Wheres George Lets You See Where Your Money Has Been – Start Tracking Your Dollar Bills Now!

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I remember the first time I spotted a Wheres George dollar bill, which is part of the Currency Tracking Project.It was back on August 2, 2008 when I spotted the dollar bill marked with "track this bill at www.wheresgeorge.com". At the time, I was puzzled -- and intrigued.As you'd guess, I brought the dollar bill home, looked up www.wheresgeorge.com, and typed in the dollar bill's serial number as well as my zip code.What I learned next about my dollar bill was amazing!  … [Read more...]

Have You Noticed What’s REALLY On The 50 State Quarters? Some Surprising Findings

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The United States Mint's 50 State quarters program, which ran from 1999 through 2008, was perhaps the most popular commemorative coin series the nation has ever fielded.As I look back at the 50 different reverse designs that grace the U.S. 50 state quarters -- which honored each state in the order that they entered the Union -- I think of all the different artistic topic matter the coins cover.That's just one reason why I think a 50 state quarter set is so beautiful. … [Read more...]

Cleaned Coins: How To Tell If A Coin Has Been Cleaned & Why It Matters

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I talk a lot about cleaned coins versus uncleaned coins here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins.You may be wondering what the big fuss is about cleaning coins and perhaps ask yourself why most collectors don’t want cleaned coins.Or, you may be trying to figure out what a cleaned coin looks like versus a regular, uncleaned coin.If you fall into either of those two camps, this post is for you.  … [Read more...]

Most Valuable Pennies: A List Of 43 U.S. Pennies Worth Holding Onto!

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Wondering which pennies are worth more than face value? Which pennies you should be holding onto, rather than spending?Well here you go -- a list of the most valuable pennies, each worth more than $1 apiece.Use this cheat sheet to help you determine which pennies are worth saving and which ones are worth spending!  Which Lincoln Pennies To Keep … [Read more...]

Should You Buy Gold Coins? 3 Reasons To Buy + 3 Reasons To Wait

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Coin collectors and investors alike love gold coins. After all, gold represents one of the oldest forms of wealth and has remained popular since ancient times. That's just one of the many things I find alluring about gold coinage.Think of it this way -- while countless forms of paper money and other currency have come in gone over the centuries, gold remains as "golden" as ever.It therefore makes perfect sense to add some gold coins to your collection or investment portfolio, … [Read more...]

Tips For Finding Coin Hoards Like The Famous Saddle Ridge Gold Coin Hoard

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Have you heard about the Saddle Ridge coin hoard?It's one of the most famous U.S. coin hoards ever, and it was discovered by a Sierra Nevada, California couple on their rural property in February 2013.The 1,427 gold coins -- all half eagles, eagles, and double eagles dated from 1847 and 1894 and buried in 8 coffee cans -- have a combined value of some $10 million.It is the largest-known hoard of gold coins that has ever been found in the U.S!There was $27,980 in face value … [Read more...]

7 Penny Facts – Things You Probably Don’t Know About The One-Cent Coin

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Betcha these penny facts will turn you on your head – um, obverse?Yes, the good old penny. It’s a coin you probably don’t use much these days, though I’ll bet you have a small stash of pennies somewhere in your home tucked away in an old clothes drawer or perhaps in a jar.Pennies have inspired me as a coin collector. Finding a 1941 wheat cent in my allowance hooked me on the hobby when I was a child. As a penny collector, I spent 2 years and hundreds of dollars completing an entire set … [Read more...]

5 Cheap Coin Supplies You Need & Where To Find Them

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Cheap coin supplies are in high demand by collectors who want to take care of their coins but don’t have much… ahem… “coin” to spare (cue the joke punchline drum shot… ba dum sssssst).But, in all seriousness (OK, I’m not really going to get too serious – this is a blog post about a fun hobby after all), buying coin supplies can be a very expensive burden on coin collectors who have only a few bucks or so each week to spend on their passion.So how can coin collectors on a budget find … [Read more...]