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...]

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...]

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...]

Lincoln Cent Varieties – Coins That Don’t Always Have a Place in the Typical Coin Album

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As most Lincoln cent coin collectors know, collecting the entire series of pennies is not as easy as one may think. Certainly, the one-cent coin may be the lowliest of all currently circulating U.S. coinage as far as denominations go, and there may be tens of billions of Lincoln cents in existence – but collecting an example of every Lincoln cent ever made certainly isn’t cheap, nor is it easy.There are some 300 different regular-issue date-and-mintmark combinations, and many of the coins … [Read more...]

Historic Values of Walking Liberty Half Dollars

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Considered one of the most beautiful coins of all time, the Walking Liberty half dollar was designed Adolph A. Weinman in 1916.The Walking Liberty half dollar features an obverse image of Miss Liberty with her right arm outstretched in peace as she strides toward the rising sun; the reverse design depicts an American bald eagle perched upon a large olive branch.Walking Liberty half dollars are popularly collected both as a complete set of coins and as a type coin, and are desired by both … [Read more...]

7 Coin Sets You Can Complete For Under $10

Coin collecting on a budget probably hasn't been more important in years than it has been in recent times.With the economy still on the rocks, many people don't want to give up their hobbies but still must find a way to cut back.Thankfully, enjoying the hobby of coin collecting doesn't have to be expensive.In fact, here are 7 ideas for coin sets you can complete for under $10.  … [Read more...]

The 2011 Mint Set: Great For Collecting Uncirculated Coins

Collecting each of the coins from 2011 is made easier by purchasing a 2011 mint set. The 2011 mint set contains uncirculated coins representing each of the designs and denominations the United States Mint has made for the year. 2011 is going to be another busy year for the United States Mint, so buying a set of coins for the year is one of the most convenient ways to keep up with the action. The 2011 United States mint set costs $31.95.   … [Read more...]

2011 Proof Sets Offer Variety For Every Coin Collector

2011 is bringing a variety of United States Mint proof sets to coin collectors. With silver proof sets, copper-nickel clad proof sets, and commemorative proof sets, there are plenty of options when it comes to buying examples of 2011 United States coins. Let's take a look at all the shimmering details of what numismatists have to look forward to this year.   … [Read more...]

Find Out Who Had The Only Complete Collection Of United States Coins

Trying to complete an album of coins -- say Lincoln cents or Morgan dollars -- can be a daunting and expensive task.But how about building a complete collection of United States coins?Yes -- I said a complete collection of all United States coins!Believe it or not, it had once been done!Before I go into more of the details of this extraordinary coin collection, I need to remind you on just how amazing this feat was...All regular-issue U.S. coins going back to 1793 Rare … [Read more...]