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...]

How To Collect Short Sets: 5 Easy Coin Collections For Collectors On A Budget

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Short sets – miniature date-and-mintmark coin collections for a given series – are highly popular for coin collectors on a shoestring budget.A short set of coins is less expensive because it contains fewer coins than a typical, complete date-and-mintmark run of coins for a series and usually avoids the expensive key-date coins.These budget coin collecting sets also provide you with a springboard to finish the rest of that series should your finances later permit.What follows below … [Read more...]

How Selling Old Coins Can Help You Afford To Buy New Coins For Your Coin Collection

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I’ve been collecting coins for a long time – since I was the age of 11, to be exact.In that time, I’ve been buying and selling old coins and have spent an amount that’s easily into the thousands of dollars.I would have spent much more money than I have, though, if not for the fact that I’ve sold many of my old coins to buy new ones.In fact, looking back at my collection, which includes hundreds of coins, I probably have only a couple dozen or so of the coins that date back to the … [Read more...]

Blue Ikes & Brown Ikes: How Many Were Made? What Are These Eisenhower Dollar Coins Worth?

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Blue Ikes and brown Ikes – different types of Eisenhower dollars – have been the darlings of many modern dollar coin collectors since the release of these 2 coins in 1971.That was the year that the United States Mint released the first dollar coins since the Peace dollar series ceased production in 1935.However, unlike silver dollars of yesteryear, regular-strike Eisenhower dollars contain no silver at all.That is where blue Ikes and brown Ikes come in. … [Read more...]

Should You Hoard Copper Pennies? Reasons To Save Every Copper Penny You Find

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You may have heard a lot these days about people who hoard copper pennies and wonder why they are.After all, if you’re like most coin collectors, you probably know that silver coins have historically been the big pocket change prize.However, the times they are a-changing, and the value of copper has skyrocketed over the past few years.People are beginning to hoard copper pennies in the opportunistic pursuit of someday cashing in on the coins’ intrinsic value.  … [Read more...]

Coin Gift Ideas: 5 Clever Coin Gifts For Any Occasion

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Has the time come to shower the ones you love with gifts?If you’re a coin collector, chances are your idea of what makes a great gift might mean giving something flat, shiny, and round.Indeed, there are many coin gift ideas that are perfect for coin collectors and non-numismatists alike.I’ve been giving coin gifts for many years to loved ones who may or may not be considered avid collectors.Let’s face it – people love coins, even if the recipients are not exactly considered coin … [Read more...]

Secrets On Dollar Bills: Fun Secrets To Look For On Your Dollar Bills

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Have you ever taken any time to study your money? Pull out a dollar bill from your wallet, purse, or pocket change… Notice all the little symbols on that piece of currency? Some people say there are secrets on the dollar bill – symbols, if you will, that convey secret messages.What are these symbols on the dollar bill and what do they mean? This is something that I wanted to learn more about.When I first started collecting coins, I naturally also had a little interest in paper currency. … [Read more...]

How To Collect The Kennedy Half Dollar

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The Kennedy half dollar is perhaps one of the most famous coins today, though its birth had a terribly unfortunate cause, and that was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.Ever since the first Kennedy half dollars rolled off the United States Mint presses in 1964, the coin has been immensely popular.In fact, widespread hoarding of the coin in the mid-1960s by individuals who wanted a memento of the fallen president is believed by many … [Read more...]

What Happens To Coins Tossed In A Fountain?

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Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wondered about what happens to coins that are thrown into water fountains.Countless people all around the world toss coins into fountains to make wishes and for good luck. Why, there’s even a 1954 movie that showcases the custom. (Three Coins in the Fountain, anyone?)I always thought coins that have been tossed into a fountain are pretty much left there. After all, they represent people’s wishes, right?Well, I did some research on this topic, because I … [Read more...]