Collecting U.S. coins is a popular numismatic pursuit, but deciding exactly how to collect them is not necessarily an easy task. Our nation's rich history and the eclectic artistry of its coinage have inspired many different approaches to collecting, with each option having a distinctive appeal.
Originally published in The Numismatist, Nov. 2003
Numismatics is a world where people will pay millions of dollars for a nickel or a silver dollar. It may not make much sense to those outside our world, but we understand that these small pieces of metal are actually pieces of history. The fascinating stories behind the most expensive coins ever sold demonstrate that that’s what we really value – the.
Originally printed in The Numismatist
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