Fun With Coins

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...]

Metal Detector Review: XP DEUS Wireless Metal Detector Is 4 Metal Detectors Rolled Into One!

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My family and I have been enjoying the hobby of metal detecting for many years. Over that time we’ve seen the machines advance greatly.With all the new developments though, one thing has remained the same; you need to choose a metal detector based on what type of treasures you hope to find and the ground conditions you think you’ll experience the most. For the majority of us who only have one machine, that unfortunately means that some type of treasure hunting is likely to be either … [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...]

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...]

The Joys Of Being A Penny Collector

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Some people go head over heels for Bust halves while others sing praises for Buffalo nickels. But, I? What coin is it that I love most? It’s the penny – more specifically, the Lincoln cent. Why did I become a penny collector? What is it about the little copper coin bearing the bust of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, that has lured me to collect these coins for most of my life? Well, there was one prevailing factor – pennies comprised about 80% of the coins in my piggy bank back then, … [Read more...]

Have a Silver Penny That’s NOT a 1943 Steel Cent? Here’s How to Find Out What You Have

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A lot of people leaving comments here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins have been asking me about their silver pennies.Of course, many of these silver one-cent coins are 1943 pennies, which really aren’t silver pennies. They're actually made with zinc-coated steel.However, many of these inquiries about silver pennies have nothing to do with 1943 Lincoln cents or even the highly rare 1944 steel cent (a mint error caused by leftover steel coin blanks getting accidentally getting stamped with … [Read more...]

Looking Through Penny Rolls Can Be Rewarding and Fun

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Ever since I first started collecting coins, I’ve been checking penny rolls from banks and grocery stores for scarce and old coins. I don’t honestly know what prompted me to start doing that, especially as I was only a kid and no one had told me that searching rolls of coins is one of the most efficient and successful ways to make interesting finds in circulation.From wheat cents to foreign coins and off-center coins, too, I’ve found all types of scarce, unique, intriguing, and valuable old … [Read more...]

Metal Detecting Coins: Rare Coins Are Just Below The Surface

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Collecting coins is an exciting hobby for anyone who enjoys discovering history.It is a fact that every day people get change with their purchases, but how many of us really take a close look at each piece? You never know when a rare United States coin will end up in your pocket.But the excitement behind the possibilities in coin collecting begins with knowledge about which coins are considered rare and how much they are worth. And the rarest coins are more likely purchased, unless … [Read more...]

Short Sets – The Short Cut to Completing Coin Sets on a Budget

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There is perhaps nothing more frustrating to a coin collector than wanting to complete an entire date-and-mintmark run of coins and not being able to afford the goal.For example, collecting the entire series of Lincoln cents, to date, could cost a typical coin collector more than $2,000 when taking into account the cost of rare dates, such as the 1909-S V.D.B., 1909-S, 1914-D, and 1931-S.Add in the 1922 plain cent – a rare variety customarily included in many Lincoln sets – and the cost … [Read more...]

The Value Of Sharing My Coin Collection With The People I Love

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As most pastimes go, it’s always better to share coin collecting with the ones you love than to go about it solo.I have learned this as I have grown into the hobby I have loved since my boyhood and now enjoy as a young man.Now in my early 30s, I find immense value in sharing my coin collection and my passion for numismatics with the people in my life who are most important to me. Mixing Coins And Romance Can Be A Beautiful Thing … [Read more...]