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Have you seen the Shop NBC and Home Shopping Network ads for shop at home coins?
These ads can look pretty enticing, thanks to the easy payments, colorful presentations, and claims that the coins you’re seeing on the ad are limited-time offers of coins never to be struck by the U.S. Mint again. But how good are these deals?
Here are some facts that you should know:
- Most — if not all the coins you see on TV ads you can get from full-time coin dealers.
- There is virtually no coin that you will never be able to buy again.
- Most — if not all — the coins on TV ads are overpriced.
That’s right — those never-to-be-minted-again silver dollars, limited-time offer proof sets, and other special coin deals you see on TV may look appealing — even promising.
But you can get the same coins from a regular coin dealer for a much better price — sometimes less than half the price of the deals advertised for shop at home coins on TV.
Shop NBC and HSN do make buying coins from home very easy, and the deals on these ads offer authentic coins and all kinds of interesting coin sets and coin collections. Just be sure to shop around to get the best deal for your 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!