5 Of The Biggest Coin Mistakes The U.S. Mint Has Made

Nobody's perfect -- and that includes the United States Mint and United States Treasury. Yes, while they've done a magnificent job coining money for the United States since the 1790s, the facts are there have been some coins that, for whatever reason, ended up falling flat on their faces. Of course, the best intentions have always gone into deciding what coins our nation has needed. The only problem is that masses haven't always taken to using the coins that our nation has pumped out. What … [Read more...]

$50,000 For Bulk Bags Of 200,000 Quarters

Here's a fun idea -- spend $50,000 on a bulk bag of quarters directly from the United States Mint! Bulk bags are massive quantities of coins which the United States Mint ships directly to coin collectors. These bulk bags are great for searching through. Many coin collectors have found errors and varieties by searching through these mint-fresh bags of coins. The only downside to ordering such a huge package is the shipping cost: $1,500! … [Read more...]

5 Rare Coins For You To Find In The Lincoln Memorial Penny Series


For 50 years we used the Lincoln Memorial penny. However, in 2009, the Lincoln cent underwent a major redesign that permanently removed the Lincoln Memorial design from our pennies. While most Lincoln Memorial pennies are worth only face value if worn and only 5 to 25 cents if uncirculated, there are a few special Lincoln Memorial cents that are worth hundreds -- even thousands -- of dollars. Here are the values of a few Lincoln Memorial pennies you should be keeping an eye out … [Read more...]

How To Spot Rare US Coins


Curious how to spot rare US coins? It's a little simpler than you may think -- but you have to know what you're looking for... The 1913 Liberty nickel is one of the rarest coins. In fact, 1 of the 5 known 1913 Liberty nickels just sold at auction for a whopping $3.7 million! While the 1913 Liberty nickel may not wind up in your hands anytime soon, there are several types of rare United States coins you'll want to be looking for: 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent 1914-D Lincoln cent 1922 … [Read more...]

Counterfeit Coins – How To Avoid Buying Fake Coins

One of the biggest threats that collectors face in the numismatic market is the issue of fake coins. They are really more common than you may think, and they turn up everywhere. While it is true that counterfeit coins are often easy to spot -- due to improper weight, color, even design details --  the terrible truth is there are many good copies that have even fooled some of the more-seasoned coin collectors! Casts, electrotypes, and altered coins are all the types of fake coins that … [Read more...]

How To Spot Counterfeit Coins

Have you ever wondered how you could be able to watch out for counterfeit coins? Actually, if you can learn how to spot counterfeit coins on your own, then you can consider yourself among the skilled numismatists. After all, it takes a trained eye and keen mind to know what you are looking for -- and NOT looking for -- when trying to tell real coins apart from fake ones!Certain coins are likelier than others to be counterfeited. For example, there is little chance you will run across a … [Read more...]

Altering U.S. Coins Is Illegal – Coin Scamming Suspect Caught


The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), along with the police, took down an alleged coin scammer when the third-party coin grader found genuine coins that had been cut in half, purported as rare coins, and then placed into tampered coin slabs.This goes to show 2 things:Trying to pass altered common coins as rare is illegal (though you probably already knew that!) Third-party grading companies (like PCGS) really know their stuff. They can detect suspicious coins that many novices and … [Read more...]

First Spouse Bronze Medals Have The Same Designs As First Spouse Gold Coins

The Presidential dollar series has been honoring our nation's former, deceased presidents since 2007. The series is slated to go on until at least 2016. The U.S. Mint has also been issuing a corresponding coin series which honors our nation's first spouses. The First Spouses gold coin series has been a hit with collectors since it, too, first arrived on the scene in 2007. But the First Spouse gold coin series poses one major problem for the collector on a budget: the coins are simply too … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Error Quarters In Circulation… Look For The Extra Leaf!

The 50 State Quarters spurred lots of nationwide interest. The program brought many exciting designs to our nation's pockets and coin albums. However, there are certain 50 state quarters that brought about additional interest because of minor mistakes and errors on some of the designs. One of the 50 state quarters that gets the most attention is one with a special error that can be worth hundreds of dollars: the extra leaf 2004 Wisconsin quarter. How much attention did the extra leaf Wisconsin … [Read more...]