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 existance.
Some novelty coins were made to commemorate or celebrate something, however, they were not made by the U.S. mint — so they are not actually true commemorative coins. Two examples are the Lincoln-JFK penny and the Liberty Bell penny. Here’s more info about each, including what they’re worth.
The Lincoln cent was first introduced in 1909 when it replaced the Indian head cent. The Lincoln penny was initially created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Now, with the year 2009 and Lincoln’s 200th anniversary approaching, it appears that there are big changes in store for the Lincoln penny.
Have a one dollar coin? Here’s the scoop about presidential dollar coins. Plus, information about the First Spouse Program — dollar coins featuring the spouses of U.S. Presidents.
Looking for some unique pieces of coin jewelry? Here’s the scoop on coins used as jewelry pieces… what to look for and some idea of what they may be worth.
See how U.S. coins have been made throughout the years… including details about early U.S. Mints compared to modern day U.S. Mint facilities.
So how long have people been collecting coins? About a long as coins have been made — around 600-800BC. Here’s the scoop…
Two-cent coins? Yes, the United States had a coin at one time with a denomination of two cents. And three cents, too. Here’s a little about both, 2-cent and 3-cent coins and how much they’re worth.
The one cent penny is not the lowest denomination of coins in the United States. It’s actually the half cent or half penny. Here’s the scoop… and what they’re worth.
There are several coin price guides made by different companies, but I mostly use the Red Book and the Black Book. Here are some tips for choosing the right price guide for you coin collection.
Challenge coins are not really coins per se. They are not made by the Federal mints.
And they are not used as currency. Challenge coins first made their appearance during World War I. Here’s the story behind challenge coins.
The state quarter program began in 1999 and will continue through 2008. In all, 50 statehood quarters are to be minted — one for each state. They are being released into circulation in the order that the statehoods came into existence.
Do you have a gold coin? Want to know what it’s worth? Here’s how to find the value of the Quarter Eagle, which is a $2.50 gold coin, the Half Eagle, which is a $5.00 coin; the Plain Eagle, which is a $10.00 coin; and the Double Eagle, which is a $20.00 gold coin.
Wondering how to clean coins? Have some old coins that are in serious need of a cleaning?… Only low-grade extremely dirty coins will benefit from a good cleaning. Medium- and high-grade coins will actually go down in value if you attempt to clean them, so use your best judgment. Here are the best ways to clean coins, while doing the least damage to the coin itself.
What’s the best way to store coins and keep them safe? Should you use coin holders?… Mylar protectors?… Coin albums?… Coin tubes?… Coin binders?… Air-tight holders?… Coin slabs?… or even Zip-type baggies? Here are some tips for storing the coins in your collection…
Little-known facts about mercury dimes and what the mercury dime is worth these days.
A commemorative coin is offered in most instances by a commission in charge of the event to be commemorated and it’s sold at a price higher than the face value of the coin. Here’s more about commemorative coins…
Here are some tips and pointers that might come in handy when you’re meeting with a coin dealer for the first time — whether you’re buying or selling coins.
There are 3 types of silver dollars covered here: the Eisenhower silver dollar, the Peace silver dollar, and the Morgan silver dollar. Here’s how to obtain exact grades for your circulated silver dollars…
There are 4 types of half dollar coins covered here: Barber half dollars, Franklin half dollars, Kennedy half dollars, and Walking Liberty half dollars (also known as American eagle silver half dollars). Here’s how to obtain exact grades for your circulated half dollar coins….
The Shield Nickel was our first 5 cent nickel in the United States. It features the number 5 on the reverse with stars surrounding it.
There are 3 types of quarters covered here: the Washington quarter, the standing Liberty quarter, and the Barber quarter. Here’s how to obtain exact grades for your circulated quarters…
There are 3 types of dimes covered here: the Barber dime, the Mercury dime, and the Roosevelt dime. Here’s how to obtain exact grades for your circulated dimes…
In 1883 the mint started production of the Liberty head nickel, more commonly called the V nickel due to the roman numeral V on the reverse. Here’s what you need to know to find the value of your Liberty nickels…
Here’s how to determine the exact grade for your circulated nickels. There are 3 types of nickels covered here: Jefferson nickels, Liberty head — V nickels — and buffalo nickels.