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...]

5 Coin Collecting Supplies Every Numismatist Must Have

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Every coin collector, early on in his or her ventures in the hobby, eventually gets to the point where they need to start investing a little money in coin collecting supplies to enjoy the pastime to its fullest.When I was 11 years old and first started collecting coins, buying supplies was not initially on the top of my to-do list.But, before long, I began setting aside a little bit of my coin collecting budget for items that would become important in my numismatic ventures.Below is … [Read more...]

Why Collect Coins? Reasons For Collecting Coins In The Past & Present

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Have you ever asked yourself why you collect coins?I mean, really – what keeps you motivated to stay in the hobby? What do you like about coin collecting? And, when is it that you first realized you were a coin collector?For me, my foray into coin collecting began when I found a 1941 Lincoln wheat cent in some allowance money I was given when I was 11 years old in 1992. I was intrigued by that old coin, and wanted to learn more about it and find other wheat cents. Within a couple months, … [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...]

Keep Your Pretty Pennies Safe in Coin Albums for Lincoln Cents

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If there is one coin that I and millions of other coin collectors love putting in coin albums, it has to be the Lincoln cent, and for good reason – it is one of the first coins we ever started collecting, most dates are pretty affordable, and these pennies are easy to find in pocket change.Besides, Lincoln cents have been with us for more than a century – since 1909, to be exact; so it is no wonder that this beloved little coin is found in millions of numismatists’ coin collections.My … [Read more...]

Old Coin Holders: Great As Collectibles & For Storing Coins

Coin collecting is one of the world's most popular hobbies.But did you know that within coin collecting there is another pastime that has grown somewhat of a following?Collecting old coin holders is something many have been doing for years to assemble arrays of obsolete, historic, and retro coin storage.In more recent years, many coin collectors have looked toward buying old coin holders because they're often cheaper to buy than new coin holders.Let's take a look at some of the old coin holders … [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 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...]

Inspiring Young Collectors: 5 Ways To Get Kids Involved Collecting Coins

Coin collecting got a shot in the arm back in 1999. That's when literally tens of millions of people -- many of them children -- began collecting the 50 States Quarters. That's now over a decade ago, and many of the young collectors who started picking 50 States Quarters from their parents' pockets and purses are now grown up. So, that begs the question -- how do we get the next generation of children interested in coin collecting? Admittedly, it can be hard to pull young kids away from … [Read more...]

Are You Really A Coin Collector? Knowing The Differences Between Coin Collecting & Coin Hoarding

Coin collectors come in all stripes -- they aren't all the same. It's safe to assume most coin collectors have some little pile of coins that were brought together without much intention of sets being built out of them... ...What about all those wheat cents, pre-1960 Jefferson nickels, or silver coins we find? They're packed away in jars and boxes, right? But when it comes down to actually defining a coin collector versus a coin hoarder, it's always important to remember that: Typical … [Read more...]