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Glow in the Dark Coin-set for Kids

February 11, 2019 0 Comments
Glow in the Dark Coin-set for Kids

As the average age of coin collectors continues to rise, the idea of getting children interesting in this fascinating hobby becomes more and more relevant. Kids are always fascinating by things that glow in the dark, and the US Mint has obliged with a set that also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Moon […]

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Collecting National Bank Notes

January 28, 2019 0 Comments
Collecting National Bank Notes

Collecting bank notes is a natural companion to collecting coins, and many collections contain both. In the past people put their trust in hard coins of precious metals, but as banking developed the idea of issuing a piece of paper, which the bank would turn back into coins on request, grew. Before the Civil War […]

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What Coins Should I Collect?

January 7, 2019 0 Comments
What Coins Should I Collect?

In recent weeks we have been talking about coin collecting itself, rather than particular coins, and since there is so much to say on this topic, we are continuing the theme this week, with some answers to the basic question of new collectors, “So I want to collect coins, where do I start?” The simplest […]

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Start Collecting Coins (Part 2)

December 31, 2018 0 Comments
Start Collecting Coins (Part 2)

Last week, at a time when we all think about new starts for the New Year, we started talking about taking up coin collecting. We look at the two basic reasons to do so – which are often combined in a single collection – doing it for pleasure and interest and collecting for an investment. […]

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Start Collecting Coins (Part 1)

December 24, 2018 0 Comments
Start Collecting Coins (Part 1)

As one year turns into the next, and we all start thinking about doing something new for the New Year (such a better way to think about it than making resolutions), how about starting a coin collection? Over the next couple of weeks we’ll look at this thought, and cover the basics of why and […]

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Give the Gift of Investment – Give Coins

December 10, 2018 0 Comments
Give the Gift of Investment – Give Coins

Every year, when the holidays roll around, we all scramble to think of interesting gift ideas for family and friends. Children – our own, or our children’s – get lots of attention, but so many of the gifts we give have a very short life. Toys break; technology becomes outdated; clothes wear out or become […]

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American Innovators Dollar Coin Arrives

December 3, 2018 0 Comments
American Innovators Dollar Coin Arrives

It was 2011 when a circulation $1 coin was last released – the coin that Americans have shown surprising resistance to using every day. Since then only proof coins for collectors have been made, so the release on December 14, 2018 of the first of a new 15-year series called ‘American Innovators’ is big news […]

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Roman Coins 101

November 26, 2018 0 Comments
Roman Coins 101

Most coin collectors build their collections around modern, or fairly modern coins. For many a 19th century coin is ‘old’, but of course coins have been around for thousands of years. Surely there can be nothing more magical than owning a coin that is 2,000 years old, and has passed through the hands of people […]

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Collecting Trade Dollars

November 19, 2018 0 Comments
Collecting Trade Dollars

The $1 coin remains unpopular in America, unlike the situation in most other countries, where the basic unit has been a coin for many years. Despite that, the history of the American dollar coin is a long one, reaching back into the 19th century. Dollar coins have been made by the Mint since its founding […]

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The World’s Most Expensive Penny?

November 12, 2018 0 Comments
The World’s Most Expensive Penny?

The recent sale of a Judd-3 1792 Birch cent at auction must represent the extreme opposite of the change in our pockets. A comparative bargain at only $660,000, the penny changed hands at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo, held from October 25 to 28, 2018, in Baltimore. The well-known New York coin auction […]

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Nickel and Dime Your Coin Collection – Part Two

November 5, 2018 0 Comments
Nickel and Dime Your Coin Collection – Part Two

Recently we wrote about collecting small change – the nickels and dimes that are rapidly disappearing from everyday use, with the growth of electronic methods for small purchases. These everyday items remain important for collectors though, and especially if you want to build an interesting collection, full of the history of American life, without investing […]

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‘America The Beautiful’ Quarters of 2018

October 29, 2018 0 Comments
‘America The Beautiful’ Quarters of 2018

With the release of the last ‘America the Beautiful’ Quarter for 2018 just around the corner – on November 13 – this is a good moment to take a look at them, and make sure you have completed your collection for the year. This is a popular series that is easily collected for a modest […]

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Nickel and Dime Your Coin Collection – Part One

October 22, 2018 0 Comments
Nickel and Dime Your Coin Collection – Part One

To ‘nickel and dime’ someone might be just a nuisance, or of no significance in everyday life, but coin collectors don’t see it that way at all. Collecting nickels and dimes is a serious business, and for small collectors, or on a limited budget, it’s a great way to build an interesting collection of the […]

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War in the Pacific Silver Bullion Coins

October 15, 2018 0 Comments
War in the Pacific Silver Bullion Coins

One of the upsides of collection bullion coins is the diversity of designs and sources available. You can cover the world with your collection, and open a window into culture, wild-life and history, depending on your interests. Older collectors in particular often gravitate towards World War II, which is still large in their memory, and […]

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America the Beautiful Quarters 2018 – Block Island

October 8, 2018 0 Comments
America the Beautiful Quarters 2018 – Block Island

Each year five quarters are released in the on-going America the Beautiful series. There is an odd anomaly about these releases though, because while the set of five circulation-grade coins for 2018 is released on October 10, the last quarter – this year of Block Island National Wildlife Refuge – is not officially released until […]

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