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It’s safe to assume most coin collectors have some little pile of coins that were brought together without much intention of sets being built out of them…
…What about all those wheat cents, pre-1960 Jefferson nickels, or silver coins we find? They’re packed away in jars and boxes, right?
But when it comes down to actually defining a coin collector versus a coin hoarder, it’s always important to remember that:
- Typical coin collectors generally aim to build sets of coins…
- Whereas coin hoarders spend most of their coin time simply stashing away coins without the intention of building sets.
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 CDN Publishing (a trusted source for the price of U.S. rare coins), 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 also authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins — and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!