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...]

What Coins Does The West Point Mint Make?

The West Point Mint in New York strikes thousands of coins every year, though you've probably never seen the 'W' mintmark on any of your coins. So what coins does the West Point Mint make? Bullion coinage Commemorative coins Certain gold medals The West Point Mint also made millions of Lincoln cents during the 1970s and early 1980s and a special 1996-W Roosevelt dime marking the 50th anniversary of the design. … [Read more...]

Seated Liberty Dimes: A Collectible That Spans A Half-Century Of United States History

The dime has been an essential part of pocket change and United States commerce for centuries. While Franklin Delano Roosevelt has been a fixture on our dime since 1946, long before FDR appeared on the ten-cent coin, another design called itself home on the coin for over 50 years. Seated Liberty dimes were struck from 1837 through 1891.While the Seated Liberty dime series offers plenty of examples that coin collectors can buy for under $25 each, a number of rarities and low-mintage dates were … [Read more...]

1955 Proof Sets Were The First In Flat Cellophane Holders

The 1955 proof set is the first United States proof set to come in a flat package. Ever since the first modern proof set was released in 1936, each coin in the set had come in individual paper pockets which were stapled together. Many of the coins in the proof sets of the 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s have since toned because of the type of packaging they originally came in. In 1955, the United States Mint began packaging proof sets in cellophane packets which hold each of the coins in an … [Read more...]

7 Summer Coin Collecting Goals You’ll Be Able To Easily Reach

Now that summer's here, it's time to start thinking about some coin collecting goals that you might be able to start and finish before the leaves begin turning red, yellow, and gold in a few months. If you can put away just $5 a week this summer, here are some coin collecting goals you'll be able to meet before Labor Day: A collection of about 20 different Mercury dimes An entire collection of Lincoln Memorial cents (no proofs or varieties) A complete Philadelphia and Denver mint … [Read more...]

Finding The New Dime Is Challenging For Coin Collectors

Have you been trying to find the new dime? It may be more difficult than you think, especially because 2009 and 2010 dimes are being minted in very limited numbers by the U.S. Mint. Coin collectors across the country have been looking for the 2009 dime for many months now. Still, all too many coin collectors have been unlucky and simply can't seem to find any. The situation with 2010 dimes isn't any better. In 2009, the U.S. Mint struck just 146 million dimes (a drop in the bucket … [Read more...]

The 1950 Proof Set Features Silver Coins & The Lincoln Wheat Cent

Collecting old proof sets is both challenging and rewarding. Offering old silver coins that have been rising in value over recent years, buying proof sets from the 1950s and 1960s is one way to easily assemble a collection of old U.S. coins. The 1950 U.S. proof set was the first proof set made by the U.S. Mint since 1942. With about 51,000 produced, the 1950 proof set offers these coins: 1950 Lincoln wheat cent 1950 Jefferson nickel 1950 Roosevelt dime 1950 Washington quarter … [Read more...]

New Figures Show 2010 Coin Production Is Off To A VERY Slow Start

What's up at the U.S. Mint?  2009 was a slow year for the nickel and dime, and now we see that -- total -- the U.S. Mint has made well less than 1 billion coins for the 1st quarter of 2010. Sound like a lot of coins? Sure. However, there was a time in the last couple decades when the U.S. Mint was regularly churning out some 8 to 12 billion coins per year for public usage! … [Read more...]

2009 Coins: Dimes & Nickels Are Scarce!

Of the 2009 coins, dimes and nickels look to be the scarcest by far! While it's 2010 and talk is of the newest coins from this year, coin collectors are still looking back at 2009 as the year that the U.S. Mint struck the fewest dimes and nickels in 2 generations. … [Read more...]