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...]

Common Coins You Find In Circulation May Actually Be Worth Money!


Believe it or not, it is still possible to find a coin worth money in circulation. Now I'm not talking about the kind of money which may wind up footing a college tuition bill -- but each of the coins below are worth considerably more than face value. The coins in this article are not rare coins, and they are not error coins. While such coins can turn up in circulation, it is only on an extremely rare occasion that any coin will be worth hundreds of dollars. Therefore, I want to … [Read more...]

No Date Buffalo Nickels – Why Are Some Buffalo Nickels Dateless Anyway?


Buffalo nickels without dates (called dateless Buffalo nickels) may not be worth very much money, but they still are interesting to collectors and non-collectors alike. It is important to know that no date Buffalo nickels once did possess a date. The fact is, the U.S. Mint did not make any Buffalo nickels without dates. So, why are some Buffalo nickels dateless and others are not?...   … [Read more...]

U.S. Coins Honoring American Landmarks

The United States is full of old, historic landmarks which draw millions of tourists, history buffs, and fans of Americana every year. These landmarks dot the nation, and they also can be found on many U.S. coins.Following are a few of the many U.S. coins on which you can find designs of some of our country's most beloved and recognized landmarks.  … [Read more...]

How Much Nickel Is In A Nickel? Is There Silver In Silver Coins? What About Pennies vs Cents?

#1 Pennies vs cents -- what's the difference? In the United States, it is common for people to refer to our one-cent coin as a penny. But would you be surprised to learn there actually isn't any such thing as a United States penny? It's true! The coin many Americans frequently call a penny is officially called a one-cent coin or cent.So where does the term penny come from?Our mother country, Great Britain, has been making pennies for centuries. Yes, their pennies really are pennies. In fact, … [Read more...]

Coin Roll Hunting: When Bank Rolls Yield Valuable Coins!


As a coin collector, I like to buy rolls of coins and see what I can find within. Recently, I went to the bank and decided to spend $20 on rolled coins. I ended up getting 5 rolls of nickels (total of 200 nickels) and a roll of half-dollars (20 half-dollars). I knew I had coin roll hunting success on my hands when, on my way out of the bank, I peeked under the end of the paper half-dollar roll and saw the distinctive whitish color of a silver half-dollar underneath. Yep, 50 cents bought … [Read more...]

7 Types Of Coin Collectors – What Type Are You?


Okay, so we know that there are all kinds of coin collectors in the world and that they all collect different types of coins. But beyond that, do you know what type of coin collector you are? That is, how do you define your coin collecting habits? Believe it or not, there are several types of labels that coin collectors often apply to their specific types of collecting traits. While a lot of people don't like to box themselves in with labels, it does help to know what type of coin … [Read more...]

2009 U.S. Mint Coins: Old Favorites And Stunning New Designs


The United States Mint is always turning out new and exciting numismatic products. Summer 2009 promises to offer even more wonderful coins and coins sets for coin collectors! The summer 2009 U.S. Mint coins will include several old standbys, a few new kids on the block, and some silver and gold pieces that will really brighten up your collection. … [Read more...]