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.
How much do you know about the United States Mint? As a coin collector, you should have a general knowledge about the U.S. Mint and its 4 coin-making facilities. From the main office in Washington, DC, the Director of the Mint oversees the 4 U.S. Mint facilities which make coins in Philadelphia PA, Denver CO, San Francisco CA, and West Point, NY -- plus the U.S. Bullion Depository in Fort Knox, KY.
Do you know how to tell a war nickel from a regular Jefferson nickel? I’ll show you – it’s simple! Plus, see what Jefferson nickels are worth today… including war nickels.
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!
How much do you know about U.S. coins and coin history? Jot down your answers and see how well you do. The correct answers to these coin questions are at the bottom… no cheating!
Are we about to witness the demise of the penny and the nickel? New rules have gone into effect that makes it a crime to melt pennies and nickels and sell them — despite the fact that the price of the metals inside those coins is worth more than the face value of the coins themselves!
Little-known facts about pennies in circulation in the United States, including old rare pennies and the Lincoln penny.