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Coin Collecting 101: What Type of Coin Should You Collect?

Coin collecting is a fun hobby to start and the thrill of hunting for old coins is enough for many people to continue doing it. Other people consider coin collecting an investment, something they can receive a profit from. If you are one of those people, then you can find several types of coins in this article that will help you determine what others are looking for.

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Most coin collectors will look for only a specific kind of coin that will make their collection more valuable and interesting to buyers. Others are collecting for sentimentality and are looking more at the coin’s uniqueness.

Series collectors are those looking for a series of coins that mark every year and every design change made in that coin.

Type collectors are those people who are looking to get one of each coin where there were/are changes made.

Ancient coin collectors are those people looking for coins spanning the years 650 BC – 450 AD. This is the time when coins were invented and there were silver, gold and bronze versions made. It also marks the time when Roman emperors were the rulers and most of them feature famous Roman emperors, Roman towns, or gods.

Token collectors are those who are looking for different kinds of tokens that were used in exchange for real money when there was a lack of coins. These tokens were used as local currency even if the government had not given permission for them to be used.

Coins are also graded. A coin’s grading depends on its condition and the price of the coin will rely heavily on that grade. It is important for a coin collector to know how to grade a coin to make sure that he is not swindled by individuals looking for a quick profit.

“Uncirculated” coins are those coins that are not showing any wear and tear or to referred to as “in mint condition”. A mint state (MS) grading depends on a coin’s luster, contact marks, hair lines and overall appeal. A coin can have a grade ranging from MS-60 (dull luster) to a flawless MS-70. Although MS-70 is considered unobtainable, a grade of MS-65 and higher will make a coin’s price shoot up.

Circulated coins are more forgiving, they do not take into consideration the amount of scratches and dirt a coin has gathered along the years. Grades for circulated coins will vary. AU (about “uncirculated”), EF (extremely fine), VF (very fine), F (fine), VG (very good), G (good), AG (about good), F-2 (fair) and P (poor) are used as indication of how much a coin is worth.

These grades are dependent on a circulated coin’s luster, visible wear, design elements and visibility of letters and numerals. Unlike “uncirculated” coin’s grades, these grades do not dramatically lower a coin’s value. This is wonderful for people who are looking just to complete a collection and do not care about a coin’s mint condition.

Pricing of a coin will usually be determined by a coin’s supply and demand. Very low supply and very high demand will make a coin’s price higher; however, high supplies of the coins will depreciate a coin’s value.

Demand is usually established by coin dealers where they take into consideration the number of people wanting to buy or sell the coins. Once a coin becomes difficult to find, coin dealers will usually make its price higher so that people are inclined to sell extra copies of their coins.

Grading and pricing a coin usually takes a lot of experience to master. Although there are several tips and guidelines to look for in grading a coin, only professional dealers have the final say on how much a coin is worth. It does not hurt to know this grading is done and why your coin was graded differently from what you thought.

Coin collecting is not really about investment, it should be a fun and thrilling hobby. While the overall goal of a coin collector is to complete a set of coins, learning what to look for in a coin is important to make sure that no one can take advantage of your need to complete a particular set.

The Top Five Morgan Silver Dollars

Why waste everyone’s time? Let’s skip the appetizers and get to the meaty stuff right now: The Morgan silver dollars poised to increase the most in value in the years ahead are the 1895, 1892-CC, 1894, 1878-CC, and the 1883-CC. Pretty bold prediction, eh? At this point, the reader now has three options: (1) Stop reading and act upon this information, (2) Stop reading and get on with life, or (3) Continue on, evaluate the analytical approach to identify the “Top Five” Morgan dollars, and then implement a variation of (1) or (2) above. If you’ve gotten this far, we encourage you to continue on with option (3).

First, a little background info on the Morgan silver dollar…

Morgan Silver Dollar
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The Morgan silver dollar is today one of the most popular of all collector coins. First minted in 1878 following the passage of the Bland-Alison Act, the new dollar was named after its designer, George T. Morgan. Political pressure by powerful silver mining companies, in a gambit to stabilize the price of their commodity at artificially high levels, created the impetus driving the legislative action. Bland-Alison led to the overproduction of silver dollars, resulting in millions of these unused “cartwheels” languishing in bank and Treasury vaults. Indeed, few coins have ever been released under more dubious circumstances than Morgan silver dollars. Minting continued until 1904, and then again for one more year in 1921, when the series finally came to a close.

For decades thereafter, Morgan dollars were largely snubbed by hobbyists. Many dates, including those in mint state condition, could be obtained for as little as $1.00. This situation shifted dramatically in 1962, when the US government began selling original 1000-piece silver dollar Treasury bags to the public at face value. Stories of rare dollar finds circulated widely, touching off a veritable Morgan mania. Within a matter of months, all but a small fraction of the federally owned coins were transferred from government vaults to private hands, consequently expanding the Morgan dollar collector base far beyond anything seen previously.

Since then, Morgan silver dollars have proudly perched themselves atop the catbird seat of the numismatic world. Their physical size, availability, beauty, and historical significance have consistently attracted herds of new buyers. Numerous boom-turned-bust cycles have come and gone, sometimes driven by pure speculative motives, but from a long-term perspective, most Morgan dollar prices have trended somewhat positive.

Unlike some controversial promoters in the past, I do not propose purchasing Morgan silver dollars simply as investment vehicles. However, for collectors hoping to satisfy their numismatic yearnings AND acquire coins destined to be worth substantially more in the future, Morgan dollars do present a few opportunities. As noted above, as a whole, Morgans have gained moderately in value over the years. The crucial challenge, then, is to identify which members of this series have enjoyed the best growth patterns in the past. The underlying logic is clear: coins that have demonstrated the strongest gains over a long period of time are the coins best positioned to show similar price advancements with the continued passage of time.

In order to measure past performance and thus visualize Morgans most likely headed toward a bullish future, I developed a systematic approach. First, I researched individual Morgan dollar retail prices as they existed in 1950, for a broad range of conditions, and entered this data on a computer spreadsheet. Moving forward in time, values from the years 1980, 1995, and 2000 were likewise recorded. Finally, estimated selling prices in 2005 were juxtaposed with counterpart data from those earlier years. Because grading terminology has evolved over the 55 year period, certain assumptions were made to progressively track price movements throughout the time spectrum (e.g. an “Uncirculated” value in 1950 is equivalent to the “MS-60” of today).

For each date and condition, compounded annual return rates were computed from 1950 to 2005. [Editorial note: compounded annual return rate is the accepted yardstick for comparing investment performance. Of course, coins do not grow at a guaranteed uniform rate, such as bonds do, but if a coin is purchased at a certain price, and that price is compared with the value of the coin at some later date, the compounded annual return rate can be calculated for the time period in between]. Return rate computations were made from 1980 to 2005, 1995 to 2005, and 2000 to 2005. For each Morgan dollar, the data was placed in tabular format. Next, I calculated a “composite” score for each date by averaging all the compounded return rates computed for that date. I then ranked all the “composite” scores. The Morgan silver dollars with the highest scores are as follows:

Date: Score:
1895 11.37
1892-CC 10.54
1894 10.43
1878-CC 10.28
1883-CC 10.25

So, it would appear, based on past performance over a period of 55 years, the 1895 is the Morgan silver dollar with the best hope of appreciating significantly in the years ahead, followed by the 1892-CC, 1894, 1878-CC, and 1883-CC. Not surprisingly, dollars of the Carson City Mint occupy 13 of the top 16 positions, thanks to persistent collectors scrambling for bona fide artifacts of the romantic American West. On the opposite end of the rankings, Morgan silver dollars having the bleakest long term prospects include the 1898, 1899-O, 1884, and the 1888-O, followed by the 1897 coming in dead last with a score of 2.66.

Anyone whose dual objective is to acquire Morgan silver dollars with a bullish future ought to begin looking at the “Top Five” above. Purchase coins in the best condition you can afford, but be sure the coins are clean, problem-free, and CERTIFIED by a reputable grading service. Be prepared to hold for at least five years. Morgan dollars have skyrocketed in value in the last three years, so some cooling off may be in order before the next upward cycle.

If a polling firm were to survey the population of US coin collectors, it is very possible that Morgan silver dollars would win the vote as the most appealing coin in American coinage history. These beautiful coins have been the heartbeat of the hobby for many years, with no retreat in sight. Ironically, these same coins spent the better part of a century hidden away in government vaults, unseen, unwanted, and unloved. My, how times have changed!

Coin Collecting Auctions: Bane or Boon?


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If you are a coin collector who wants to sell or buy coins, one good way to do it is through coin auctions or bidding.

Coin auctions provide the best ways to obtain coins that have remarkable values. Coin auctions are the primary source of rare coins because most rare coin collectors want to sell their treasures to the highest bidder.

Unlike the typical way of selling and buying coins, coin auctions entail some rules and regulations for both the bidder and the seller that they must adhere to.

Basically, there are three types of coin collecting auctions. These are:

1. Auctions through mail bidding

In this type of coin auction, the seller will advertise and publish coin auctions through the mail. This is highly beneficial for people who want to participate in the activity but cannot attend the event personally.

Usually, the seller has a mailing list available and it is used to send catalogs that contain the descriptions and pictures of the item(s) to be sold. At times it may contain the starting bid amount and other pertinent information.

The seller’s mailing list, the catalogs, or brochures are sent out to the potential bidders. These lists may also be sent to those who have purchased from them in the past.

2. Phone auctions

These auctions are conducted by phone. Just like the mail bidding, phone auctions must observe the rules and regulations that are to be followed.

Once the highest bid is identified, the item goes to the winner. However, there are some instances when people may ask the seller for an approximate selling price but the rules still remain the same, no disclosure of previous bids.

3. Online coin auctions

This type of auction is popular because when bidding on a particular coin the bidder is able to see what the coin looks like. Greater interaction between the seller and the buyer may also be achieved as the seller can instantly contact the bidder for important information.

The only drawback to this kind of coin auction is that through the Internet, others can deceive a coin collector into believing that what they see on the screen is exactly the same item that they are bidding on.

All of these things can provide you with the best ways of obtaining the best coins available on the market. Just try to stick to your bidding budget.

Coin Collections and State Quarters

Coin collections are getting more and more popular these days. A lot of people are already into collecting coins. You see, this hobby is interesting and can be considered an excellent pastime. If you want to start your very own coin collection and you have no idea where to begin, you should check out the State Quarters.

What are State Quarters all about?
Back in 1997, an act was approved and it was called Fifty State Quarter Program. The program started in that same year and run through 2008. The Act is quite popular and in fact, it is the most well-known minted series of coins in the US Mint history.

In 1998, five state quarters were released and it continued for a period of ten years. Every 10 weeks, a quarter was released.

The program also devised a new and unique method of issuing coins – the state quarters were issued based on the year they became part of the US. The state quarters are minted and you can see George Washington’s image at the obverse or front side while on the reverse or back side, you will find a noteworthy design about the specific state.

The program ended in 2008 and after that, the coins were again designed normally, with the reverse side having an eagle design.

Don’t you think collecting these coins is worthy?

You will find it harder to obtain the coins now the program is over because the coins will be considered collectors items and it will be a bit costly on your part.

So, what makes these minted coins different?

Each state chose a unique design which is of great importance to it and the current governor of the state determined the process of selection. Some of the states designated a certain design committee while other states held contests among the residents who came up with a significant and unique design. Some states posted various designs of the coin in their official site and the residents simply placed online votes and the coin that gets the highest votes win.

The coins are greatly in demand and besides, these coins will not be minted ever again. The price of these state quarters will naturally increase as years pass and currently, some of the older state coins amounts to $1 each or even more depending on its condition. Some coin collectors are also into ‘error coins’ collection and these flawed coins can cost more or less $500 each.

The program of State Quarters definitely gained extreme popularity in the US and some people were into some sort of business revolving on the said minted coins. Coin holders are popular and coin collectors can purchase them so that they can keep their collections in an attractive holder.

Youngsters and old alike can now start collecting coins through the State Quarters. If you want, you can inquire at your local state office and see if the coins are still available.

A Neophyte’s Guide to Rare Coin Collecting

If you are a neophyte wanting to venture into rare coin collecting as a hobby, there are two new best friends waiting for you. One is the Professional Coin Grading Service price guide and the other is the Red Book guide book. Both of these books will give you lists of coins and their worth so you can safely start your search for rare coins. A further study of these two will lead to an understanding of the criteria and standards used in grading coins. The prices they list down will also give you an idea of how much you need to invest as you go along.

Availability of Rare Coins

Rare coins are not easy to come by so if you are serious about collecting rare coins, be ready to spend time, effort and a good amount of money in acquiring your treasures. Collecting rare coins is an ambitious undertaking especially if you bear in mind the fact that there is a huge population of collectors who may be competing for the acquisition of the same item that you want to buy. At present, in order for a coin to be classified as rare, no more than seventy-five pieces should be known to exist. In other words, a coin has to indeed be rare before it can earn the name.

Flowing Hair DollarSome rare coins have a value of more over a million US dollars. Some coins have no value except for their face value or their metal value. There are lists of coins that are officially considered rare and some reliable professional guidebooks will even include tips on how to rate coin quality. Information on rare coins in some of these guides will explain why such and such a coin is so rare. Explanations will include how many coins were struck and if a substantial number was melted. On top of most if not all rare coin lists is the 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar which is valued at $7,850,000.00. Only 1,750 of this coin were struck so it is virtually impossible to own one.

Factors Affecting Price

Rarity is not the only factor that brings up the prices of rare coins. Other factors such as coin grading enter into the picture. In the same way, the supply and demand for rare coins in the market affects the price of coins. Sometimes temporary spikes in demand occur for certain coins and these are not to be mistaken for a sustained trend.

Advantages of Collecting Rare Coins

While much will be demanded of you if you decide to pursue rare coin collecting, this venture offers advantages of its own.

  • Storage and safekeeping of rare coins is simple. All you need is a safety deposit box. Coins, even rare ones, are sturdier and easier to care for than jewelry.
  • Rare coins are easy to transport.
  • They are a form of investment that is not constantly scrutinized.
  • They serve as an effective hedge against inflation and are a good way to protect wealth during times of economic crises.
  • They are relatively easy to resell through reliable agents and auction houses.

Whether done for fun or for profit, acquiring rare coins is a very worthwhile endeavor. As a newbie, you are probably excited about starting your rare coin collecting activities. At present, the price of rare coins is less than what they cost thirty years ago and many resources predict that prices will go up. This makes the present a good time to invest in rare coins. To decide on which coins you will start your collection with, get a good resource book and look at which rare coins are still within your reach. Once you have decided, conscientiously study different guides and compare the price of these coins. By applying meticulous care in choosing your coins, you will be rewarded not only by the prospect of financial returns; you will also have pieces of history to enjoy for the time that they are with you.

Assessing the Benefits in Silver Coin Collecting

We’ve seen over the past five years the collapse and near collapse of financial giants and companies considered too big to fail. Because of this, many people are looking for alternative investment opportunities and quite a number have considered silver coin collecting as possibility. If you are one of the many people who want to try collecting silver coins for profit, there are several things to consider ensuring your efforts will pay off.

Silver Bullion Coins

If you are seriously considering silver coins as part of your investment portfolio, you need to first of all decide if you want to collect silver bullion coins or if you want to buy silver coins that were minted and circulated as legal tender.

Silver bullion coins are generally made of 99.9 percent silver except for the British silver Britannia which has a silver content of 95.8 per cent. Normally, the face value of a silver bullion coin is lower than its actual market value. For example, the Canadian Silver Leaf is a one Troy once silver bullion coin with a face value of five dollars and a market value of over thirty dollars based on the market price of silver.

Silver bullion coins provide good protection against any economic meltdown, but if you are expecting spectacular profits from investing in this coin, you will be disappointed. Financial gains with this particular investment only happen over the course of time, when the bullion coins in your safety deposit box rise in value in consonance with the price of silver.

Investment Coins

Apart from silver bullion coins, you can also go for the other type of silver coins which are sometimes referred to as investment coins. Generally, these are coins are made of at least 90 per cent silver and are, or have been, a legal tender in their country of origin.

In the past five to ten years, increasing silver prices have made these coins a popular choice for collectors. On one hand, there is always a chance to one day sell currency coins for a big margin of profit, but on the other hand, there are bigger risks in this direction because factors such as demand and popularity enter the picture.

On the plus side, silver is cheaper than gold so it is possible to begin acquiring a silver coin collection without breaking the bank. American silver coins that are not categorized as rare have a prize range of two to twenty dollars.

What to Keep in Mind

There are certain things to keep in mind to keep your money safe as you go about silver coin collecting.

  • Always do your research before you make a purchase. If a coin is worth a lot of money, look for official authentication. Find out if the coin has maintained good value over time.
  • Go for high quality coins which are more certain to appreciate in value than oddities. Double check quality and grade by using reliable resources like the official Red Book.
  • Keep clear of TV or internet bargains. Remember that if anything sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
  • Provide good storage for your collection. Good storage does not mean a shoebox hidden away in your closet or in your file cabinet. Get a safety deposit box.
  • If you want to go about silver coin collecting as an investment, be ready to sell when the price is right.

Many resources say that the outlook for silver is good and that the annual demand for this metal exceeds the supply, Moreover with the current economic situation, more and more people are becoming interested in using this metal as a way of keeping their money safe. The side effect of this increased demand would be to further drive prices of silver up, making it a good investment today. However, even with these rosy predictions, it is good to practice due diligence and caution. This way, although you may not make a killing in your investments, you will be better assured of both profit and protection in silver coin collecting.

When is the Perfect Time to Sell Coins

When is the perfect time to sell coins? This may be a dumb question if asked of a coin collector however timing really does make a difference. There are times when a collector wakes up in the morning and suddenly makes a decision to sell his precious collection of coins. There are also times that a collector needs to give up his coin collections due for personal reasons and the idea of selling his precious coins may be the most difficult part. No matter what the reasons are, it is a fact that this does occur in the life of a coin collector.

There are many reasons why coin collectors sell their coins – there are coin collectors who are dealers as well. Selling coins is their option and they may use it to generate income so that they can acquire other coins that they like.

Some collectors travel in search of a coin they want and during that travel, they may encounter coins that may not be qualified for their own collection but they buy them anyway. Upon returning home, they sell the coins they have purchased and make use of the money to buy the coins they are looking for.

There are also coin collectors who gather coins not just as their hobbies; these coin collectors use the coins as their source of income. They make a living from selling the coins that they collect. Sometimes they sell the coins to other collectors and price them higher than the usual price of the coins and this is appropriate if the collector owns limited edition or rare coins.

On the other hand, some collectors sell their coins because of other factors. They may sell coins because of personal reasons. Collectors sometimes decide to “give away” their collection because they no longer have any option but sell their coins. This is the most difficult situation for coin collectors as they often value their coins and as much as possible would not want to give them away – the coins may be memorabilia or may have sentimental value to the collector.

Once a collector has decided to sell his coins, he must consider if it is really the right time to sell the coins. Is the collector ready to give away his coins? Is the coin at higher price now? Will it do well and will he benefit from selling his coins? These factors should always be considered.

There are other options available to determine where a coin collector could sell his coins. He may want to sell the coins at auctions. Many people now prefer the option of putting their belongings up for auction and this is not limited to coin collections.

There is also a higher chance of having the coin sold at a higher price since auctions include bidding processes. Buyers may bid for a higher price especially if the coin being sold is of rare quality and has a higher value.

A collector may also want to put up a website to advertise the coins that he would like to sell. The Internet is the easiest way for collectors to search for coins. In addition, putting the coin on the Internet will make the selling an easier task. The collector may put up his own website and place the pictures of his coins and some brief descriptions on it. He should also note how much he is willing sell them for.

There are other options too: the seller may want to do a dealer-to-dealer negotiation. He can go directly to coin dealers and sell his coins. The dealers then can sell the coins that they purchased to other dealers.

It is important to compare prices between one dealer and another as there is always a chance that one dealer may buy the coins at a higher price than other dealer. It is wise to shop for dealers and then decide which you one you want to deal with.

It is also recommended that collectors who decide to sell their coins use a coin grading service. It is very important so that the seller not end up a loser when he sells his coins. By using a grading service, the seller will be able to set a price that is based on the assessment made by the grading service who will determine the actual value of the coins.

Most importantly, coin collector should not clean their coins once they have decided to sell them. If they do, the value of the coins will depreciate.

Guide for Rare Coin Collectors

Coin collecting is one hobby that is both fun and challenging. To help those who are looking for those rare coins, here is a list of hard to find ones that are worth moving “heaven and earth” for.

Gold coins are something of a rare commodity. They were circulated only until 1933, which makes them expensive when they are auctioned. The nice thing about gold is that its value probably will never go down – making it a good investment.

Another rare coin sought by collectors is the Liberty Seated Dollar. These were last produced some time in the 19th century and are considered to be a rare find.

From 1875 to 1878, twenty cent coins were minted. This coin looks very much like a quarter and since its value is very low today, it is a coin worth looking for.

The Barber half dollars are rare coins that were minted from 1892 until 1915 and are collected by people depending on date or type. One of the challenges that occurs when searching for this coin is finding one in good condition.

The 1917 type One Standing Liberty Quarter is another coin worth owning. It was only minted for 2 years and shows the exposed breast of Ms. Liberty. This design created such an uproar that it had to be replaced and was only circulated for a year.

Mercury dimes were produced periodically during the 20th century. The market value of some of them is $50 a piece.

The Walking Liberty Half Dollar is a beautiful coin for collectors. They were only circulated for 4 years and are considered to be one of the all time rare coins to ever exist.

The Texas Commemorative Half Dollar is another rare coin. Only 150,000 of these were minted over a 4 year period and just 60% to 80% of these are still available today making it one of the hardest coins to find today…

The most expensive coin is the $20 Saint Gaudens. This was sold in an auction for nearly $8 million. The design is truly superb and the value of it has never dropped even during the 1980-82 bear market.

Rare coins are truly a challenge for anyone who seeks to make this a mission in life. Not only are they hard to find but it they are expensive to acquire. Should a person have the funds available to purchase them then this adventure is truly something worth finishing.

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Using Coin TV To Locate Rare Coins

If you are an avid collector of currency, you may discover it advantageous to make use of Coin Television to buy your coins. As the term suggests, Coin Television is basically a TV program that permits individuals to watch the TV programs and purchase no matter what they want when it comes to rare coins. This is a exceptionally simple solution to perform the gathering of such currency, as you don’t need to worry about traveling large distances if you’ll want to purchase any uncommon coins. You’ll be able to simply take advantage of Coin TV, and you’ll find that your life as an avid coin collecting enthusiast is much less complicated while you go this route. Nonetheless, for the best effect, it’s essential to do a couple of issues with a purpose to profit from it in maximum effect.

If you are just only now beginning any coin collection, you may need to make use of Coin Television to seek out uncommon, but low cost coins to purchase. In This way, you possibly can easily assemble up your coin collection without the need to spend too much cash. This, nevertheless, isn’t a strict rule. If you’re simply starting out as a coin collector, you can still use Coin Television to search out very priceless coins which you’ll be able to then purchase. The issue with this is that you must have a tremendous capital expense relying on what kind of currency you’ll want to collect.

Whenever you want to collect such coins utilizing Coin Television, you to start with need to figure out what you like. For example, if you’re simply starting out as a collector, you may not be very particular about what you want from the Coin Television choices. Nonetheless, in case you have been established for long as a collector, you’ll be able to then try to discover those uncommon items which are missing out of your collection by using Coin Television too.

The only distinction with the latter is that more often than not, you could not need to concern yourself with some of the coins offered on Coin Television. You just must keep a watch out for those ads featuring coins that you simply actually want. Once you find something that you just love on Coin Television, you’ll be able to simply just call in and then ask for the details on tips on how to go about attaining such coins. In fact, the prices of the coins are presented on the Coin Television channel, which means that you’ll only be making inquiries about the offerings that you are truly really interested in.

There are times when you possibly can not have much time to look at Coin Television, and may end up missing out on some extraordinary deals. Therefore it’s worthwhile to make sure that you simply document the Coin Television, and then watch the program when you’ve gotten extra time. This way, you may simply discover the Coin Television advertisements which might be pleasant to you, even when you’re away or are too busy to observe Coin TV. Whenever you do this, it’s worth noting that you shouldn’t put off watching the programs, since you may discover that a number of the products were already sold.

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Why is a Coin Grading Service Important?

As coin collecting has increased in popularity and more people are looking to add silver and gold coins to their portfolios, many have discovered market prices of coins has varied immensely.

When the coin market was limited to a small number of collectors and dealers, coins were priced in pretty simple terms. Since the market has expanded and dealers became more inconsistent with the prices they set for the coins, the need for a standard scale arose. That is where the coin grading service entered the scene.

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Buying Silver Coins at Auction Sales

In a silver coin collection, the most difficult part is how to find the coins for the collection. A collector’s main method of acquiring coins is by buying them. The most common alternative in acquiring a coin is through purchase in auction sales.

Rare coins and those that are of high quality are oftentimes very difficult to buy. Auction sales whether online or at auction houses provide coin buyers the option to acquire these types of coins at lower prices.

No matter how popular auction sales have become to many collectors, it is still important to know the advantages and disadvantages they can provide to coin collectors. Here are some points must to be considered before buying in auction sales.

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How to Detect Counterfeit Coins

A special machine does the stamping of coins to make them genuine. People who counterfeit coins are well trained and have the capacity to manipulate their duplication – especially those rare coins which have high value among collectors. The most common procedure used in counterfeiting is that they pour a liquid metal into molds that will leave die marks with cracking on the counterfeit coin.

Those who are experts in determining counterfeit coins have observed that the changes seen in the coins have added, removed, or even altered the coin’s date markings. If a person thinks that he is in possession of a counterfeit collectible coin, he can compare it with another coin – one like the suspect coin – which is known be genuine and have the same markings.

If the coin’s value is more than 5 cents, look for corrugations in the outer edges of the coin. These are very thin railings (also know as “reeding”) on the edges of the coins. Genuine coins have very thin edges and the railings are even and distinct if one is very observant. Those coins that are counterfeit can be distinguished if the edges are not thin enough and the railing is uneven or missing in some areas.

Should there be an instance when a person realizes that he has received a counterfeit coin, he must not return the counterfeit coin to the person he received it from. He must try to delay the person – should he try to escape – or try to keep that person in sight and follow him to his destination if possible. It is important to remember the person’s clothes and physical appearance and if the person has any companion during the exchange: if they have a vehicle, get the car’s license plate number and immediately call the nearest police department or the United States Secret Service for help.

There are many things that can be considered to determine whether the coin is counterfeit or not. There are terms that are used to describe a counterfeit coin’s characteristics and they are as follows:

1. A restrike of a coin can be considered to be genuinely authenticated. These coins are actually dated earlier than those originally issued by the country that released them but have the same or exact features as the original coins.

2. Coins of a specific country in the ancient times are sometimes copied by another country. A person may think that it is forgery, but it is not because they had been legally approved in the country where they originated.

3. Forgery can be associated with the making of an illegal profit. It would be the main objective of the counterfeiting syndicate. The government sometimes uses forgery for political propaganda, as in the Second World War when Germans produced millions of American and British banknotes with the intention of profiting from them and destabilizing their enemy’s economic situation.

4. Another known type of counterfeit coins is replica coins. Replica simply means that the original coins are copied with the same features and markings. The usual counterfeit coins have differences that are noticeable when examined by coin experts. Some coins have the word “copy” intentionally put on the sides of the coins and these replicas are used for educational purposes and museum displays.

5. A Lebanese connection is said to have a huge production of counterfeit coins. These coins were found to be used in an attempt to fool many museums, collectors, business leaders and other countries that are searching for their ancient lost coins before the discovery of this syndicate.

6. The collector intended forgery and the circulated intended forgery are types of forgeries where the coins are intended to be tokens yet the face values are accepted, despite of their illegality and irrelevant intrusive values.

It is important to consult an expert to determine if the coin is counterfeit or fake. An ordinary person can easily detect if the wrong metal was used for the counterfeiting. If the person is a collector of such items, he should be more aware of these coins. A collector needs to be more concerned with the collectible rare coins because this is where counterfeiters benefit frequently – their aim is to profit from the exclusive market for valuable coins.

The Truth behind Rare Coin Collecting

Are you interested in coin collecting? Have you ever tried collecting rare coins?

Today, coin collecting, especially of those coins that are considered rare, is considered to be one of a few hobbies that are not just a mere pastime or leisure activity.

Coins have long been known as works of art because of the way the manufacturers carefully engrave the designs on the surface. Coins of a particular nation often portray the history of that nation with the engraving of the design on the coin.

Few people know that coin collecting can also be a profitable venture. Rare coins that are extremely hard to find are often valuable and when found can be a good investment. The rare coin collection market in the United States has boosted their sales in recent years from 348% to 1,195%. According to the U.S. Rare Coin Market, the average price of $1,000 spent by an individual during the 1970s would be valued at almost $57,977 today.

What is the secret behind these rare coins that their value continues to increase with age?

Rare coins were able to maintain even when the economy is unstable. They have been able to stabilize the wealth of the nation by serving as “inflation fighters.”

Experts contend that through these rare coins, the economic wealth of a nation is sheltered from possible harm by functioning as an investment much like “gold bullion”. This is applicable during the times when the value of the paper money continues to depreciate.

The rarity of these coins is not constrained by being merely collector’s items but they can also be considered a work of are and just like any work of art, may be priceless.

Rare coin collecting is not just like any other hobby. The concept of collecting such treasures is considered exceptional by itself and the monetary value can equal its distinctive character.

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