Why Collect Coins? Reasons For Collecting Coins In The Past & Present

Why do you collect coins? There are as many reasons as there are coin collectors in this world. Photo by

Have you ever asked yourself why you collect coins?I mean, really – what keeps you motivated to stay in the hobby? What do you like about coin collecting? And, when is it that you first realized you were a coin collector?For me, my foray into coin collecting began when I found a 1941 Lincoln wheat cent in some allowance money I was given when I was 11 years old in 1992. I was intrigued by that old coin, and wanted to learn more about it and find other wheat cents. Within a couple months, … [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...]

Looking Through Penny Rolls Can Be Rewarding and Fun

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Ever since I first started collecting coins, I’ve been checking penny rolls from banks and grocery stores for scarce and old coins. I don’t honestly know what prompted me to start doing that, especially as I was only a kid and no one had told me that searching rolls of coins is one of the most efficient and successful ways to make interesting finds in circulation.From wheat cents to foreign coins and off-center coins, too, I’ve found all types of scarce, unique, intriguing, and valuable old … [Read more...]

What’s the Value of Wheat Pennies? Find Out How Much Yours are Worth!

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“What’s the value of my wheat pennies?” – that’s the main question I keep getting here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins, and I’m glad this is so, because Lincoln cents have long been my specialty. In fact, that’s the first coin I ever collected and the coin that I to this day still focus my coin collecting efforts on.When I was a new coin collector I, too, used to wonder what the value of wheat pennies was, simply because they’re obsolete coins that by the very nature of their being old were … [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...]

7 Coin Sets You Can Complete For Under $10

Coin collecting on a budget probably hasn't been more important in years than it has been in recent times.With the economy still on the rocks, many people don't want to give up their hobbies but still must find a way to cut back.Thankfully, enjoying the hobby of coin collecting doesn't have to be expensive.In fact, here are 7 ideas for coin sets you can complete for under $10.  … [Read more...]

7 Must-Have Coins Your Coin Collection Can’t Be Without

Everybody's coin collecting tastes are different, but there are a few coins that every collector of United States coins must have if they want to represent the history and nostalgia that floods American coinage.Thankfully for coin collectors of every budget, the 7 coins you must have in your coin collection aren't expensive. These 7 coins are affordable symbols of another time and place in America. They also represent some of the most artistic, storied, and historic chapters in United States … [Read more...]

Old Lincoln Cents You Can Still Find In Pocket Change

First struck in 1909, tens of billions of Lincoln pennies have made their way to pockets, purses, and piggy banks all across the land.Because Lincoln cents are so numerous and also very inexpensive (after all, their face value is only one cent!), they have become one of the most widely collected United States coins ever made.In fact, it's perfectly safe to say that Lincoln cents are the most popular collectible coin.Some of the allure of collecting Lincoln pennies is searching pocket … [Read more...]

Old-School Wheat Cent Collecting: Using A Penny Board

Collecting wheat pennies has been a national pastime since the 1930s, when the first penny boards were published by Whitman -- the same company that sells blue coin folders and coin collecting guide books.Penny boards pre-date modern-day coin albums and are one of the most influential developments in coin collecting because they sparked interest in date-and-mintmark collecting.While coin collecting has experienced many changes since the 1930s, the revolution created by penny boards is … [Read more...]

5 Popular Wheat Penny Error Coins

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It seems everybody likes collecting Lincoln wheat pennies.Wheat cents, which were last made in 1958, show the familiar image of President Lincoln on the obverse and two stalks of wheat, signifying prosperity, on the reverse.While tens of millions of these Lincoln wheat pennies were made without flaw from 1909 to 1958, there were several which ended up with errors that eventually turned them into valuable and sought-after collectibles.Let's take a look at 5 of the most popular wheat … [Read more...]