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!
Type And Date Sets
A type set is a collection consisting one coin from every date with a specific Design (like Liberty Seated or Standing Liberty) or Type (like Barber dimes, Buffalo nickels, or Indian Head pennies) or Date (like 20th century coins -- one example of every coin made in the 20th century). Here, coin collectors are sharing their favorite ways to collect coins as sets. Plus, which coin sets are the easiest, hardest, most expensive, and least expensive to build. See also Mint Sets, Proof Sets, and Souvenir Sets
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!
Collecting pennies is fun! Here are 9 interesting ways to build penny collections that you probably haven’t thought of. Plus the latest penny values.
Coin grading companies give collectors the opportunity to create coin registry sets. Learn about these high-grade coin sets and how to build a registry set.
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.
Why do you collect coins? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Sometimes, furthering your appreciation of the hobby you love means taking a step back and considering what drew you to it in the first place and what keeps you there today.
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.
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…
There are dozens of Lincoln cents available for coin enthusiasts to collect. Here are just some of the Lincoln pennies worth collecting – and their values.
Curious about the values of Walking Liberty half dollars, and what these beautiful coins have been worth over the last few decades? Here’s the historic value of Walking Liberty half dollars.
Looking to lessen your coin collecting budget? Try your hand at completing these 7 coin sets for less than $10 each.
Did you know that a complete collection of United States coin was once made? Find out who did it and what it took to collect every regular-issue U.S. coin ever made!
Check out these 10 ideas for coin short set collections that’ll surely help any coin collector have fun on a budget.
The first coin of any coin series is always among the most collected, so it’s no surprise that first-year coins are tops on many coin collectors’ want lists!
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!
Only 7 million 1922 cent coins were made. Those without a D mintmark are even scarcer. The 1922 cent is a popular error coin — or variety, depending on your stance. But why is a hole for that coin being included in regular Lincoln cent albums? Here are one longtime collector’s opinions on the issue and what should be done about those pesky holes most of us can’t afford to fill in our Lincoln cent albums.
With some of the ideas here, you will easily be able to start building a Lincoln Cent collection that will be sure to please your eyes AND conform to your budget!
The 2009 James K. Polk dollar coin was the 3rd Presidential $1 Coin released in 2009 and the 11th of the entire Presidential $1 Coin series which began in 2007.
The redesigned Lincoln penny has sold out fast in roll sets. The U.S. Mint sells each design for only a limited time
Collecting type sets is a way to collect coins on a budget. You might choose to collect one type of coin, or collect coins from a certain year.
Liberty nickels from 1883 to 1912 are a small series of coins to collect. However, it’s not very easy to complete a set of Liberty Head nickels — see why. Plus tips for collecting Liberty nickels or V nickels when you’re on a budget!
The John Tyler Presidential dollar coin was the 2nd presidential dollar coin released in 2009 and the 10th in the series. On this dollar coin, ‘In God We Trust’ is imprinted on the obverse side of the coin, rather than on the edge of the coin. See how much John Tyler dollar coins are worth.
One of the changes to the William Henry Harrison Presidential dollar coin is the fact that the motto ‘In God We Trust’ — which had been placed on the edge of the coin — was moved to the front of the coin, below the president’s portrait. See other little-known facts and how much William Henry Harrison dollar coins are worth.