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.
Budget Coin Collecting
If you're interested in collecting coins, but not interested in spending a lot of money... this is where our coin experts share their best tips for budget coin collecting and helpful tips for newbies. See how to find valuable coins for free (or face value), and fun ways to the collect coins you find in circulation.
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.
A list of Eisenhower dollar errors and varieties that are worth a lot of money! FIRST… 7 rare and valuable Eisenhower dollar coin varieties worth $1 to $100 apiece (including the Friendly Eagle Dollar, the Peg Leg Dollar, 3 types of 1972 Eisenhower dollars, and 2 types of 1976 Bicentennial dollars). PLUS… 7 unique Eisenhower dollar coin errors that are worth $30 to several thousand dollars apiece! See exactly what you should be looking for on your Eisenhower dollar coins.
What is a floating roof penny worth today? It’s well over face value… find out here! These unique pennies can be found in your loose change rather easily — here’s what you should be looking for. Plus 3 great ways to find floating roof pennies in bank rolls, at coin shops, and in mint sets!
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.
Susan B. Anthony dollar coins were unpopular when they were first released, and they are still not widely collected coins. In fact, the Susan B. Anthony dollar is probably the least popular coin made in America. This makes collecting a complete set of the dollars quite easy and affordable! See other reasons to collect Susan B. Anthony dollars, the rarest Susan B. Anthony dollar coins, and the current value of Susan B. Anthony coins.
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.
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!
Want to know about the 2017 penny value? Do you know why some 2017 pennies have an unusual P mintmark from the Philadelphia Mint? Here’s the reason why… and what the 2017 penny is worth if you have one.