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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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Four Reasons To Collect American Silver Eagles

Four Reasons To Collect American Silver Eagles
​ Silver stackers who buy American Silver Eagles can't imagine spending more than a few bucks over spot for any such coin, but I've gladly paid as high as $40 over spot for a uncirculated American Silver Eagle. Am I crazy? Nope… I'm just a fan of American Silver Eagles. You see, uncirculated and bullion American Silver Eagles aren't "just" silver c...
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What Rare Coins, Modern Art, and Birkin Bags Have in Common

What Rare Coins, Modern Art, and Birkin Bags Have in Common
​ At first glance, the juxtaposition of rare coins, fine art, and luxury bags might seem somewhat odd. What may such different items as coinage, paintings, and accessories have in common? In this case, these are three examples of sought after investment vehicles that can serve as a hedge against inflation due to their rarity, value, and timelessnes...
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5 Types Of Old United States Coins I Look For (And Can Find) In Circulation

5 Types Of Old United States Coins I Look For (And Can Find) In Circulation
I love looking for old coins in my pocket change. Yes, some of the old pennies, nickels, and other coins I find in circulation are worth only a little bit of money. Others are virtually worthless above face value. But all of these old coins are fascinating to collect and I love adding them to my collection. A lot of coin collecting guides will tell...
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Should You Buy Generic Silver Bullion or Government Issued Coins?

Should You Buy Generic Silver Bullion or Government Issued Coins?
​ Countless different option exist for silver stackers. Some investors are looking for the most silver for their buck, while others wish to buy only government issued silver coins like the American Silver Eagle to ensure the quality and integrity of their investment. Which option is for you? Let's find out! Generic Silver Bullion Silver bullion com...
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Why I Love Collecting Quarters

Why I Love Collecting Quarters
Many coin hobbyists are collecting quarters, and it's no surprise – the quarter dollar is truly the workhorse of circulation. The first United States quarters were made in 1796 and have been struck ever since with very few interruptions in production. While coins like the one-cent piece, nickel, and dime play relatively smaller roles in day-to-day ...
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Should You Invest In Silver Bullion?

Should You Invest In Silver Bullion?
Silver bullion is a great way to invest in the precious metals without paying the astronomical prices that come with a gold investment. An ounce of silver costs just over $14 without premiums, while an ounce of gold costs around $1,100 without premiums. For those who are new to the world of gold and silver bullion, a premium is the small price you ...
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Streber Released from Prison

Streber Released from Prison
​Hi gang, I was just released after several weeks in solitary where I did a lot of deep thinking and here's what I came up with: The great Keynesian experiment is ending. The FED and all Western Central Banks are out of tricks . T he EU experiment, always doomed , will soon collapse. China is a  basket case . Gold has been putting in...
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Is It Wise To Invest In Rare Coins?

Is It Wise To Invest In Rare Coins?
Rare coin investing: no three words in numismatics make me shudder more than these when they are laced together. Countless people enter the world of coin collecting not because they enjoy the art and history behind coins, but because they want to earn a fast buck. It's not entirely the fault of these would-be investors that they believe earning mon...
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4 Pros and Cons of Buying Junk Silver Coins

4 Pros and Cons of Buying Junk Silver Coins
Junk silver coins are what many coin collectors and bullion investors buy when silver prices start getting jumpy. This has been happening as of late with silver bullion values fluctuating between $13.85 and $15.50 per ounce, though historically this has occurred many times, during which coin buyers hoard pre-1965 90 percent silver coins when metals...
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Why Precious Metals?

Why Precious Metals?
Hi y'all Streber here. Let's get straight to: Why PMs (precious metals) and why you're here. Well, you feel something ain't right. More people do these days. I've been traveling around the sun since the Battle of Stalingrad. With a funky childhood of forced religion and crazy parents I came to the conclusion that it would be best to rely on myself....
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4 Great Hacks For Buying American Silver Eagles At Low Prices

4 Great Hacks For Buying American Silver Eagles At Low Prices

Everyone’s looking for tips on buying American Silver Eagles at the lowest possible prices. Yes, I believe the old saying “you get what you pay for” usually applies to buying silver coins and other numismatic material. However, I’ve also learned there are a few legitimate ways you can buy silver eagles at good prices by knowing when and where to buy them, how many to purchase at a time, and also looking for pieces that may be less than stellar.

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Coin Buying Ethics - Is It OK To Cherrypick?

Coin Buying Ethics - Is It OK To Cherrypick?

I was thinking about the matter of ethics in buying coins the other day while shopping at a local coin dealer and I wondered – we all talk about how important it is that coin dealers are honest and play fairly with their customers. But what about the matter of honest, ethical coin buyers? What should we numismatic consumers do if we spot a rare coin variety in an otherwise common mint set offered for $4, or accidentally receive a coin that is much more valuable than what we paid for it?

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Why You Should Join the ANA – This Coin Club Offers Incredible Benefits & More

Why You Should Join the ANA – This Coin Club Offers Incredible Benefits & More

I’ve been a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) since 2010. As I’ve long come to learn over the years, there’s simply no better major coin organization out there for new coin collectors, seasoned veterans, and everyone in between.

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What Coins Are You Paying Too Much For? Which Is The Best Bargain? Here Are The Most Overvalued & Undervalued Coins on the Market Today

What Coins Are You Paying Too Much For? Which Is The Best Bargain? Here Are The Most Overvalued & Undervalued Coins on the Market Today

Ever wonder what coins cost more than they’re really worth? Or what coins are true bargains these days?

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4 Important Coin Collecting Lessons I Learned The Hard Way

4 Important Coin Collecting Lessons I Learned The Hard Way

I've been collecting coins since 1992, which is enough time to have learned more than a few things about the hobby I love. I was still a kid when I first ventured into coin collecting, which means I was at that prime age for touching the hot stove… and learning not to touch it again!

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Is 2015 the Year to Buy American Silver Eagles?

Is 2015 the Year to Buy American Silver Eagles?

Is 2015 the year for American silver eagle coins?

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