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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...]

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...]

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...]

The Ultimate Guide to the 1944 Steel Penny: Like 1943 Copper Cents, It’s a Coin that Collectors Crave

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If you collect coins, you know about the 1943 steel Lincoln cent.But, what about the 1944 steel pennny?While the U.S. Mint struck more than a billion steel pennies in 1943, about 35 examples of the zinc-coated steel cent are known to have been inadvertently struck bearing the date 1944. Why Were Some 1944 Pennies Struck in Steel?A popular theory is that some steel coin blanks, or planchets, were left in the hoppers and accidentally distributed. … [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...]

5 Amazing Videos Of Coin Errors You’ve Gotta See To Believe

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Coin errors always fascinate coin collectors and non-collectors alike.Error coins are relatively uncommon. And while many error coins aren't very valuable, some are.All error coins are popular.Let's look at a few particularly odd and interesting coins... Godless DollarsWhen the United States Mint began striking Presidential dollars in 2007, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST was, for the first time, placed on the edge of a coin.Many people protested the absence of IN GOD … [Read more...]

Want Valuable Pennies? Here Are 10 Pennies You Should Be Looking For

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After years of writing coin articles, I have discovered that there is one coin everybody seems to always be asking about -- pennies. In fact, one of the most common questions people usually have about pennies concern which ones are the most valuable. Thankfully for coin collectors, there are plenty of valuable pennies to be looking for. Let's take a look at 10 of the most valuable pennies among rare U.S. coins...  … [Read more...]

The Steel Penny To Return? With Rising Costs Of Coin Production, It’s Possible

Is the steel penny to return?  After being made in 1943, steel pennies may again appear in pocket change. It's all about current concern over how much the United States government is spending to make copper-coated zinc pennies in recent years. It actually costs 1.6 cents to make a penny -- it's costing more to make a penny than the coin is actually worth! This is leading some officials to call for a new steel penny with copper coating to reduce the cost of making the one cent coin. … [Read more...]

The Amazing And Colorful History Of The U.S. Penny

The United States penny has a history of being a very important coin in American commerce. While it may no longer be able to buy on its own candy (remember penny candy?), a shot at a game or glimpse of a short film in a penny arcade (do those even exist anymore?) or other fun things, the penny still at least helps us pay for sales tax when buying items at the store. Pennies also make great gifts and rewards for young kids! Of course, pennies also have their naysayers. Many Americans have been … [Read more...]