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.
Kids Collecting Coins
Do your kids want to start a coin collection? Or maybe you're the driving force encouraging them to start collecting coins. Here, our longtime coin collectors share their favorite ways to get kids interested in coins. Plus, coin collecting lingo that kids will understand, coin facts that kids & new collectors will appreciate, and lots of other introductory-level coin stuff for kids and newbies alike.
I recently found a great coin collecting starter set for young coin collectors. See why I like the US Mint’s Explore & Discover Kit and why it’s such a great gift for kids!
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!
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.
Want something fun to do with coins… and your kids? How about playing a fun coin game?! These 14 free coin games teach children about U.S. coins and thd value of money.
You probably have some valuable pennies in your loose change! Here’s an awesome cheat sheet showing the rare pennies you should be looking for. These 43 pennies found in circulation are worth 1 dollar or more… each! I’ve collected pennies since I was a kid, and I’ve put together a list of the best places to find rare pennies worth money.
The U.S. Mint Philadelphia is one of 4 U.S. Mint facilities. The Philadelphia Mint offers a self-guided tour of its facility, for a behind-the-scenes look at how coins are made. You can also take a virtual U.S. Mint Philadelphia tour online!
There’s never been a better time to begin coin collecting as a hobby. I’ve been collecting coins since 1992, and I’m going to share with you the reasons I think you’ll enjoy it too.
There are 5 coin collecting supplies that every numismatist needs. A coin price guide is a given. See what the other 4 are.
The real value of my coin collection isn’t just how much money I would get by selling it to a coin dealer. It’s also about how enriched my life has become by sharing my numismatic passion with others.
We all started with our first coin. Everybody has a story as to how they got involved in coin collecting. Here’s my first coin and how I began my long and enjoyable journey into coin collecting.
Here are 5 great ways to enthuse a young collector about coins.
Here are 5 tips that will make coin collecting for kids cheaper, easier, and more fun!
The United States Mint now is offering free lesson plans based around the America the Beautiful Quarters program.
Trying to earn a coin collecting merit badge? Here are all the coin collecting merit badge requirements Boy Scouts must meet to earn a coin collecting merit badge!
One of my favorite places to direct the young collector — and the parents of new, young collectors — is H.I.P. Pocket Change. It’s a place just for kids on the United States Mint’s website.
Coins are good for much more than collecting, investing, and spending. Coins work well with many types of crafts projects, games, and even can be used as toys!
Getting kids involved in coin collecting is not difficult and can be quite rewarding for both the child and the parent. Here are some fun ways to get your child started with a basic coin collection built from coins in circulation.
New coin collectors discover early during their time in the hobby that, along with the many interesting coins, there are also many new terms to learn and remember. Here we look at a few basic coin terms that you will most-often encounter.
Newbie coin collectors are often overwhelmed by the words and phrases they come across in their new hobby. While the following abbreviations and acronyms are not the only ones that you will stumble upon when collecting coins, these are among the most common.
See how the U.S. Mint is helping teachers and parents teach children about coin collecting.
The best coin websites that all coin collectors should visit include: the American Numismatic Association ANA coin site, the U.S. Mint coin site, the Professional Coin Grading Service coin site, the CoinLink coin site, and the eBay Coin Buying Guide.
Want to get someone else to start coin collecting with you? Here are 5 ways to get others started collecting coins. It’s fun… and easy!
Buying coins for a young coin collector doesn’t need to be expensive. Many of the coins can be found in everyday circulation. The other coins listed here are quite inexpensive, and would be great for coin collecting kids.
Gift ideas that just about any budding coin collector would enjoy. And you don’t even need to leave your home to buy them because online shopping sites and coin dealers have all of these!
The young coin collector needs a way to store their coin collection. But sometimes young collectors need supplies that are particularly suitable for their little hands, desire for fun, and tendency for mishandling. What do you buy for the young person’s coin collection? Here are some ideas.
Here are 5 tips to guide you through your very first coin show. Plus, a wealth of coin show advice from myself and others who’ve been to lots of different coin shows.
How long have people been collecting coins? About a long as coins have been made — around 600 BC to 800 BC. In addition to a brief history of coins and info about the history of coin collecting, see how the 50 State Quarters program sparked a renewed interest in coin collecting in the late 1990s. Collecting the U.S. quarters led many to start collecting coins of other types as well. Here we review the ups and downs of coin collecting through the years, and how it all comes back to the U.S. quarter.
Have some spare change lying around? Wondering how much money all that loose change is worth? Here are some free online coin calculators, plus some fun learning tools for parents interested in teaching their children about counting and other money matters.
If you’re interested in getting your children started early in coin collecting I have a few tips and pointers for you. Some ideas as far as which coins might be the best for kids to collect…
What are mint marks? Mintmarks are small letters stamped on U.S. coins that designate where the coin was made. In a lot of cases, where the coin was minted makes the difference between a coin being worth a few dollars and being worth a few hundred dollars!
I did a little research to find out which U.S. coins are actually worth something today. See what I found — which coins to keep and which ones are worthless. Plus, see how to determine the value of YOUR coins, and which U.S. coins you should hold onto and not spend — according to the Ultimate Guide of U.S. Coins Worth More Than Face Value!