As an avid coin collector since 1992, I’ve been through my share of coin loupe magnifiers, and I want to share with you what the best magnifying glass for coins is — and why you really need one.
Before anyone can say how much a specific coin is worth, its grade must be determined first. Knowing a coin's grade makes it easy to find the coin's value, gives you an idea of what you can expect to pay for coins at a coin dealer, and helps you avoid getting ripped off when shopping for coins. When you grade a coin, you are actually paying more attention to how much wear a coin has rather than how it looks overall -- because wear is the key factor in deciding a coin's grade. Here's how to determine the grade for practically every denomination of U.S. coin yourself -- and where to get professional coin appraisals to find the grade & value of your coins.
Jefferson nickels with Full Steps details are relatively scarce — and they’re quite valuable! See exactly what Full Steps nickels are, how much they’re worth, whether they’re rare or not, how to find Full Steps Jefferson nickels for cheap, and tips for collecting them.
Want to get a job in the coin industry? I can help you! I’m a longtime coin collector and I’ve led a numismatic career with LOTS of fun numismatic jobs since 2006. I’m going to help you start your coin job search with the goal of finding U.S. Mint jobs and other numismatic jobs — where you can put your love of coins to work on a full- or part-time basis. Start here to find a job working with coins!
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!
Curious about the value of First Strike coins? Are they even worth buying? Here’s an expert analysis on whether First Strike coins are a good investment.
Coin values depend on a number of factors. Here’s how to find out how much a specific coin is worth. Plus tools to help you find the value of ALL your coins
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.
Getting a coin appraisal will tell you the value of your coins. Just keep in mind that coin values are based on a lot of different factors. Here’s what you need to know.
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.
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.