Coin Collecting

Gary Eggleston

Bargain hunting could be the watchword within the scarce to rare segment of the coin market. There are many indicators that a significant number of collectors and perhaps a few speculators who know what they are doing are purchasing better date and superior condition coins at today’s somewhat depres

Gary Eggleston

The price of an antique item goes up if it is kept in good condition. By having it stored in a safe place, one can be sure that it will not be damaged by the elements or by negligence that will reduce its value in the market.

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is the oldest collecting hobby with a history of more than 2000 years! Yes, more than TWO THOUSAND YEARS! Since the time of the beginning of the Roman Empire (arround 20 BC), a few noble romans were collecting ancient Greek coins (500-300 BC)...

Gary Eggleston

There are many "rare" coins for which there is little demand. But overall, rare coins have higher prices. Demand doesn't drive retail price so much as it drives the spread between retail and wholesale.

Gary Eggleston

There are approximately $8 billion worth of coins circulating in the U.S. today. In the past 30 years, the U.S. Mint, who is responsible for designing and producing the nation’s coins, has minted over 300 billion coins, worth about $15 billion!

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is a fun hobby to start and the thrill of hunting for old coins is enough for many people to continue doing it. Other people consider coin collecting an investment, something they can receive a profit from. If you are one of those people, then you can find several types of coins in t

Gary Eggleston

This isn’t always an easy question to answer since a coin’s value can be subjective. In general, like anything else, a coin is "worth" what someone is willing to pay for it. There are some factors that potential buyers will take into consideration when deciding how much to pay for a coin. Some of

Gary Eggleston

This isn’t always an easy question to answer since a coin’s value can be subjective. In general, like anything else, a coin is "worth" what someone is willing to pay for it. There are some factors that potential buyers will take into consideration when deciding how much to pay for a coin.

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting was started only as a hobby for most people, however you can hear what other people say (or you probably have heard yourself) about news of people cashing in on their old coin; and that encouraged more people to go on a coin-collecting streak. If you are one of those people who want

Gary Eggleston

Coin collectors are looking towards a full fall season. The general public continues to take not only coins, but bank notes for granted as a part of our everyday financial life. Increasingly, people outside the United States are beginning to wonder, just how many coins are going to be available in c

Gary Eggleston

To a coin collector, the suggestion of an Initial Coin Offering sounds just like what it reads—a new coin to be sold as soon as the coin is announced. Is this correct? As far as investors and speculators are concerned, an ICO is an unregulated way to crowdfund cryptocurrencies.

Gary Eggleston

Getting your coin collection started isn’t as hard as you might think and there are a number of avenues you can pursue. Most of it depends though on why you want to become a coin collector. If you’re doing it just as a relaxing hobby then you have no problem and can get started pretty much off the b

Gary Eggleston

Getting your coin collection started isn’t as hard as you might think and there are a number of avenues you can pursue. Most of it depends though on why you want to become a coin collector.

Gary Eggleston

The coin market can usually be anticipated to relaunch itself for the remainder of the year following the annual American Numismatics Association convention held each August. The attendance at the ANA convention was reportedly weak by most attendee’s accounts.

Gary Eggleston

Coin dealers in India are reeling as the nation prepares to replace a one percent Value Added Tax on collector coins with a whopping 12 percent Goods and Services Tax. This tax is particularly problematic for the six or seven major numismatic firms in India that are registered with the Archaeologica

Gary Eggleston

Before we go into any detail on collecting coins and sundry other details, I feel that I should introduce you to one, or rather two, simple facts which will help you in your coin dealings.

Gary Eggleston

The overall coin market is a mixed bag. There are some very high-end coins that are appreciating, but these are few in number with no definitive group moving up in value. Not only do these types of coins need to be rare, but they must also be one of the finest known of these rarities as well to comm

Gary Eggleston

A scarcity of small-denomination cash, inflation, the high cost of production and rampant counterfeiting are many of the reasons why Nigeria is currently considering replacing several bank note denominations with coins. Particularly vocal on this issue is Mustapha Bukar, who represents the Katsina,

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is something that takes time to learn. The most important thing to remember is that you are doing it for the right reason - if it is a passion, then it is something worth pursuing.

Gary Eggleston

Commemorative coins have become very popular. Many people want to have different kinds of coins in their collections or for souvenirs. Many times they are used as traditional gifts for special occasions. These coins are not considered to be practical gifts, bur are commemorative items that can be ke

Gary Eggleston

This is always an ongoing debate among coin collectors. Should you be a collector or a rare coin investor? A recently auctioned Proof-63 1804 silver dollar realized a disappointing $3.5 million. This could be a classic example of why some collectors say you should be a collector rather than an inves

Gary Eggleston

Collecting coins is so much fun! It is both a hobby and a source of income for many. One type of coin that you may want to consider collecting is ancient coins. Many collectors hesitate to buy ancient coins to collect because they can be terribly expensive. What is most important is the uniqueness o

Gary Eggleston

What are bullion coins? These coins may have high values because they are not only limited; but also they may have been found in shipwrecks, or they may come from the ancient times. Bullion coins are the type of collector’s items that many people look for.

Gary Eggleston

Some people are born to love money; whether they spend it or just collect it, they are simply born to love the way money provides them the kind of gratification that they need.

Gary Eggleston

Are rare coins a good investment? This question will get you no shortage of conventional responses. The most common answer is likely: “Who Cares!” Many collectors would say that if you are trying to save for your retirement by investing in coins, then you are in serious need of a financial planner.

Gary Eggleston

Sweden’s Sverges Riksbank or central bank is the central bank now in the spotlight in the rush to form a cashless society. This central bank is considering offering a government sponsored digital currency that would be called the e-krona. Recent statistics indicates a significant decline in the use

Gary Eggleston

Recent legislation is calling for the end of production of the U.S. cent, the $1 Federal Reserve Note and a change to the composition to the nickel. This legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators John McCain and Mike Enzi. Rather than an outright abolition, the bill calls for a

Gary Eggleston

There are many ongoing pro and con discussions about a cashless society, in which all monetary transactions take place digitally. Some proponents would agree that a few of the arguments both for and or against make some sense. Then there are the marginal arguments some of which include the idea that

Gary Eggleston

Bullion Eagles are crashing. February sales took a sharp dive. Silver American Eagles in that month saw sales drop by 75 percent from February 2016. The 1,215,000 number compares to 4,782,000 a year ago. Gold Eagles dropped in sales volume too, but by a slightly less jarring monthly decline of 67 pe

Gary Eggleston

Common gold date gold coins are appreciating noticeably of late. Most of this activity is due to the spot price of the metal as it is being impacted by the fluctuations in value of the dollar in international trade rather than due to any change in collector activity.

Gary Eggleston

Commemorative coins have become very popular. Many people want to have different kinds of coins in their collections or for souvenirs. Many times they are used as traditional gifts for special occasions. These coins are not considered to be practical gifts, bur are commemorative items that can be ke

Gary Eggleston

It looks as if we might be seeing the beginning of a new market on the move. Coin dealers seem to be more optimistic than they have been in the past year. The recent Florida United Numismatics convention has been deemed a success by dealers, collectors, and those conducting the auction.

Gary Eggleston

Most people engage in different activities that they consider hobbies. When people consider a particular activity as a hobby, it means that people find that activity pleasurable in that they enjoy collecting different kinds of coins.

Gary Eggleston

Some coin dealers have raised the bid price modestly for relatively recent proof sets. Of late, prices for U.S. Mint products have remained stagnant and often close to their wholesale levels. The retail buyers for these proof sets are usually inexperienced marginal collectors. Most of these collecto

Gary Eggleston

Today, coin collecting, especially of those coins that are considered rare, is considered to be one of a few hobbies that are not just a mere pastime or leisure activity. Coin collecting can serve many purposes considered typical of this activity.

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting was started only as a hobby for most people, however you can hear what other people say (or you probably have heard yourself) about news of people cashing in on their old coin; and that encouraged more people to go on a coin-collecting streak. If you are one of those people who want

Gary Eggleston

The subject of numismatics is once again rewriting history. It was recently announced that some ancient Roman coins have been found in an archaeological site in Japan. Ten coins, at least six of them are reported to be from the Constantian era.

Gary Eggleston

In Canada where the popularity of money and coins has shown significant increase because the value of "paper fiat money" tends to deflate as much as 25% to 30% in a short period of time. For this reason, coin manufacturers in Canada started making different types of coins to partially replace the va

Gary Eggleston

The most prominent of these, the 1804 Silver Dollar, is known as the King of Coins. Only 15 examples exist today, and it is considered a very beautiful coin as well. There are few coins as rare that are also as popular, and that combined with the fact that most of the surviving specimens are in very

Gary Eggleston

It’s very easy to mistake a coin’s true worth if the coin has been debased in some way. This can have been done in a number of ways, but one of the most common is by substituting lower base metals for a coin which is supposed to have silver, gold or platinum.

Gary Eggleston

There are approximately $8 billion worth of coins circulating in the U.S. today. In the past 30 years, the U.S. Mint, who is responsible for designing and producing the nation’s coins, has minted over 300 billion coins, worth about $15 billion!

Gary Eggleston

Coins can help to serve the same purpose as can an index fossil. Coins can help to date an archaeological dig site in a much similar fashion as can a fossil help date the strata in which the fossil is found. The important part in both scenarios is for the find to be documented in its proper context

Gary Eggleston

The current precious metals market continues to trade in a very narrow range. While coin collectors are enjoying this price stability, silver and gold bullion coin buyers aren't. Sales are stagnating for this very reason, buyers may be taking a short recess. Sales of bullion coins are slowing down.

Gary Eggleston

The health of the bullion and bullion related sectors of the coin market is rather precarious. Silver is of the more immediate concern as it is trading near the bottom of its recent range. Gold remains reasonably steady. The same cannot be said for the scarce-to-rare coin market.

Gary Eggleston

Coins, cash, and currency are under attack everywhere. Sweden, Denmark, and several other countries are now vowing to do away with physical cash, and forcing citizens to rely on debit and credit cards as well as various vulnerable forms of electronic wizardry to make their financial transactions.

Gary Eggleston

Since its inception, coin collecting has continuously represented the ancient way of preserving the history of the human race. Coin collecting allows people to protect and conserve their nation’s history. Through this kind of activity, coin collectors allow other people to touch and examine the kin

Gary Eggleston

So far the sales of virtually any coins whose value is closely tied to the spot price of gold or silver continues to surge. At the same time the price of these metals continues to fluctuate within a narrow trading range. This is a trading range that is significantly higher than was the range in whic

Gary Eggleston

Are the precious metals and collectible coin market one and the same? An argument for a "yes" vote has some merit. If you ignore the truly scarce to rare coins for a moment, how many of the lesser coins of gold or silver buck this trend when these two metals are either rising or falling?

Gary Eggleston

Collecting coins is a hobby that anyone and everyone could do. But collecting quarters is a hobby that - currently – it is estimated that one hundred six million Americans do. Men, women, and children of all ages are involved in collecting quarters.

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting was started only as a hobby for most people, however you can hear what other people say (or you probably have heard yourself) about news of people cashing in on their old coin; and that encouraged more people to go on a coin-collecting streak. If you are one of those people who want

Gary Eggleston

Spot prices of gold, silver, and platinum spiked dramatically and are now slowly retreating. The good news is that the new trading range is noticeably higher than the previous range. The general public and many coin collectors reacted to these recent increases by making a run on bullion-related coin

Gary Eggleston

If you had been handed a Trade dollar back in 1877, you wouldn't have been sure what to do with it, as its status of being legal-tender had recently been revoked. Some people claimed they were silver dollars and worth as much while others correctly said that they were only worth their silver value.

Gary Eggleston

When is the perfect time to sell coins? This may be a dumb question if asked of a coin collector however timing really does make a difference. There are times when a collector wakes up in the morning and suddenly makes a decision to sell his precious collection of coins. There are also times that a

Gary Eggleston

Carson City, Nevada, has a well deserved reputation for some very tough coins. The origin of the Carson City reputation stems from silver dollars. Thanks to Carson City Morgan dollars discovered in Treasury vaults and sold to the public, the coins that created the reputation were not scarce at all.

Gary Eggleston

The word Brexit might not mean much to the average person, but to anyone who collects coins, it will mean a lot. Gold prices exploded to more than $1,300 an ounce while silver moved up to near $18. Platinum, which is both an industrial and precious metal, has failed to crack the $1,000 mark.

Gary Eggleston

The summer solstice has come and gone. What this means for coin collectors is that we have hit the season where the buying and selling of coins traditionally gets slow. You could blame it on school being out, vacations, or other things. But regardless of the reason, this pattern appears to be at wor

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is a fun hobby that anyone who has the time can do. A coin’s history and its development can be learned by collecting them.

Gary Eggleston

People engage in social activities for many reasons; most common is sharing in the same interest and passion as other people. It is in places like these that information about a certain subject is shared and new ideas and trends are revealed that keep its members up to date with current events that

Gary Eggleston

In a coin collection, the most difficult part is how to find the coins for the collection. A collector’s main method of acquiring coins is by buying them. The most common alternative in acquiring a coin is through purchase in auction sales. Rare coins and those that are of high quality are very di

Gary Eggleston

The 1914-S Lincoln cent has an interesting history. It is one of a group of San Francisco dates from 1910-1915, dates that are historically seen as better Lincoln cents. The 1909-VDB is the key date with the 1914-D followed by the 1909-S and 1931-S semi-keys. The San Francisco coins from 1910 to 191

Gary Eggleston

New U.S. Mint numismatic products sell out as fast as they are released. The 2016-W gold Centennial Mercury dime is the most recent example of this trend. The coin's allotment sold out in about 40 minutes. There seems to be a significant enthusiasm not just among new coin collectors, but among more

Gary Eggleston

Some people have a natural talent to love money, whether they spend it or simply collect it, they are simply born to love what money provides them in the kinds of gratifications that they desire.

Gary Eggleston

With the worldwide ongoing war on cash going strong in countries like Denmark and Sweden, it is surprising to see the Swiss going the opposite direction. Switzerland seems to be one of the last bastions fighting the trend to a cashless society. Not only are the Swiss sold on the idea that they want

Gary Eggleston

Two highly anticipated U.S. Mint products hit the market the week of April 18 to 22 and sales data shows collectors were buying the new issues in earnest. The 2016 silver proof set went on sale April 18. As a cornerstone of the set collecting lineup for the year, collectors always look forward to th

Gary Eggleston

Commodities still weigh heavily on much of the coin market. Gold continues to trade in a tight trading range with fluctuations of around $40 either up or down in price. Platinum has hovered around $1,000 per ounce. Silver is the bright spot, having appreciated to more than $17 an ounce. It has been

Gary Eggleston

Buy low and sell high is the free market's battle cry, and usually sound practical advice not only for the business of coins, but when trying to make money selling in general. This advice is a lot easier to follow when the commodity is appreciating in value.

Gary Eggleston

Set Your Gold Investment Goals If you are a coin collector or a gold or silver bug, you have likely been called every name in the book. The only important thing that matters is if you are right. If you bought your gold or silver at the bottom of the market, it doesn’t matter what the naysayers hav

Gary Eggleston

This is a bit of departure from most of the articles on this site. For those collectors who are looking to make money collecting and investing in coins, this could be a great sideline to add to your investment/collecting strategies. What I am reviewing here is a pdf ebook by Skip McGrath entitled: "

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting as a hobby is rewarding, educational, challenging, and even profitable for some collectors. If you live in the United States, there are numerous coin types to collect, some very expensive, many not so. Other collectors flock to ancient coins or foreign coins of various types. Collec

Gary Eggleston

The investment banking firm Goldman Sachs states gold is still in a bull market. Gold has been flirting at the $1,300 level, silver is trading between $15 and $16 an ounce, and platinum is once more trading above the $1,000 threshold. All of these are positive indicators for the coin market, especia

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is a fun hobby to start and the thrill of hunting for old coins is enough for many people to continue doing it. Other people consider coin collecting an investment, something they can receive a profit from. If you are one of those people, then you can find several types of coins in t

Gary Eggleston

The recent dramatic rise in the values of gold and silver seems to have prompted more interest in the coin market. The low end of the Morgan silver dollar market has particularly been experiencing increased action. So has the demand for gold and silver American Eagle bullion coins. This is great new

Gary Eggleston

Many people enjoy shopping online where there are great buys of coins that can be found. A person may prefer do his shopping while he is at home because it is convenient and time-saving instead of going out looking for stores that sell collectible coins and other souvenirs.

Gary Eggleston

A recent business headline stated: "Gold slides two percent on China return, round in stocks." The current reality is that coins, precious metals commodities, and oil are moving in tandem in the direct opposite direction of the stock market.

Gary Eggleston

The spot prices of gold and silver have been edging up. While some investors simply buy or sell precious metals based upon this fact, it is very important for them to know why these dramatic changes are suddenly taking place. The price of a barrel of oil continues to spiral down, though it has risen

Gary Eggleston

This Maltese silver ingot is an extremely rare piece of 9th century Maltese necessity money. The item is a rectangular ingot (22.10x36.03 mm) weighing 29.02 g. It had been produced in occupied Malta in 1800 by French mintmaster, Joseph Lebrun and came with an impeccable pedigree having once been par

Gary Eggleston

On St. Valentine's Day 1966, Australia "went decimal." The imperial-based coins and notes that had served the country since federation at the turn of the century were swept aside. They were replaced by new Australian dollars and cents. The two existing Australian mints have contributed coins to mark

Gary Eggleston

2016 is a new year and the war to abolish the cent is gearing up for a new campaign. There are many arguments for getting rid of the penny. Most stem from the cost of the metals used in the composition of the cent. Current costs are that it cost 1.5 the face value of the penny to produce it.

Gary Eggleston

Some experts are claiming that coin prices re acting more like commodities. Many financial networks have recently reported prices and sales for cut and polished stones are down eight percent during 2015. Uncut stone prices declined by 15 percent during the same period. Other collectible items have d

Gary Eggleston

This could be the first step for ISIS to issue its own currency or it could be a new way for the leadership of the organization to make a quick profit. One thing is for certain, ISIS has outlawed the use of the two largest denomination notes issued by Syria.

Gary Eggleston

Some coins are not as tough as their mintages might suggest, and the 1927-D Standing Liberty quarter seems to such a coin. There are a number of reasons why the 1927-D is more available than would be expected. The starting point for the 1927-D is its low mintage of only 976,400.Once a mintage of the

Gary Eggleston

Rarer and more desirable coins are selling for unheard of prices at public auctions, but there is less demand for lower end collector coins. It appear there is more interest in U.S. Mint made-for-collector products as they are being released than there is in the more traditional business-strike coin

Gary Eggleston

After Sept. 30, 2016, no more mail orders will be accepted by the U.S. Mint. After this date, only online orders and telephone orders will be accepted. The question is how many collectors will this really affect? There isn't a hard number answer to this question, though the number is likely to be ra

Gary Eggleston

Most coin collectors are "mass collectors." What this means is that there is no rhyme or reason to the types of coins they collect. In plain language they collect coin haphazardly with no logic to their selection. Collecting coins this way practically assures that one will have few coins that will m

Gary Eggleston

Commemorative coins have become very popular. Many people want to have different kinds of coins in their collections or for souvenirs. Many times they are used as traditional gifts for special occasions. These coins are not considered to be practical gifts, bur are commemorative items that can be ke

Gary Eggleston

It appears that some people are starting to get the message that the spot price of silver may be hitting bargain basement price levels. There are many coin dealers who are reporting client orders for the purchase of significant amounts of silver, regardless of whether it is in the form of coins or

Gary Eggleston

Many coin dealers are concerned that Internet sales are cutting into their profits at coin shows. Many dealers are leaving their best stock home for use on their own websites. As people move more to online sales, retailers of all sorts are going to adapt their business tactics to conform or face los

Gary Eggleston

The terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria AKA ISIS, has been bragging for quite some time that it is going to undermine the economic system of the United States. Of course, neither the economic facts of life nor the logistics involved were taken into consideration by

Gary Eggleston

It is likely no accident that New Orleans only produced two significant $20 rarities in the form of the 1854-O and 1856-O, just a couple of years apart. The facility at New Orleans was the only one of three facilities in the South to produce the still fairly new double eagle coins. Charlotte and Dah

Gary Eggleston

Retail prices for most coins continue to remain constant. Although, some of the more expensive and scarcer coins have declined modestly in value. Using a retail price guide, it is understandable that many collectors could consider all coins as an investment. What these collectors need to do is to se

Gary Eggleston

There has been talk in recent years of revaluing our currency for one reason or another, mostly due to inflation produced by the overprinting and production of our currency. Some have suggested we need to drop one decimal place in our currency so that the number of dollars required to make a transac

Gary Eggleston

A question arises as to where all of the silver is going to. As it appears to be in short supply, why isn't this reflected by some dramatic increases in the spot price of silver? Silver investors have quickly recognized that the price of silver is at bargain basement prices and are trying to acquire

Gary Eggleston

The 1878-CC Seated Liberty half dollar is not one of the major rarities that have come from Carson City. None the less, it is an interesting coin with a mintage of 62,000. The situation going on at Carson City in 1878 likely had much to due with the low mintage numbers. The facility had just opened

Gary Eggleston

Almost everyone loves an epic David versus Goliath story. The little perseveres against the evil big guy contrary to how we know what really happens in real life. The same is much the case with the outsider versus the insider in politics. When the outsider wins against the insider who has all of the

Gary Eggleston

If you are a coin collector, you may have been involved in the hobby for years. As trends are going, in the not too distant future coin collecting will be as obsolete as much of the coinage is that is being collected. Newer and younger collectors need to be recruited to our hobby.

Gary Eggleston

A special machine does the stamping of coins to make them genuine. People who counterfeit coins are well trained and have the capacity to manipulate their duplication - especially those rare coins which have high value among collectors. The most common procedure used in counterfeiting is that they p

Gary Eggleston

As a collector of coins you may have heard about the world going to a cashless society. Well you don't even have to be a collector to be concerned about the ongoing push to bring this about. Unfortunately it will only be a matter of time before this comes into being.

Gary Eggleston

The Mercury dime is a set that has been studied heavily which should indicate pricing that would accurately reflect the availability and demand. If you rely on mintage totals alone, the 1931-D could be troublesome as its mintage numbers were only 1,260,000 pieces.

Gary Eggleston

For every numismatist or coin collector, finding a good place to store their coins is the most important thing in this world because storing their precious coins in a good and secure place will ensure that the quality and value of their coins is maintained.

Gary Eggleston

If you have ever looked at coin auctions on a site like eBay you have likely seen sellers selling "unsearched" rolls of coins to prospective bidders. Some of these online sellers tout the items they are selling (rolls of cents and/or other coins) are unsearched and "guaranteed" to contain error co

Gary Eggleston

There are collectors that specifically find classic editions of coins that existed during the period from 1892 to 1954. These coins have marked events or may signify the work of royalty during that period. There are those collectors that prefer the modern series that are very distinct as well. One

Gary Eggleston

The 1849 double eagle can trace its existence to the rivers and streams of California. The gold discovered there in the late 1840s opened the way to approval of the $20 denomination. If you doubt the importance of California gold, consider that the next highest gold coin, the $10 gold eagle, had

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1916 was a very busy year for the Mint. Three new designs were added that year thanks to a design competition. The Mercury dime and the Walking Liberty half dollar of A.A. Weinman were slated to join the Herman MacNeil Standing Liberty quarter in production in 1916.

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Coin collecting is something that takes time to learn. The most important thing to remember is that you are doing it for the right reason - if it is a passion, then it is something worth pursuing. Collecting just for profit may work but it usually is not enough in the long run. A person really has t

Gary Eggleston

The 1893-O Morgan dollar is a rather mysterious Morgan dollar as not much is known about it, coming from a period when there were a number of scarce Morgans. It was quite easy for the 1893-O to be overlooked.

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This may sound like a strange title for an article. However, many collectors lament about the vast number of products that the U.S. Mint churns out yearly. They whine and complain about not being able to afford to buy every item the Mint creates. There are numerous letters and editorials that add t

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Many would assume that all of the great coin rarities of the United states would be well known. Of course, there could be a few exceptions in the form of some tough coins that turn out to be better than anyone hoped to imagine. Collectors have always known that the 1802 half dime is a very good coin

Gary Eggleston

If you have considered buying gold coins, now might be the time to do so. consider buying the smaller denomination gold coins. Indian Head quarter ($2.50) and half ($5) eagles make an affordable, yet attractive choice for gold coin collecting on a budget.

Gary Eggleston

It seems to be fashionable to think that cash will soon be abolished and we will migrate to a cashless society. Really? With the news of yet another breach of the federal governments data banks in the news, do you really feel that any form of electronic payment is really that secure? Don’t bet on it

Gary Eggleston

You probably have not heard of a man named Nicholas Biddle. He was a banker that served as the second and last president of the Second Bank of the United States. The idea of a central bank has been a burning issue for years in this country even up to today.

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The 1916/16 Buffalo Nickel could be considered to be the king of Buffalo nickels. It does not matter if it is the errors or regular dates or the 1916/16 doubled die, it still ranks as one of the toughest dates of the Buffalo nickel series to acquire.

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The 1860-O Seated Liberty silver dollar has an interesting story. By 1860, the production of Seated Liberty dollars was limited to coins needed for export. We see this in the case of dates like the 1854, 1855, and 1856, which are all of the tougher dates to acquire despite what their mintage numbers

Gary Eggleston

By 1902 the production of Morgan silver dollars was in decline. Our country was awash in silver dollars that no one seemed to want at the time. Vaults all over the country were filled with Morgan dollars just waiting for some type of commercial use.

Gary Eggleston

Collecting coins can be a fun activity. It can be both a hobby and an investment if done right. One type of coin you may want to consider is ancient coins. Many collectors hesitate to buy ancient coins because they can be very expensive. In fact many ancient coins are no more expensive than modern c

Gary Eggleston

Some coins are better than their mintage numbers might suggest. this is definitely the case with the 1853-O half dime. The fact is, there are two 1853-O half dimes: ones with arrows at the date and one without the arrows and it is the latter which is potentially much better that its mintage numbers

Gary Eggleston

Many non-collectors inherit a coin collection and do not know what to do with it. They are not collectors and do not really know what the coins they have are worth. Let’s say an individual inherited a collection comprised of modern silver and gold commemorative coins, uncirculated and proof silver A

Gary Eggleston

Collectors are starting to turn their eyes and wallets to different Indian Head cent varieties, correctly graded key dates and those cents with the original red color. This series is somewhat well known for varieties. There are a number of outstanding errors and varieties to look for, plus a few wei

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is a fun hobby to start and the thrill of hunting for old coins is enough for many people to continue doing it. Other people consider coin collecting an investment, something they can receive a profit from. If you are one of those people, then you can find several types of coins in t

Gary Eggleston

In an age of new crypto currencies such as bitcoin, which is a virtual currency without a physical form, can a new tangible local currency find its place in the sun? Only time will tell if this experiment will succeed or not. An individual in Eugene, Oregon is launching a new local currency there. T

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Here is a new twist on coins issued by a government: bond coins. If you are not familiar with Zimbabwean currency, it has had a tumultuous ride over the years. Severe hyperinflation has wrecked the value of their original currency. The values of their paper currency reached the trillions of dollars

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n the United Kingdom, coins are considered one of the most precious relics that the nation has ever produced because most of their coins are considered to be a true representation of the royalty. For instance, U.K. coin collectors would be happy to own the 50-cent coins that were manufactured by the

Gary Eggleston

Today in the age of fiat money we are too far removed from the early times of the 19th century, when gold and silver coins circulated freely in the marketplace. In those earlier times the average citizen carefully scrutinized a coin to make sure it was genuine and of the full weight and value.

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Numismatics is the study of money, medallions, banknotes, token coins, and stock certificates. It is believed to have been established in the time of Julius Caesar who wrote the first book on the subject. It is a very interesting topic because every medal or coin signifies a different era, culture,

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Coins are generally viewed with a 10X magnification device, which is usually some kind of 10X jeweler’s loupe. This magnification is sufficient to discern any defects the coin being examined has. When you use a device with a higher magnification factor greater than 10X the defects seen are not going

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Coin collecting is a fun hobby that anyone who has the time can do. A coin’s history and its development can be learned by collecting them.

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In Canada where money the popularity of coins has shown significant increase because the value of the “paper money” tends to deflate as much as 25% to 30% in a short period of time. For this reason, coin manufacturers in Canada started making different kinds of coins to replace the value that was lo

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f you are a coin collector who wants to sell or buy coins, one good way to do it is through coin auctions or bidding. Coin auctions provide the best ways to obtain coins that have remarkable values. Coin auctions are the primary source of rare coins because most rare coin collectors want to sell the

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Coin collectors, old and new, have always wondered whether the coin or coins they have in their possession are worth more than the face value today - or in the foreseeable future. Even though that a coin which has little or no value monetarily is not necessarily one would not keep or make part of on

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What are bullion coins? These coins may have high values because they are not only limited; but also they may have been found in shipwrecks, or they may come from the ancient times. Bullion coins are the type of collector’s items that many people look for.

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Gold has been the most sought after metal in nearly every civilization as far back as can be remembered. Granted you can’t drink gold, you can’t really eat it or drink it, or use it as fuel. Even though it doesn’t satisfy any of our basic necessities, it is still highly sought after.

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implicity is not the best policy when it comes to coin collecting. Oftentimes it is the rareness, the history, or the mother country of the coins that collectors value most.

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When is the perfect time to sell coins? This may be a dumb question if asked of a coin collector however timing really does make a difference. There are times when a collector wakes up in the morning and suddenly makes a decision to sell his precious collection of coins. There are also times that a

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Many people enjoy shopping online where there are great buys of coins that can be found. A person may prefer do his shopping while he is at home because it is convenient and time-saving instead of going out looking for stores that sell collectible coins and other souvenirs.

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If you are a coin collector, how do you categorize yourself? There are various ways to collect coins as well as the specialties of collectors. Here is how to differentiate the variety of coin collectors.

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One type of coin that you may want to consider collecting is ancient coins. Many collectors hesitate to buy ancient coins to collect because they can be terribly expensive. What is most important is the uniqueness of these coins and the benefits they provide their collectors.

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Gold coins were one of the oldest forms of money. This was later followed by silver coins. Gold coins were in circulation in the United States from 1838 to 1933. The design was the Liberty Head bust but this was only made until 1907. The design was then changed to the Indian Head and Saint Gaudens m

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Silver half-dimes predated five-cent pieces alternatively known as nickels and even coexisted with them for many years. The Mint struck half-dimes from 1794 to 1873. Half-dime mintage numbers were low and intermittent before 1829.

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It is no big secret that people who lived through the Great Depression were forever changed by their experiences during the 1930s. Many leaned a distrust for banks. Some were reluctant to borrow money to pay for things, even a house.

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Coin collecting can be a fun, interesting, and sometimes profitable hobby. So one wonders why our hobby is losing collectors. There are certainly many things that come to mind. One of the issues is the stagnant economy we are still facing. Despite all of the hoopla about a recovery, the recovery is

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If you made a bundle of money on your gold and silver between 2001 and 2011, what did you do with your windfall profits? What did you spend it on? Did you buy a new car? A recent article in the “AARP Bulletin” talked about the buyers of new cars.

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The generation who lived through the Great Depression was forever changed by it. It has dominated their lives and behavior for years. The “Baby Boomers” and our younger generations cannot begin to imagine what this trauma was even like. We have not experienced anything close to it.

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There are a number of lesser known and oftentimes scarce coins that are interesting in their own right. The 1855 three-cent piece can be considered to be one of these specimens. The silver three-cent piece was an unusual creation for an unusual time. The story begins in the California gold fields in

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Learning how to grade coins is something every serious coin collector needs to learn. At first the task will seem daunting. after all there are a number of reputable third-party grading services that will grade a coin for you for a set price that varies from company to company.

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The nation’s coin dealers are shunning Minnesotan coin collectors. It isn’t that the coin dealers have any issues with the collectors themselves, rather it is a new state law that is driving the rejection of doing business with collectors in Minnesota.

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It usually doesn’t take much to get the gold bugs excited these days. For the umpteenth time this year, gold has rose over $1,300. Does this signify that a new trend has begun? It is anybody’s guess on that one, and too premature to even attempt to guess correctly.

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If you are still waiting for the delivery of your Baseball Hall Of Fame commemorative coins, you are not alone. As of mid June most silver and clad HOF coins remained to be shipped. About two-thirds of the 50,000 gold $5 coins have been shipped. The silver version has had only about one-third shippe

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Collecting coins can be fun and profitable if pursued properly. But you often hear the cries as to why the hobby is supposed to be losing collectors left and right. Our current crappy economy is one reason why coin collecting isn’t growing. But coin collecting doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby.

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The 1871-CC Seated Liberty dime is a relatively rare coin to find in any condition. It has the distinction of being one of the rare coins that combines an important place in history with a very low mintage. The poor survival rate of this coin makes it a tough coin to find in any grade.

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As I mentioned in a previous article, commemorative coins seem to be gimmicky. Here is how commemorative coin subjects are chosen. The subject for any commemorative coin stems from some kind of enabling legislation enacted by Congress to honor a person, place or event. The enabling legislation dicta

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The California couple who found the hoard of coins on their property, now known as the Saddle Ridge Hoard, have decided to use the first piece of their newfound wealth to help save a National landmark. The landmark in question is the Mint that struck the majority of the gold coins found in the hoard

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Some type coins in a type set can be tough to locate. One of these type coins is the Shield nickel with rays as they were only produced in 1866 and for a short time in 1867.

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The gold coins from the California Saddle Ridge hoard are coming to market on May 27. The hoard is estimated to be worth $10 million dollars with some excellent specimens in the mix. At 11:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 27 a single 1874-S $20 gold piece will be sold in a live auction at the Ol

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Stamp collecting and coin collecting have at least one thing in common, commemorative items. Commemorative stamps generally get a good reception in the stamp collecting community. However, commemorative coins seem to be more controversial to coin collectors.

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Teenagers have another reason to use their plastic over cash. A study was recently published in the Wall Street Journal that has some interesting facts in it. The story cited researchers at the New York University Dirty Money Project, I am not making this up. The story stated that bacteria that caus

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The “America The Beautiful” quarter series has been somewhat popular with collectors. Commemorative coins seem to have been overdone of late. Some people have suggested initiating an “ATB Kennedy half dollar series.” This could be a great idea for a number of reasons.

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As silver dollars go, most coin collectors immediately think about Morgan silver dollars. Much less often does the Peace silver dollar come to mind. Perhaps most collectors concerns focus on price or rarity as opposed to a coin’s historical importance or beauty.

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The surprise of the 1860-O Seated Dollar is quite an interesting tale. Reportedly, a few thousand of these dollars were paid out by the Treasury at face value during the major silver dollar release during the years 1962-1964. One would have to wonder how minted coins that were already over a century

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1815 is a special year as it is the only year that a cent coin was not minted in the United States. Collectors who specialize in collecting coins from that year, have few examples to choose from.

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What designates a coin as a “sleeper?” A strict definition of a “sleeper” is a coin that is undervalued due to its mintage being lower than its more common coin relations, and its value is lower than would be expected.

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If you are a coin collector or a gold or silver bug, you have likely been called every name in the book. The only important thing that matters is if you are right. If you bought your gold or silver at the bottom of the market, it doesn’t matter what the naysayers have called you, you made the right

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In a recent issue of a popular coin collecting periodical the debate continues on whether to dump the dollar bill in favor of some kind of dollar coin. Over the last forty years or so the government has issued various dollar coin in various sizes that have never caught on with the public at large.

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Slabbed coins are supposed to be virtually impossible to counterfeit. Perhaps that isn’t always the case. PCGS is teaming up with DuPont to create a new coin holder that features a 3D security hologram.

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The 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent is not exactly rare to find. While there is a good supply of the coins around, it is not the easiest one to find. Approximately 484,000 pieces were issued which caused an immediate collecting sensation.

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Very few coin collectors would disagree that all else being equal, rising precious metals prices are a positive influence on the general health of numismatics. Granted there are some rare coins that seldom come to market so infrequently, that precious metals prices have little or no effect on the pr

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Proof coins are considered to be the finest examples of medallic art. Anyone who collects proof coins would certainly agree. These specially made coins are struck more than once, thus showing off every detail of that individual coin’s design.

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A recent editorial in a numismatic periodical lamented as to why some people still order coins from the U.S. Mint by phone. In case you didn’t know the Mint charges as extra fee to order coins this way.

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Don’t expect to see a new palladium bullion coin anytime soon. A new study released by the U.S. Mint concluded that there would be an insufficient demand for any type of palladium bullion or numismatic coin to make its issuance profitable. The potential market for palladium coins is very small and w

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By now most of us have heard of the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing gambit. Whether you realize it or not this is simply a program to overly expand our money supply to supposedly stimulate the economy. In reality QE-? does nothing more than devalue the dollar and enrich the banking elite behin

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While this may seem like a stupid question, especially to coin collectors, it is a good question to ask. For coin collectors, it is all about the precious metal itself, or the coins made from it. For the rest of us the question isn’t so cut and dry. With the recent drop in gold prices, it is importa

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While Bitcoins are a virtual currency, if the concept of a Bitcoin is too “virtual” for you, a physical form is on the way. Titan Mint has found a way to put a Bitcoin into a tangible form as well as making it collectible.

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The adoption of the next annual American Numismatic Association has been delayed for up to three months. President Walter Ostromecki made the announcement on Oct. 22, 2013 at the opening of the first ANA board of governors meeting to be webcast.

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Coin collectors who want a better grounding in the basics of numismatics can now learn at their own pace from a new downloadable course from Krause Publications. “Coin Collecting 101:The Basics of Coin Collecting” is being offered as a PDF download in a zipped file.

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In the Walking Liberty half-dollar series there are two 1917-D halves and neither seems to attract much attention from collectors. The 1917-D Walking Liberty mintages started out in a normal manner.

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Many coin collectors have heard that there are two types of collectors: hobbyists and investors. However there are many other types of collectors, besides what most collectors are familiar with.

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The second government shutdown in 17 years leaves the U.S. Mint as one part of the government that is not being affected by the current shutdown that has closed those parts of the government that are not deemed to be essential to operate.

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The dramatic decline in gold and silver prices through April And June of this year has spurred an enormous worldwide demand for physical precious metals. But not so much in the U.S., general demand for precious metals has been as dramatic as the degree it was when metals prices dropped in the summer

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An editorial in a major weekly coin periodical advocates the need to revalue our currency. The article points out the fact that many major countries have revalued their money over the years while we have not significantly changed ours in over 200 years.

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Most coin collectors start collecting coins that they are familiar with. This can be coins now in circulation, coins that they played with in their youth, or items they received as gifts as a number of examples. Whatever coins they collect, they will be ones that they have some personal familiarity

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For decades Public Law 93-167 aka the “Hobby Protection Act” has governed reproductions of American coinage and political posters. On July 30 the U.S. House of Representitives passed a major revision to the Hobby Protection Act. The bill is now being sent to the U.S. Senate for their approval and pa

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A fake 1881-CC Morgan silver dollar slabbed in an equally fake General Services Administration holder was identified July 13 at the Florida United Numismatists convention held at Orlando, Fla. The fake coin was identified by Randy Campbell, a senior grader of Independent Coin Grading.

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Over the years there have been many arguments and debates over whether dimes and quarters represent the last true working coins in U.S. small change. The arguments typically center around whether cents and nickels are simply too small to make a real difference when it comes to any real purchasing po

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There are many questions today about early quarters. Unfortunately, there aren’t very many answers to them either. This makes the subject both exciting and fun, and a bit frustrating at the same time.

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The 1892-CC Morgan dollar is a very interesting coin from a very interesting year. This was the year that saw the introduction of the new Barber dimes, quarters, and half dollars.

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The Peace dollar was the last of the silver dollars. Despite having several low mintage numbers, it is still possible to assemble a set of Peace silver dollars. Some of these silver dollars were issued during some difficult economic times.

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A slot in a Whitman folder has the space for a certain 1916 quarter filled in with the circular part and had it marked “rare.” Today this decision could easily be disputed that the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter is really rare.

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Coin hoards are a controversial subject among coin collectors. In times past coin hoards were feared in some ways. This would be due to what unexpected effects the hoard might have on the coin market.

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There are a number of gold coins that are tough to obtain. Some of these coins command extremely high prices which puts them outside the reach of most collectors. while others may have high prices, but remain within the range most collectors could afford.

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Morgan and Peace dollar collectors who are looking for a new challenge may want to take a look at one of the older silver dollar series. One silver dollar they could look at is the Seated Liberty dollar which was minted from 1840-1873.

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So what does make a coin collection valuable? How does the idea of valuable impact the way people start coin collections? In order to begin to answer these questions, we need to define what “valuable” means and how it applies to coin collectors.

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No matter what the government has done to date, the public has resisted the introduction of a dollar coin to replace the one dollar bill. The Susan B. Anthony dollar was one of the first dollar coin flops.

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The 1934 silver Peace dollar is a bit of a mystery coin. This stems from a number of reasons. Unfortunately the available information on this coin is sketchy at best. No one in 1934 expected another Peace dollar mintage.

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Numismatics or coin collecting started to catch on in the United States in the mid-1800s. In the beginning there probably weren’t more than a dozen or so serious collectors of coins in what was the U.S. at the time.

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How many coin denominations does this country need to support the public’s buying needs? The current coin denominations are the penny, nickel, quarter, half-dollar and the dollar. Much discussion has been had over the last year or so to eliminate the penny.

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The recent story of a mysterious Nevada recluse’s gold stash has reached a new chapter. On February 26, 2013 a portion of the hoard brought in over $3.5 million at auction. It was the allure of the mystery that attracted some bidders to the auction held in Carson City, Nev.

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There have been many letters to the editors in various coin publications regarding the pros and cons of coin shows. Many writers complain about coin dealer packing up early at the end of the show especially if the coin show is scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday. Most letters have been from eithe

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When April arrives, the second anniversary of silver’s near miss in regaining its 1980 price of $50 an ounce will be upon us. The present price is hovering at around $30 a troy ounce. this is roughly where it was in 2011 when its price started to shoot upwards towards it record value. Will silver me

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In the month of November A.D. 284 a dispirited Roman army was marching westward after a campaign against the Persians. En route, the emperor Numerian was found dead in his litter. The Roman army executed his murderer and chose one of their own commanders, Diocles--better known as Diocletian--as thei

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Error coins of the past century comprise a special group. Due to improved production methods, there were not as many error coins produced. the error coins that do exist became spectacular ones.

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One would have to wonder what went wrong with the sales projections for a half dollar commemorative coin that honors the September 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam. Only 18,028 of the half dollars have been sold. The Battle of Antietam was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. When the battle wa

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Historically money has come in many different forms. Granted people are used to money in the forms of metal coins and paper currency. However the people of a particular Pacific island had what would have to be the most unusual form of money known to exist. I am referring to the island of Yap in the

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One of the biggest parts of any discussion on changing the composition of coins has to take vending machine into consideration. If the vending machine can’t recognize your coins, you aren’t going to get that Snickers bar you have been craving all day.

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While Sweden is not renowned for any major concentrations of precious metals, it was renowned for its early 17th century holdings of copper of which it had plenty. As we are all aware copper has less intrinsic value per ounce than gold, silver, or platinum. A copper coin that is intended to store a

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Precious metals seem to be continuing under pressure with god being down around 1 percent. Silver down 3 percent, and platinum down approximately 4 percent. Silver continues to be resilient whenever gold prices take a breather from its recent negative selling pressure, silver normally rallies. Acros

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While the 1796 half dime usually escapes most collectors interests, it is an issue that keeps getting better with the passing years. The 1796 along with the 1797 are the only two half dimes that feature the Draped Bust on the obverse, and the Small Eagle on the reverse. These two coins should not be

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Coin shows or bourses have long been a mainstay of coin collecting. These are events where coin dealers and collectors can come together to buy, sells, and trade cons, and also where collectors can see coins that they might not ordinarily encounter. Some experts in the numismatic industry are wonder

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The Federal and various state governments are hungry for new tax revenues. With sales tax revenues down from most brick and mortar stores even local governments are whining about the sales tax dollars they think they are losing to online sales.

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As an early U.S. Congress got down to business to authorize new coinage for our new nation in 1792, the first piece of monetary legislation included the dime, as a coin that should be one-tenth of the new dollar unit. The dime was one of the smaller denominations made of silver.

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Gold and silver prices go up and down as the economy ebbs and flows. However it looks like many people are not playing the bullion game at the moment. Gold has hovered for months between $1,600 and $1,750, while silver has bounced between $27 and $34. According to some experts the market has been fl

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In 2007 approximately 300 rare coins were stolen from the ANA’s Edward C. Rouchette Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado. To date only about 10 percent of the stolen coins have been recovered and those particular coins were worth approximately 20 percent of the stolen coins’ overall value.

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Steel cents were first struck in 1943 to help win the war. Copper was badly needed for shell cases and electrical equipment during the World War II period. Steel cents were minted to reduce the amount of critical war materials going into coins.

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While the historic 1873-CC Trade dollar is an historic coin, it could also be considered a sleeper in MS-65. If you love history and especially the history of the Carson City Mint, you won’t be disappointed with the 1873-CC. The Trade dollar was approved in early 1873 and at the time the Carson City

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With the increased interest in Jefferson nickels, you may want to consider looking at the 1939-D as a new key Jefferson nickel in Mint State. The main story of the 1939-D is tied to some of the other Jefferson key dates as their relationships explain why the 1939-D is more expensive in Mint State.

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The issuance of commemorative coins has apparently been an ongoing problems for a number of years. A number of years ago Congress read a scathing report on a number of abuses associated with the issuance of commemorative coins and attempted to remedy the situation.

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An Austrian 25 euro silver coin with a niobium core is now available for purchase the Krause Publication’s online store. The new Austrian coin pays tribute to the field of robotics. The Austrian Mint’s Silver Niobium coins were first introduced in 2003 and have become extremely popular among collect

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Making a sizeable profit from a coin collection is not an easy proposition. If you don’t have unlimited resources, you will need to start slowly and stay within your budget. And it will require some hundreds of hours to become knowledgeable and the knowledge alone will not be enough to beat the mark

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If you haven’t noticed what gold’s been up to, you may be surprised. Gold prices have been over $1,750 an ounce, while silver has been hovering around $35 an ounce. This is a far cry from the $1,500 for gold and $28 that silver started the year out at.

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One of our most beloved American coins has to be the Buffalo Nickel. With an Indian chief on one side and a buffalo on the other, this nickel’s design could have been pulled from a Wild West show poster. But such is not the case. The design stems from the fertile mind of sculptor James Earle Fraser

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While “gold” may be a hot buzz word in financial circles, it can’t be said to be the same in political circles. While Ron Paul has championed the idea of a new gold standard, the idea has hasn’t been eagerly adopted by either the Republicans or the Democrats.

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Most postage stamps are nothing more than small pieces of paper. One cannot emphasize the fragile nature of stamps enough. Even though stamps are normally printed on high-quality paper that will last for a long time, a stamp's longevity can be cut short by bad care. After a stamp leaves the post off

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n the late 19th-century some U.S. Painters were so adept at duplicating the government's Treasury notes with their paint brushes that the Secret Service confiscated at least one of the paintings.

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Some of the most beautiful and popular American coins were minted in 1916. In fact three of our most beautiful coins were first struck in that year. These new designs were featured on the dime, quarter, and half dollar. In fact none of these three coins shared the same design like the Barber series

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The motto “In God We Trust” was first used in 1864. This motto was first used on the two-cent piece that was minted from 1864-1873. All of these two-cent coins were minted at the Philadelphia Mint. The design of a shield on the obverse and a wreath on the reverse has never made the list of best coin

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The story of the Morgan silver dollar is related more to the silver that the coins are made from. For many years, the U.S. Mint had trouble finding enough silver to make the coins that were needed. That situation changed considerably when silver was discovered in Nevada in the late 1850s.

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There are other types of gold buyers to be aware of besides the ones that advertise on radio or television, these are the ones that set up shop in a hotel for a day and are gone the next. They are usually just as shady if not more so than the radio and TV cash-4-gold scam artists.

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If you have done your homework, you should have an approximate idea of what your gold coins should be worth. Now if you are ready to sell them, the question is one of where to sell them and not get ripped off in the process.

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American Eagle gold coins are very easy to identify and to figure out their value. These have become popular with collectors since they have been introduced. The gold weight of the bullion coin is clearly stamped on the reverse side of the coin.

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Gold speculators know what items they have in hand and how much they are worth. The same could be said for experienced coin collectors. If you are not a serious coin collector you may not remember exactly what you paid for your gold coins.

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People own gold coins for many reasons. Some collectors buy them as an investment. Other folks buy gold coins because they enjoy collecting them. And this again can be for a variety of reasons. Examples are building a type set or collecting a particular series. And some lucky people inherit a collec

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When the U.S. Civil War broke out in 1861, The central government did not have the resources to force the rebel states back into the Union. The Lincoln Administration and The Congress of the time were forced to use paper money and the printing press to finance the North’s war effort. Unfortunately,

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Perhaps you have been wondering where all of the half dollars have went to. With the U.S. Mints churning out millions very few of them ever seem to show up in your area. Apparently most of them seem to wind up in casinos in Las Vegas. This seems to have happened with the Eisenhower dollars and befor

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This half dollar was issued from 1934-1938 and was minted at all three mints. In the year 1935, the date “1934” was added to the field on the reverse, resulting in two different versions of the coin. As such, there was a 1935, a 1935-D, and a 1935-S that can be had with or without the “1934” date.

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Different series of coins have their ups and downs as collector interest waxes and wanes. There are a number of perennial favorites such as Buffalo nickels, Mercury dimes, and Morgan silver dollars that are forever collectible. However there are a number of classic commemoratives dating from 1892-19

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Coin collecting is one hobby that is both fun and challenging. To help those who are looking for those rare coins, here is a list of hard to find ones that are worth moving “heaven and earth” for.

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With the onset of the Civil War, people started hoarding precious metal coinage. This forced the merchants and the public of the time to adopt some rather strange measures to cope with the situation.

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Collecting coins is a hobby that anyone and everyone could do. But collecting quarters is a hobby that - currently – it is estimated that one hundred six million Americans do. Men, women, and children of all ages are involved in collecting quarters.

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Many readers of this site would be surprised to know that the United States once issued a paper note barely larger than some commemorative postage stamps, and they might be even more surprised to find that such notes are quite a collectible item today.

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On April 17, 2012 the Professional Numismatists Guild adopted a new three-point definition of coin doctoring. What is coin doctoring?

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The numismatic market was alarmed when eBay, an online auction website, sent its sellers an email notification on April 17 that stated that as of May 30, 2012, only coins that meet new grading requirements will be allowed to be listed or relisted with a numerical grade in the auction’s title and in

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Many beginning coin collectors have found coins with what appears to be a raised area of metal one side of the coin. The first question that comes to their minds is whether the coin has any special value.

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There are many reasons why one collects coins. There are collectors who collect on the basis of the coin’s future perceived value, some collect coins coming from just one particular period, some on metal type and some for a coins historical value.

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There has been much controversy over this Federal court case over the years. At question was whether a Philadelphia family had the right to own 10 1933 St. Gaudens $20 Double Eagle Gold coins or whether they had always been the property of the U.S. Government.

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With the billions of coins that are struck every year by the U.S. Mints, it is difficult for people to believe there have ever been any coin shortages in this country. Coin shortages have a long history in the U.S.

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It is never too early or too late to have a hobby. Some people are hobbyists for fun while others see a bigger picture; and that is to make money. Some objects that may seem inexpensive now may become valuable or priceless later.

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You probably have never heard of a dime weevil before. There is a reason for this, but we will get to that shortly. The nature of this “bug” dealt with dimes. In May 1912, newspapers reported that a woman had been ejected from a St. Paul streetcar for putting a “slick” dime in the fare box. She late

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His real name was Alfred Richmond Rodway. But in his time, everyone knew him simply as “Mr. Glad.” Silver-haired and always wearing gloves, “Mr. Glad” handed out coffee, sandwiches, and nickels in New York City during the Great Depression.

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There are many forms of doubling on coins, at least 28 types are known to date. The one we will concentrate on in this article is known as Machine Doubling Damage. In fact most types of machine damage indeed consist of this type of doubling.

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The price of an antique item goes up if it is kept in good condition. By having it stored in a safe place, one can be sure that it will not be damaged by the elements or by negligence that will reduce its value in the market.

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There are many reasons why one collects coins. There are collectors who collect on the basis of the coin’s future perceived value, some collect coins coming from just one particular period, some on metal type and some for a coins historical value.

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Over the last 30 years 3rd party coin certification has had a very tremendously positive effect on coin grading. However, there are a few pitfalls to slabbed coins. One of these pitfalls is the wide-spread proliferation of sub-standard, copycat coin grading services.

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Some coin collectors have come upon coins that have an indented line around the obverse side just in from the rim of the coin, and they wonder if the coin came like this from the mint.

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Many years ago we had an Assay Commission. The Commission’s only purpose was to examine coinage annually and attest to the fineness of the bullion coins.

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is not as simple as keeping coins: it may be observed from numismatists or even coin enthusiasts that it is a systematic and somewhat complicated hobby.

Gary Eggleston

Silver half-dimes had been minted since the 1790s, but they quickly disappeared from circulation during the Civil War. Due to the uncertainty future of the war conditions, people hoarded coins.

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is said to be the “Hobby of the Kings.” Coin collecting is different from money hoarding. Collecting coins as an art form can be traced back to the 14th century.

Gary Eggleston

America’s first nickel was first coined in 1866. The Shield nickel was created to replace five-cent Fractional Currency notes that were issued during the Civil War. Hardly anyone expected the nickel to become as important as it has over time. The Philadelphia Mint struck the first Shield nickels in

Gary Eggleston

A "grade" is described as a shorthand designed by coin experts (numismatists) to reveal a coin’s appearance. Simply put, if a certain coin collector tells another collector that he owns an uncirculated Charlotte 50 half eagle, both should already have a concept of the coins appearance without even

Gary Eggleston

There are a number of ways to cherrypick coins. One way involves looking for undergraded coins rather than looking for die types. With luck, you may be able to find some undergraded coins at a bargain price.

Gary Eggleston

If you search for a definition of cherrypicking you will likely find several possible definitions for the term. One definition states that “cherrypicking” is to selectively choose from whatever is available.

Gary Eggleston

During World War II, the federal government initiated a new agency called the "Office of Price Administration aka the OPA." Its objectives included rationing of scarce commodities, price fixing on certain items to avoid speculation, Black Market activity, preventing runaway inflation during the war.

Gary Eggleston

The Office Of Price Administration’s red ration tokens ran in a series of 30 two-letter combinations and could be used to purchase meats, fats, fish and cheese. The blue token series could be used for purchasing processed foods.

Gary Eggleston

In the early 1950’s, Morgan silver dollars were not very popular with the coin collecting community. Granted a few rare dates were of some interest to serious collectors, but collectors focused on more popular coins series. Of course, times have changed and Morgan silver dollars are extremely popula

Gary Eggleston

There are collectors that specifically find classic editions of coins that existed during the period from 1892 to 1954. These coins have marked events or may signify the work of royalty during that period. There are those collectors that prefer the modern series that are very distinct as well.

Gary Eggleston

When the United States was forced to enter World War II, the nation as a whole became committed to the war effort.”Victory gardens,” scrap drives, and blackouts became part of peoples lives on the homefront. Rationing became the largest contributor to the war effort.

Gary Eggleston

When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins. These coins come from many countries and are usually high in value. A collector must know how to keep and take care of them so that

Gary Eggleston

There are many reasons why one collects coins. There are collectors who collect on the basis of the coin’s future perceived value, some collect coins coming from just one particular period, some on metal type and some for a coins historical value.

Gary Eggleston

You might think that selling your coins would be a simple process. You go to your local yellow pages, look up coin dealers, and take your coins to the shop and take whatever the dealer decides to offer you, and you go home fat and happy.

Gary Eggleston

Careful consideration must be given to the condition of a coin before arriving at its value, as even a minor difference in grading can mean a substantial difference in price. There are several factors to keep in mind when considering varying grades of preservation.

Gary Eggleston

With the recent high prices for precious metals, many seasoned collectors have decided to abandon gold and silver coins for the time being. Many such collectors are turning to copper, while others aren’t quite ready to head in that direction. Many seasoned collectors use times like these to go barga

Gary Eggleston

If the current precious metals prices haven’t shocked you enough already, you have either been asleep or you haven’t been collecting much lately. With the prices precious metals are fetching today, maybe it’s time to look at some coins that aren’t associated with gold or silver.

Gary Eggleston

It is never too early or too late to have a hobby. Some people are hobbyists for fun while others see a bigger picture; and that is to make money. Some objects that may seem inexpensive now may become valuable or priceless later.

Gary Eggleston

The recent high prices of precious metals has drawn a lot of attention to gold, silver, and platinum and the coins that are made from them. Now would be a great time to become educated about what a bullion coin really is.

Gary Eggleston

When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins. These coins come from many countries and are usually high in value. A collector must know how to keep and take care of them so that

Gary Eggleston

When the federal government gets in to a financial bind it does what many governments have historically done, it prints more paper money. This was the Continental Congress’ answer to a financial crunch in the 18th century, and it is still the most popular “economic fix” on Capital Hill today.

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Molds are members of the fungi kingdom. They feed by absorbing nutrients from living or dead organisms. Starches are among their favorite foods. Cellulose, which is the main component of paper money, is a long chain-starch. As such, molds love to eat paper. Molds can easily feed on your favorite cur

Gary Eggleston

With the price of precious metals so high, many coin collectors are being priced out of the market for gold and silver coins. Now is the time for these collectors to get back to the roots of our hobby. Perhaps it is time to remember that collecting coins is not just about the precious metal content

Gary Eggleston

There are various sources where those “special coins” can be purchased. The following are the basic methods and starting places to obtain the coin(s) you have long wanted.

Gary Eggleston

There is one “Eye” that most coin and paper money collectors are quite familiar with. That “Eye” is the “All-Seeing-Eye.” This symbol, featured on the reverse side of a $1 Federal Reserve note, has been a source of controversy and discussion ever since it found a home there in 1935 on the $1 silver

Gary Eggleston

There are various sources where those “special coins” can be purchased. The following are the basic methods and starting places to obtain the coin(s) you have long wanted.

Gary Eggleston

The Walking Liberty half dollar has won many praises and criticisms in its time. Adolph Weinman’s Walking Liberty design was more than an attempt to beautify the half dollar. It represented a concerted effort to revitalize the denomination and to get half dollars back into circulation in again.

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The best time to mould a child (kid) is when he/she is still young. By getting the curious minds involved in something educational, there is a very good chance that they will become responsible adults.

Gary Eggleston

The Trade silver dollar has a rather cloudy history. These coins were minted from 1873-1885 and were intended for use in trade with the Orient of the time. Most official documents of the time glowingly portrayed the silver dollar as a resounding success.

Gary Eggleston

For every numismatist or coin collector, finding a good place to store their coins is the most important thing in this world because storing their precious coins in a good and secure place will ensure that the quality and value of their coins is maintained...

Gary Eggleston

When one is just starting in coin collecting, often the first question is: “What is the value of the coin?: and the answer is that the coin will cost as much as you are willing to pay for it and the amount can vary considerably.

Gary Eggleston

Once you make the decision to collect coins, you become aware that there are many different ways to acquire coins for your collection. You can buy them from a local coin dealer, shop online, buy from online auctions, buy coins through the mail, and last but not least you can attend a coin show.

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What are bullion coins? These coins may have high values because they are not only limited; but also they may have been found in shipwrecks, or they may come from the ancient times. Bullion coins are the type of collector’s items that many people look for.

Gary Eggleston

With precious metals prices going through the roof these days due the current economic uncertainties, the dramatic rise in gold prices have drawn many con-artists and crooks out of the woodwork.

Gary Eggleston

For every numismatist or coin collector, finding a good place to store their coins is the most important thing in this world because storing their precious coins in a good and secure place will ensure that the quality and value of their coins is maintained.

Gary Eggleston

Nearly anyone can easily retire comfortably investing in rare coins, if they take the time to invest in quality rare coins. Of course there are few things required to achieve this lofty goal.

Gary Eggleston

Unsearched coin rolls can be fun to search and they used to be more popular in the good old days of coin collecting. Unsearched rolls are still being sold, but you don’t see as many of them as you would have in the past.

Gary Eggleston

With the current high prices for gold and silver many people would like to own bullion but do not know how to buy it on their own with confidence. And there is no shortage of con artists and scammers eagerly waiting to take advantage of these inexperienced investors.

Gary Eggleston

People make investments of different kinds in the hope of increasing their return on the money invested. Any type of investment has its own inherent risks. Risk has an inverse relationship with returns. The riskier the investment the higher the returns usually are.

Gary Eggleston

Despite the unpopularity of $1 coins with the public, believe it or not, there are some consumer groups that are still trying to pressure the Federal Government to circulate more—many more $1 coins. Groups like Citizens Against Government Waste, are getting very aggressive in there efforts to pus

Gary Eggleston

There are many coin scams that collectors need to be aware of. It is simply amazing what some people will do to make money at any cost. These sales tricks are nothing short of theft.

Gary Eggleston

The truth is that coin collecting books are “must-haves” for every coin collector because they provide all of the necessary information in that a collector needs to succeed in this type of leisure activity.

Gary Eggleston

Conventional wisdom holds that it normally takes quite a long time for a rare coin to appreciate in value. Even knowing this “wisdom,” many people continue to invest in rare coins believing that the coins will grow in value and yield a high return on their investment.

Gary Eggleston

The New York Observer was reporting various kinds of tokens were in daily circulation throughout New York City. According to the newspaper the tokens were being sold for around 62 cents per hundred tokens, which was a good profit when substituted for a cent.

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is something that dates back to the when coins were first issued for trade. It was only in the Middle Ages that people turned this into a hobby because of the art work and the historical value.

Gary Eggleston

So what is a third party coin grading company? It is a firm or company that, for a fee, professionally grades a coin, or piece of paper money. The grading service usually performs four major services for the fee that they charge.

Gary Eggleston

Of course most coin collectors are aware of coin slabs, which are the plastic holders that professional 3rd part coin grading services use to store the coins that they grade and certify. What you might not be aware of is the explosion of lesser-known new coin grading services.

Gary Eggleston

The first step in dealing with payments is to always acknowledge them immediately. Send an email thanking the buyer for their payment, identify the purchase, and let them know when you will be shipping the item.

Gary Eggleston

What are bullion coins? These coins may have high values because they are not only limited; but also they may have been found in shipwrecks, or they may come from the ancient times.

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting was started only as a hobby for most people, however you can hear what other people say (or you probably have heard yourself) about news of people cashing in on their old coin; and that encouraged more people to go on a coin-collecting streak. If you are one of those people who want

Gary Eggleston

Take a look through a random selection of online auctions. You will see some truly great pictures and some extremely poor ones. Guess which auctions are more likely to sell their item at a better price?

Gary Eggleston

One very important aspect of writing a great auction description is listing your terms and conditions of selling of your online auction. Don’t criticize or belittle your prospective customers and bidders! You would be surprised how many sellers write descriptions that contain dire warnings about not

Gary Eggleston

Finding sources to buy coins, and then finding ways to sell them at a profit is the heart of selling coin at an online auction. If you are already a coin collector, you may have surplus coins in your collection that could be sold for a profit.

Gary Eggleston

Selling coins on an online auction can be hard work, enjoyable, satisfying and often times frustrating, but it can also be quite rewarding. This is certainly not a get rich quick scheme and you will not become a millionaire from doing it. However you will get to exchange messages and talk to many

Gary Eggleston

In the 19th century there were a number of coins that flopped and were not popular with the public at large. In more modern times, the various dollar coins have never caught on with the public for making purchases. Most are either in storage or squirreled away in people’s homes.

Gary Eggleston

In the 19th century there were a number of coins that flopped and were not popular with the public at large. In more modern times, the various dollar coins have never caught on with the public for making purchases. Most are either in storage or squirreled away in people’s homes.

Gary Eggleston

As every experienced collector knows, there are some coins that are extremely popular with coin collectors in general. What may not be as well known are some coins that never seemed to develop a lot of collecting excitement.

Gary Eggleston

Are you concerned about the economy? If you aren’t, then you are a rare person indeed! While rampant inflation isn’t a problem right now, many people fear it is just around the corner.

Gary Eggleston

Many collectors enjoy shopping for coins online for the great buys that can be found. You can do your shopping from the comforts of home, instead of having to go out looking for places locally that sell collectible coins and other souvenirs.

Gary Eggleston

A special machine is used to stamp out coins to make them genuine “legal tender” money. People who counterfeit coins are generally well trained and have the capacity to manipulate those roar coin which have a high value among coin collectors.

Gary Eggleston

Commemorative coins are very popular coins to collect. Many people want to have different kinds of coins in their collections. Commemorative coins can be used as a traditional gift for that special person for any kind of celebration.

Gary Eggleston

One of the most difficult things in collecting coins is how to find coins for it. A coin collector’s main method is to purchase coins to add to his or her collection. Buying coins at an auction is another common alternative to acquiring coins.

Gary Eggleston

When is the perfect time to sell your coins? This might seem like a dumb question if you ask a coin collector. However, the time may come when this question needs to be asked and answered.

Gary Eggleston

Who is allowed to legally issue money in the United States? That would depend on who you bother to quote. The founding fathers of our country made it clear that the power to create money should not be taken lightly.

Gary Eggleston

Why should you use a coin grading service? Since coin collecting has become such a popular hobby the market for coins has changed and expanded rapidly as well. And because of numerous market changes, the prices of coins now varies widely.

Gary Eggleston

There is no shortage of books available for the beginning coin collector. The situation for the non coin collector is quite different. And by non coin collector I am referring to someone who does not collect coins as a hobby and may have come into possession of some coins from a relative such as the

Gary Eggleston

Mint marks are tiny letter referring to the locality where the minting of coins took place. The position of the mint mark can typically be found on the back side of most coins that were minted before 1965, except for the cents and at the front after the year 1967.

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is only a hobby for most people. However, you often come across stories or news reports of people cashing in on their old coins. These stories often get more people excited about going on a coin-collecting streak. If you are interested in investing in coins, there are several ways to

Gary Eggleston

There are various sources where those “special coins” can be purchased. The following are the basic methods and starting places to obtain the coin(s) you have long wanted.

Gary Eggleston

The old saying goes, “Money makes the world go ‘round.” We use it every day. We can’t acquire many necessary item needed in daily life without it. We almost always want more of it, but for coin collectors, money is much more than a piece of metal. It’s a hobby, a learning experience, and can be

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is one hobby that is both fun and challenging. To help those who are looking for those rare coins, here is a list of hard to find ones that are worth moving “heaven and earth” for.

Gary Eggleston

There are collectors that specifically find classic editions of coins that existed during the period from 1892 to 1954. These coins have marked events or may signify the work of royalty during that period. There are those collectors that prefer the modern series that are very distinct as well. One

Gary Eggleston

The price of an antique item goes up if it is kept in good condition. By having it stored in a safe place, one can be sure that it will not be damaged by the elements or by negligence that will reduce its value in the market.

Gary Eggleston

Old coins that is. Try looking under that old dresser, or up the attic where grandma or grandpa’s things may be stashed away patiently waiting for you to discover them. Who knows, you might find a coin there, an old coin that – at today’s rate - may be worth a few dollars; probably three or four o

Gary Eggleston

When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins. These coins come from many countries and are usually high in value. A collector must know how to keep and take care of them so that

Gary Eggleston

There are many reasons why one collects coins. There are collectors who collect on the basis of the coin’s future perceived value, some collect coins coming from just one particular period, some on metal type and some for a coins historical value.

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting was started only as a hobby for most people, however you can hear what other people say (or you probably have heard yourself) about news of people cashing in on their old coin; and that encouraged more people to go on a coin-collecting streak. If you are one of those people who want

Gary Eggleston

There are collectors that specifically find classic editions of coins that existed during the period from 1892 to 1954. These coins have marked events or may signify the work of royalty during that period. There are those collectors that prefer the modern series that are very distinct as well.

Gary Eggleston

Many people enjoy shopping online where there are great buys of coins that can be found. A person may prefer do his shopping while he is at home because it is convenient and time-saving instead of going out looking for stores that sell collectible coins and other souvenirs.

Gary Eggleston

When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins. These coins come from many countries and are usually high in value. A collector must know how to keep and take care of them so that

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is something that dates back to the when coins were first issued for trade. It was only in the Middle Ages that people turned this into a hobby because of the art work and the historical value.

Gary Eggleston

When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins. These coins come from many countries and are usually high in value. A collector must know how to keep and take care of them so that

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting was started only as a hobby for most people, however you can hear what other people say (or you probably have heard yourself) about news of people cashing in on their old coin; and that encouraged more people to go on a coin-collecting streak. If you are one of those people who want

Gary Eggleston

When is the perfect time to sell coins? This may be a dumb question if asked of a coin collector however timing really does make a difference. There are times when a collector wakes up in the morning and suddenly makes a decision to sell his precious collection of coins.

Gary Eggleston

When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins. These coins come from many countries and are usually high in value. A collector must know how to keep and take care of them so that

Gary Eggleston

The price of an antique item goes up if it is kept in good condition. By having it stored in a safe place, one can be sure that it will not be damaged by the elements or by negligence that will reduce its value in the market.

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is not as simple as keeping coins: it may be observed from numismatists or even coin enthusiasts that it is a systematic and somewhat complicated hobby. Certain tools must be employed to ensure both fun, discipline and to some extent, good profit.

Gary Eggleston

Many people enjoy shopping online where there are great buys of coins that can be found. A person may prefer do his shopping while he is at home because it is convenient and time-saving instead of going out looking for stores that sell collectible coins and other souvenirs.

Gary Eggleston

Many people enjoy shopping online where there are great buys of coins that can be found. A person may prefer do his shopping while he is at home because it is convenient and time-saving instead of going out looking for stores that sell collectible coins and other souvenirs.

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is a fun hobby to start and the thrill of hunting for old coins is enough for many people to continue doing it. Other people consider coin collecting an investment, something they can receive a profit from.

Gary Eggleston

Mint Marks are tiny letters referring to the locality where the minting of coins took place. The position of mint mark can be found typically on the back side of coins that were minted before the year 1965 and on the front after the year 1967.

Gary Eggleston

There are many reasons why one collects coins. There are collectors who collect on the basis of the coin’s future perceived value, some collect coins coming from just one particular period, some on metal type and some for a coins historical value.

Gary Eggleston

Numismatics is the study of money, medallions, banknotes, token coins, and stock certificates. It is believed to have been established in the time of Julius Caesar who wrote the first book about it.

Gary Eggleston

Coin collecting is a fun hobby to start and the thrill of hunting for old coins is enough for many people to continue doing it. Other people consider coin collecting an investment, something they can receive a profit from.

Gary Eggleston

The price of an antique item goes up if it is kept in good condition. By having it stored in a safe place, one can be sure that it will not be damaged by the elements or by negligence that will reduce its value in the market.

Gary Eggleston

People engage in social activities for many reasons; most common is sharing in the same interest and passion as other people. It is in places like these that information about a certain subject is shared and new ideas and trends are revealed that keep its members up to date with current events that

Gary Eggleston

Most people engage in different activities that they consider hobbies. When people consider a particular activity as a hobby, it means that people find that activity pleasurable in that they enjoy collecting different kinds of coins.