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 Selling Old Coins Can Help You Afford To Buy New Coins For Your Coin Collection


I’ve been collecting coins for a long time – since I was the age of 11, to be exact. In that time, I’ve been buying and selling old coins and have spent an amount that’s easily into the thousands of dollars. I would have spent much more money than I have, though, if not for the fact that I’ve sold many of my old coins to buy new ones. In fact, looking back at my collection, which includes hundreds of coins, I probably have only a couple dozen or so of the coins that date back to the … [Read more...]

Collecting Fake Coins – A New Facet Of Coin Collecting That’s Gaining Attention


It used to be that you never uttered the C word or the F word in coin collecting; of course, those words would be counterfeit and fake, as in counterfeit and fake coins. Nowadays, many coin collectors use another term for these less-than-real coins that is a little more... ahem... politically correct, and that is “replica coins.” Novelty coins, replica coins, copy coins... No matter what term you use, though (even if it is fake coins!), collecting coins that aren’t 100 percent mint made is … [Read more...]

The Joys Of Being A Penny Collector


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...]

5 Important Things I Learned About Buying Rare Coins


Buying rare coins isn’t monkey business! It takes a lot of money and even more guts to lay out hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a single coin, of course, unless you’re rolling in dough and have plenty of pretty pennies to spend on buying a pretty penny. However, having bought a few pretty pennies myself, I’ve learned a lot about what goes into making a decision to buy a rare coin, and that you don’t want to just go dropping $500 or $1,000 (or much more) on buying rare U.S. coins … [Read more...]

Getting A Coin Appraisal: Tips For Finding The Value Of Your Coins

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I get many inquiries on coin appraisal from the countless readers here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins, and I am always glad to answer the many coin questions received every day in the comments. Please keep them coming, everyone! Now, as for learning more about the value of your coins, you’ve come to the right place. I specialize in 20th century coins, but have dedicated much of my numismatic research time to many other areas of coin collecting, including 19th century coins and gold … [Read more...]

9 Fun Tips For Attending A Major Coin Show

Attending a major coin show is one of the most exciting events for a coin collector to do. All coin shows offer something for the coin collector, but large coin shows have tons of fun for every type of numismatist. Of course, going to a major coin show is like spending a day at an amusement park... lots of walking, lots to see and do, and you'll probably spend lots of money while there. Let's check out some tips and advice on how to make the most of going to a major coin show.   … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]