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...]

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


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 Penny It 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 Art People have been using coins in jewelry, watches, and other forms of artistic expression for decades. It's not too … [Read more...]

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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...]