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The Cheapest Early American Coins for Your Collection

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So many people want old coins for their collections, but the problem is many of them are so expensive. Some of America's early federal coins, which were first officially minted in 1793, are worth thousands of dollars each. So what's a collector on shoestring budget to do when he or she wants to buy examples of early American coins? There are severa...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reality Today

Reality Today
​ You are living in a time and place when empire and State are strong, the individual is weak. When enough individuals get motivated they will demand justice. The pigs currently in control of the trough won't like that. There are case studies. MLK is a good one. When the noise becomes loud enough the strong State responds. That's the way of power ....
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Is It Time To Build 21st Century Type Coin Sets?

Is It Time To Build 21st Century Type Coin Sets?
Type set coin collecting has been a favorite pursuit of many United States hobbyists for years, and one of the most popular type sets that collectors build is the 20th-century coin set. For those who don't know, a 20th-century type coin set consists of one coin bearing each design produced by the United States Mint during the 20th century. The spec...
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Can You Still Find Dollar Coins In Circulation?

Can You Still Find Dollar Coins In Circulation?
Perhaps you're a coin collector from the days of the 1950s or 1960s, when you could still buy Morgan silver dollars and Peace silver dollars from the bank for face value. Or, maybe you recall the 1970s and early 1980s, when Eisenhower dollars and Susan B. Anthony dollars were circulating widely and could be readily obtained from banks and other pla...
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Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Gold Coins

Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Gold Coins
In 2015 alone, gold coins with a collective worth over 50 billion USD were sold. This number is rapidly rising. If you are a professional investor or a private citizen saving for retirement, gold coins can protect your portfolio from losses incurred due to economic downturns. While that is a tempting reason to buy gold coins, it's important to be c...
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Why Investing in Coins Pays Off… Sometimes

Why Investing in Coins Pays Off… Sometimes
I've been a coin collector since 1992, and over the years I've seen many rare coins go up in value. Others, meanwhile, have dropped in price. What's going on? Why don't all rare coins go up in value? Why do other coins continue increasing in price? Should you gamble with investing in coins? Before I answer any of these theoretical questions, rememb...
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We Need To Get More Kids Involved In Coin Collecting

We Need To Get More Kids Involved In Coin Collecting
When Whitney Houston crooned the lyrics, "I believe the children are our future," in her 1985 hit "The Greatest Love of All," she could've been singing about the hobby of coin collecting. I began collecting coins at the age of 11 years old in 1992, and it seems the hobby is no demographically younger today than it was in the 1990s. What happened? W...
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Holiday Gifts for Coin Collectors: These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Holiday Gifts for Coin Collectors: These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things
The holidays are a great time to be a numismatist, because you stand the chance of receiving some really great coin collecting gifts from those who know you're a collector. But what do coin collectors want for Christmas or any other gifting holiday in the year? Each coin collector has his or her own gift wishlist. Here's mine to help inspire those ...
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Are 1776-1976 Quarters Worth Saving? What Other Valuable Quarters Should You Look For?

Are 1776-1976 Quarters Worth Saving? What Other Valuable Quarters Should You Look For?
Many readers ask me about what their 1776-1976 Bicentennial quarters are worth. I think a lot of people find 1976 quarters interesting because they look so different than many of the other quarters in their pocket change. I started collecting coins long before the 50 States Quarters were first released in 1999, and I remember when 1776-1976 Bicente...
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Is Now The Time To Collect Susan B. Anthony Dollars?

Is Now The Time To Collect Susan B. Anthony Dollars?
You don't really hear much about Susan B. Anthony dollars in coin collecting circles. The collectors who were around in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Susan B. Anthony dollars were originally struck, largely remember them as a failed attempt to introduce a dollar coin into widespread circulation. Those who are younger or simply didn't pay att...
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Brexit Pushes Gold, Silver Skyward

Brexit Pushes Gold, Silver Skyward
The Brexit has caused gold and silver bullion prices to skyrocket. After the United Kingdom voted by referendum to leave the 28-member European Union on June 23, 2016, world markets quickly responded with a rally on silver and gold bullion prices. When the bullion exchanges opened on Friday, June 24, per-ounce gold prices jumped from $1,263 to $1,3...
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