5 Tips For Handling An Estate Collection Of Coins


Handling an estate collection can be one of the most difficult things you'll ever have to do. However, being responsible for securing the sale or disbursal of a large coin collection doesn't have to be hard.While I'm not a lawyer and have no training in legal issues, I'm a longtime coin collector and would like to offer you some tips that you may find helpful if you're in a situation where you're having to handle issues surrounding an estate coin collection.The advice I offer assumes you have … [Read more...]

9 Of The Most Popular & Rarest Coins Collectors Go Gaga Over

Even though many coin collectors can't afford to purchase rare coins, numismatists of every budget still knowing which coins are the rarest coins. Of course, like so many things, rarity is a matter of relativity. In certain cases, many coins collectors consider rare are, in absolute numbers, rather plentiful. Even certain pieces that have been minted well into the thousands are still considered rare because there simply are nowhere nearly enough coins of certain dates available to satisfy … [Read more...]

How To Spot Rare US Coins


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...]

Tips For Collecting Barber Dimes, Including The Rare 1894S Dime


When I began collecting coins minted during the turn of the 20th century, one of the first coins I bought was a Barber dime. Also called Liberty Head dimes, Barber dimes were minted from 1892 to 1916. Barber dimes represent a truly large series of coins with many common dates, some tough dates, and a few rarities. In fact, one of the dates in the series is among the costliest of rarities in all of numismatics -- the 1894-S dime. I will talk a bit about that coin later.  Here's more about … [Read more...]

Facts About Liberty Head Nickels & V Nickels


Liberty Head nickels are a popular series of 5-cent coins that, as a regular production, ran from 1883 to 1912. Liberty Head nickels are also sometimes referred to as V nickels (for the big Roman numeral V on the back of the coin) and Barber nickels. Barber, by the way, refers to the coin's designer, Charles E. Barber.  Here are some fascinating facts about Liberty nickels and their values...   … [Read more...]

Top 10 Coin Auction Prices For Rare U.S. Coins

Many find rare coins alluring. Rare and expensive coins seem to garner even greater speculation and interest. Coin auctions have long been where the world's most expensive coins are bought and sold. Over the decades, the world has seen the most expensive coins push through the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and in recent decades, into the millions of dollars. What has been paid at coin auctions for the top 10 most expensive coins?... … [Read more...]

Slabbed Coins — Highly Sought After, Often Expensive, Frequently Rare


Have you ever heard of slabbed coins? A lot of people hear about these but may not know what to imagine -- perhaps a coin stuck in a good old hunk of concrete? It may be a coin slathered in a block of butter? Is it a coin seared in a nice Porterhouse steak? Sounds silly perhaps, but unless you know coin collecting vernacular, you are forgiven if those images initially ran through your head.   An Explanation Of Slabbed Coins Slabbed coins, in coin-collecting terminology, refers … [Read more...]

Coin Collecting On A Budget – 5 Ways Not To Spend A Fortune On Coins


Coin collecting is often dubbed 'the hobby of kings,' and it is not hard to see why -- you can spend a fortune enjoying this pastime. But coin collecting need not be restricted to the wealthy. In fact, it is not difficult at all to enjoy coin collecting on a tight budget if you consider some of the ideas presented below.   Following are 5 ways to collect coins on a budget...   … [Read more...]

What Is An Old Penny Worth?


I do my best to try and answer your questions and comments here on The Fun Times Guide to Coins, and that is why I want to take a moment and try and address one of the most common -- and important -- questions I get here: "What is my old penny worth?" This is a good question, because pretty much all of us have a stash of pennies lying around somewhere, and we come across pennies everyday in our pocket change. And, yes, some old pennies can be both very rare and very valuable. The real … [Read more...]

The Value Of Old Coin Price Guides And Magazines


Have you ever looked at an expensive coin and wondered what it cost 5 years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago, or even 50 years ago?I have. In fact, every now and then, I enjoy looking at old price guides just to get a sense of the kinds of prices I would have paid if only I bought the same coin several years ago. In most cases, prices always seem to increase, but there are those coins which have gone down in value, too. … [Read more...]