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...]

Historic Values of Buffalo Nickels

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Chances are, you’ve seen a Buffalo nickel in your life, even if not in person.From magazine advertisements to old-time movies, and even in some sayings, like “he holds a nickel so tight, the Indian rides the buffalo,” the Buffalo nickel has gained and maintained fame in a multitude of ways.The Buffalo nickel, designed by James Earle Fraser, was minted during 1913 and 1938 and due to its span of when it was minted is highly synonymous with World War I, the Roaring ‘20s, and the Great … [Read more...]

Old-School Wheat Cent Collecting: Using A Penny Board

Collecting wheat pennies has been a national pastime since the 1930s, when the first penny boards were published by Whitman -- the same company that sells blue coin folders and coin collecting guide books.Penny boards pre-date modern-day coin albums and are one of the most influential developments in coin collecting because they sparked interest in date-and-mintmark collecting.While coin collecting has experienced many changes since the 1930s, the revolution created by penny boards is … [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...]

Completing A Collection Of Jefferson Nickels Is Cheap, Easy & Fun

Jefferson nickels have been around since 1938.While they have been serving the public since the last days of the Great Depression, they remain one of the easiest and least-expensive coin sets to complete.In fact, it’s entirely possible to actually complete a Jefferson nickel collection simply by looking for all the coins from pocket change.Sound easy? Well, it’s not quite as simple as 1-2-3, but because the Jefferson nickel has seen few changes over its time, many non-coin collectors … [Read more...]

7 Popular Lucky Coins That May Help Bring You Some Luck

We all need a little luck in our lives – hopefully good luck, right? Lucky coins are probably one of the most popular ways of bringing a little luck in our lives.Lucky coins come in all shapes and sizes. Why’s that? Because all of us have our own ideas as to what makes a coin lucky.Here are some common types of lucky coins:Coins from the year of your birth Coins from a country special to you Coins with a special design or inscription Coins found during particularly happy … [Read more...]

How To Spot Rare US Coins

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Curious how to spot rare US coins? It's a little simpler than you may think -- but you have to know what you're looking for...The 1913 Liberty nickel is one of the rarest coins.In fact, 1 of the 5 known 1913 Liberty nickels just sold at auction for a whopping $3.7 million!While the 1913 Liberty nickel may not wind up in your hands anytime soon, there are several types of rare United States coins you'll want to be looking for:1909-S VDB Lincoln cent 1914-D Lincoln cent 1922 … [Read more...]

No Date Buffalo Nickels – Why Are Some Buffalo Nickels Dateless Anyway?

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Buffalo nickels without dates (called dateless Buffalo nickels) may not be worth very much money, but they still are interesting to collectors and non-collectors alike.It is important to know that no date Buffalo nickels once did possess a date.The fact is, the U.S. Mint did not make any Buffalo nickels without dates.So, why are some Buffalo nickels dateless and others are not?...  … [Read more...]