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.
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!
Looking to buy silver dollars at rock bottom prices? I’ve got 4 proven tips that will help you find even cheap Morgan dollars & cheap Peace dollars at super low prices.
Yes, it’s definitely possible to find rare coins in your pocket change. Here is a list of coins you should be looking for, how to find them, and how earn real cash!
There’s never been a better time to begin coin collecting as a hobby. I’ve been collecting coins since 1992, and I’m going to share with you the reasons I think you’ll enjoy it too.
What are your silver coins are worth? Our coin expert answers that for you. Plus info on the most valuable silver coins & how to find them in pocket change.
Thinking of buying old coin collecting supplies such as books, folders, albums, or display cases? A coin expert’s opinion before you buy used coin supplies.
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!
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.
Want to buy coins at discounted prices? Here’s where to find cheap coins, what to ask when you visit a coin dealer, and how to get the most for your money.
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
What are impaired proof coins? What makes them different from regular proof coins? Is it a good idea to collect impaired proof coins? Here’s the scoop!
American silver eagle coins can be expensive to buy. Here are 6 clever ways to save money when buying silver eagles.
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!
Collecting coins on a shoestring budget? Need a way to display, store, or organize your coins? Here are 5 cheap coin supplies you simply can’t be without.
Budget short sets are ideal for coin collectors that want to collect coins from their favorite series without breaking the bank. Here are 5 short set ideas.
Have you ever wondered what low ball coins are? Or if they are worth collecting? Read this article to find out at least three reasons you should consider collecting low ball coins.
Junk coins aren’t necessarily the stuff you toss out to the curb. They aren’t the showcase pieces that tend to find homes in your coin albums. Junk coins do have a place though. They’re perfect for coin collectors on a budget – especially if you want to fill holes in your coin folders. Plus, circulated junk silver coins are a great way to stock up on silver — and they cost less to purchase than the popular American Silver Eagle bullion coins.
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.
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…
Three of the most popular coin sets for beginning coin collectors are: Lincoln Cents, Jefferson Nickels, and the 50 State Quarters. See why…
In my nearly 20 years of coin collecting, there are a few lessons I’ve learned and want to share with you.
With a budget coin collection, it’s possible to start a decent collection of U.S. coins for less than $20.
Buying collectible coins? You’ll want to check out these 5 tips that can help make the difference between buying a coin you’ll love and one you’ll wish you left at the coin dealer.
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.
Looking to lessen your coin collecting budget? Try your hand at completing these 7 coin sets for less than $10 each.
Check out these 10 famous coins that aren’t too expensive for you to afford!
Here are 5 reasons you may want to jump on the silver half dollar bandwagon.
Tough economic times? Don’t give up coin collecting to save money. Just try these budgeting tips!
A proof Roosevelt dime set makes an excellent coin collection that is cheap, easy, and fun to put together!
Want to find treasure coins? Head to Coin Beach Delaware!
Check out these 10 ideas for coin short set collections that’ll surely help any coin collector have fun on a budget.
Here are 5 quick tips for coin collecting that will surely make the hobby even more enjoyable for you!
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.
Coin tubes make a great way to store a lot of coins at a budget price.
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.
Here are 5 tips that will make coin collecting for kids cheaper, easier, and more fun!
Jefferson nickels are one of the oldest coin circulating today — and they’re among the easiest and cheapest coins to collect. Believe it or not, it’s still possible (with a bit of luck) to actually complete a set of Jefferson nickels right from pocket change!
Coin ads on TV can look appealing, but are shop at home coins really the best deal for you? Shop around — there’s a strong chance you can buy the same coins from a regular coin dealer for a much lower price.