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.
Your weird looking coins might be error coins! Here’s how to tell what’s a legit error coin from the U.S. Mint (like the rare 1990 penny, valuable doubled die coins, and bubbled coins) and what’s an altered coins or novelty coin (like two-headed coins, colorized coins, gold-plated coins, really small coins, really large coins, coins with odd rims and edges, dimes & quarters without edge grooves). Plus a list of some of the most common U.S. coin errors that you could actually find in your pocket change!
Coin folders and coin albums each have their following, and each have their own sets of pros and cons. Be sure you take into account which type of needs you have as a coin collector before you go out and buy either coin folders or coin albums. Here’s why I like to use coin albums for my most expensive coin collections and coin folders for all the rest.
Post Mint Damage (or Post Strike Damage) refers to any damage a coin has suffered after leaving the U.S. Mint — including scratches, dings, holes, bumps, nicks, and gouges. See how to tell damaged coins apart from error coins, plus the value of damaged coins.
Looking for coin classifieds? Want to sell coins online? Here are some professional coin auction sites, coin dealers, coin consignment sites, and other places where you can list your coins for sale. Or, you can post your coins for sale on this site… for free.
Wondering about the difference between being a numismatist and a coin collector? A coin collector is somebody who gathers coins with the intention of completing sets of coins. A numismatist is a person who studies coins and money from a historic, social, or artistic sense. See other differences and why many people are both!
The U.S. Mint’s state quarter program began in 1999 and continued through 2008. In all, 50 statehood quarters were made — one for each state in the United States. They were released into circulation in the order that the statehoods came into existence. Here’s the official list of all 50 state quarters and their release dates. Plus, everything you need to know about collecting the 50 state quarters, and fun ways to save state quarters that you probably haven’t thought of!
You don’t need to be wealthy to buy silver coins. Here are 4 ways to buy cheap silver coins when you’re on a budget. Plus, tips for collecting silver coins when you’re on a budget. Before you buy silver coins, read this!
Do you know how to tell a copper penny from a zinc penny? Here are 4 ways to tell if you have a copper penny vs. a zinc penny. When you finish reading these 4 tips, you’ll know how to quickly tell zinc pennies from copper pennies!
A coin dealer is one of the greatest resources that we coin collectors have. Coin dealers are coin experts that can help you: buy coins, sell coins, get a coin appraisal, locate hard-to-find coins, and learn more about your coins. Here are 5 tips to help you find a coin dealer near you who’s reputable and reliable.
Looking to buy silver dollars at rock bottom prices? I’ve got 4 proven tips that will help you find even cheap Morgan dollars & cheap Peace dollars at super low prices.
Coin rolls are used mostly by banks and retailers, but they’re treasure troves for coin collectors! Here’s how many coins come in a roll (by denomination). Plus some tips for rolling coins yourself and searching for valuable coins in rolls.
Some 1943 coins are worth hundreds, even thousands of dollars? Find out why and see if you have valuable, rare coins from the World War II era.
I’ve bought & sold coins on eBay for years. Here are 4 things you should know, what to look for in eBay coin sellers, how to buy coins on eBay & how to win!
Collecting pennies is fun! Here are 9 interesting ways to build penny collections that you probably haven’t thought of. Plus the latest penny values.
Thinking of buying old coin collecting supplies such as books, folders, albums, or display cases? A coin expert’s opinion before you buy used coin supplies.
We all make mistakes with our coins. Here are 4 common errors that many coin collectors have made. If you’re new to coin collecting, don’t do these things!
Curious about the value of First Strike coins? Are they even worth buying? Here’s an expert analysis on whether First Strike coins are a good investment.
Want to buy coins at discounted prices? Here’s where to find cheap coins, what to ask when you visit a coin dealer, and how to get the most for your money.
If you’re buying eBay coins and want to know exactly what you’re buying, here are 3 descriptive listing words you should know more about before placing bids
What are impaired proof coins? What makes them different from regular proof coins? Is it a good idea to collect impaired proof coins? Here’s the scoop!
Coin grading companies give collectors the opportunity to create coin registry sets. Learn about these high-grade coin sets and how to build a registry set.
Want to be able to tell if a coin has been cleaned or not? Here’s how professionals identify cleaned coins and you can too. Plus 3 SAFE ways to clean coins
Collecting coins on a shoestring budget? Need a way to display, store, or organize your coins? Here are 5 cheap coin supplies you simply can’t be without.
Budget short sets are ideal for coin collectors that want to collect coins from their favorite series without breaking the bank. Here are 5 short set ideas.
Want to buy new coins for your collection but short on money? Selling old coins may help you afford new coins, but be sure to read these expert tips first.
Here are my best tips for collecting Kennedy half dollars — which ones are rare, what they are worth, and where you can find them. Plus, a list of the 5 types of copper-nickel clad & silver Kennedy half dollars that people often like to collect.
There are 5 coin collecting supplies that every numismatist needs. A coin price guide is a given. See what the other 4 are.
Ever thought of fake coins as worthy of your time? Many counterfeit coins are gaining a spot in some numismatists’ coin collections. Find out why here.
If you want to know what a business strike coin is, the answer is as close as the change in your pocket. Coins intended for circulation are business strike coins, and they are the usual, run-of-the-mill coins you see on a day-to-day basis. Coins that were not intended for this most basic purpose are special issue coins. See more of the differences between business strike coins and special issue coins here.
Wondering what the average lifespan of a coin is? I did, too. I’m revealing the answer here and I even tell you what happens to coins as they get too worn to use.
I’ve been collecting coins for years. See why I keep my coins in albums, and why coin albums are so popular for storing Lincoln cents & ALL types of coins!
Three of the most popular coin sets for beginning coin collectors are: Lincoln Cents, Jefferson Nickels, and the 50 State Quarters. See why…
In my nearly 20 years of coin collecting, there are a few lessons I’ve learned and want to share with you.
With a budget coin collection, it’s possible to start a decent collection of U.S. coins for less than $20.
Is it time to sell your old coins? Before you decide if it’s time to part with your coins, you should check out some pros and cons of selling coins.
Buying collectible coins? You’ll want to check out these 5 tips that can help make the difference between buying a coin you’ll love and one you’ll wish you left at the coin dealer.
Collecting and using old coin holders has become fashionable among coin collectors who want to enjoy a slice of nostalgia; sometimes, buying old coin holders can save money compared to buying new coin holders.
Looking to lessen your coin collecting budget? Try your hand at completing these 7 coin sets for less than $10 each.
Here’s a list of 7 must-have coins your United States coin collection can’t go without.
Attending a major coin show can be one of the highlights of your coin collecting hobby. Here are 9 tips to make going to that coin show even more enjoyable.