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Invest In Gold For The Long Run star
It usually doesn’t take much to get the gold bugs excited these days. For the umpteenth time this year, gold has rose over $1,300. Does this signify that a new trend has begun? It is anybody’s guess on that one, and too premature to even attempt to guess correctly.

: What Type of Coin Should You Collect? star
Coin collecting is a fun hobby to start and the thrill of hunting for old coins is enough for many people to continue doing it. Other people consider coin collecting an investment, something they can receive a profit from. If you are one of those people, then you can find several types of coins in t

1872-CC Seated Liberty Dime star
The 1871-CC Seated Liberty dime is a relatively rare coin to find in any condition. It has the distinction of being one of the rare coins that combines an important place in history with a very low mintage. The poor survival rate of this coin makes it a tough coin to find in any grade.

1892-CC Morgan Dollars star
The 1892-CC Morgan dollar is a very interesting coin from a very interesting year. This was the year that saw the introduction of the new Barber dimes, quarters, and half dollars.

1939-D Jefferson Nickel Now A Key Date star
With the increased interest in Jefferson nickels, you may want to consider looking at the 1939-D as a new key Jefferson nickel in Mint State. The main story of the 1939-D is tied to some of the other Jefferson key dates as their relationships explain why the 1939-D is more expensive in Mint State.

1942/41 Mercury Dime Error star
Error coins of the past century comprise a special group. Due to improved production methods, there were not as many error coins produced. the error coins that do exist became spectacular ones.

1964 That Was The Year star
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2014 Buying And Selling Coins On eBay star
If you have ever had a desire to sell coins on eBay, a quick search online will quickly show you that there isn’t much in the way of good information on how to start selling there.

5 Budget Busting Bargains star
If the current precious metals prices haven’t shocked you enough already, you have either been asleep or you haven’t been collecting much lately. With the prices precious metals are fetching today, maybe it’s time to look at some coins that aren’t associated with gold or silver.

5 Gold Coin Scams To Avoid star
With precious metals prices going through the roof these days due the current economic uncertainties, the dramatic rise in gold prices have drawn many con-artists and crooks out of the woodwork.

50 Million Ration Tokens A Day star
During World War II, the federal government initiated a new agency called the "Office of Price Administration aka the OPA." Its objectives included rationing of scarce commodities, price fixing on certain items to avoid speculation, Black Market activity, preventing runaway inflation during the war.

6 Rules To Make Money From Your Coin Collection star
Making a sizeable profit from a coin collection is not an easy proposition. If you don’t have unlimited resources, you will need to start slowly and stay within your budget. And it will require some hundreds of hours to become knowledgeable and the knowledge alone will not be enough to beat the mark

7 Popular Coin Collecting Themes star
Coin collecting has been the hobby of many people for many years. Nowadays, instead of simply collecting coins, modern coin collectors collect coins according to a theme.

8 Tips For Attending A Coin Show star
Once you make the decision to collect coins, you become aware that there are many different ways to acquire coins for your collection. You can buy them from a local coin dealer, shop online, buy from online auctions, buy coins through the mail, and last but not least you can attend a coin show.

A Coin Collection for Kids star
The best time to mould a child (kid) is when he/she is still young. By getting the curious minds involved in something educational, there is a very good chance that they will become responsible adults.

A coin is worth more than a coin star
Coin collectors, old and new, have always wondered whether the coin or coins they have in their possession are worth more than the face value today - or in the foreseeable future.

A Look at Error Coins star
It is through the examination of error coin that one gains a greater appreciation for the manufacturing process behind coins. In addition, you just might own one of the great rarities in numismatics.

A Look at Error Coins star
It is through the examination of error coin that one gains a greater appreciation for the manufacturing process behind coins. In addition, you just might own one of the great rarities in numismatics.

A Stamp's Grade And Condition star
Most postage stamps are nothing more than small pieces of paper. One cannot emphasize the fragile nature of stamps enough. Even though stamps are normally printed on high-quality paper that will last for a long time, a stamp's longevity can be cut short by bad care. After a stamp leaves the post off

A Worthwhile and Educational Hobby star
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.

Accessories for Coin Collecting star
When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins.

Accessories for Coin Collection star
When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins. These coins come from many countries and are usually high in value. A collector must know how to keep and take care of them so that

Accessories for Coin Collection star
When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins. These coins come from many countries and are usually high in value. A collector must know how to keep and take care of them so that

Accessories for Coin Collection star
When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins.

Accessories for Coin Collection star
When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins. These coins come from many countries and are usually high in value. A collector must know how to keep and take care of them so that

Accessories for Coin Collection star
When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins. These coins come from many countries and are usually high in value. A collector must know how to keep and take care of them so that

Accessories for Coin Collections star
When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins. These coins come from many countries and are usually high in value. A collector must know how to keep and take care of them so that

Accessories For Collecting Coins star
When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins. These coins come from many countries and are usually high in value. A collector must know how to keep and take care of them so that

All About Coin Collecting: Grade Coins with Ease! star
Coin collection is not just about having as many coins as possible. More important than the number of coins is the quality of those coins.

All Coin Grading Companies Are Not The Same star
Slabbed coins graded by a third party grading service are supposed to be a guarantee that the slabbed coin has been accurately graded and certified.

Always Read The Fine Print star
You come across a dealer´s advertisement in a weekly issue of Coin World or the monthly Coin Values magazine that may hold the key to adding to your collection. However, in order to arrive at a competent decision, you have to know not only what the dealer´s advertisement specifically outlines, but

America’s Forgotten Dollar star

America’s Three Cent Note star
Many readers of this site would be surprised to know that the United States once issued a paper note barely larger than some commemorative postage stamps, and they might be even more surprised to find that such notes are quite a collectible item today.

American Bullion Coin Facts star
American Eagle gold coins are very easy to identify and to figure out their value. These have become popular with collectors since they have been introduced. The gold weight of the bullion coin is clearly stamped on the reverse side of the coin.

An Educational Hobby star
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.

ANA Budget Woes star
The adoption of the next annual American Numismatic Association has been delayed for up to three months. President Walter Ostromecki made the announcement on Oct. 22, 2013 at the opening of the first ANA board of governors meeting to be webcast.

ANA Recovers Stolen Dollar Coin star
In 2007 approximately 300 rare coins were stolen from the ANA’s Edward C. Rouchette Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado. To date only about 10 percent of the stolen coins have been recovered and those particular coins were worth approximately 20 percent of the stolen coins’ overall value.

Another Dirty Secret Of Cash star
Teenagers have another reason to use their plastic over cash. A study was recently published in the Wall Street Journal that has some interesting facts in it. The story cited researchers at the New York University Dirty Money Project, I am not making this up. The story stated that bacteria that caus

Are Coin Shows A Big Disappointment? star
There have been many letters to the editors in various coin publications regarding the pros and cons of coin shows. Many writers complain about coin dealer packing up early at the end of the show especially if the coin show is scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday. Most letters have been from eithe

Are Coin Shows Dead star
Coin shows or bourses have long been a mainstay of coin collecting. These are events where coin dealers and collectors can come together to buy, sells, and trade cons, and also where collectors can see coins that they might not ordinarily encounter. Some experts in the numismatic industry are wonder

Artist's Currency Fooled Experts star
n the late 19th-century some U.S. Painters were so adept at duplicating the government's Treasury notes with their paint brushes that the Secret Service confiscated at least one of the paintings.

Auction Pictures That Sell star
Take a look through a random selection of online auctions. You will see some truly great pictures and some extremely poor ones. Guess which auctions are more likely to sell their item at a better price?

Avoid These Coin Sales Tricks star
There are many coin scams that collectors need to be aware of. It is simply amazing what some people will do to make money at any cost. These sales tricks are nothing short of theft.

Avoiding Online Auction Coin Frauds star
Online aution fraud is always a hot topic in the coin collecting community. The question always comes up about whether it is really safe to buy coins through an online auction. To find out the answer you will have to read this article.

Becoming A Numismatic star
The old saying goes, “Money makes the world go ‘round.” We use it every day. We can’t acquire many necessary item needed in daily life without it. We almost always want more of it, but for coin collectors, money is much more than a piece of metal. It’s a hobby, a learning experience, and can be

Becoming A Numismatic star
Numismatics is the study of money, medallions, banknotes, token coins, and stock certificates. It is believed to have been established in the time of Julius Caesar who wrote the first book about it.

Best Wasy To Buy Coins star
There are various sources where those “special coins” can be purchased. The following are the basic methods and starting places to obtain the coin(s) you have long wanted.

Bitcoins To Get A Physical Form star
While Bitcoins are a virtual currency, if the concept of a Bitcoin is too “virtual” for you, a physical form is on the way. Titan Mint has found a way to put a Bitcoin into a tangible form as well as making it collectible.

Build Your Rare Coin Portfolio Faster star
Conventional wisdom holds that it normally takes quite a long time for a rare coin to appreciate in value. Even knowing this “wisdom,” many people continue to invest in rare coins believing that the coins will grow in value and yield a high return on their investment.

Buying Coins at a Major Coin Show star
Collectors want to know the secret to buying coins at a major Coin Show

Buying Mint Coins By Telephone star
A recent editorial in a numismatic periodical lamented as to why some people still order coins from the U.S. Mint by phone. In case you didn’t know the Mint charges as extra fee to order coins this way.

California Hoard On Sale Soon star
The gold coins from the California Saddle Ridge hoard are coming to market on May 27. The hoard is estimated to be worth $10 million dollars with some excellent specimens in the mix. At 11:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 27 a single 1874-S $20 gold piece will be sold in a live auction at the Ol

Can You Really Make Money Investing In Coins? star
Maybe you have heard that investing in coins and selling them for a higher price is asure way to make money. Yes you can invest in coins and make money, BUT you need to know what you are doing. To find out more read this article.

Can You Unclean Your Coins? star
Is it possible to unclean a coin? Read this article to find the answers.

Canada To End Production Of Pennies star
Canada has finally come to a decision on whether to keep their penny or not. Their Mint is going to end production of Canadian pennies sometime in the fall of 2012.

Carson Trade Dollars Could Be Sleepers star
While the historic 1873-CC Trade dollar is an historic coin, it could also be considered a sleeper in MS-65. If you love history and especially the history of the Carson City Mint, you won’t be disappointed with the 1873-CC. The Trade dollar was approved in early 1873 and at the time the Carson City

Celtic and Anglo Saxon Coinage star
The Belgae introduced coins to Britain in the second century BC, but they were utilized for religious offerings, tribute payments, or even hoarded as evidence of wealth, instead of for trade.

Checking For Authenticity star
Ever wonder if that old currency or bank note you found in Grandma´s Bible is really worth something? Well, read this article to find if it really is "REAL."

Citizens Against Government Waste star

Civil War Era Counterfeit Deterrents star
When the U.S. Civil War broke out in 1861, The central government did not have the resources to force the rebel states back into the Union. The Lincoln Administration and The Congress of the time were forced to use paper money and the printing press to finance the North’s war effort. Unfortunately,

Civil War Fractional Currency star
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.

Civil War Stamp Money star
With the onset of the Civil War, people started hoarding precious metal coinage. This forced the merchants and the public of the time to adopt some rather strange measures to cope with the situation.

Coin Auctions: Bane or Boon? star
If you are a coin collector who wants to sell or buy coins, one good way to do it is through coin auctions or bidding.

Coin buying 101 star
There are various sources where those “special coins” can be purchased. The following are the basic methods and starting places to obtain the coin(s) you have long wanted.

Coin Collecting Accessories star
When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins. These coins come from many countries and are usually high in value. A collector must know how to keep and take care of them so that

Coin Collecting Album: A Pocket for Your Coins? star
For every numismatist or coin collector, finding a good place to store their coins is the most important thing in this world because storing their precious coins in a good and secure place will ensure that the quality and value of their coins is maintained.

Coin Collecting Album: A Pocket for Your Coins? star
For every numismatist or coin collector, finding a good place to store their coins is the most important thing in this world because storing their precious coins in a good and secure place will ensure that the quality and value of their coins is maintained...

Coin Collecting Albums star
For every numismatist or coin collector, finding a good place to store their coins is the most important thing in this world because storing their precious coins in a good and secure place will ensure that the quality and value of their coins is maintained...

Coin Collecting and Investing Tactics star
The key dates and semi-keys of any series have out preformed the common dates in all grades in the past and there is no fundamental reason for that to change in the future. The market for these scarce low mintage coins is determined by supply and demand and new collectors coming into the market shou

Coin Collecting and Investing Tactics star
The key dates and semi-keys of any series have out preformed the common dates in all grades in the past and there is no fundamental reason for that to change in the future.

Coin Collecting as a Hobby star
Most people engage in different activities that they consider hobbies. When people consider a particular activity as a hobby, it means that people find that activity pleasurable in that they enjoy collecting different kinds of coins.

Coin Collecting As A Worth While Hobby star
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.

Coin Collecting Auctions: Bane or Boon? star
If you are a coin collector who wants to sell or buy coins, one good way to do it is through coin auctions or bidding.

Coin Collecting Auctions: Bane or Boon? star
If you are a coin collector who wants to sell or buy coins, one good way to do it is through coin auctions or bidding.

Coin Collecting Auctions: Bane or Boon? star
If you are a coin collector who wants to sell or buy coins, one good way to do it is through coin auctions or bidding.

Coin Collecting Auctions: Bane or Boon? star
If you are a coin collector who wants to sell or buy coins, one good way to do it is through coin auctions or bidding.

Coin Collecting Books star
The truth is that coin collecting books are “must-haves” for every coin collector because they provide all of the necessary information in that a collector needs to succeed in this type of leisure activity.

Coin Collecting Kit star
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.

Coin Collectors Galore: Types or Specialties star
If you are a coin collector, how do you categorize yourself? There are various ways to collect coins as well as the specialties of collectors. Here is how to differentiate the variety of coin collectors.

Coin Dealer Secrets star
Ever thought about propelling your pastime of coin collecting to the next level? Read this article and start making money with coins.

Coin Doctoring star
On April 17, 2012 the Professional Numismatists Guild adopted a new three-point definition of coin doctoring. What is coin doctoring?

Coin Grading 101 star
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

Coin Grading Inflation star
By now most of us have heard of the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing gambit. Whether you realize it or not this is simply a program to overly expand our money supply to supposedly stimulate the economy. In reality QE-? does nothing more than devalue the dollar and enrich the banking elite behin

Coin Grading Services star
An look inside the Coin Industry at grading services. What does the Coin Dealer know that you don´t?

Coin Grading Services 101 star
So what is a third party coin grading company? It is a firm or company that, for a fee, professionally grades a coin, or piece of paper money. The grading service usually performs four major services for the fee that they charge.

Coin Hoards Are Important star
Coin hoards are a controversial subject among coin collectors. In times past coin hoards were feared in some ways. This would be due to what unexpected effects the hoard might have on the coin market.

Coin Investing Tactics For The Future star
The key dates and semi-keys of any series have out preformed the common dates in all grades in the past and there is no fundamental reason for that to change in the future. The market for these scarce low mintage coins is driven by supply and demand and new collectors coming into the market should k

Coin Shortages In The United States star
With the billions of coins that are struck every year by the U.S. Mints, it is difficult for people to believe there have ever been any coin shortages in this country. Coin shortages have a long history in the U.S.

Coins Collectors Love To Collect star
Simplicity is not the best policy when it comes to coin collecting. Oftentimes it is the rareness, the history, or the mother country of the coins that collectors value most.

Coins Made Into Jewelry star
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.

Coins That Flopped star
As every experienced collector knows, there are some coins that are extremely popular with coin collectors in general. What may not be as well known are some coins that never seemed to develop a lot of collecting excitement.

CoinTrades.com, A Coin Collector's Website star
CoinTrades.com is the first website providing the Coin Collector a real meeting place to learn, laugh, play and pursue one´s hobby in numismatics. There is a free trial subscription for our readers with no strings attached.

Collect The Coins You Can Afford star
In coin collecting we have an issue with the Mint that many stamp collectors have with the Post Office. Many stamp collectors lament that the Post Office issues too many gimmicky stamps to entice collectors to add to their collections.

Collectible World War II Ration Tokens star
When the United States was forced to enter World War II, the nation as a whole became committed to the war effort.”Victory gardens,” scrap drives, and blackouts became part of peoples lives on the homefront. Rationing became the largest contributor to the war effort.

Collecting Cash As A Hobby star
Collecting cash is a well-established hobby and has been enjoyed by many people for decades. That is, collecting old money. We all collect money-or at least try to before the bills come in-but how many of us collect money, the antique range from previous decades or even centuries?

Collecting Old Commemorative Coins star
Most coin collectors start collecting coins that they are familiar with. This can be coins now in circulation, coins that they played with in their youth, or items they received as gifts as a number of examples. Whatever coins they collect, they will be ones that they have some personal familiarity

Collecting Quarters star
Collecting coins is a hobby that anyone and everyone could do. But collecting quarters is a hobby that - currently – it is estimated that one hundred six million Americans do. Men, women, and children of all ages are involved in collecting quarters.

Commemorative And Other Special Coins star
Commemorative coins are very popular coins to collect. Many people want to have different kinds of coins in their collections. Commemorative coins can be used as a traditional gift for that special person for any kind of celebration.

Commemorative Coin Subjects star
As I mentioned in a previous article, commemorative coins seem to be gimmicky. Here is how commemorative coin subjects are chosen. The subject for any commemorative coin stems from some kind of enabling legislation enacted by Congress to honor a person, place or event. The enabling legislation dicta

Commemorative Coins Abuse star
The issuance of commemorative coins has apparently been an ongoing problems for a number of years. A number of years ago Congress read a scathing report on a number of abuses associated with the issuance of commemorative coins and attempted to remedy the situation.

Commemorative Coins Versus Commemorative Stamps star
Stamp collecting and coin collecting have at least one thing in common, commemorative items. Commemorative stamps generally get a good reception in the stamp collecting community. However, commemorative coins seem to be more controversial to coin collectors.

Consumer Groups Are Pushing For More $1 Coins star
Despite the unpopularity of $1 coins with the public, believe it or not, there are some consumer groups that are still trying to pressure the Federal Government to circulate more—many more $1 coins. Groups like Citizens Against Government Waste, are getting very aggressive in there efforts to pus

Cost To Produce Cent And Nickel Drops star
The good news is that the Mint has been able to reduce the cost to produce the cent and the nickel. The bad news is that it still costs more to produce both coins than their face values.

Could Your Coin Collection Be Protection? star
It is quite possible that Social Security payments could be adjusted higher by less than 20 percent to adjust for inflation and the cost of living. The real question is how high is the “real” inflation level.

Daniel Boone Half Dollar Commemorative star
This half dollar was issued from 1934-1938 and was minted at all three mints. In the year 1935, the date “1934” was added to the field on the reverse, resulting in two different versions of the coin. As such, there was a 1935, a 1935-D, and a 1935-S that can be had with or without the “1934” date.

Debasing Our Currency star
When the federal government gets in to a financial bind it does what many governments have historically done, it prints more paper money. This was the Continental Congress’ answer to a financial crunch in the 18th century, and it is still the most popular “economic fix” on Capital Hill today.

Definitions of Numismatic Terms star
A basic guide to the most commonly used terms in coin collecting

Different Types Of Collectors star
Many coin collectors have heard that there are two types of collectors: hobbyists and investors. However there are many other types of collectors, besides what most collectors are familiar with.

Do Your Homework Before You Sell Your Coins star
There is an old Chinese proverb that is quite suitable for today’s times: “May you live in interesting times.” Such are the times we live in today. Precious metals prices move in 10 percent movements in a matter of days.

Do's and Don’ts of Coin Collecting star
Coin collecting is something that takes time to learn. The most important thing to remember is that you are doing it for the right reason - if it is a passion, then it is something worth pursuing.

Do's and Don’ts of Coin Collecting star
Coin collecting is something that takes time to learn. The most important thing to remember is that you are doing it for the right reason - if it is a passion, then it is something worth pursuing.

Do's and Don’ts of Coin Collecting star
Coin collecting is something that takes time to learn. The most important thing to remember is that you are doing it for the right reason - if it is a passion, then it is something worth pursuing.

Do's and Don’ts of Coin Collecting star
Coin collecting is something that takes time to learn. The most important thing to remember is that you are doing it for the right reason - if it is a passion, then it is something worth pursuing.

Do's and Don’ts of Coin Collecting star
Coin collecting is something that takes time to learn. The most important thing to remember is that you are doing it for the right reason - if it is a passion, then it is something worth pursuing.

Do's and Don’ts of Coin Collecting star
Coin collecting is something that takes time to learn. The most important thing to remember is that you are doing it for the right reason - if it is a passion, then it is something worth pursuing.

Does April 15 Affect Your Coin Purchases? star
Does your desire to purchase coins around April 15 diminish? Don’t feel bad if it does. This happens for many people and with good reason. April 15 is the annual date for most people to file their personal tax returns.

Early Dimes Series Have Hidden Gems star
As an early U.S. Congress got down to business to authorize new coinage for our new nation in 1792, the first piece of monetary legislation included the dime, as a coin that should be one-tenth of the new dollar unit. The dime was one of the smaller denominations made of silver.

Early Half Dimes Were Heavily Circulated star
While the 1796 half dime usually escapes most collectors interests, it is an issue that keeps getting better with the passing years. The 1796 along with the 1797 are the only two half dimes that feature the Draped Bust on the obverse, and the Small Eagle on the reverse. These two coins should not be

eBay Changes Rules On Coin Grading Standards star
The numismatic market was alarmed when eBay, an online auction website, sent its sellers an email notification on April 17 that stated that as of May 30, 2012, only coins that meet new grading requirements will be allowed to be listed or relisted with a numerical grade in the auction’s title and in

Exonumia—What Is It? star
What is exonumia anyway? It sounds like some kind of strange skin disease. Nothing could be further from the truth! While numismatics is the study of coins, few coin collectors may be familiar with the term exonumia. Read on to find out what it is.

Fake Bullion Bars Latest Scam star
With the sky rocketing prices of precious metals today, coin dealers have to be especially careful of scams.

Fake Silver Dollar Stuns Coin Show star
A fake 1881-CC Morgan silver dollar slabbed in an equally fake General Services Administration holder was identified July 13 at the Florida United Numismatists convention held at Orlando, Fla. The fake coin was identified by Randy Campbell, a senior grader of Independent Coin Grading.

Fed Poised To Seize Anthony Dollars star
While the elimination of the penny and the $1 dollar bill have been in the news of late, there is a new twist to the story. Susan B. Anthony dollars have been added to the list.

Federal Government Wins Gold Coins Case star
There has been much controversy over this Federal court case over the years. At question was whether a Philadelphia family had the right to own 10 1933 St. Gaudens $20 Double Eagle Gold coins or whether they had always been the property of the U.S. Government.

Fighting Fake Slabs star
Slabbed coins are supposed to be virtually impossible to counterfeit. Perhaps that isn’t always the case. PCGS is teaming up with DuPont to create a new coin holder that features a 3D security hologram.

Finding Coins In Ordinary Places star
While the Internet has opened up new opportunities to buy and sell coins, you can still collect coins the old fashioned way. New coin collectors are often amazed that it is still possible to find old U.S. coins in everyday use. Read this article for ways to find coins in ordinary places.

Finding Rare and Collectible Coins star
Coin collecting was started only as a hobby for most people, however you can hear what other people say (or you probably have heard yourself) about news of people cashing in on their old coin; and that encouraged more people to go on a coin-collecting streak.

Finding Rare and Collectible Coins star
Coin collecting was started only as a hobby for most people, however you can hear what other people say (or you probably have heard yourself) about news of people cashing in on their old coin; and that encouraged more people to go on a coin-collecting streak. If you are one of those people who want

Finding Rare and Collectible Coins star
Coin collecting was started only as a hobby for most people, however you can hear what other people say (or you probably have heard yourself) about news of people cashing in on their old coin; and that encouraged more people to go on a coin-collecting streak. If you are one of those people who want

Finding Rare and Collectible Coins star
Coin collecting was started only as a hobby for most people, however you can hear what other people say (or you probably have heard yourself) about news of people cashing in on their old coin; and that encouraged more people to go on a coin-collecting streak. If you are one of those people who want

Finding Rare and Collectible Coins star
Coin collecting was started only as a hobby for most people, however you can hear what other people say (or you probably have heard yourself) about news of people cashing in on their old coin; and that encouraged more people to go on a coin-collecting streak. If you are one of those people who want

Finding Rare Coins With A Bullish Future star
Okay, let’s get something straight… I do not advocate the purchase of United States coins strictly for investment purposes. Like most traditional collectors, I believe coins are to be primarily appreciated for their artistic beauty, historical connections, and the joy of pursuing them. However, it s

Foreign Gold Coins vs. U.S. Gold Coins star
U.S. gold coins and foreign gold coins are both made of the same element. But the question arises: Which is better?

Getting Started in Coin Collecting star
Collecting Coins is not just plugging holes in a cardboard album anymore. Explore the vastness of the world in numismatics.

Gold Coin Collecting star
Coin collecting is something that dates back to the when coins were first issued for trade. It was only in the Middle Ages that people turned this into a hobby because of the art work and the historical value.

Gold Continues To Move Up star
If you haven’t noticed what gold’s been up to, you may be surprised. Gold prices have been over $1,750 an ounce, while silver has been hovering around $35 an ounce. This is a far cry from the $1,500 for gold and $28 that silver started the year out at.

Gold Shines When Fed “Talk” Fails star
Very few coin collectors would disagree that all else being equal, rising precious metals prices are a positive influence on the general health of numismatics. Granted there are some rare coins that seldom come to market so infrequently, that precious metals prices have little or no effect on the pr

Gold-Plated Coins Not A Bargain star

Grading Coins star
Careful consideration must be given to the condition of a coin before arriving at its value, as even a minor difference in grading can mean a substantial difference in price. There are several factors to keep in mind when considering varying grades of preservation.

Guide for Rare Coin Collectors star
Coin collecting is one hobby that is both fun and challenging. To help those who are looking for those rare coins, here is a list of hard to find ones that are worth moving “heaven and earth” for.

Half Dollars Fail To Circulate star
Perhaps you have been wondering where all of the half dollars have went to. With the U.S. Mints churning out millions very few of them ever seem to show up in your area. Apparently most of them seem to wind up in casinos in Las Vegas. This seems to have happened with the Eisenhower dollars and befor

Hard Times Tokens As Advertising star
The New York Observer was reporting various kinds of tokens were in daily circulation throughout New York City. According to the newspaper the tokens were being sold for around 62 cents per hundred tokens, which was a good profit when substituted for a cent.

Hardship Tokens Merged Politics With Business star
The study of tokens is one of the most interesting areas of coin collecting, because tokens often served in place of coins.

Have coins? Will collect! star
Old coins that is. Try looking under that old dresser, or up the attic where grandma or grandpa’s things may be stashed away patiently waiting for you to discover them. Who knows, you might find a coin there, an old coin that – at today’s rate - may be worth a few dollars; probably three or four o

Have coins? Will collect! star
Old coins that is. Try looking under that old dresser, or up the attic where grandma or grandpa’s things may be stashed away patiently waiting for you to discover them.

History Of Gold and Silver Coins star
People in the older times did not use any form of currency to purchase the things they needed. They just traded their goods at the market place and exchanged things they had for things they wanted or needed. As time passed, people began to learn the value of currency. They started to use money as an

History Of The Quarter star
There are many questions today about early quarters. Unfortunately, there aren’t very many answers to them either. This makes the subject both exciting and fun, and a bit frustrating at the same time.

Hobby of the Kings star
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.

How Determine If A Coin Has Been Cleaned star
Shiny coins are so beautiful to look at. But how do you know if that shiny luster is natural or artificial? Read this article and find out.

How To Attend A Coin Show star
Coin shows can be a lot of fun! The environment of a typical large coin show can be invigorating or intimidating to the attendee’s. Many beginning collectors wonder what the best way is to get the most out of attending a coin show. Read on to find out to get the most out of attending a coin show.

How To Avoid Shysters And Frauds Online star
Many collectors enjoy shopping for coins online for the great buys that can be found. You can do your shopping from the comforts of home, instead of having to go out looking for places locally that sell collectible coins and other souvenirs.

How To Become A Knowledgeable Cherrypicker star
The first thing you will need is some good overall grading guides for your own library.

How To Cherrypick The Best Coins star
If you search for a definition of cherrypicking you will likely find several possible definitions for the term. One definition states that “cherrypicking” is to selectively choose from whatever is available.

How To Collect Ancient Coins star
Collecting coins is so much fun! It is both a hobby and a source of income for many. One type of coin that you may want to consider collecting is ancient coins.

How To Detect Counterfeit Coins star
A special machine is used to stamp out coins to make them genuine “legal tender” money. People who counterfeit coins are generally well trained and have the capacity to manipulate those roar coin which have a high value among coin collectors.

How to Detect Counterfeit Coins star
A special machine does the stamping of coins to make them genuine. People who counterfeit coins are well trained and have the capacity to manipulate their duplication - especially those rare coins which have high value among collectors. The most common procedure used in counterfeiting is that they p

How to Detect Counterfeit Coins star
A special machine does the stamping of coins to make them genuine. People who counterfeit coins are well trained and have the capacity to manipulate their duplication - especially those rare coins which have high value among collectors. The most common procedure used in counterfeiting is that they p

How To Identify Old Mystery Coins star
If you are like many coin collectors you probably have a few old “mystery” coins laying around in your collection. And by mystery coins, I am referring to coins that are not easily identified. These old coins can be very hard to identify and grade if you don’t even have a clue what the coin/coins ar

How To Locate A Local Coin Dealer star
Finally the time comes when you need to find a local coin dealer. This could be because you have some coins that you want to learn more about, or how much they are worth, or you might want to sell what you have or even buy some new coins for your collection.

How To Make Coin Cycles Work For You star
Coin trends are very cyclic. The book value of most rare coins goes up and down all the time. There are many factors that can affect a given coin’s market value.

How To Sell Your Coin Collection star
There is one hobby that has been celebrated and participated in at all levels in almost every region of the world. If you guessed coin collecting, go to the head of the class.

How To Sell Your Coin Collection star
So, you feel it´s time to sell your long-time coin collection, or you might have inherited a collection and you know nothing about coins and you would like to sell them. As with the sale of anything, you would like to make sure you get a fair price. Sounds simple enough, right?

How To Store Your Coins star
Numismatics or coin collecting started to catch on in the United States in the mid-1800s. In the beginning there probably weren’t more than a dozen or so serious collectors of coins in what was the U.S. at the time.

How to Take Care of Collectible Coins star
There are collectors that specifically find classic editions of coins that existed during the period from 1892 to 1954. These coins have marked events or may signify the work of royalty during that period. There are those collectors that prefer the modern series that are very distinct as well.

How to Take Care of Collectible Coins star
There are collectors that specifically find classic editions of coins that existed during the period from 1892 to 1954. These coins have marked events or may signify the work of royalty during that period. There are those collectors that prefer the modern series that are very distinct as well. One

Idea For An ATB Kennedy Half Series star
The “America The Beautiful” quarter series has been somewhat popular with collectors. Commemorative coins seem to have been overdone of late. Some people have suggested initiating an “ATB Kennedy half dollar series.” This could be a great idea for a number of reasons.

Indian Tribe Plans Own Currency star
The Crow Indian Tribe hopes that creating their own currency will spur tribal members to spend money on their reservation and encourage the creation of more business.

Internet Sales Taxes Are A Real Threat star
The Federal and various state governments are hungry for new tax revenues. With sales tax revenues down from most brick and mortar stores even local governments are whining about the sales tax dollars they think they are losing to online sales.

Investing In Rare Coins star
Nearly anyone can easily retire comfortably investing in rare coins, if they take the time to invest in quality rare coins. Of course there are few things required to achieve this lofty goal.

Is Anyone Playing The Bullion Game? star
Gold and silver prices go up and down as the economy ebbs and flows. However it looks like many people are not playing the bullion game at the moment. Gold has hovered for months between $1,600 and $1,750, while silver has bounced between $27 and $34. According to some experts the market has been fl

Is it Safe to Sell Coins to a Dealer? star
Coin collecting can be a lot of fun. This hobby which dates back to 2500 BC is much larger now since people are now able to collect currencies from other countries.

Joining a Coin Club star
People engage in social activities for many reasons; most common is sharing in the same interest and passion as other people. It is in places like these that information about a certain subject is shared and new ideas and trends are revealed that keep its members up to date with current events that

Keeping Coins Clean Using a Folder star
The price of an antique item goes up if it is kept in good condition. By having it stored in a safe place, one can be sure that it will not be damaged by the elements or by negligence that will reduce its value in the market.

Keeping Coins Clean Using a Folder star
The price of an antique item goes up if it is kept in good condition. By having it stored in a safe place, one can be sure that it will not be damaged by the elements or by negligence that will reduce its value in the market.

Keeping Coins Clean Using a Folder star
The price of an antique item goes up if it is kept in good condition. By having it stored in a safe place, one can be sure that it will not be damaged by the elements or by negligence that will reduce its value in the market.

Lawsuits Are Not Always The Solution star
You have to stop and wonder why we continue to tolerate our dysfunctional legal system. Here anyone can sue anyone else on a whim. Costs for filing fees, depositions and attorney’s fees are high.

Learn How To Grade Coins star
Learning how to grade coins is something every serious coin collector needs to learn. At first the task will seem daunting. after all there are a number of reputable third-party grading services that will grade a coin for you for a set price that varies from company to company.

Learning The Ropes Of Numismatics star
Numismatics is the study of money, medallions, banknotes, token coins, and stock certificates. It is believed to have been established in the time of Julius Caesar who wrote the first book on the subject. It is a very interesting topic because every medal or coin signifies a different era, culture,

Love Tokens Were Once Expressions Of Affection star
Traditionally flowers and chocolate have been the favorite way to show ones affection towards another. But that was not always the case.

Machine Doubling Damage Explained star
There are many forms of doubling on coins, at least 28 types are known to date. The one we will concentrate on in this article is known as Machine Doubling Damage. In fact most types of machine damage indeed consist of this type of doubling.

Minnesota Coin Collectors Will Be Shunned star
The nation’s coin dealers are shunning Minnesotan coin collectors. It isn’t that the coin dealers have any issues with the collectors themselves, rather it is a new state law that is driving the rejection of doing business with collectors in Minnesota.

Mint Marks on U.S. Coins star
Mint Marks on U.S. Coins and their usage

Mint Strikes Out On Baseball Coins star
If you are still waiting for the delivery of your Baseball Hall Of Fame commemorative coins, you are not alone. As of mid June most silver and clad HOF coins remained to be shipped. About two-thirds of the 50,000 gold $5 coins have been shipped. The silver version has had only about one-third shippe

Molds Can Cause A Multitude Of Headaches star
Molds are members of the fungi kingdom. They feed by absorbing nutrients from living or dead organisms. Starches are among their favorite foods. Cellulose, which is the main component of paper money, is a long chain-starch. As such, molds love to eat paper. Molds can easily feed on your favorite cur

Morgan Silver Dollar Prehistory star
In the early 1950’s, Morgan silver dollars were not very popular with the coin collecting community. Granted a few rare dates were of some interest to serious collectors, but collectors focused on more popular coins series. Of course, times have changed and Morgan silver dollars are extremely popula

Mr. Glad And His Nickels star
His real name was Alfred Richmond Rodway. But in his time, everyone knew him simply as “Mr. Glad.” Silver-haired and always wearing gloves, “Mr. Glad” handed out coffee, sandwiches, and nickels in New York City during the Great Depression.

Mysterious Nevada Hoard Auction star
The recent story of a mysterious Nevada recluse’s gold stash has reached a new chapter. On February 26, 2013 a portion of the hoard brought in over $3.5 million at auction. It was the allure of the mystery that attracted some bidders to the auction held in Carson City, Nev.

New Bill Would Outlaw Fake Slabbed Coins star
For decades Public Law 93-167 aka the “Hobby Protection Act” has governed reproductions of American coinage and political posters. On July 30 the U.S. House of Representitives passed a major revision to the Hobby Protection Act. The bill is now being sent to the U.S. Senate for their approval and pa

New Coin Collecting Course star
Coin collectors who want a better grounding in the basics of numismatics can now learn at their own pace from a new downloadable course from Krause Publications. “Coin Collecting 101:The Basics of Coin Collecting” is being offered as a PDF download in a zipped file.

No Palladium Bullion Coin In The Future star
Don’t expect to see a new palladium bullion coin anytime soon. A new study released by the U.S. Mint concluded that there would be an insufficient demand for any type of palladium bullion or numismatic coin to make its issuance profitable. The potential market for palladium coins is very small and w

Not All Slabbed Coins Are Equal star
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.

On Mints and Mint Marks star
Mint Marks are tiny letters referring to the locality where the minting of coins took place. The position of mint mark can be found typically on the back side of coins that were minted before the year 1965 and on the front after the year 1967.

On Mints and Mint Marks star
Mint Marks are tiny letters referring to the locality where the minting of coins took place. The position of mint mark can be found typically on the back side of coins that were minted before the year 1965 and on the front after the year 1967.

Online Auction Payment Methods star
The first step in dealing with payments is to always acknowledge them immediately. Send an email thanking the buyer for their payment, identify the purchase, and let them know when you will be shipping the item.

Only Crooks And Poor People Use Cash star
Did that title get your attention? It certainly grabbed my attention. However current trends for a cashless society are putting coins on the endangered species list.

Picking The Right Materials To Store Coins star
If you are going to use a display case to store or display your coin collection, you need to know if the materials used on the interior of the case will not harm your coins. Find out how by reading this article.

Places To Sell Your Coins star
You might think that selling your coins would be a simple process. You go to your local yellow pages, look up coin dealers, and take your coins to the shop and take whatever the dealer decides to offer you, and you go home fat and happy.

Playing The Gold Premium Game star
The dramatic decline in gold and silver prices through April And June of this year has spurred an enormous worldwide demand for physical precious metals. But not so much in the U.S., general demand for precious metals has been as dramatic as the degree it was when metals prices dropped in the summer

Pocket for Your Coins? star
For every numismatist or coin collector, finding a good place to store their coins is the most important thing in this world because storing their precious coins in a good and secure place will ensure that the quality and value of their coins is maintained.

Politicians Afraid Of The Gold Standard star
While “gold” may be a hot buzz word in financial circles, it can’t be said to be the same in political circles. While Ron Paul has championed the idea of a new gold standard, the idea has hasn’t been eagerly adopted by either the Republicans or the Democrats.

Possible Debt Limit Solution? star
The second government shutdown in 17 years leaves the U.S. Mint as one part of the government that is not being affected by the current shutdown that has closed those parts of the government that are not deemed to be essential to operate.

Private Scrip star
Who is allowed to legally issue money in the United States? That would depend on who you bother to quote. The founding fathers of our country made it clear that the power to create money should not be taken lightly.

Private Scrip star
Scrip is any substitute for currency which is not legal tender. Scrips have gained historical importance and have become a subject of study in numismatics or exonumia due to the wide variety and abundance of them.

Promoting Coin Collecting star
Collecting coins can be fun and profitable if pursued properly. But you often hear the cries as to why the hobby is supposed to be losing collectors left and right. Our current crappy economy is one reason why coin collecting isn’t growing. But coin collecting doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby.

Pruning Your Coin Collection star
As a coin collector, you will encounter many limitations building your collection. Decisions can be tough to make when redefining you collecting interests. Find out why pruning your coin collection is so important.

PVC Residue On Coins star
Polyvinyl chloride damage is caused by storing coins in soft plastic flips that contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC.) PVC generally manifests as a light-to-dark greenish residue, although it can appear as milky or light grey in color.

Rare Coin Investment Risks star
People make investments of different kinds in the hope of increasing their return on the money invested. Any type of investment has its own inherent risks. Risk has an inverse relationship with returns. The riskier the investment the higher the returns usually are.

Red And Blue Ration Tokens star
The Office Of Price Administration’s red ration tokens ran in a series of 30 two-letter combinations and could be used to purchase meats, fats, fish and cheese. The blue token series could be used for purchasing processed foods.

Respect Between Dealers And Customers star
Much has been written in some coin collecting periodicals on the conduct of some coin dealers. They have been referred to as “Rogue Dealers.” This name isn’t quite correct.

Revaluing U.S. Currency Bad Idea star
There has been some talk in some coin collecting periodicals on the revaluing of our currency. The articles have mainly focused on the supposed benefits of doing it.

Saddle Ridge Gold Coins Benefit Non-Profit star
The California couple who found the hoard of coins on their property, now known as the Saddle Ridge Hoard, have decided to use the first piece of their newfound wealth to help save a National landmark. The landmark in question is the Mint that struck the majority of the gold coins found in the hoard

Selling Coins Online star
Selling coins on an online auction can be hard work, enjoyable, satisfying and often times frustrating, but it can also be quite rewarding. This is certainly not a get rich quick scheme and you will not become a millionaire from doing it. However you will get to exchange messages and talk to many

Selling Gold Coins Serious Business star
People own gold coins for many reasons. Some collectors buy them as an investment. Other folks buy gold coins because they enjoy collecting them. And this again can be for a variety of reasons. Examples are building a type set or collecting a particular series. And some lucky people inherit a collec

Shield Nickel Type Coins star
Some type coins in a type set can be tough to locate. One of these type coins is the Shield nickel with rays as they were only produced in 1866 and for a short time in 1867.

Should You Buy Coins At Auctions? star
One of the most difficult things in collecting coins is how to find coins for it. A coin collector’s main method is to purchase coins to add to his or her collection. Buying coins at an auction is another common alternative to acquiring coins.

Should You Use A Coin Grading Service? star
Why should you use a coin grading service? Since coin collecting has become such a popular hobby the market for coins has changed and expanded rapidly as well. And because of numerous market changes, the prices of coins now varies widely.

Should You Use A Coin Grading Service? star
Coin collecting has been a very popular hobby to many people of all ages. The marketing of coins has expanded widely and because of this wide the market prices of coins has varied immensely.

Silver 1855 Trime star
There are a number of lesser known and oftentimes scarce coins that are interesting in their own right. The 1855 three-cent piece can be considered to be one of these specimens. The silver three-cent piece was an unusual creation for an unusual time. The story begins in the California gold fields in

Size Up The Coin Dealers At Coin Shows star
One of the premier coin collecting periodicals has run a number of letters to the editor detailing collectors business dealings with “rogue” coin dealers. However the word rogue is used loosely.

Sleeper Coins star
What designates a coin as a “sleeper?” A strict definition of a “sleeper” is a coin that is undervalued due to its mintage being lower than its more common coin relations, and its value is lower than would be expected.

Some Gold Coin Rarities star
There are a number of gold coins that are tough to obtain. Some of these coins command extremely high prices which puts them outside the reach of most collectors. while others may have high prices, but remain within the range most collectors could afford.

Some Other Issues To Consider star
There are other types of gold buyers to be aware of besides the ones that advertise on radio or television, these are the ones that set up shop in a hotel for a day and are gone the next. They are usually just as shady if not more so than the radio and TV cash-4-gold scam artists.

Some Rare Coins Worth Collecting star
Coin collecting is one hobby that is both fun and challenging. To help those who are looking for those rare coins, here is a list of hard to find ones that are worth moving “heaven and earth” for.

Some Things That Are Confused With Coins star
Many items are frequently confused with coins. There is one that is perhaps the most frequently mistaken for a foreign coin, and that are apothecary weights used by druggists on a balance beam or scale.

Some Tips On Starting An Ancient Coin Collection star
A lot of collectors hesitate to buy ancient coins to collect because they can be terribly expensive. What is most important is the uniqueness of these coins and the benefits they provide their collectors.

Sources For Coins star
There are various sources where those “special coins” can be purchased. The following are the basic methods and starting places to obtain the coin(s) you have long wanted.

Stamp Coin Collecting: The Valuable Twins star
Humans are known to engage into different kinds of diversion to unleash the boredom that life sometimes provides. There are people who use coin, stamp, or sticker collecting to accomplish this while others are satisfied with other hobbies such as cooking, gardening, crafts, etc. All of these provide

Stamp Coin Collecting: The Valuable Twins star
Humans are known to engage into different kinds of diversion to unleash the boredom that life sometimes provides. There are people who use coin, stamp, or sticker collecting to accomplish this while others are satisfied with other hobbies such as cooking, gardening, crafts, etc. All of these provide

Start Your Own Coin Collection star
It is never too early or too late to have a hobby. Some people are hobbyists for fun while others see a bigger picture; and that is to make money. Some objects that may seem inexpensive now may become valuable or priceless later.

Starting A Coin Collection For Kids star
The best time to mould a child (kid) is when he/she is still young. By getting the curious minds involved in something educational, there is a very good chance that they will become responsible adults.

Starting a Coin Collection for Kids star
The best time to mould a child (kid) is when he/she is still young. By getting the curious minds involved in something educational, there is a very good chance that they will become responsible adults.

Stating A Denomination star
Early American coinage came in many different denominations, especially English, French, and Spanish denominations. In fact many of the early American coins didn’t even state their given denomination at all. Some of the denominations are only known through legislation of the time period.

Sticky Coin Subjects star
Many beginning coin collectors have found coins with what appears to be a raised area of metal one side of the coin. The first question that comes to their minds is whether the coin has any special value.

Swedish Plate Money star
While Sweden is not renowned for any major concentrations of precious metals, it was renowned for its early 17th century holdings of copper of which it had plenty. As we are all aware copper has less intrinsic value per ounce than gold, silver, or platinum. A copper coin that is intended to store a

Taking Care of Collectible Coins star
There are collectors that specifically find classic editions of coins that existed during the period from 1892 to 1954. These coins have marked events or may signify the work of royalty during that period. There are those collectors that prefer the modern series that are very distinct as well.

Terms And Conditions Of Your Auctions star
One very important aspect of writing a great auction description is listing your terms and conditions of selling of your online auction. Don’t criticize or belittle your prospective customers and bidders! You would be surprised how many sellers write descriptions that contain dire warnings about not

The All-Seeing Eye Of Providence star
There is one “Eye” that most coin and paper money collectors are quite familiar with. That “Eye” is the “All-Seeing-Eye.” This symbol, featured on the reverse side of a $1 Federal Reserve note, has been a source of controversy and discussion ever since it found a home there in 1935 on the $1 silver

The Assay Commission star
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.

The Basics of Coin Collecting star
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. Today, people all over the world are collecting coins. Some collect it for their value, some just like the sheer fun that

The BellaOnline Coin Gazette Newsletter star

The Branch Mint of Charlotte, North Carolina star
Why did the US government open a branch mint in Charlotte? It had to do with the Gold Rush.

The Buffalo Nickel star
One of our most beloved American coins has to be the Buffalo Nickel. With an Indian chief on one side and a buffalo on the other, this nickel’s design could have been pulled from a Wild West show poster. But such is not the case. The design stems from the fertile mind of sculptor James Earle Fraser

The Demise Of The Anthony Dollar star
No matter what the government has done to date, the public has resisted the introduction of a dollar coin to replace the one dollar bill. The Susan B. Anthony dollar was one of the first dollar coin flops.

The Dollar Debate Keeps Going And Going star
In a recent issue of a popular coin collecting periodical the debate continues on whether to dump the dollar bill in favor of some kind of dollar coin. Over the last forty years or so the government has issued various dollar coin in various sizes that have never caught on with the public at large.

The Evolution Of Coin Grading star
If you have ever wondered how coin grading systems came about, read this informative article about the evolution of coin grading.

The Florida United Numismatists Coin Show star
A look at a Major Coin Show through a Coin Dealer´s eyes. It is not what it appears.

The Grade Of A Coin Is Everything star
Take any Coin in Your Collection, and Tell Me What it is Worth. To do so, you have to make a Decision about the Grade of the Coin. I will Assume that You are an Expert at Grading a US Coin, so, you have arrived at the correct Grade for the Coin You Selected

The Great Controversy Over Liberty Dollar Coins star
Recently the U.S. Mint posted a warning on its website to beware of Liberty Dollars. What is a Liberty Dollar and should you be concerned about them? Read this article and you can decide for yourself.

The Great Seal Conspiracy star

The Hidden Edge Customer Care star
Customer service is a term you hear a lot about. Many companies give lip service about how their customer service is superior to their competition.

The Infamous Dime Weevil star
You probably have never heard of a dime weevil before. There is a reason for this, but we will get to that shortly. The nature of this “bug” dealt with dimes. In May 1912, newspapers reported that a woman had been ejected from a St. Paul streetcar for putting a “slick” dime in the fare box. She late

The Innovation That Transformed Roman Society star
In the month of November A.D. 284 a dispirited Roman army was marching westward after a campaign against the Persians. En route, the emperor Numerian was found dead in his litter. The Roman army executed his murderer and chose one of their own commanders, Diocles--better known as Diocletian--as thei

The Mysterious 1934 Peace Dollar star
The 1934 silver Peace dollar is a bit of a mystery coin. This stems from a number of reasons. Unfortunately the available information on this coin is sketchy at best. No one in 1934 expected another Peace dollar mintage.

The New Tax Threat To Coin Collecting star
Perhaps you have seen one of those TV ads about identity theft protection? I would suggest you pay attention to the next one that comes on TV or Radio; you may soon need their services!

The Perfect Time To Sell Coins star
When is the perfect time to sell your coins? This might seem like a dumb question if you ask a coin collector. However, the time may come when this question needs to be asked and answered.

The Perfect Time to Sell Coins star
When is the perfect time to sell coins? This may be a dumb question if asked of a coin collector however timing really does make a difference. There are times when a collector wakes up in the morning and suddenly makes a decision to sell his precious collection of coins.

The Perfect Time to Sell Your Coins star
When is the perfect time to sell coins? This may be a dumb question if asked of a coin collector however timing really does make a difference. There are times when a collector wakes up in the morning and suddenly makes a decision to sell his precious collection of coins. Here are some tips on how to

The Real Story On Unsearched Coin Hoards star
Unsearched coin rolls can be fun to search and they used to be more popular in the good old days of coin collecting. Unsearched rolls are still being sold, but you don’t see as many of them as you would have in the past.

The Return Of The Morgan Silver Dollar star
The year 1921 brought the return of the Morgan silver dollar after a 17 year hiatus in production.

The Seated Liberty Dollar star
Morgan and Peace dollar collectors who are looking for a new challenge may want to take a look at one of the older silver dollar series. One silver dollar they could look at is the Seated Liberty dollar which was minted from 1840-1873.

The Shield Nickel star
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

The Trade Dollar star
The Trade silver dollar has a rather cloudy history. These coins were minted from 1873-1885 and were intended for use in trade with the Orient of the time. Most official documents of the time glowingly portrayed the silver dollar as a resounding success.

The Trillion Dollar Platinum Coin star
Yes you read the title right! Once upon a time silly ideas that were introduced to the public would be laughed at and then quietly disappear hopefully forever.

There is Just no Humor in Coin Collecting star
Most people think there isn´t a lighter side to Coin Collecting. Are they right?

Things That Affect The Value Of Coins star
When one is just starting in coin collecting, often the first question is: “What is the value of the coin?: and the answer is that the coin will cost as much as you are willing to pay for it and the amount can vary considerably.

Tips in Buying Bullion Coins star
What are bullion coins? These coins may have high values because they are not only limited; but also they may have been found in shipwrecks, or they may come from the ancient times.

Tips in Buying Bullion Coins star
What are bullion coins? These coins may have high values because they are not only limited; but also they may have been found in shipwrecks, or they may come from the ancient times. Bullion coins are the type of collector’s items that many people look for.

Tips on How to Avoid Fraud on Collectible Coins star
Many people enjoy shopping online where there are great buys of coins that can be found. A person may prefer do his shopping while he is at home because it is convenient and time-saving instead of going out looking for stores that sell collectible coins and other souvenirs.

Tips on How to Avoid Fraud on Collectible Coins star
Many people enjoy shopping online where there are great buys of coins that can be found. A person may prefer do his shopping while he is at home because it is convenient and time-saving instead of going out looking for stores that sell collectible coins and other souvenirs.

Tips on How to Avoid Fraud on Collectible Coins star
Many people enjoy shopping online where there are great buys of coins that can be found. However, shopping online isn´t without its own pitfalls. Read this article and learn how to avoid some of these problems.

Tips on How to Avoid Fraud on Collectible Coins star
Many people enjoy shopping online where there are great buys of coins that can be found. A person may prefer do his shopping while he is at home because it is convenient and time-saving instead of going out looking for stores that sell collectible coins and other souvenirs.

Tips on How to Avoid Fraud on Collectible Coins star
Many people enjoy shopping online where there are great buys of coins that can be found. A person may prefer do his shopping while he is at home because it is convenient and time-saving instead of going out looking for stores that sell collectible coins and other souvenirs.

Tips on How to Avoid Fraud on Collectible Coins star
Many people enjoy shopping online where there are great buys of coins that can be found. A person may prefer do his shopping while he is at home because it is convenient and time-saving instead of going out looking for stores that sell collectible coins and other souvenirs.

Toned Coinage star
Difficult to describe, magnificent to behold, impossible to forget, and absolutely unique! A beautifully toned coin will command a huge premium in price over an un-toned coin.

Trash Or Treasure star
Do you collect low grade coins? Is this a bad way of collecting? Only you as a collector can answer these questions for yourself. Many coin experts advise you to buy and collect the best grade of a coin you can afford. If you are looking at your collection as an investment, this is probably good adv

Two Bits....Four Bits.... star
The roll early Spanish coinage played in shaping the United States and its economy.

Using A Folder To Keep Coins Safe star
The price of an antique item goes up if it is kept in good condition. By having it stored in a safe place, one can be sure that it will not be damaged by the elements or by negligence that will reduce its value in the market.

Vending Interests Have Say On New Coins star
One of the biggest parts of any discussion on changing the composition of coins has to take vending machine into consideration. If the vending machine can’t recognize your coins, you aren’t going to get that Snickers bar you have been craving all day.

Wanna Start On Collecting Coins? star
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.

Wanna Start On Collecting Coins? star
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.

Wars And Paper Money star
Paper money and wars just seem to go hand in hand. this was no exception during the American Revolutionary War. Read more about this in this exciting article.

Ways To Cherrypick Coins star
There are a number of ways to cherrypick coins. One way involves looking for undergraded coins rather than looking for die types. With luck, you may be able to find some undergraded coins at a bargain price.

What Are Bullion Coins? star
The recent high prices of precious metals has drawn a lot of attention to gold, silver, and platinum and the coins that are made from them. Now would be a great time to become educated about what a bullion coin really is.

What are Commemorative Coins? star
Commemorative coins have become very popular. Many people want to have different kinds of coins in their collections or for souvenirs. Many times they are used as traditional gifts for special occasions. These coins are not considered to be practical gifts, bur are commemorative items that can be ke

What are Commemorative Coins? star
Commemorative coins have become very popular. Many people want to have different kinds of coins in their collections or for souvenirs. Many times they are used as traditional gifts for special occasions. These coins are not considered to be practical gifts, bur are commemorative items that can be ke

What Are Factors That Affect The Value Of Coins? star
When one is just starting in coin collecting, often the first question is: “What is the value of the coin?: and the answer is that the coin will cost as much as you are willing to pay for it and the amount can vary considerably. For instance, a coin dealer’s offer can be much less than a coin colle

What Are Factors That Affect The Value Of Coins? star
When one is just starting in coin collecting, often the first question is: “What is the value of the coin?: and the answer is that the coin will cost as much as you are willing to pay for it and the amount can vary considerably.

What Are Factors That Affect The Value Of Coins? star
When one is just starting in coin collecting, often the first question is: “What is the value of the coin?: and the answer is that the coin will cost as much as you are willing to pay for it and the amount can vary considerably.

What Are Mints And Mint Marks? star
Mint marks are tiny letter referring to the locality where the minting of coins took place. The position of the mint mark can typically be found on the back side of most coins that were minted before 1965, except for the cents and at the front after the year 1967.

What Are Your Gold Coins Worth? star
Gold speculators know what items they have in hand and how much they are worth. The same could be said for experienced coin collectors. If you are not a serious coin collector you may not remember exactly what you paid for your gold coins.

What Determines The Value Of A Coin Collection? star
There are many things that need to be taken into consideration, when determining the value of a coin collection. This value can be determined by four factors. Read on to find out what these factors are.

What Is Legal Tender? star

What Makes A Coin Collection Valuable? star
So what does make a coin collection valuable? How does the idea of valuable impact the way people start coin collections? In order to begin to answer these questions, we need to define what “valuable” means and how it applies to coin collectors.

What Should You Look For In A Coin star
Coin collecting is a wonderful hobby to start. The thrill of hunting for old coins is often enough for many people to take up the hobby alone.

What Type of Coin Should You Collect? star
Coin collecting is a fun hobby to start and the thrill of hunting for old coins is enough for many people to continue doing it. Other people consider coin collecting an investment, something they can receive a profit from.

What Type of Coins Should You Collect? star
Coin collecting is a fun hobby to start and the thrill of hunting for old coins is enough for many people to continue doing it. Other people consider coin collecting an investment, something they can receive a profit from.

What Types Of Coins Do Collectors Collect? star
Simplicity is not the best policy when it comes to coin collecting. Oftentimes it is the rareness, the history, or the mother country of the coins that collectors value most.

What Types of Coins Do Collectors Love? star
Simplicity is not the best policy when it comes to coin collecting. Oftentimes it is the rareness, the history, or the mother country of the coins that collectors value most.

What Types of Coins Do Collectors Love? star
Simplicity is not the best policy when it comes to coin collecting. Oftentimes it is the rareness, the history, or the mother country of the coins that collectors value most.

What Types of Coins Do Collectors Love? star
Simplicity is not the best policy when it comes to coin collecting. Oftentimes it is the rareness, the history, or the mother country of the coins that collectors value most.

When Did Hard Time Tokens Appear star
It is not really certain when the first Hard Times Tokens entered the marketplace. However what is certain is that the distribution of these tokens was well under way by the summer of 1837.

When To Start A Coin Collection star
It is never too early or too late to have a hobby. Some people are hobbyists for fun while others see a bigger picture; and that is to make money. Some objects that may seem inexpensive now may become valuable or priceless later.

Where To Find Coins star
Coin collecting is only a hobby for most people. However, you often come across stories or news reports of people cashing in on their old coins. These stories often get more people excited about going on a coin-collecting streak. If you are interested in investing in coins, there are several ways to

Where To Find Coins To Sell Online? star
Finding sources to buy coins, and then finding ways to sell them at a profit is the heart of selling coin at an online auction. If you are already a coin collector, you may have surplus coins in your collection that could be sold for a profit.

Who To Sell Your Gold Coins To? star
If you have done your homework, you should have an approximate idea of what your gold coins should be worth. Now if you are ready to sell them, the question is one of where to sell them and not get ripped off in the process.

Why is a Coin Grading Service Important? star
Coin collecting has been a very popular hobby to many people of all ages. The marketing of coins has expanded widely and because of this wide the market prices of coins has varied immensely.

Why is a Coin Grading Service Important? star
Coin collecting has been a very popular hobby to many people of all ages. The marketing of coins has expanded widely and because of this wide the market prices of coins has varied immensely.

Why is a Coin Grading Service Important? star
Coin collecting has been a very popular hobby to many people of all ages. The marketing of coins has expanded widely and because of this wide the market prices of coins has varied immensely.

Why People Hate Dollar Coins star

World Columbian Half Dollar Classic Commemoratives star
Different series of coins have their ups and downs as collector interest waxes and wanes. There are a number of perennial favorites such as Buffalo nickels, Mercury dimes, and Morgan silver dollars that are forever collectible. However there are a number of classic commemoratives dating from 1892-19

Worthy Coin Lost In The Crowd star
One would have to wonder what went wrong with the sales projections for a half dollar commemorative coin that honors the September 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam. Only 18,028 of the half dollars have been sold. The Battle of Antietam was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. When the battle wa

Yap Island Money star
Historically money has come in many different forms. Granted people are used to money in the forms of metal coins and paper currency. However the people of a particular Pacific island had what would have to be the most unusual form of money known to exist. I am referring to the island of Yap in the

Your Own Coin Collecting Kit star
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. Certain tools must be employed to ensure both fun, discipline and to some extent, good profit.

Your Own Coin Collecting Kit star
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. Certain tools must be employed to ensure both fun, discipline and to some extent, good profit.

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