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An Educational Hobby
There are many reasons why one collects coins. There are collectors who collect on the basis of the coin’s future perceived value, some collect coins coming from just one particular period, some on metal type and some for a coins historical value.

Not All Slabbed Coins Are Equal
Over the last 30 years 3rd party coin certification has had a very tremendously positive effect on coin grading. However, there are a few pitfalls to slabbed coins. One of these pitfalls is the wide-spread proliferation of sub-standard, copycat coin grading services.

What Is Legal Tender?

Coins Made Into Jewelry
Some coin collectors have come upon coins that have an indented line around the obverse side just in from the rim of the coin, and they wonder if the coin came like this from the mint.

The Assay Commission
Many years ago we had an Assay Commission. The Commission’s only purpose was to examine coinage annually and attest to the fineness of the bullion coins.

Coin Collecting Kit
Coin collecting is not as simple as keeping coins: it may be observed from numismatists or even coin enthusiasts that it is a systematic and somewhat complicated hobby.

Civil War Fractional Currency
Silver half-dimes had been minted since the 1790s, but they quickly disappeared from circulation during the Civil War. Due to the uncertainty future of the war conditions, people hoarded coins.

Hobby of the Kings
Coin collecting is said to be the “Hobby of the Kings.” Coin collecting is different from money hoarding. Collecting coins as an art form can be traced back to the 14th century.

The Shield Nickel
America’s first nickel was first coined in 1866. The Shield nickel was created to replace five-cent Fractional Currency notes that were issued during the Civil War. Hardly anyone expected the nickel to become as important as it has over time. The Philadelphia Mint struck the first Shield nickels in

Coin Grading 101
A "grade" is described as a shorthand designed by coin experts (numismatists) to reveal a coin’s appearance. Simply put, if a certain coin collector tells another collector that he owns an uncirculated Charlotte 50 half eagle, both should already have a concept of the coins appearance without even

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