5 Money-Saving Tips For Collecting Lincoln Pennies

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I love collecting Lincoln pennies. Most collectors know "pennies" are officially called one-cent coins. But, let’s face it, the word “penny” is hard-wired into the vernacular of most Americans. Lincoln wheat cents were the first coins I ever collected when I jumped head first into numismatics as an 11-year-old boy in 1992. All these years later, I still enjoy collecting Lincoln pennies. … [Read more...]

Buying eBay Coins? Here Are 3 Descriptions To Look For When Buying Coins On eBay

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If you're shopping for coins on eBay, you've probably noticed some interesting descriptions on many of the coin listings. Of course, there are words and phrases like: "Very Good" and "Uncirculated" referring to coin grades "Proof" or "Bullion" referring to the coin's method of manufacture "Cleaned" referring to whether the coin has been doctored in any way to alter the finish There are many other descriptions, too. But there are 3 descriptive words I'm always very cautious … [Read more...]

What Are Impaired Proof Coins? When Bad Things Happen To Good Proof Coins

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I like collecting proof coins because they're usually exquisite, collector-quality examples of the coins that I find in my pocket change. But what about proof coins that are less than perfect? These are called impaired proof coins. According to the Professional Coin Grading Service, an impaired proof is "a proof coin that grades less than PR-60; a circulated proof." Unfortunately, not every proof coin is kept in the best condition. Many are mishandled. Sometimes they’re even spent … [Read more...]

Answers To Your Questions About Strange Coins: Tokens, Big Coins, Tiny Coins, Two-Headed Coins, Blank Coins & Colored Coins

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Unusual looking coins definitely raise a lot of eyebrows. They also raise a lot of questions. With regard to strange coins, these are the 3 types of questions I get the most: I've gotten a lot of questions from people asking about old tokens they've found. I also get asked about big coins, tiny coins, and other things that look like coins but aren't legal tender. Several people want to know what's up with coins that are blank on one side and two-headed coins. Are these odd … [Read more...]

A List Of The Most Valuable Silver Dollars – Do You Have Any?

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Want to know what the most valuable silver dollars are? You're not alone. Silver dollars are one of the most popular types of coins, and definitely among the most valuable coins in terms of overall worth. Silver dollars were first made by the United States Mint in 1794. In fact, the first silver dollar became the most expensive coin in the world as of 2013, when it sold for $10 million at auction.   … [Read more...]

Top 5 Old Coins Worth Money That You Can Find In Pocket Change

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I'm always on the prowl for old coins in my pocket change. Since I started looking for them in my change from cash transactions, vending machines, and even take-a-penny-leave-a-penny jars, I've been rewarded with many interesting finds. Of course, not every old coin I find is worth a lot of money, but it's still neat to pluck vintage coins from circulation. Here's a rundown of 5 types of old coins worth money that you can still find in pocket change if you look hard enough ...and … [Read more...]

How Much Is My Coin Worth? Here’s How To Find Coin Values

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When somebody asks me a question about coin collecting, they usually want to know about coin values. Specifically, they want to know what their coins are worth. I love answering these questions, because they give me the chance to help somebody understand more about their coins. And I even get to explain what makes their coins valuable -- or not so valuable, as is sometimes the case. I'm going to explain to you how you can find the value of a coin and all the different factors that go … [Read more...]

6 Ways To Buy American Silver Eagle Coins At Cheap Prices

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Coin collectors and investors alike love buying American silver eagle coins, which are easily accessible and quite affordable for most people who want to invest in precious metals. In fact, silver eagles are sold by coin dealers just about everywhere and uncirculated -- or bullion -- versions are usually offered for only $3 to $4 over the current spot price of silver. But did you know there are plenty of ways to buy American silver eagles at discounted prices?   … [Read more...]

Coin Grading & Registry Sets: What You Need To Know About These High-Grade Coin Collections

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If you own any coins that have been certified by major coin grading firms, then you could create an elite type of coin collection called a registry set. What is a coin registry set and why are more coin collectors building them? For many coin collectors years ago, it used to be good enough to simply have an uncirculated or mint state specimen of a coin -- that is, a coin that has never been in pocket change or used in any transactions. … [Read more...]