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...]

How To Collect The Kennedy Half Dollar

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The Kennedy half dollar is perhaps one of the most famous coins today, though its birth had a terribly unfortunate cause, and that was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. Ever since the first Kennedy half dollars rolled off the United States Mint presses in 1964, the coin has been immensely popular. In fact, widespread hoarding of the coin in the mid-1960s by individuals who wanted a memento of the fallen president is believed by many … [Read more...]

Junk Coins: Perfect For Investors And Collectors On A Budget

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Have you ever heard about junk silver coins and are curious what they are? If so, you may have wondered if they are even worth collecting, given the fact they are referred to as “junk.” Well, in fact, junk is largely a relative term. In numismatics, “junk” is in the eye of the beholder, as one person’s trash is another’s treasure. A junk coin, usually, is a piece that is of a lower wear-based grade than considered “collectible” for a certain coin type. Say, for example, a Roosevelt dime in … [Read more...]

Historic Values of Walking Liberty Half Dollars


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...]

Historic Values for Barber Half Dollars

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The Liberty Head half dollar, better known as the Barber half dollar, was first minted in 1892. Designed by Charles E. Barber who was then the chief engraver, the Barber half dollar has long been popular as both a type coin and as a coin collected by date and mintmark within a series. The series ended in 1915, and over the course of 23 years several scarce, and even rare, dates were minted. Many of these scarce dates have long been recognized by coin collectors as “tough” dates, especially … [Read more...]

5 Reasons To Buy Silver Half Dollars


Silver half dollars, like their larger silver dollar counterparts, are big silver coins that are popular collectibles and investment tools. While there are many reasons to collect silver dollars, there are some added benefits and numismatic possibilities to consider with silver half dollars. Let's take a look at 5 great reasons you'll like silver half dollars.   … [Read more...]

Walking Liberty Half Dollars: Among The Most Beautiful Coins Ever Made

Walking Liberty half dollars, made from 1916 to 1947, just may very well be the most beautiful coin ever made. The Walking Liberty half dollar, decades after the last rolled out of the United States Mint, remains a classic silver coin which collectors love. In fact, the Walking Liberty design is so popular, the U.S. government revived the design in 1986 and placed it on American Silver Eagles.   … [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...]

Capped Bust Half Dollars: Old Coins With A Classic Design

The Capped Bust half dollars may be among the most popular coins of the pre-Seated Liberty coinage era. Struck from 1807 to 1839, Capped Bust half dollars are large silver coins with a classic design. Capped Bust half dollars feature an obverse image of Miss Liberty wearing a cloth cap bearing the word LIBERTY. The reverse shows a large eagle. Capped Bust half dollars were designed by John Reich, a German immigrant who became a very important coin designer for the United States Mint. … [Read more...]

Seated Liberty Half Dollars Make Great Collectibles

Seated Liberty half dollars, minted from 1839 through 1891, are a relic from a time in the United States when the country was expanding westward, the East established itself as a hub of trade and commerce, and the North and South were engaged in  a battle that nearly saw the nation torn apart. Perhaps the defining design of the decade, the Seated Liberty image was found on virtually all silver coinage of the era. In fact, the Seated Liberty design persists as one of the longest-running … [Read more...]