America The Beautiful Quarters: A Checklist Of All The Coins In This Popular Series


I was just thinking the other day -- we're already around halfway through the America the Beautiful Quarters program! It's the sequel to the 50 States Quarters program, which was popular during its 1999 through 2008 run. The America the Beautiful Quarters series, also widely called the National Parks and Monuments Quarters, is a program consisting of 56 new quarters that honor one national park or historic monument in each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the various U.S. … [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?


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...]

One Of The Rarest Coins In The World: The 1933 Gold Double Eagle


One of the most rare and well-known coins in all of U.S. history is the 1933 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle -- a $20 gold coin that, by several accounts, shouldn't even be in existence. It is the rarest and most valuable coin in the world, designed by a famed sculptor at the request of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905. It should never have been minted. And, for decades, the U.S. government has fought to keep a surviving few out of private hands. Source In the 1930s, during the … [Read more...]

2011 Presidential Dollar Coins

The Presidential $1 coin series rolls on to its fifth year. In 2011, Presidential dollar coins will be featuring the famous faces of 4 more commander-in-chiefs who led our country in decades past. The presidents on 2011's dollar coins governed from the mid-1860s to the early-1880s, meaning that the series that began with a portrait of our first president, George Washington, has now reached past the Civil War years and is marching toward the era of electric light bulbs and telephones.   … [Read more...]

Zincolns: Collecting The Lincoln Zinc Penny

Zincoln cents... er... Lincoln cents. Well, ever since the United States Mint began striking Lincoln pennies with a primarily zinc composition back in 1982, some coin collectors have jokingly been referring to modern zinc Lincoln cents as Zincolns. Check out the story behind zinc Lincoln cents, what are these pennies worth, and how many zinc Lincoln cents have been made in recent years!   … [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...]

The Silver Trime: United States 3-Cent Coins

The trime... the name surely sounds much like dime. Well, in terms of small-diameter coins, the trime and dime are pretty much relatives. However, in terms of buying power, a dime is more than 3 times as strong as the trime. That's because a trime is a silver 3-cent piece! Let's find out some fun info about America's 3-cent coin.   … [Read more...]

What’s A White Cent? Flying Eagle & Early Indian Head Pennies


Have you ever heard of a white cent? You'll likely come across this term if you're a penny aficionado and especially if collecting Indian Head pennies or Flying Eagle cents are among your specialties. Flying Eagle and early Indian Head pennies are often referred to as white cents because of their light color. The lighter-than-usual color for these coins is attributed to their metal composition, which is quite different than for small cents of later years.   … [Read more...]

Gold Dollars: Tiny Gold Coins From Historic Days Gone By


You've probably heard of silver dollars, but what about gold dollars? Though gold dollars may not be as widely collected as coins like the Morgan dollars and Peace silver dollars, gold dollars, in their heyday, saw circulation from coast to coast and were very important coins in commerce. These tiny gold dollars represented a lot of purchasing power in their day and were quite popular with the masses.   … [Read more...]