What Are Impaired Proof Coins? When Bad Things Happen To Good Proof Coins


I like collecting proof coins because they're usually exquisite, collector-quality examples of the coins that I find in my pocket change. But what about proof coins that are less than perfect? These are called impaired proof coins. According to the Professional Coin Grading Service, an impaired proof is "a proof coin that grades less than PR-60; a circulated proof." Unfortunately, not every proof coin is kept in the best condition. Many are mishandled. Sometimes they’re even spent … [Read more...]

Coin Gift Ideas: 5 Clever Coin Gifts For Any Occasion


Has the time come to shower the ones you love with gifts? If you’re a coin collector, chances are your idea of what makes a great gift might mean giving something flat, shiny, and round. Indeed, there are many coin gift ideas that are perfect for coin collectors and non-numismatists alike. I’ve been giving coin gifts for many years to loved ones who may or may not be considered avid collectors. Let’s face it – people love coins, even if the recipients are not exactly considered coin … [Read more...]

2011 Proof Sets Offer Variety For Every Coin Collector

2011 is bringing a variety of United States Mint proof sets to coin collectors. With silver proof sets, copper-nickel clad proof sets, and commemorative proof sets, there are plenty of options when it comes to buying examples of 2011 United States coins. Let's take a look at all the shimmering details of what numismatists have to look forward to this year.   … [Read more...]

5 Tips For Handling An Estate Collection Of Coins


Handling an estate collection can be one of the most difficult things you'll ever have to do. However, being responsible for securing the sale or disbursal of a large coin collection doesn't have to be hard.While I'm not a lawyer and have no training in legal issues, I'm a longtime coin collector and would like to offer you some tips that you may find helpful if you're in a situation where you're having to handle issues surrounding an estate coin collection.The advice I offer assumes you have … [Read more...]

Coin Speak: 10 Key Coin Terms You’ll Need To Know (And They’ll Help You Sound Like A Real Numismatist!)


Reading coin books, coin magazines, looking at coin websites, and joining in online coin forums, you probably feel like you're having to learn a whole new language just to find out more about coins. If you're feeling alone, don't. When I first started collecting coins almost 20 years ago, I felt the same way. Believe it or not, you'll learn these coin terms in no time and soon know plenty about this second language!   … [Read more...]

3 Fun Ways To Collect Proof Sets


It's always fun to collect proof sets. After all, where else is it that you can find such beautiful and pristine examples of United States Mint coins than in a proof set? There are many different ways that coin collectors collect proof sets; check out these ideas: Collecting proof sets from years of special meaning to you Born in 1964? Married in 1988? First kid in '91? Why not buy proof sets from any or all of the years that have been important to you. Collecting a lifetime of proof … [Read more...]

It’s Fun & Easy (& Cheap!) To Build A Proof Roosevelt Dime Coin Collection

If you're trying to find a fun and easy coin collection that won't break the bank, then you might be interested in starting a proof Roosevelt dime collection.Roosevelt dimes have been made since 1946. Through 1964, Roosevelt dimes were made from silver. Since 1965, circulation versions have been made from a copper-nickel clad composition.So, what's it take to build a proof Roosevelt dime collection -- and how much does it cost?   … [Read more...]

United States Mint: Earlier Releases In 2011 For Proof Sets & Uncirculated Coin Sets


Great news for those who order products from the United States Mint: Ed Moy -- the director of the U.S. Mint -- is saying that the mint will release its most popular annual products earlier in the year. That's right! Instead of having to wait for proof sets and uncirculated coin sets to be released in the middle of the year, which has been the case for years now, the U.S. Mint should have them ready for order in January. The goal is make it easier for coin collectors and other U.S. Mint … [Read more...]

Urban Myth? Here’s A Coin Misnomer You Don’t Want To Fall For


New coin collectors and those outside of the hobby seem to have all kinds of ideas about coins that either aren't true. Of course, that's the case with many people who are unfamiliar with something. I was reading Numismaster, which is an online coin periodical, and came across this article in which an editor who wrote the piece talks about a person who thinks all proof coins are silver coins -- and that the 's' mint mark on copper-nickel clad proof coins is there to make unsuspecting buyers … [Read more...]

Brand New 2010 Silver Proof Set Released August 26


The 2010 silver proof set is being released August 26!Now's your chance to get the dime, all 5 of the America the Beautiful quarters, and the half dollar in 90% silver. The brand new 2010 silver proof set can be bought directly from the United States Mint for $56.95. … [Read more...]