Your weird looking coins might be error coins! Here’s how to tell what’s a legit error coin from the U.S. Mint (like the rare 1990 penny, valuable doubled die coins, and bubbled coins) and what’s an altered coins or novelty coin (like two-headed coins, colorized coins, gold-plated coins, really small coins, really large coins, coins with odd rims and edges, dimes & quarters without edge grooves). Plus a list of some of the most common U.S. coin errors that you could actually find in your pocket change!
Cleaned coins are damaged coins. So are bent coins, corroded coins, scratched coins, and coins with bumps, nicks, gouges, or holes in them. Anything that happened to the coin after it left the US Mint is 'damage.' On the other hand, if the damage happened to the coin before it left the Mint, then it's called an error coin. Damaged coins are not worth much -- if anything at all. See how to submit damaged coins to the US Mint and damaged bills to the US Bureau of Labor & Engraving. You'll make easy money from all of the damaged U.S. currency you have! Here, our coin experts will show you the differences between damaged coins, error coins, and problem-free coins.
Got any dark toned coins or discolored coins? See which dark coins are rare and valuable error coins. Also, find out how much your dark coin is worth here!
Post Mint Damage (or Post Strike Damage) refers to any damage a coin has suffered after leaving the U.S. Mint — including scratches, dings, holes, bumps, nicks, and gouges. See how damaged coins are different from error coins, plus the value of damaged coins.
Thinking of buying old coin collecting supplies such as books, folders, albums, or display cases? A coin expert’s opinion before you buy used coin supplies.
Here’s how to submit damaged coins to the US Mint and damaged bills to the US Bureau of Labor & Engraving. It’s easy money for all of your damaged currency!
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!
If you’re buying eBay coins and want to know exactly what you’re buying, here are 3 descriptive listing words you should know more about before placing bids
What are impaired proof coins? What makes them different from regular proof coins? Is it a good idea to collect impaired proof coins? Here’s the scoop!
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.
The 1955 poor man’s doubled die penny actually isn’t a doubled die penny at all – find out the story behind this popular coin and how to tell the difference between a poor man’s coin and the real thing.
Is this is a nickel error or simply post mint damage? Find out the answer!
Check out these 5 tips on appraising coins.
Find out 10 coin terms you’ve got to know to succeed in coin collecting.
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!
While most counterfeit coins are easy to spot — due to improper weight, color, even design details — the truth is there are many good copies that have fooled some of the most seasoned coin collectors! Here’s what to look for in order to avoid buying fake coins.
Elongated coins are also sometimes called pressed pennies, squished pennies, and squashed pennies. Elongated coin collecting falls into a category of the hobby called exonumia.
Coin collectors should be wary of using old plastic coin holders, because many of those made years ago contain PVC. Coin PVC damage is serious.
If you can understand coin grading, then you can begin to figure out coin values much more easily than you may be able to now. Basically, coin grading is a determination of coin’s value based on how much or how little wear it has. Here’s how to grade your coins.
It is not difficult at all to enjoy coin collecting on a tight budget. Here are some tips for saving money while finding new coins to add to your coin collection.
There really is a lot of diversity in U.S. coins. In the United States’ more than 200 years of coin production, our nation has seen many types of interesting coins. However, if you’re a coin collector and you find yourself a little bored with ‘typical’ modern U.S. coins, then consider these 5 unique types of coins worth collecting.