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  • Franklin D. Roosevelt 2014 Presidential One Dollar Coin & First Spouse Medal Set

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    Robert L. Wilson
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Commemorate a presidency of unrivaled legacy with this unique product that includes an uncirculated quality Franklin D. Roosevelt $1 Coin and an Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Bronze Medal bearing a likeness of the First Spouse Gold Coin. The coin and medal are held in a durable plastic card enhanced with beautiful representations of the President’s and first spouse’s portraits, with issuance information on the back.
  • Pricing Changes for 2015 US Mint Products

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    Mint News Blog
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    In a notice published today in the Federal Register, the United States Mint announced pricing changes for 2015 numismatic products. The price changes impact certain silver products which see price reductions and certain annual sets which see price increases. Some of the products listed in the announcement have actually already gone on sale. The 2015 Proof American Silver Eagle began sales on January 2 and the 2015 Congratulations Set began sales on January 26. Pricing Changes for 2015 Products 2015 Price 2014 Price Change Proof American Silver Eagle 48.95 52.95 -4.00 Uncirculated American…
  • 2015 United States Marshals Commemorative Coins

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    Mint News Blog
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    Today, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2014 US Marshals Commemorative Coins. The $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half dollars are issued to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Nation’s first federal law enforcement agency, the United States Marshals Service. The program was authorized under Public Law 112-104, enacted on April 2, 2012. The designs for the coins were officially unveiled in July 2014, with each coin taking focus on a different aspect theme related to the US Marshals Service. The authorizing…
  • Gold Slips 0.5%, Silver Near Flat; US Mint Coin Sales Rise

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    28 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Gold slipped in the mid-week trading session Wednesday, pressured by strength in the U.S. dollar, but was little changed after the release of the monthly FOMC policy statement. Gold for February... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 2015 US Marshals Service Commemorative Coins for 225th Anniversary

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    Mike Unser
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    Now's the time to get $5 gold, $1 silver and 50c clad commemorative coins honoring the 225th anniversary of the United States Marshals Service, America's oldest federal law enforcement... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Gold and Other Precious Metals Dive; US Coins Gain

    CoinNews.net
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Precious metals futures tumbled Thursday with gold posting the biggest loss in 13 months and silver falling the most in 19 months. Gold for April delivery tumbled $31.30, or 2.4%, to end at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 2015 US Marshals Service Commemorative Coins for 225th Anniversary

    Mike Unser
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    Now's the time to get $5 gold, $1 silver and 50c clad commemorative coins honoring the 225th anniversary of the United States Marshals Service, America's oldest federal law enforcement... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • US Mint Sales: 2014 & 2015 Proof Silver Eagles Most Popular

    Mike Unser
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    A lack of brand new releases often makes for a kind of humdrum U.S. Mint sales report. That's what we have here. Pretty typical during these times, proof Silver Eagles and annual sets led sales. A... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PCGS Introduces Digital Coin Albums

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    28 Jan 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Professional Coin Grading Service has created a stylish way to display, enjoy and share your PCGS Set Registry® coins without having to pull them from storage. It's called the PCGS Digital Coin... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Gold Slips 0.5%, Silver Near Flat; US Mint Coin Sales Rise

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    28 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Gold slipped in the mid-week trading session Wednesday, pressured by strength in the U.S. dollar, but was little changed after the release of the monthly FOMC policy statement. Gold for February... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • En mémoire

    scott
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Sometimes it is difficult to separate the world from numismatics. Numismatics has always been the ultimate expression of politics and history. Governments, which control the currency they release, decide what images are imprinted on their coins and currency and how they appear. People may argue over those depictions but in the end, they are the [...]
  • How easy is it to pass counterfeit currency

    scott
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Regular readers know that in real life I work in information security as a contractor to the federal government. My knowledge of security and understanding what has gone wrong with the various merchants that experienced attacks has had me reconsider the use of electronic transactions. While I do not know the exact details of every [...]
  • Beware of fake gold

    scott
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Numismatic Crime Information Center is reporting that two suspects have been arrested for selling fake Suisse PAMP gold bars. The NCIC report is as follows: Traveling Suspects Arrested Two suspects have been arrested for selling fake Suisse Pamp carded gold bars (2.5gm, 5gm,10gm and 1 ounce) at a coin shop in Greenwood, Indiana. Search [...]
  • U.S. Mint gets a new Deputy Director

    scott
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios announced yesterday that Rhett Jeppson will be joining the United States Mint as Principal Deputy Director. Jeppson comes to the Mint from the Small Business Administration where he served as the Acting Chief Operating Officer and as an Associate Administrator for Veterans Business Development. Prior to joining the [...]
  • New Year, New Congress, and a new Director for the BEP

    scott
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    As congress convenes for its 114th session there are questions as to what the new Republican majority would do with their power. For numismatists waiting for congress to authorize the U.S. Mint to do anything, there may not be many changes from the last congress. Since financial bills are constitutionally required to start in the [...]
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  • St. Louis Society statement regarding deaccessions

    14 Jan 2015 | 8:28 pm
    The following statement was issued today by Professor Michael J. Fuller, President of the St. Louis Society, an active chapter of the AIA since 1906:"The Archaeological Institute of America, St. Louis Society owned a collection of 40 small artifacts for 100 years.  These were documented artifacts, obtained with permission of the applicable governments.  During most of that time, the artifacts were in storage.  Repeated efforts over many years to place them with the St. Louis Art Museum and Washington University failed.  In 2014, the Society’s board, after consulting with…
  • Missing the Point

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Most in the world who have followed the events of recent years in the field of cultural property management are hardened to the bizarre and tend to take it in stride.  However, nearly everyone was perplexed when the Archaeological Institute of America politburo began spewing venom at one of its own affiliates, the St. Louis Society.  At the 2015 AIA convention in New Orleans (just closed) the leaders of this once erudite group drew a line in the sand calling for the resignation of every member of the current governing board of the St. Louis chapter.  Failure to comply will…
  • Media rush to judgement challenged

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Chasing Aphrodite blogger Jason Felch surely surprised some in the world of Archaeobloggers and Cultural Property Nationalists when he recently challenged a rash of sensationalized media claims on the part of "scholars" and "experts".   The topic of this latest "meme" is the funding of terrorism and specifically of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.   A "sandstorm" of pronouncements in various media have claimed that the sale of antiquities looted by ISIS is a multi-billion dollar enterprise, second only to their revenues from looted oil.   While the evidence of ISIS looting…
  • MORE that "the scholars said"

    14 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Annointed scholar David Knell expressed an erudite opinion on a recent Paul Barford blog regarding the prices realized at a recent auction of artifacts owned by the St. Louis Society, a chapter (at least at the moment) of the American Institute of Archaeology: "Well, if it's any consolation to Donna Yates, the other lot she mentioned (Lot 149: Zapotec Figural Urn) sold for only $3,750, well within the original $3,000–5,000 estimate. I suspect that the doubling of the price for Lot 156 (Maya Effigy Vase) was motivated more by the fact that it is 'prettier' (the art market being shallow…
  • "...the scholars said."

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:49 pm
    The international media has long been challenged in its ability to print the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth, but a new pinnacle of absurdity has been achieved in a so-called news report on "RT News".  The report plays on public ignorance and seeks to inflame reader passions with outrageous claims about cultural property looting in Syria.  The motivation for this article is highly suspect and a senseless diversion from the genuine crisis of destroyed monuments and real cases of tragic loss in the region.  The supposed "facts" in this report stem from a purported…
 
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  • Persian Coin Identification

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Hello - Can someone please help me identify this coin?  I have little to no information regarding this coin other than it was obtained in Iran. Any information would be greatly appreciated.  This coin has been in my family for years.   Thanks  Attached Thumbnails
  • Nicholas II and Alexander III rare coins set

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Hey,   What can be the price of this set at the moment? I mean like, when the russian market is like it is...   Pictures: http://public.fotki.com/Numismaatika/tsaari-venemaa/   LIST: 1887 1 rouble 1888 1 rouble 1890 1 rouble 1892 1 rouble 1893 1 rouble 1894 1 rouble 1886 50 kopeek 1892 50 kopeek 1893 50 kopeek 1894 50 kopeek 1900 1 rouble 1901 1 rouble 1902 1 rouble 1903 1 rouble 1904 1 rouble 1905 1 rouble 1906 1 rouble 1907 1 rouble 1908 1 rouble 1909 1 rouble 1910 1 rouble 1911 1 rouble 1912 1 rouble 1913 1 rouble (еб) 1914 1 rouble 1915 1 rouble    …
  • 5kop1810KM - ex Brekke Collection

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:36 am
    Half of the collecting fun (if not more) is showing off Here is my new pride, a piece from the Brekke Collection. I remember Bernhard - now I have a souvenir. Sigi      .
  • 2010 British 2-pound coin with a super-clash

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    Here are some photos of the 2010 British 2-pound coin with a super-clash. The reverse die was rotated about 120 degrees counter clockwise relative to the obverse face. Can some one tell me how much it will be worth?please some one can answer how much it will be worth? I can't find any information about internet ,as I seen on article The Top Twenty Five Die Clashes with coin this is 9th place Do not copy image All Rights Reserved.   Attached Thumbnails
  • Dollars Sumatra

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Dollars Sumatra   In the old days, the Dutch had colonies in many parts of the world, in America, Asia ...   Here in Asia, they possessed many islands, including and the island of Sumatra. Businessmen from the company Asahan Tabak Maatschappy plantation "SILAU" (abbreviated ATMS) decided to create a tobacco plantation in the north of the island.   And created. "This is a profitable business" - decided to Dutch.   Many local people are willing to work on the plantation.  They received their salaries Dutch guilders.   But it turned out that the tobacco plantation…
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  • 1843 gold quarter eagle featured in Long Beach auction

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    A 1843 gold quarter eagle, graded Proof-63 Cameo by NGC will be featured at Heritage's January 29-February 1 official auctions of the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo. The Premier session, featuring the finest offerings in this auction, is scheduled to open the auction on the evening of January 29. Only five examples of 1843 quarter eagle have been traced as proof strikes, a number
  • Thailand will be a minting hub in Asean

    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Thailand is set to become minting hub in Asean region after the Royal Mint has signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the Treasury Department of Thailand at the Royal Thai Embassy in London on January 13. The trategic partnership between the world’s leading export mint and the Treasury Department of Thailand to cover a number of mutually beneficial projects. The Royal Mint has
  • Error on Magna Carta £2 coin?

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    The Royal Mint has released The Magna Carta 800th Anniversary 2015 UK £2 BU Coin but a historian pointed out that the image on the coin reverse shows King John signing parchment with a quill is a 'schoolboy error'. Author Dr Marc Morris said that the coin show King John is depicted holding a quill as if about to sign the document – but in reality, he would have stamped it with a seal. Mr
  • 2015 Cricket World Cup Silver Coin

    15 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    New Zealand Post has released a 2015 Cricket World Cup Silver Coin with Gold Plating to commemorate the ICC Cricket World Cup. The 1 oz .999 silver coin comes housed in a specially designed case, which resembles a test match cricket ball. With a limited mintage of just 2,015 coins available worldwide. The coin reverse features the ICC Cricket World Cup logo in gold plating and incorporates
  • BSP Issues Coins for Pope Francis Visit

    14 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) today announced the issuance of limited edition commemorative coins for the Papal Visit. The limited edition 50-piso and 500-piso papal coins are legal tender and will be sold for P100.00 and P1,000.00, respectively, to cover production, packaging and other costs. 2015 Pope Francis Papal Visit 500 piso commemorative coin The coins are minted under a
 
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  • 2015 United States Marshals Commemorative Coins

    Mint News Blog
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    Today, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2014 US Marshals Commemorative Coins. The $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half dollars are issued to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Nation’s first federal law enforcement agency, the United States Marshals Service. The program was authorized under Public Law 112-104, enacted on April 2, 2012. The designs for the coins were officially unveiled in July 2014, with each coin taking focus on a different aspect theme related to the US Marshals Service. The authorizing…
  • Pricing Changes for 2015 US Mint Products

    Mint News Blog
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    In a notice published today in the Federal Register, the United States Mint announced pricing changes for 2015 numismatic products. The price changes impact certain silver products which see price reductions and certain annual sets which see price increases. Some of the products listed in the announcement have actually already gone on sale. The 2015 Proof American Silver Eagle began sales on January 2 and the 2015 Congratulations Set began sales on January 26. Pricing Changes for 2015 Products 2015 Price 2014 Price Change Proof American Silver Eagle 48.95 52.95 -4.00 Uncirculated American…
  • CFA and CCAC Recommendations for 2015 High Relief Gold Coin and Silver Medal

    Mint News Blog
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    Last week the United States Mint released the design candidates for the upcoming 2015 High Relief Gold Coin and Silver Medal. The obverse design will feature a modern rendition of Liberty, while the reverse will feature a modern rendition of an eagle. The 25 different obverse and 16 different reverse design candidates were reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) during a meeting held on January 22 and by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) during a meeting held today, January 27. I had the opportunity to listen in on the CCAC’s meeting and will be covering some aspects…
  • 2015 Congratulations Set

    Mint News Blog
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    Today, January 26, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint started accepting orders for the 2015 Congratulations Set. Along with the previously released Birth Set and Happy Birthday Set, this represents one of the Mint’s numismatic products targeted towards gift giving occasions. The 2015 Congratulations Set contains only a single coin, the 2015 Proof American Silver Eagle, which is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% silver at the West Point Mint and carries the “W” mint mark. This coin was previously released in the standard individually packaged option on January 2,…
  • 2015 Kennedy Half Dollars Feature Original Portrait Design

    Mint News Blog
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Last year the United States Mint restored the original obverse portrait design of the Kennedy Half Dollar for use on the coins to be included within special 50th anniversary products. This year, the Mint will be using the original portrait design across all 2015-dated Kennedy Half Dollars. This week, I received one of the 2015 Happy Birthday Sets offered by the Mint starting on January 13 and can confirm that the included 2015 Kennedy Half Dollar features the original portrait design. Along with the 2015 Birth Set, this represents the first release of the coin. Shown below is close up scan of…
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  • Coins Galore.

    Robert L. Wilson
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Robert L. Wilson: Who doesn’t love coins galore! Originally posted on Digging History: Greetings my friends. The gusting wind was so disruptive the other night that many obstacles, mostly broken branches and wheely bins, were scattered across lawns and pavements and needed careful avoidance, as I took out my little dog Sam, for his early morning walk. The wind was still very strong but not too cold and I couldn’t keep my mind from wandering to thoughts about Blackpool beach, rough sea’s and churned up sand (and finds!). Low water was at high noon and as it was only 5-00am, I had…
  • Happy New Year

    Robert L. Wilson
    1 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Looking forward to another great year of U.S. Coins from The United States Mint.
  • American Eagle 2014 One Ounce Platinum Proof Coin

    Robert L. Wilson
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The 2014 American Eagle one ounce platinum proof coin commemorates the sixth and final principle of the Preamble Series, “To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity.” Each 2014 American Eagle one ounce platinum proof coin contains 99.95 percent platinum and is packaged in a custom–designed portfolio presentation case.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt 2014 Presidential One Dollar Coin & First Spouse Medal Set

    Robert L. Wilson
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Commemorate a presidency of unrivaled legacy with this unique product that includes an uncirculated quality Franklin D. Roosevelt $1 Coin and an Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Bronze Medal bearing a likeness of the First Spouse Gold Coin. The coin and medal are held in a durable plastic card enhanced with beautiful representations of the President’s and first spouse’s portraits, with issuance information on the back.
  • First Spouse 2014 Bronze Medal Series

    Robert L. Wilson
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The 2014 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series – Four Medal Set 1 5/16 inch bears the likenesses of this year’s First Spouse Gold Coins honoring Florence Harding, Grace Coolidge, Lou Hoover and Anna Eleanor Roosevelt on the obverse (heads) side of the medals. The medals are packaged in Mylar®, inserted into a folded card containing product information and placed in a custom–made envelope.
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  • Love lost for collector’s ATB 5 oz.

    Connor Falk
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    It seems that collectors are losing interest in the America the Beautiful collector’s 5 oz. silver coin series. The latest two issues, Great Sand Dunes and Everglades, saw sales of only 26 and 191 coins, respectively, between Jan. 18 and Jan. 25. With the Great Sand Dunes sales total at 22,535 and Everglades at 20,324 coins sold, it will take a while for either to reach their 30,000 mintage limit.Love is also lost for the 2014-W gold proof Kennedy half dollar, which saw a net loss of 80 coins between Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 due to returns.Coming off sale is the 2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt $250…
  • Hurdles for Indian Head gold sets

    Connor Falk
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    Indian Head gold coins: hard to grade, even harder to find key dates. This could be the motto of the famous quarter eagle ($2.50) and half eagle ($5) gold coinage series.Fred Dashevsky of SDL Numismatics, Hilton Head, S.C., said that Indian Head gold pieces are notoriously difficult to accurately grade.“It was an odd decision by the United States Mint at the time to make the Indian Head gold pieces’ design incused instead of raised,” he said. “It’s easy to see the details when they are raised. When the details are punched in, it’s difficult to grade the surfaces.”Collectors can…
  • CFA panel picks gold designs

    Debbie Bradley
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    Two images of a modern Liberty will be sent to the U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew for consideration as the obverse of a 2015 24-karat High Relief $75 gold coin.The Commission of Fine Arts liked both a design of an African-American woman’s face and an image of a woman in a flowing gown of undetermined ethnicity holding a torch and American flag. They are designs HR-O-03-C and 11-C.The two obverse designs the CFA recommended to the Secretary of the Treasury.So CFA Secretary Thomas Luebke suggested at the Jan. 22 meeting that both designs be presented for the gold coin, which will also be…
  • What a neat idea from PCGS

    Dave Harper
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    Collectors can now have their cake and eat it too thanks to another technological creation from the Professional Coin Grading Service.The easy to use online control panel lets you quickly create and customize your own PCGS Digital Coin Album using photos of your coins in the PCGS Set Registry®. (Photo credit: PCGS.)Security has long been a worry among numismatists. The usual result is collectors separate themselves from their coins by storing them in rented safe deposit boxes.This solves the problem of potential loss due to theft, but it creates a problem of loss of contact with prized…
  • Copper profit disappearing

    Dave Harper
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    If savers of the old 95-percent copper cents struck until 1982 are watching the price of copper, they are probably increasingly disappointed.It is going down.The www.coinflation.com website monitors the prices of base metals and how they translate into melt values for our standard circulating coinage.From time to time I check to see what’s what.I was startled this morning to see that copper has dropped below $2.50 a pound.This figure might not mean much by itself, but it translates into a melt value for those pre-1983 cents of just 1.64 cents.If the Treasury lifted its melting ban today,…
 
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  • The 5 Most Essential Books for Coin Collectors

    Max Breitenbach
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:59 pm
    "Buy the book before you buy the coin."  That's one of the guiding principles of coin collecting, a lesson that many collectors unfortunately have to learn the hard way.  In the field of numismatics, knowledge is power, and that power can make the difference between buying a valuable coin or a worthless counterfeit.  Coin collecting is one of the oldest hobbies in the world, with thousands of numismatic books written over the centuries.  And with the hobby's recent rapid expansion, thousands more have been written over the past couple decades.  This list pares all those thousands down…
  • A Guide to Toned Gold Coins

    Max Breitenbach
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:51 pm
    It's not just copper and silver coins that tone - gold coins tone too!  Surprisingly, many coin collectors remain unaware that gold even tones at all.  While gold has little chemical reactivity compared to some of its metallic brother elements, gold is not completely inert.   A quick chemistry note here: what coin collectors call "toning", a discoloration of a coin's surface, actually encompasses a wide range of chemical reactions between the surface of the coin and outside elements.  For example, the "rainbow" toning seen on many Morgan dollars is the result of a reaction between…
  • Choosing the Best Coin Album

    Dave Burton
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Coin albums are essential for coin collectors interested in collecting an entire set of coins, or those who just want an easy, safe, and impressive way to store and display their collection.  Finding the best coin album can be a challenge, especially with so many different options on the market—that's why we've put together this helpful guide to compare and review some of the best.    The Definitive Guide to Coin Albums Chart Picture Name Selection Price Rating Dansco Coin Albums All U.S. coin sets, many world sets (83 albums) 4.8 Intercept Shield Album Only the most popular U.S. coin…
  • Where to Find Old Coins

    Max Breitenbach
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    For any new coin collector interested in finding old coins, the variety of options can be overwhelming.  Ebay, coin shops, and coin roll hunting are just a few of the great collectible coin sources out there. But how do you know where's the best place to find old coins?  In this article, I'm going to explain the pros and cons to hunting for coins in each source.   Buying Coins on eBay Ebay is easily the largest marketplace for collectible coins.  On the website, you can find everything from old U.S. coins to world coins to silver and gold bullion.  What makes eBay great for coin buyers,…
  • The 5 Principles of Coin Collecting

    Max Breitenbach
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    All too often, I've seen eager new collectors dive into the market, buying and selling coins before they have a grasp of the fundamentals of the hobby.  In this short article, I'm going to go over the 5 basic principles of coin collecting that every collector needs to know.  These 5 tenets should serve as a guiding rubric for collecting decisions - how to buy, how to sell, and how to ensure you don't get ripped off.   1. Buy the book before you buy the coin. This rule has been espoused by Q. David Bowers and many other celebrated numismatic authors over the years, but it is more than…
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