We all make mistakes with our coins. Here are 4 common errors that many coin collectors have made. If you’re new to coin collecting, don’t do these things!
You might want to clean a coin if it looks old, dirty, is hard to read, or corroded -- but don't! Coin experts recommend NOT cleaning coins, because doing so can significantly lower their value. If you can't resist the urge to clean coins and you don't care about the coin's value... these are the most popular ways that non-collectors are cleaning coins in order to have a shiny (non valuable) coin on their hands.
Want to be able to tell if a coin has been cleaned or not? Here’s how professionals identify cleaned coins and you can too. Plus 3 SAFE ways to clean 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.
You’ve probably read before that you shouldn’t clean your coins because doing so can lower their value. Actually, there is 1 way that you can clean your coins without damaging them, and you will learn all about that method as well as 4 ways on how you should NOT clean your coins. We’re debunking a few popular coin cleaning ideas here.
Avoiding mistakes early on as a new coin collector is one of the best things you can do as you enter the hobby.
Grading a mint state coin can be difficult in a world with so many possible grades for a mint state coin. This guide should help you in better assigning a grade to your uncirculated coin.
Damaged coins come in a variety of conditions. Some damaged coins have been cleaned while others are bent or have holes. Take a look at the graphic photos of some damaged coins so you can see what types of coins you’ll want to avoid buying!
These are among the most popular questions we receive here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins…
If a coin is bright and shiny because it was well preserved or just came from the Mint, that is a good thing. However, if a coin is bright and shiny because it was cleaned by an amateur, that is a whole different story. Cleaning a coin generally lessens its value.
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 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.
I did a little research to find out which U.S. coins are actually worth something today. See what I found — which coins to keep and which ones are worthless. Plus, see how to determine the value of YOUR coins, and which U.S. coins you should hold onto and not spend — according to the Ultimate Guide of U.S. Coins Worth More Than Face Value!