Stuck indoors? Here are lots of fun things to do with coins to make the time fly by quickly! Even if you don’t have a coin collection and haven’t considered collecting coins in the past, these are ways to have fun with coins THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE while you’re stuck inside bored.
Fun With Coins
Here, coin experts are sharing lots of fun things you can do with U.S. coins! See fun ways to find rare coins, fun ways to collect coins, fun ways to learn more about coins, and other fun ways to enjoy the hobby of coin collecting.
Want to get a job in the coin industry? I can help you! I’m a longtime coin collector and I’ve led a numismatic career with LOTS of fun numismatic jobs since 2006. I’m going to help you start your coin job search with the goal of finding U.S. Mint jobs and other numismatic jobs — where you can put your love of coins to work on a full- or part-time basis. Start here to find a job working with coins!
I recently found a great coin collecting starter set for young coin collectors. See why I like the US Mint’s Explore & Discover Kit and why it’s such a great gift for kids!
I like to buy rolls of coins from the bank, then see how many valuable coins I can find in each roll. It’s called coin roll hunting. (Yes it’s a thing.) Here are some of the coins I’ve obtained for face value – simply by buying bank rolls. Also, see which coins you should be looking for in bank rolls – by denomination. My most memorable coin roll hunting adventure was the time I spent $20 on 5 rolls of nickels and 1 roll of half-dollars. I ended up finding some great silver coins, plus several old coins worth much more than face value! What valuable coins have YOU found in bank rolls?
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.
Want something fun to do with coins… and your kids? How about playing a fun coin game?! These 14 free coin games teach children about U.S. coins and thd value of money.
The U.S. Mint Philadelphia is one of 4 U.S. Mint facilities. The Philadelphia Mint offers a self-guided tour of its facility, for a behind-the-scenes look at how coins are made. You can also take a virtual U.S. Mint Philadelphia tour online!
Do you realize that you can collect coins for face value or less — even free? You can. I’ve been doing it for years. Here are 8 easy, fun (and legal) ways to find coins for virtually nothing!
The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. has the 1804 dollar, 1933 double eagle & other rare coins. Here’s what you’ll see. Plus my tips for visiting the museum.
Some of the top US Olympic coins loved by coin collectors. Find out the history and trivia behind each one. See what these commemorative coins are now worth
Modern coins are great for collectors who like cool designs and cheap options. Here are tips on collecting modern coins plus how and where you’ll find them.
Here’s how to submit damaged coins to the US Mint and damaged bills to the US Bureau of Labor & Engraving. It’s easy money for all of your damaged currency!
Want the easiest way to find old coins? Here are 5 proven ways to increase your odds of finding old valuable coins without buying them from a coin dealer!
Find out cool info on how coins are designed, how you can enter a coin design contest, and where to go if you want to become a coin designer!
Love U.S. coins? Me too. On a budget? Me too. I’ve been collecting US coins since 1992. My picks for the 10 best coins to have in your collection under $25.
Coins themselves make great holiday gifts for coin collectors. Here’s what to look for (and what to watch out for!) before you buy just ‘any’ coin as a gift
See where and how old coins with the “O” mintmark were made at the New Orleans Mint. This French Quarter landmark is FREE also has an incredible jazz museum
5 ways to collect Lincoln pennies on a budget. See how to buy rare pennies for less, build a year-date set, and find affordable albums & folders for pennies
Got any strange coins or tokens? Unusual looking coins do sometimes have value. Here are answers to the most common questions about odd looking coins.
Track your dollar bills with Wheres George a.k.a. the Currency Tracking Project to see where your money has been & where it goes after leaving your wallet!
How was the famous Saddle Ridge gold coin hoard found in California? Find out here, plus tips on how to discover your own coin hoards!
The XP DEUS metal detector is 4 metal detectors in one and the first wireless metal detector EVER! See why this lifelong metal detectorist loves the XP DEUS.
Trying to find the perfect coin gift for someone? These 5 coin gift ideas are sure to please even the non-numismatists in your life.
Have you ever wondered what happens to coins that are tossed into a fountain? I have, too – and I found out the answer, which I reveal here. Make a wish, and read on!
Why am I a penny collector? After more than 20 years collecting coins, I still love the penny because it’s a readily available denomination with many key and semi-key dates, varieties, and errors. It’s a challenge to complete a set of pennies, even for seasoned veterans. Here’s how I got my start collecting pennies.
Penny rolls… You can buy them for 50 cents each, which can lead to an array of exciting and even valuable finds. Some examples of valuable pennies I’ve found in penny rolls: wheat cents, error coins, misplaced dimes, and foreign coins.
Today, the rarest coins are usually purchased… or found with a metal detector. Industry expert Michael Bernzweig has some tips for collecting coins using a metal detector.
Trying to complete a coin set but on a budget and can’t afford the expensive, rare key coins? Try building coin short sets! Here’s how…
The real value of my coin collection isn’t just how much money I would get by selling it to a coin dealer. It’s also about how enriched my life has become by sharing my numismatic passion with others.
Interested in what a census count of the coins in your pocket change might look like? Here’s one coin collector’s census count. The results may surprise you.
Coin collectors always have a story about the coin they lost, coins that they either once had but sold and wish they had back, or coins they saw for sale but passed up because they were looking for a better deal – or simply couldn’t afford the coin. I have had a similar experience.
We all started with our first coin. Everybody has a story as to how they got involved in coin collecting. Here’s my first coin and how I began my long and enjoyable journey into coin collecting.
Many people enjoy the eye-popping and diverse world of coin art.
Check out these 5 great movies featuring coins and coin collections.
Here are 10 ideas for coin gifts that’ll please that special numismatist in your life.
Error pennies are fun and challenging to collect.
Tough economic times? Don’t give up coin collecting to save money. Just try these budgeting tips!
There are many fun ways to collect United States proof sets.
Want to find treasure coins? Head to Coin Beach Delaware!
Colorized coins are coins which have been painted after leaving the mint. However, there are some coins which have been intentionally colored by official government mints around the world.
Hologram coins bring unique and futuristic effects to money!
Be sure to stop by Philadelphia sometime to watch the United States Mint make coins!
Treasure hunting can be both profitable and exciting! As long as you know all the rules on how to treasure hunt legally where you want to dig and search, then have a go. Using a metal detector is one of the easiest ways to go treasure hunting.
Check out some of the odd ways I have found some interesting coins. This may inspire you to find coins in some of the most unique of ways, too!
Check out these 7 different coin collecting goals you’ll be able to finish over the summer.
Millions of coin collectors are being brought together thanks to social network sites. Check out 5 coin collecting forums that’ll make your hobby even more fun.
Want an expensive coin you just can’t afford now? Try a layaway plan to buy the coins you want!
The United States Mint now is offering free lesson plans based around the America the Beautiful Quarters program.
What is coin collecting versus coin hoarding? I may not be able to give you medical advice on what hoarding or hoarders are, but as a longtime coin collector, I can answer your questions on what a coin hoard is versus a coin collection!
The National Money Show — one of the biggest coin shows of all — is in Fort Worth Texas March 25 through March 27, 2010.