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What in the world do those coin collecting terms mean?
While seasoned collectors throw around these words every day (and know what they are talking about, too!), new coin collectors and non-collectors usually have no clue what some of these words actually mean.
Thankfully, there are plenty of good coin collecting glossaries available that wil have you talking like a professional numismatist in no time.
Okay, so the first word you want to learn about is the one that I keep using, right?
Numismatics is the study of coins.
To be a bona fide numismatist, it is generally true that you have to be more than simply a casual coin collector. You have to be somebody who takes some time to learn about coins, investing some bit of time and interest in learning about and studying coins and issues related to coins.
I’m the Coin Editor here at TheFunTimesGuide. My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I’m a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I’m also the editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I’ve contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I’ve authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins (many of them with over 50K shares), and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!