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.