Is It Time To Buy Silver? Pros & Cons Of Buying Silver Bullion Coins

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It seems like everyone's saying to buy silver. Whether silver prices are up, or whether they are down.Of course, a lot of the chants you'll hear about buying silver has to do with marketing. Bullion, after all, is a 24/7 industry with billions of dollars in silver up for grabs at any given time.I keep an eye on the silver prices anyway since I'm a coin collector, and what's been happening with the silver market over the past few years is interesting to say the least. … [Read more...]

Blue Ikes & Brown Ikes: How Many Were Made? What Are These Eisenhower Dollar Coins Worth?

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Blue Ikes and brown Ikes – different types of Eisenhower dollars – have been the darlings of many modern dollar coin collectors since the release of these 2 coins in 1971.That was the year that the United States Mint released the first dollar coins since the Peace dollar series ceased production in 1935.However, unlike silver dollars of yesteryear, regular-strike Eisenhower dollars contain no silver at all.That is where blue Ikes and brown Ikes come in. … [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...]

3 Reasons Low Ball Coins Should Be High On Your Coin Wish List

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Have you ever found a coin in your pocket change that was so worn you could barely even tell what date was on it? These types of coins have received so much wear that they are almost worn smooth, and while many coin collectors avoid buying or keeping these so-called low ball coins, some actually do seek them for their collections.What is the appeal of collecting coins in such low grades, you may ask?#1 - They are dirt cheap as compared to similar types of coins that are in much higher … [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...]

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...]