Old Copper Pennies: Which Ones To Save & What They’re Worth

Copper Pennies

I love collecting copper pennies. While some people may think that all pennies are made entirely from copper, virtually every one-cent coin made since late 1982 has a composition consisting of 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper. The coppery color of modern-day pennies is merely a thin plating of copper on a 99.2% zinc, 0.8% copper core. … [Read more...]

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

eBay Coins

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

Tokens

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...]

Most Valuable Silver Dollars: A List Of Eisenhower Dollars, Peace Dollars, Morgan Dollars & Others Worth Holding Onto!

Valuable Silver Dollars

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...]