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28 Mar 2022

Odd Denominations of U.S. Currency

The American monetary system has been evolving for more than two centuries, with some interesting twists and turns along the way. Did you know that in addition to the familiar cent and nickel, at one time or another five additional coins circulated with a value of five cents or less? Or that for a short time in the 19th century, Americans had the.

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11 Mar 2022

Attending Your First Coin Show

The best way to become a successful numismatist, as well as familiarize yourself with the culture surrounding the hobby, is to attend coin shows on a regular basis. This also is one of the best ways to purchase coins, tokens, medals and paper money. Some people prefer the anonymity of the Internet, but the prices can be higher there. Overall, you can’t.

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16 Feb 2022

Where to Sell Coins

Whether selling a few pieces that you’ve since upgraded, or changing your focus to a new set and selling off an entire collection, most collectors eventually find themselves wanting to sell some of their coins. There are plenty of different options, but not all of them are a perfect fit for every collection. Some of the key points you’ll want to.

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31 Jan 2022

Why We Collect

There are plenty of collectibles out there to choose from, so why should you focus on coins?

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17 Jan 2022

Coin Design and Engraving: Processes and Personalities

Coins are mass-produced, everyday objects, and they wouldn’t exist without their economic function. But coins are also miniature works of art. And, like all works of art, they arise from the vision of their creators and are implemented by the technology of their times.

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28 Dec 2021

Six of the World's Most Valuable Coins

Numismatics. It's a world in which collectors will pay millions of dollars for a single nickel or silver dollar. It may not always make much sense to those "outside our world," but hobbyists understand that these small pieces of metal are actually pieces of history that we can hold in our hands. And who knows the identities of those that held them.

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07 Dec 2021

Holiday Double Feature: The Christmas Truce & St. Nicholas Bank Notes

The Christmas Truce As Christmas 1914 approached, it was becoming clear to many soldiers that the war was not going to end soon. Front line troops were increasingly disillusioned with the horror and pointlessness of the fighting and were homesick — they had been promised a short war. American newspapers, taking a neutral stance, suggested that the.

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17 Nov 2021

Seven Tips for Buying Coins and Currency

Coin collecting is popular for many reasons: they are fascinating pieces of history that can be held in one's hand; real-life treasures to be sought after and found; tokens of memories and good times past; potential financial investments and more. Unfortunately, there are occasional pitfalls, simple mistakes and scams collectors might fall prey to. To.

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02 Nov 2021

Coin Collecting: Investor vs Collector

In general, there are two primary types of coin collectors: investors and collectors. This statement is not meant to imply that there are those who do not enjoy both aspects of the hobby, and any collection may be considered an investment. But there are a few differences between collecting principally as a hobby, and purchasing coins chiefly as an.

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14 Oct 2021

Four Popular Misconceptions About Coin Collecting

Most people are generally aware that coin collecting exists as a hobby, but there are a number of misleading misconceptions surrounding this centuries-old avocation. These misconceptions are perhaps driven by a lack of inclusion in mainstream media, or the daunting moniker declaring the pastime the “hobby of kings.” Whatever the reason, a few.

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