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!
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 you'll find everything you want to know about coin sets and how to get started.
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!
The 1981 proof set attracts much coin collector attention because the proof sets that year were produced in 2 different varieties: Type 1 is common, Type 2 is considerably scarcer and much more valuable! Here’s how to tell the difference, and the value of 1981 proof sets.
Collecting uncirculated mint sets from the United States Mint is a perfect way to get most, if not all, of the examples of coins found in pocket change from each year! Uncirculated coin sets have been issued by the United States Mint since 1947, and they’ve been offered almost every year since then. See what U.S. mint sets are worth, plus my personal tips and strategies for building a really cool mint set collection.
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.
There are 28 uncirculated coins in the 2011 United States Mint coin set.
There’s plenty of variety for coin collectors with 2011 United States proof sets.
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!
Buying a souvenir set from the Philadelphia and Denver mints in 1982 and 1983 was the only way to obtain official coin sets from those years.
There are many fun ways to collect United States proof sets.
A proof Roosevelt dime set makes an excellent coin collection that is cheap, easy, and fun to put together!
Check out these 10 ideas for coin short set collections that’ll surely help any coin collector have fun on a budget.
If you’re looking for a 1965 mint set, you’ll need to turn to the 1965 special mint set — the only official coin set made by the U.S. Mint that year.
The 1964 proof set is the first to contain the Kennedy half dollar and the last until the 1990s to have 90% silver versions of the dime, quarter, and half dollar.
The United States Mint has supplied the release dates for the rest of the 2010 coin products set to be sold. Check out when the coin or coin set you’re waiting to buy will be coming out!