Tips For Finding Coin Hoards Like The Famous Saddle Ridge Gold Coin Hoard

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Have you heard about the Saddle Ridge coin hoard?It's one of the most famous U.S. coin hoards ever, and it was discovered by a Sierra Nevada, California couple on their rural property in February 2013.The 1,427 gold coins -- all half eagles, eagles, and double eagles dated from 1847 and 1894 and buried in 8 coffee cans -- have a combined value of some $10 million.It is the largest-known hoard of gold coins that has ever been found in the U.S!There was $27,980 in face value … [Read more...]

Metal Detector Review: XP DEUS Wireless Metal Detector Is 4 Metal Detectors Rolled Into One!

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My family and I have been enjoying the hobby of metal detecting for many years. Over that time we’ve seen the machines advance greatly.With all the new developments though, one thing has remained the same; you need to choose a metal detector based on what type of treasures you hope to find and the ground conditions you think you’ll experience the most. For the majority of us who only have one machine, that unfortunately means that some type of treasure hunting is likely to be either … [Read more...]

What Happens When Rare U.S. Coins Go Down In Value

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Let’s face it. The economic woes as of late have been hard on everybody, and coin collectors are weathering the financial storm just like everyone else (or trying to, at least). So, what happens when push comes to shove and you’ve got to sacrifice your rare U.S. coins to keep the lights on?Apparently, there have been more than a few coin collectors who’ve had to sell their precious coins to help keep their financial ship afloat.Take me. It broke my heart a couple years ago when I had to … [Read more...]

What Are Doubled Die Coins?

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I get a lot of questions here from readers about doubled die coins – more specifically, inquiries that are accompanied by photos of coins which appear to have doubling of their designs.Sometimes a lucky individual will have a real doubled die coin, but sometimes no.So, what exactly is a doubled die? And, what is a die? And, why was the die doubled?Let’s take a moment and double down on what a doubled die is (note the “d” at the end of “double”; double die coin isn’t the correct … [Read more...]

Lincoln Wheat Cents: Values Of Key Dates

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If there is one coin I have loved since I was kid, it is the Lincoln penny.This versatile little coin has been struck by the United States Mint since 1909, and over the years has become one of the most popular coins in the whole world.The values of many Lincoln cents far exceed their face value, making them highly demanded by both collectors and investors.Like many coin collectors, I especially pursue Lincoln wheat cents, which have two stalks of wheat on the reverse side of the coin … [Read more...]

Have a Silver Penny That’s NOT a 1943 Steel Cent? Here’s How to Find Out What You Have

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A lot of people leaving comments here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins have been asking me about their silver pennies.Of course, many of these silver one-cent coins are 1943 pennies, which really aren’t silver pennies. They're actually made with zinc-coated steel.However, many of these inquiries about silver pennies have nothing to do with 1943 Lincoln cents or even the highly rare 1944 steel cent (a mint error caused by leftover steel coin blanks getting accidentally getting stamped with … [Read more...]

What’s the Most Expensive Coin Ever Sold?

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Did you hear about the 1794 United States silver dollar that auctioned for more than $10 million in January 2013?Now the most expensive coin ever sold, the 1794 Flowing Hair dollar was the first silver dollar ever officially minted in the United States. A coin that most collectors (including myself) would have loved to place a bid on, the specimen that sold for $10 million is considered by several consummate numismatists to have been among the first very few made, if not actually the first … [Read more...]

5 Important Things I Learned About Buying Rare Coins

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Buying rare coins isn’t monkey business! It takes a lot of money and even more guts to lay out hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a single coin, of course, unless you’re rolling in dough and have plenty of pretty pennies to spend on buying a pretty penny.However, having bought a few pretty pennies myself, I’ve learned a lot about what goes into making a decision to buy a rare coin, and that you don’t want to just go dropping $500 or $1,000 (or much more) on buying rare U.S. coins … [Read more...]

Metal Detecting Coins: Rare Coins Are Just Below The Surface

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Collecting coins is an exciting hobby for anyone who enjoys discovering history.It is a fact that every day people get change with their purchases, but how many of us really take a close look at each piece? You never know when a rare United States coin will end up in your pocket.But the excitement behind the possibilities in coin collecting begins with knowledge about which coins are considered rare and how much they are worth. And the rarest coins are more likely purchased, unless … [Read more...]

Lincoln Cent Varieties – Coins That Don’t Always Have a Place in the Typical Coin Album

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As most Lincoln cent coin collectors know, collecting the entire series of pennies is not as easy as one may think. Certainly, the one-cent coin may be the lowliest of all currently circulating U.S. coinage as far as denominations go, and there may be tens of billions of Lincoln cents in existence – but collecting an example of every Lincoln cent ever made certainly isn’t cheap, nor is it easy.There are some 300 different regular-issue date-and-mintmark combinations, and many of the coins … [Read more...]