Have You Noticed What’s REALLY On The 50 State Quarters? Some Surprising Findings

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The United States Mint's 50 State quarters program, which ran from 1999 through 2008, was perhaps the most popular commemorative coin series the nation has ever fielded.As I look back at the 50 different reverse designs that grace the U.S. 50 state quarters -- which honored each state in the order that they entered the Union -- I think of all the different artistic topic matter the coins cover.That's just one reason why I think a 50 state quarter set is so beautiful. … [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...]

10 Cheap & Famous Coins That You’ll Want In Your Coin Collection

There are many famous rare U.S. coins that attract the attention of coin collectors around the world, but what about famous coins that aren't rare? I'm talking about coins that, despite not being worth tons of money, still have managed to grab the spotlight and are among the coins that most coin collectors vie to have in their coin collections simply because they're important, famous, or popular. Here's a list of 10 such famous coins that surely deserve a spot in your coin collection.   … [Read more...]

25 Rare Quarters You’ll Want For Your Quarter Coin Collection

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Quarters are truly the workhorse of American currency.Used for all kinds of transactions ranging from parking and highway tolls to vending machines, there probably is no coin that's more frequently used today than the quarter.Quarters, like pennies, are highly popular collectible coins -- and they've hit phenomenal heights since the introduction of the 50 States Quarters program back in 1999.But rare quarters -- those which are scarce and in demand among coin collectors -- have always … [Read more...]

Are You Really A Coin Collector? Knowing The Differences Between Coin Collecting & Coin Hoarding

Coin collectors come in all stripes -- they aren't all the same. It's safe to assume most coin collectors have some little pile of coins that were brought together without much intention of sets being built out of them... ...What about all those wheat cents, pre-1960 Jefferson nickels, or silver coins we find? They're packed away in jars and boxes, right? But when it comes down to actually defining a coin collector versus a coin hoarder, it's always important to remember that: Typical … [Read more...]

10 Coin Collecting Short Set Ideas For Coin Collectors On A Budget

Minding the budget while enjoying coin collecting can sometimes be a challenge. However, it's possible to still enjoy the hobby of coin collecting while paying careful attention to how much money you're spending. Building a short set is a common way of rounding out a coin collection while not spending a fortune to complete an entire date-and-mintmark run of coins. What's a short set and what are some common coin short sets? Let's look at 10 popular coin collecting short sets...  … [Read more...]

Colorized Coins Make Interesting Additions To Novelty Coin Collections

If you've ever seen the ads on TV or in magazines for colorized coins, you may be curious in finding out more about what colorized coins are and what they're worth.While colorized coins that have been painted after leaving the mint really aren't worth anything in the numismatic sense, they are artistic.Colorized coins are a type of novelty coin and should be viewed less as investments and, instead, as a way of enjoying a different type of coin art.  … [Read more...]

1999 Proof Set The 1st To Feature Popular 50 States Quarters

The 1999 proof set is the first United States proof set to feature the 50 States Quarters. Now sold by coin dealers, the 1999 proof set was offered by the United States Mint with 3 primary options: *Current approximate retail values are listed below 1999 5 Quarters Proof Set $35 to $40 1999 Proof Set with copper-nickel clad coins $35 to $40 1999 Silver Proof Set $225 to $275 Because the 1999 proof set is sought after by many coin collectors, the value of any 1999 proof sets is … [Read more...]

7 Summer Coin Collecting Goals You’ll Be Able To Easily Reach

Now that summer's here, it's time to start thinking about some coin collecting goals that you might be able to start and finish before the leaves begin turning red, yellow, and gold in a few months. If you can put away just $5 a week this summer, here are some coin collecting goals you'll be able to meet before Labor Day: A collection of about 20 different Mercury dimes An entire collection of Lincoln Memorial cents (no proofs or varieties) A complete Philadelphia and Denver mint … [Read more...]

5 Coin Games Kids (And You) Will Love

Do you know any kids that want something fun to do with coins? Here are 5 coin games on the United States Mint's H.I.P. Pocket Change website that children will love. (You may enjoy these games, too!) … [Read more...]