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...]

5 Cheap Coin Supplies You Need & Where To Find Them

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Cheap coin supplies are in high demand by collectors who want to take care of their coins but don’t have much… ahem… “coin” to spare (cue the joke punchline drum shot… ba dum sssssst).But, in all seriousness (OK, I’m not really going to get too serious – this is a blog post about a fun hobby after all), buying coin supplies can be a very expensive burden on coin collectors who have only a few bucks or so each week to spend on their passion.So how can coin collectors on a budget find … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Junk Coins: Perfect For Investors And Collectors On A Budget

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Have you ever heard about junk silver coins and are curious what they are? If so, you may have wondered if they are even worth collecting, given the fact they are referred to as “junk.”Well, in fact, junk is largely a relative term. In numismatics, “junk” is in the eye of the beholder, as one person’s trash is another’s treasure.A junk coin, usually, is a piece that is of a lower wear-based grade than considered “collectible” for a certain coin type. Say, for example, a Roosevelt dime in … [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...]

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...]

Popular Coin Sets for Beginning Collectors

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Coin collecting is a hobby that has grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years, with tens of thousands joining the ranks of coin collectors each year.By some estimates more than 100 million Americans collect coins, and these millions of collectors all started their journeys in the hobby somewhere.For many people, their first foray in coin collecting originates with a collection they inherit from a family member, a strange coin found in pocket change, or perhaps even the start … [Read more...]

4 Things To Remember When Coin Collecting

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In my nearly 20 years of coin collecting, I’ve learned many things about this amazing pastime.Never clean your coins. Don’t drop your coins. Keep your coins in the best holders you can afford. Be a good steward, for your coins will be in the hands of future generations.But there are some other principles I’ve learned to always keep in mind about this hobby which have helped me to enjoy this ages-old pastime even more.I’d love to share these thoughts with you...  … [Read more...]