Fun With Coins In My Pocket Change Jar

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For a long time, I’ve been wanting to do a relatively simply experiment with my pocket change – sort out the coins in a jar that I have and see how many  tcoins I could find from each decade, mint, etc. So, just a while ago, I did. The results will interest you!For the record, I live near a major city in the Southeast United States, and there is considerable tourist traffic. So, you may expect to see some mixture when it comes to mintmarks. Also, this is change that I have received through … [Read more...]

Buying Back The Coin I Lost: One Coin Collector’s Story Of Seller’s Remorse

The coin I "lost" - a 1799 Draped Bust silver dollar. photo by Joshua at The Fun Times Guide

Coin collectors always have a story about the coin they lost, coins that they either once had but sold and wish they had back, or coins they saw for sale but passed up because they were looking for a better deal – or simply couldn’t afford the coin.I have had a similar experience.The coin?A 1799 Draped Bust dollar.Ever since I was a young coin collector, a bright eyed 12-year-old, it had been one of my goals to own an early silver dollar.Of course, I wanted an 1804 Draped … [Read more...]

My First Coin: The Gateway Into A Fun Hobby

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We all started with our first coin.Everybody has a story as to how they got involved in coin collecting.Here's a brief story of my first coin and how I began my long and enjoyable journey into coin collecting... The 1941 Lincoln Wheat PennyIt was October 1992.Mom had been giving me some small change as spending money in exchange for little tasks and chores I was doing around the house. … [Read more...]

Ways To Have Fun With Coins: Make Coin Art

Coins are, for many people, more than simply a monetary medium or collectible objects of economic realm.Coins can also be used as art.While, as a coin collector and numismatist, I don't personally advocate the mutilation of coins, I do respect the notion that coins can be a very important element in art and want to share a few brief examples of coin art.Coin ArtPeople have been using coins in jewelry, watches, and other forms of artistic expression for decades.It's not too … [Read more...]

Check Out Our Fun Coins Facebook & Twitter Pages!

Find fun new things about all types of coins -- from rare U.S. coins to the coins you see every day in your pocket change.Plus, lots of helpful info if you're just getting started coin collecting & have questions about the coins in your collection.Get all the latest news & updates about U.S. coins on our fun coins Facebook and Twitter pages: Follow @FunCoins on Twitter"Like" our Fun Coins Facebook Page The Fun Times Guide to Coins on Facebook … [Read more...]

5 Good Movies Featuring Coins & Coin Collections

Looking for some good movies featuring coins or coin collecting?Well, you're in luck! There are plenty of good films where coins and coin collections are the unbilled actors.Check out these 5 films that are sure to find their way to your list of blockbuster faves!  … [Read more...]

10 Coin Collecting Gifts Your Favorite Numismatist Will Love

Gift shopping can be hard for the person who has everything.So what do you buy the coin collector who's near and dear to your heart?Buying coin gifts for the numismatist in your life is easier than you might think.Take a look at these 10 gift ideas sure to please a coin collector who's special to you.  … [Read more...]

Error Pennies Are Fun & Challenging To Collect

Collecting error pennies can be a fun and exciting challenge for those who like the thrill of finding unusual coins that stand out from the crowd. Error pennies include a broad range of different coin mistakes, including: Clipped planchets Off-center coins Blank planchets Doubled dies Error pennies can range in value from only a few dollars to the $1000s! … [Read more...]

5 Budgeting Tips For Coin Collecting

Everybody's having to watch their wallets and purses lately.While tough economic times are pushing people to cut back on entertainment and luxuries, you don't have to give up coin collecting to make ends meet.Try some of these budgeting tips:Go back to using pocket change for collecting coins... all they cost is face value Stretch coin collecting goals (like completing sets or albums) over a longer period of time Save a small percentage of your discretionary income for coin … [Read more...]

3 Fun Ways To Collect Proof Sets

It's always fun to collect proof sets. After all, where else is it that you can find such beautiful and pristine examples of United States Mint coins than in a proof set? There are many different ways that coin collectors collect proof sets; check out these ideas: Collecting proof sets from years of special meaning to you Born in 1964? Married in 1988? First kid in '91? Why not buy proof sets from any or all of the years that have been important to you. Collecting a lifetime of proof … [Read more...]