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...]

What Happens When Rare U.S. Coins Go Down In Value

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Let’s face it. The economic woes as of late have been hard on everybody, and coin collectors are weathering the financial storm just like everyone else (or trying to, at least). So, what happens when push comes to shove and you’ve got to sacrifice your rare U.S. coins to keep the lights on?Apparently, there have been more than a few coin collectors who’ve had to sell their precious coins to help keep their financial ship afloat.Take me. It broke my heart a couple years ago when I had to … [Read more...]

What Are Doubled Die Coins?

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I get a lot of questions here from readers about doubled die coins – more specifically, inquiries that are accompanied by photos of coins which appear to have doubling of their designs.Sometimes a lucky individual will have a real doubled die coin, but sometimes no.So, what exactly is a doubled die? And, what is a die? And, why was the die doubled?Let’s take a moment and double down on what a doubled die is (note the “d” at the end of “double”; double die coin isn’t the correct … [Read more...]

What Are Super Grade Coins? Here’s The “Perfect” Answer For You!

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With the plethora of comic book hero movies coming out on the big screen lately, you may think super grade coins would have something to do with heroic money that manages to save the universe from a rogue brand of currency. While money does make the world go ‘round, a super grade coin isn’t necessarily going to don a cape and swoop out of the sky to save you from a runaway train.However, like comic book heroes, super grade coins are pretty flashy…So, what exactly is a super grade coin? … [Read more...]

5 Coin Collecting Supplies Every Numismatist Must Have

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Every coin collector, early on in his or her ventures in the hobby, eventually gets to the point where they need to start investing a little money in coin collecting supplies to enjoy the pastime to its fullest.When I was 11 years old and first started collecting coins, buying supplies was not initially on the top of my to-do list.But, before long, I began setting aside a little bit of my coin collecting budget for items that would become important in my numismatic ventures.Below is … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Low Ball Coins Should Be High On Your Coin Wish List

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Have you ever found a coin in your pocket change that was so worn you could barely even tell what date was on it? These types of coins have received so much wear that they are almost worn smooth, and while many coin collectors avoid buying or keeping these so-called low ball coins, some actually do seek them for their collections.What is the appeal of collecting coins in such low grades, you may ask?#1 - They are dirt cheap as compared to similar types of coins that are in much higher … [Read more...]