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.
A scarce and rare coin will sell for considerably more than a common coin. Some rare coins are error coins. Others are just old and/or they have low mintage numbers. See a list of rare coins you can actually still find in circulation -- rare pennies, rare nickels, rare dimes, rare half-dollars, and rare dollar coins. You'll find a lot of rare pennies mentioned here with their current values. Plus the rarest coins from popular coin series -- like 50 States quarters. If a U.S. coin is scarce or rare, we're talking about it here!
There are several coin price guides made by different companies, but I mostly use the Red Book and the Black Book. Here are some tips for choosing the right price guide for you coin collection.
Little-known facts about mercury dimes and what the mercury dime is worth these days.
The Shield Nickel was our first 5 cent nickel in the United States. It features the number 5 on the reverse with stars surrounding it.
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…
Coin grade is only ONE of a number of factors that must be determined in order to find the true value of your coin. Here’s how the professionals grade coins… and how to find the grade of your coin. Then, you’ll have a better idea of your coin’s value.
A lot of people have been asking questions and wanting to know the value of their wheat back pennies, which collectors call ‘wheaties’. Here is the run-down on wheat pennies…
Millions of coins are released each year by the mints, so it is no wonder that a few abnormal coins slip by inspection and out into population. These are called error coins. They are highly collectible and usually command a lot higher price than if the coin were struck normally.
Little-known facts about pennies in circulation in the United States, including old rare pennies and the Lincoln penny.
Wondering what the value is of a Lincoln-Kennedy Penny? Here’s a little about the commemorative Kennedy-Lincoln penny, including some of the similarities — and differences — between President Kennedy and President Lincoln.
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!