How long have people been collecting coins? About a long as coins have been made — around 600 BC to 800 BC. In addition to a brief history of coins and info about the history of coin collecting, see how the 50 State Quarters program sparked a renewed interest in coin collecting in the late 1990s. Collecting the U.S. quarters led many to start collecting coins of other types as well. Here we review the ups and downs of coin collecting through the years, and how it all comes back to the U.S. quarter.
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.
There are several coin price guides made by different companies, but I mostly use the Red Book and the Black Book. Here are some tips for choosing the right price guide for you coin collection.
Wondering how to clean coins? Have some old coins that are in serious need of a cleaning?… Only low-grade extremely dirty coins will benefit from a good cleaning. Medium- and high-grade coins will actually go down in value if you attempt to clean them, so use your best judgment. Here are the best ways to clean coins, while doing the least damage to the coin itself.
What’s the best way to store coins and keep them safe? Should you use coin holders?… Mylar protectors?… Coin albums?… Coin tubes?… Coin binders?… Air-tight holders?… Coin slabs?… or even Zip-type baggies? Here are some tips for storing the coins in your collection…
Here are some tips and pointers that might come in handy when you’re meeting with a coin dealer for the first time — whether you’re buying or selling coins.
The Shield Nickel was our first 5 cent nickel in the United States. It features the number 5 on the reverse with stars surrounding it.
Do you know how to tell a war nickel from a regular Jefferson nickel? I’ll show you – it’s simple! Plus, see what Jefferson nickels are worth today… including war nickels.
If you’re interested in getting your children started early in coin collecting I have a few tips and pointers for you. Some ideas as far as which coins might be the best for kids to collect…
What tools and supplies do you need to start collecting? Here’s a basic guide to the top 5 things you’ll want to have, if you plan to start a coin collection.