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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 w...
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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 co...
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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 ma...
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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 for...
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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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