One Of The Rarest Coins In The World: The 1933 Gold Double Eagle


One of the most rare and well-known coins in all of U.S. history is the 1933 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle -- a $20 gold coin that, by several accounts, shouldn't even be in existence. It is the rarest and most valuable coin in the world, designed by a famed sculptor at the request of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905. It should never have been minted. And, for decades, the U.S. government has fought to keep a surviving few out of private hands. Source In the 1930s, during the … [Read more...]

Non-Commemorative Commemorative Coins Like The Lincoln-JFK Penny And The Liberty Bell Penny


What the heck is a non-commemmorative commemorative coin? Well, there are 2 in particular that several people have come here trying to find information about. I call them non-commemorative commemoratives because they were made to commemorate or celebrate something, however they were not made by the U.S. Mint -- so they cannot actually be true commemorative coins. The 2 most common ones that we see on this site are: Lincoln penny with JFK on it; and Lincoln penny with a Liberty … [Read more...]

The New Lincoln Penny!


The Lincoln penny has gone through a few changes over the years, and now it looks like there is another change on the horizon for this coin. The Lincoln cent was first introduced in 1909 when it replaced the Indian head cent. The Lincoln penny was initially created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Now, with the year 2009 and Lincoln's 200th anniversary approaching, it appears that there are big changes in store for the Lincoln penny. That's right, the penny you … [Read more...]

Presidential Dollar Coins: Little-Known Facts


The Presidential Dollar Program has been around since early 2007. The U.S Mint has been producing one dollar coins -- each with the face of one of our former presidents. Four coins are to come out each year until all former presidents (non-living) have been minted on these new dollar coins. Here's more about these interesting dollar coins, plus info about the related First Spouse Coin Program... … [Read more...]

Coin Jewelry & Using Coins As Art


Chances are, you have probably run across a few pieces of coin jewelry in your time. Coin jewelry is any coin that has been altered due to drilling, cutting, faceting, plating, or all of the above. Is it legal? Is it worth anything? … [Read more...]

History Of Coins & Fun Facts About Coin Collecting As A Hobby


The history of coins goes back a very long way. It is believed that the very first coins were made of bronze and were used by the Chinese around the year 800-1,000BC. Asians used coins around 600-700BC. Early Americans didn't use any type of coin for money. Instead they made their money from beaver skins, tobacco, and wampum. … [Read more...]

Two Cent Coins And Three Cent Pieces

Two-cent coins? Yes, the United States had a coin at one time with a denomination of two cents. And three cents, too. Here's a little about both, 2-cent and 3-cent coins, including how much they're worth... … [Read more...]

U.S. Half Penny: See How Much Half Cent Coins Are Worth

Many people believe that the 1-cent penny is the lowest face value coin in the United States. This is untrue. In the U.S. half cents were issued from 1793 all the way until 1857. There were 5 different portraits displayed on the half cent over the course of its time:   … [Read more...]

Which Coin Price Guide Should I Use?… The Red Book? Or The Black Book?


Price guides are an essential part of coin collecting whether you're a beginner or an expert. Not only do they offer current prices on all of your U.S. coins, but they are also loaded with tons of useful knowledge about coins. Where do you think I learned everything I know today? Only half of it came through actual experience of owning coins. The other half is from reading through several price guides, coin books, and articles on coins.   … [Read more...]