What Happens To Coins Tossed In A Fountain?

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Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wondered about what happens to coins that are thrown into water fountains. Countless people all around the world toss coins into fountains to make wishes and for good luck. Why, there’s even a 1954 movie that showcases the custom. (Three Coins in the Fountain, anyone?) I always thought coins that have been tossed into a fountain are pretty much left there. After all, they represent people’s wishes, right? Well, I did some research on this topic, because I … [Read more...]

Collecting Fake Coins – A New Facet Of Coin Collecting That’s Gaining Attention


It used to be that you never uttered the C word or the F word in coin collecting; of course, those words would be counterfeit and fake, as in counterfeit and fake coins. Nowadays, many coin collectors use another term for these less-than-real coins that is a little more... ahem... politically correct, and that is “replica coins.” Novelty coins, replica coins, copy coins... No matter what term you use, though (even if it is fake coins!), collecting coins that aren’t 100 percent mint made is … [Read more...]

Popular Coin Sets for Beginning Collectors

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Coin collecting is a hobby that has grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years, with tens of thousands joining the ranks of coin collectors each year. By some estimates more than 100 million Americans collect coins, and these millions of collectors all started their journeys in the hobby somewhere. For many people, their first foray in coin collecting originates with a collection they inherit from a family member, a strange coin found in pocket change, or perhaps even the start … [Read more...]

Historical Values of Jefferson Nickels

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First struck in 1938, the Jefferson nickel continues to endure after more than 70 years in circulation. Replacing the Buffalo nickel which ceased production that same year, the Jefferson nickel was proposed by the United States Mint, which held a contest to find a suitable design. Felix Schlag submitted the winning design, which we see on our 5-cent coin to this day.   … [Read more...]

Historic Values of Buffalo Nickels

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Chances are, you’ve seen a Buffalo nickel in your life, even if not in person. From magazine advertisements to old-time movies, and even in some sayings, like “he holds a nickel so tight, the Indian rides the buffalo,” the Buffalo nickel has gained and maintained fame in a multitude of ways. The Buffalo nickel, designed by James Earle Fraser, was minted during 1913 and 1938 and due to its span of when it was minted is highly synonymous with World War I, the Roaring ‘20s, and the Great … [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 No Cents ‘V’ Nickel: An 1883 Coin With A Story… Or Two!

When it comes to popular coins with interesting stories, there are few pieces that match the intrigue of this 1883 coin: the no-cents Liberty nickel.Designed by Charles E. Barber -- the same man who designed the Liberty Head 'Barber' dimes, quarters, and half-dollars -- the Liberty Head nickel was first released in 1883. However, during the first months of production, the 1883 Liberty Head nickel, a design which has a big Roman numeral 'V' on the reverse to symbolize five cents, lacked the words … [Read more...]

What To Look For In Damaged Coins – Example: Is This A Nickel Error Coin?

We received these pictures from a loyal reader who subscribes to our Coin Newsletter.        He wrote: Could you please check out this Nickle [sic] which I found amongst my other nickels and let me know if it's an error coins? please view attachment with scan of both sides of the coin. Your help would be highly appriciated [sic]. -- Edwin Curious about this nickel? Read on to get the answer...   … [Read more...]