A really fun idea is to assemble a Birth Year Coin Set or a Conception Year Coin Set. It’s a collection of coins that were struck during the year of one’s birth or the year of one’s conception. The idea is to pick out of pocket change an example of each coin you find that was struck the year you (or someone you love) was born — or conceived. This is a simple DIY project for all skill levels — whether you officially collect coins or not! Here are some clever ideas for making coin sets by year — including Birth Year Coin Sets and Conception Year Coin Sets.
Coin Collecting 101
Collecting the 50 state quarters is a great way to get started in coin collecting! But the truth is the statehood quarters are a coin set that is fun for everybody -- whether you've been collecting coins for years, or if you've never collected coins before. The biggest reason for this is
Want to buy silver coins, but think you can't afford it? I have some great tips for you! Perhaps unsurprisingly, silver coins are a significant source of interest in both coin collecting and coin investing. Old silver coins and newer silver bullion coins have both seen renewed popularity
Do you know how to tell a copper penny from a zinc penny? It's not as difficult as you might think. Following are 4 ways to tell if you have a copper penny or a zinc penny... #1 - Check the date on the penny. Here's the rule of thumb: Pennies dated before 1982 were made of
Rare U.S. Coins
The Lincoln Memorial penny was made from 1959 to 2008. It was — and still is — a fixture in United States commerce. While most Lincoln Memorial pennies are worth only face value (or a little more), there are a few rare Lincoln Memorial pennies you should be keeping your eye out for. Here are 5 classics, plus 3 recently discovered rare pennies.
Even if you’re not into coin collecting, here’s a list of rare pennies you should hold onto. One of the most popular is the 1943 wheat penny. Other rare pennies on this list include the 1792 penny, 1793 penny, 1844 penny, 1856 penny, 1877 penny, 1909 penny, 1924 penny, 1936 penny, 1943 penny, 1955 penny, 1974 penny, and other silver pennies. I’ve also included some tips to help you find out the value of your pennies.
Someone found a 1982 copper penny worth $18,800 — and you could too! Here’s everything you want to know about the 1982 D penny – and how to find a 1982 small date penny. See what you should be looking for.
Coin Myths, Trivia & Facts
Wondering how money is made and how American currency goes from being printed by the government to winding up at your local bank, in stores, and in your pocket? Here’s a fun, easy-to-understand article showing how money gets distributed into commerce, how you can track where your dollar bills have been, and how long money in circulation lasts.
Since the 1970s, the West Point Mint has struck millions of coins. The West Point Mint currently strikes bullion coins (silver, gold, and platinum) and commemorative coins, In the 1970s and 1980s, the West Point Mint made Lincoln pennies and Washington quarters. The first West Point Mint coins did not have a mintmark. The W West Point Mint Mark first appeared in 1984. Here’s more about the many types of West Point coins, including some West Point coins you may have in your pocket right now and their current value!