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...]

Historical Values of Barber Dimes

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The Liberty Head dime (more commonly referred to as the Barber dime) was one of several designs created by Charles E. Barber for circulating U.S. coinage during the turn of the 20th century.Today, Barber dimes and other Barber coinage are highly popular in many coin collecting circles and collected both as a type coin and a date-and-mintmark series coin.In general, Barber dimes are highly common as tens of millions were made during their 1892 to 1916 run, with a large number of these … [Read more...]

Rare Mercury Dimes: How Much Are They Worth?

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Many people wonder how much their rare Mercury dimes may be worth. That is, if they’re even rare at all.Of course, the moment somebody finds or inherits an old coin, they usually wonder right away if it’s rare.Mercury dimes, also called Winged Liberty Head dimes, were minted from 1916 to 1945 and are indeed old coins. But are they all rare?The answer is no, not all Mercury dimes are rare.In fact, during each of most of the years that Mercury dimes were made, millions upon … [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...]

Bust Dimes: Rare Coins From The 1800s

The dime has been an integral part of commerce since the 1790s, when the dime was first created for use in the United States. In 1796, the Draped Bust dime became the very first official dime created for widespread use in the nation. All Bust dimes are scarce, though the earliest ones have become quite rare. Let's take a look at the fascinating Bust dime series.   … [Read more...]

5 Budgeting Tips For Coin Collecting

Everybody's having to watch their wallets and purses lately.While tough economic times are pushing people to cut back on entertainment and luxuries, you don't have to give up coin collecting to make ends meet.Try some of these budgeting tips:Go back to using pocket change for collecting coins... all they cost is face value Stretch coin collecting goals (like completing sets or albums) over a longer period of time Save a small percentage of your discretionary income for coin … [Read more...]

It’s Fun & Easy (& Cheap!) To Build A Proof Roosevelt Dime Coin Collection

If you're trying to find a fun and easy coin collection that won't break the bank, then you might be interested in starting a proof Roosevelt dime collection.Roosevelt dimes have been made since 1946. Through 1964, Roosevelt dimes were made from silver. Since 1965, circulation versions have been made from a copper-nickel clad composition.So, what's it take to build a proof Roosevelt dime collection -- and how much does it cost?   … [Read more...]

Collecting Roosevelt Dimes: Values & Key Dates

Collecting Roosevelt dimes can be both fun and challenging. After all, while Roosevelt dimes flood our pocket change, it can be a bit costly for some to buy and assemble a collection of the silver Roosevelt dimes.Roosevelt dimes were first made in 1946.In 1965, the United States Mint began striking copper-nickel clad Roosevelt dimes.While many Roosevelt dimes can be had for face value or a nominal premium over silver bullion value, there are some Roosevelt dimes that are worth tens, even … [Read more...]

Top 5 Types Of Valuable Coins You Should Be Looking For

OK, here's the short list of the top 5 categories of valuable coins you should be looking for in pocket change, old jars of coins, inherited coin collections, and other places where you'll have the chance of easily finding old and valuable coins: All wheat-back Lincoln cents (Before 1959) All nickels before 1960 Any dimes and quarters before 1965 (these are silver) All half dollars before 1971 (these are silver) Any coins that appear to have mistakes -- such as doubled … [Read more...]

10 Coin Collecting Short Set Ideas For Coin Collectors On A Budget

Minding the budget while enjoying coin collecting can sometimes be a challenge. However, it's possible to still enjoy the hobby of coin collecting while paying careful attention to how much money you're spending. Building a short set is a common way of rounding out a coin collection while not spending a fortune to complete an entire date-and-mintmark run of coins. What's a short set and what are some common coin short sets? Let's look at 10 popular coin collecting short sets...  … [Read more...]