We’ve written a lot of information about coin collecting over the years, and now it’s all in one handy place.
The Basics of Collecting
How To Know What Your Coin Is Worth: This is one of the most common questions in coin collecting circles online. It’s difficult to give a precise estimate without seeing a coin in person, but here are some ways to improve your chances of getting accurate information.
5 Crucial Things to Do If You Think You’ve Found A Valuable Coin: You’ve found something unusual in your change, or in a box of coins, or while out metal detecting. It might be worth something. Make sure your find keeps as much of its value as possible. Here’s what to do.
Coin Storage for Beginners: As you’re putting your collection together, you will need to think about how to store your coins. Some methods are better than others, and some can actually damage your coins. Read this to learn how to decide which storage system is best for you.
Who Designed the Faces on Your Pocket Change: Have you ever thought about the tiny portraits on your coins? An artist had to design each one, working from older portraits, sculptures, and photographs. Here are the stories of the designers of currently-circulating coins.
Exonumia: It looks like a coin, but it isn’t a coin–what is it? It’s called “exonumia.” This can include tokens, medal, pressed coins, and more. Read about some of the more popular kinds of exonumia here.
All About Buffalo Nickels: Buffalo nickels were the five-cent coin issued from 1913 to 1938, and got their nickname from the buffalo design on the reverse of the coin. Read the history of one of America’s most iconic coins here.
Barber Coinage, or the Coin Contest Fail: The country’s first coin design contest was widely considered a massive failure, though it did result in one of the most collected coins in the country. Read about the contest and the coin here.
Collecting Pressed Coins: Though pressed coins do not carry the prestige of regular coinage, they are an inexpensive way to begin coin collecting for many people (as well as a valid object of collection in their own right), and an excellent way to interest children in collecting, as well. Get the basics of pressed coin collecting here.