The 1922 plain penny is a popular error coin — or variety, depending on your stance. But why is a hole for the 1922 plain cent being included in regular Lincoln cent coin albums and coin folders? A longtime collector’s opinions on the issue and what should be done about those pesky holes that most of us can’t afford to fill in our Lincoln cent coin albums and folders.
Wondering about the difference between being a numismatist and a coin collector? A coin collector is somebody who gathers coins with the intention of completing sets of coins. A numismatist is a person who studies coins and money from a historic, social, or artistic sense. See other differences and why many people are both!
See the current state quarter values, a list of rare state quarters, and state quarter errors. Also, lots of fun facts about the 50 State Quarters series — for trivia buffs and anyone who enjoys American history! I’ve created a detailed list of all the different things that are symbolized on the Statehood Quarters, along with some interesting little-known facts about these popular U.S. quarters.
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.
The U.S. Mint’s state quarter program began in 1999 and continued through 2008. In all, 50 statehood quarters were made — one for each state in the United States. They were released into circulation in the order that the statehoods came into existence. Here’s the official list of all 50 state quarters and their release dates. Plus, everything you need to know about collecting the 50 state quarters, and fun ways to save state quarters that you probably haven’t thought of!
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.