As an avid coin collector since 1992, I’ve been through my share of coin loupe magnifiers, and I want to share with you what the best magnifying glass for coins is — and why you really need one.
Coin Collecting 101
Thinking of starting a coin collection? Or maybe you've inherited someone else's collection and you're not sure what to do with it. Here our coin experts are sharing helpful resources to point you in the right direction when you don't know much about U.S. coins and their values. See what to watch out for when buying or selling coins, the best coin collecting supplies to start with, and lots of unique tips for collecting coins that you won't find anywhere else.
Jefferson nickels with Full Steps details are relatively scarce — and they’re quite valuable! See exactly what Full Steps nickels are, how much they’re worth, whether they’re rare or not, how to find Full Steps Jefferson nickels for cheap, and tips for collecting them.
Found a coin with an odd marking on it? It might be a counterstamp! This article will tell you what counterstamped coins are, why they exist, and how much they’re worth.
The terms “scarce” and “rare” can be confusing when understanding coin rarity. This article clears up the confusion between scarce U.S. coins vs. rare U.S. coins — with examples and coin rarity charts. Rare vs. scarce coins are explained in detail. You will see the major differences between rare U.S. coins and scarce U.S. coins – with examples and coin rarity charts.
Maybe you saw the V75 mark on a W quarter… or some other unusual mark on a different coin. Do you know what it means? Here’s what a privy mark on U.S. coins means. Plus, how much coins with privy marks are worth!
Here’s how to tell a large vs. small date penny (similarities and differences). Plus, see the value of a 1982 small date penny, 1970 small date penny, 1960 small date penny — and large date pennies for those same years, too!
Machine Doubling vs. Double Die Coins – I can help you determine whether your coin has machine doubling or is a doubled die. See the differences between these types of error coins, examples of machine doubling vs. doubled dies, and how much these error coins are worth.
U.S. coin errors and varieties can be confusing to tell apart. How are variety coins and error coins different? Why does it matter? What are these unusual coins worth? Here’s everything you need to know about errors and varieties in coin collecting.
Have a blank coin with no heads and no tails? Here’s what blank planchet error coins are worth, how they’re made, and why these coins are so valuable.
Do you have any damaged coins or coins with an excessive amount of wear? These are generally called cull coins. Not only are they relatively easy to find — they’re also cheap coins to buy! Here’s more about these types of coins, what they’re worth, and why they may be a good fit for your collection.