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Budget Coin Collecting: How to Raise Money to Buy Better Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   It happens to every collector, and often on a repeated basis. An exciting coin comes along - imagine a $5...
Collecting rare coins on a budget is a necessity for most numismatists.

Collecting Rare Coins: How to Get Started on a Budget

On a tight budget, the world of rare coin collecting can seem daunting, even to seasoned numismatic enthusiasts. This piece from Blanchard and Company...
Attractive and Affordable world coins.

Ten Attractive and Inexpensive World Coins to Get Your Collection Started

Collectors on a budget will find world coins an interesting area to pursue Al Doyle lists 10 world coin areas that should excite...
The Coinsnap App using AI to identify and grade coins. Is it effective?

Can This AI Collecting App Correctly Identify and Grade Coins?

By Austin Purvis for CoinWeek .....   Collectors and dealers have traditionally needed experience, knowledge, and a keen eye to accurately identify and grade coins. While...
The 1999 Wide AM is an example of a rare coin that can be found in pocket change. Image: CoinWeek / Adobe Stock.

Rare Coins Worth Money That You Can Find in Pocket Change

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   Both coin roll hunting and searching through pocket change can be interesting and accessible entry points into the hobby...
Gold bullion coins are produced throughout the world.

Collect Gold Coins the Financially Painless Way

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ..... The appeal of gold is universal, and it has nothing to do with the state of one's finances. A desire to own...
NGC Introduces the Morgan 50 Registry Set.

The Morgan 50 Now a Competitive Set on the NGC Registry

The Morgan 50 - A Morgan Dollar Collection Every Collector Can Complete Designed to fit the budget of every collector but still offer a longterm...
1825 Capped Bust Half Dollar. Image: NGC / Adobe Stock.

Perfectly Circulated Coins: Jeff Garrett

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ...... Much attention in numismatics is focused on quality. One of the most common pieces of wisdom...

Buying Coins From Digital Photographs

Coin Photographs by Dan Duncan - Retired, Pinnacle Rarities, Inc ......   My first job in the industry was in the back of a coin shop....
Jeff Garrett: Why Rare Coin Security Is So Important

Jeff Garrett: Why Rare Coin Security Is So Important

Whether a dealer or collector, here are some tips and suggestions for protecting your rare coins   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ...... The...
Coin Grading - A Basic Guide to Detecting Doctored Gold Coins - Doug Winter

Coin Grading – A Basic Guide to Detecting Doctored Gold Coins

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   There is no getting around the fact that doctoring of rare United States gold coins is a...
Coin Collecting Merit Badge Tips for Teachers and Scouts

Coin Collecting Merit Badge Tips for Teachers and Scouts

By CoinWeek .....   The Coin Collecting Merit Badge should be a fun, rewarding, and educational experience for scouts. And it not only teaches them about...
What does MS64 Mean? Image: CoinWeek.

What Does MS64 Mean When Grading Coins?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ...... There’s no question that grade matters in coin collecting. When it comes to grading, the Sheldon Scale rules, with...
What Gives a Coin the “Wow” Factor? - Douglas Winter Numismatics

What Gives a Coin the “Wow” Factor?

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ...... CoinWeek Content Partner At shows or while viewing auctions, I look at a lot of coins. Most leave no impression,...
How do interest rate hikes impact the rare coin market? Image: Adobe Stock / CoinWeek.

Jeff Garrett: Rising Interest Rates and the Rare Coin Market

The effects of higher costs for borrowing money are rippling through the numismatic marketplace   By Jeff Garrett for NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) ...... During the day,...
A pile of modern world coins. Image: Adobe Stock.

Jim Bisognani: Starting a Numismatic Journey

Whether collecting US or world coins, everyone starts somewhere. Jim reflects on his own journey and interviews a friend on how he started his.   By...

Why Collect Commemoratives? A Better Question Might Be “Why Not?”

Collecting Commemoratives By Ron Drzewucki If you collect modern U. S. coins, then you collect commemoratives. Today, practically every coin the United States Mint produces commemorates...

Coin Investing in Ultra Rarities – A Perspective to Consider

  Unveiling the Contours of Indulgent Success: Growth and Return on Investment in the New Economy Coin Investing By Bruce Smith – Blanchard and Company.... What does a...

Jeff Garrett: Tips for Cherrypicking by Coin Variety

Jeff Garrett shares suggestions on how to tackle collecting die varieties   By Jeff Garrett for NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) ...... One of the most highly anticipated...
Helpful Hints for Young Coin Dealers: 2023 Revision.

Helpful Hints for Young Coin Dealers: 2023 Revision

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ...... CoinWeek Content Partner 1. Don’t worry about learning how to grade; learn how to recognize what a nice coin looks...
The Case for Key Date Coins. Image: CoinWeek.

Jeff Garrett: The Case for “Key Date” Coins

When deciding which rare coins to collect, don't automatically write off "Key Date" issues of coins, but you'll need a plan   By Jeff Garrett for...
Jeff Garrett: Collecting Silver Dollar Varieties. Image: NGC/ CoinWeek.

Jeff Garrett: Collecting Silver Dollar Varieties

By Jeff Garrett for NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) ...... Collecting United States coins by die variety has its origins in early copper coinage. Some of...
Jeff Garrett: The Box of Twenty Approach to Coin Collecting

Jeff Garrett: The Box of Twenty Approach to Coin Collecting

By Jeff Garrett for NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) ...... One of the greatest innovations in the history of the hobby was the introduction of coin...
Jeff Garrett: The Rare Coin Business 2.0

Jeff Garrett: The Rare Coin Business 2.0

New technologies are changing the rare coin market and how numismatic companies do business   By Jeff Garrett for NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) ...... The rare coin...
Jeff Garrett: Changing Trends in Numismatics

Jeff Garrett: Changing Trends in Numismatics

Looking at the most popular coins to collect over the years shows how collectors' goals and aspirations continue to evolve   By Jeff Garrett for NGC...

Coin Clubs to Make Your Collecting More Dynamic in the New Year

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... First off, Happy New Year to all my fellow collectors and numismatists! As 2023 is starting, let’s look at...

Collecting 20th-Century Gold Coins Was Always Unrealistic for the Average Collector

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ..... In the February 1965 issue of Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine, Philadelphia coin dealer Gerald Zaid offered beautiful four-coin Saint-Gaudens-era gold...

Holiday Memories and Gift Ideas for the Young Numismatist on Your List

Gift Ideas for the numismatist (or potential numismatist) on your shopping list By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ...... The eternal youngster in me notes...

USA Coin Album: Coin Ghosts of Christmas Past

By David W. Lange - Research Director, Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) ......   Because the holiday season is rapidly approaching, I’ll finally break precedent and do...
For the Love of Coin Collecting

For the Love of Coin Collecting

By Victor Bozarth for PCGS ...... Like many of my fellow numismatists, I have always been fascinated by classic U.S. commemorative coins. My first commemorative...