectors Can Get More Bang For Their Buck

5 Ways Coin Collectors Can Get More Bang For Their Buck
Many coin collectors spend much of their time and energy looking for the best deals out there. For some, saving even five or ten percent off the prices of basic coin supplies is worth the effort in searching for the best deal. And, I don't really know any silver bullion stacker who isn't on the prowl to eek out a cut-rate bargain, saving 1 or 2 cen...
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Rare Coin Collection Scores More Than $100 Million At Auction

Rare Coin Collection Scores More Than $100 Million At Auction
The fifth and final installment of the D. Brent Pogue Collection auction series recently wrapped up in Baltimore, Maryland, and the sales totals from the sale broke all-time records. The coin collection, built over the course of some four decades by billionaire D. Brent Pogue and his father, Texas real estate developer A. Mack Pogue, encompassed so...
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1804 Draped Bust Dollar Sells for Nearly $3.3 Million

1804 Draped Bust Dollar Sells for Nearly $3.3 Million
One of the world famous 1804 Draped Bust silver dollars recently sold at a major auction in the United States for $3,290,000 million. It becomes one of the most expensive coins ever sold and earned the second-highest price ever paid for one of the classic silver dollars known as "The King of American Coins." The coin collection, once owned by real ...
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Before You Buy Rare Coins: 3 Things To Remember

Before You Buy Rare Coins: 3 Things To Remember
​ I know many folks who buy rare coins because they have the money and want to earn more of it through reselling their coins down the road, when their investments may increase in value. But I also know many individuals who have bought rare coins and didn't make all the money they expected to. Or, they wound up inadvertently buying counterfeit coins...
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2017 U.S. Silver Coins for Collectors & Investors

2017 U.S. Silver Coins for Collectors & Investors
All types of people enjoy buying silver coins for a variety of reasons, including numismatic enjoyment, investment, artistic appreciation and holiday gifts for themselves and others. Whatever the reason, no matter the season, the United States Mint perennially offers an array of silver coins, and the year 2017 is no exception. There is a huge selec...
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Resistivity Meters & PCGS

Resistivity Meters & PCGS
​ Hi gang... I recently met up with my former parole officer.  He wanted my opinion on resistivity meters for checking real Au / Ag vs fake.  (You can web search yourself by typing: -resistivity meter for coins-). What I immediately suggested to him is buy numismatic coins instead of bullion.  Numis coins that have been slabbed by PC...
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What’s The Difference Between A Coin’s Face Value & Its Intrinsic Value?

What’s The Difference Between A Coin’s Face Value & Its Intrinsic Value?
What's a coin's face value? What is a coin's intrinsic value? What's the difference? These are all questions I've heard throughout the years, and they're questions I once asked when I first began my adventures in numismatics in the early 1990s. While folks who have been involved with coin collecting might find the answers to these questions fairly ...
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