My Coin Collecting

Coin collecting is one of the most interesting hobbies, which can be also very rewarding. The purpose of this web site is to provide information about numismatics (coin collecting) and coin values to coin collectors and/or coin investors.

This web site is dedicated to anything related to coin collecting, it's updated weekly, so please bookmark it and check for updates often.

Coin Folders

You can find information about coin values, Old Coin Values, American Coin Values, Rare Coin Values, Canadian Coin Values on our Coin Values page.

Also, please visit our Coin Catalog for an online reference of US coins and World coins and our sister site Gold Coins Zone for information about gold coins.

Numismatics

Numismatic or coin collecting is the science of coins under an economic, legislative, metrological and artistic point of view. It has a great importance in the whole Historical and Archaeological science; as a matter of fact into the peculiarity of a people or age the Coin holds a fundamental role: Numismatic has always reflected the political, economical, artistic and social trends of the time in which it developed. Also see FAQ.

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Coin Collecting as Investment

There are more and more people who are starting to view coin collecting as investment. You can see this phenomenon with US coins, where some specialists started to suggest to keep 10% of your investment portfolio in precious coins or rare coins!

It becomes more and more interesting for investors as constant growth in coin values bring better returns than risky stock market.

Please refer to our Coin Collecting as Investment page for more information about Investing in coins and visit Stock Investing to find information about investing in stock market.

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Apart of US and Canada where coin collecting is already matured, it's growing fast in Australia and Europe. In fact, Europe has a huge potential with it's fast growing economy and amazing history of coins. Some East European countries are showing very fast growth in coin's prices as economy is stabilizing, more people understand the potential value of these coins and trying to buy them while they are still cheap. You can buy Gold US Coins, Canadian Coins and Russian Coins online at Coin Dealer shop - My Coin Dealer.

Dealing in currency and coins online is now common-place. Regardless of the recent surge in popularity of alternatives like Bitcoin, currency such as US Dollars and Australian Dollars are still mainstream. Being used for all kinds of purchases including e-commerce, gaming and gambling, they continue to maintain stability, as does the coin collecting scenes there.


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Coin Care

Every serious coin collector should take care of his collection in order not to loose coin values. Here are some general coin care tips:

  • Try to hold a coin only by the edges, not laying fingers on obverse and reverse sides.
  • Use quality pair of cotton gloves for handling proof/UNC coins and for any coins that you don't want to risk fingerprinting

Also see Coin Collecting FAQ.

Cleaning coins

As a general rule you should not clean your coins. There are some exceptions when you can clean a coin, but make sure you know what you are doing first.

Please refer to our Cleaning coins page for more information about coin cleaning. Learn how to Clean Coins by Electrolysis.

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Coin Holders

Coin collectors should not use coin holders, which contain PVC, such as soft vinyl flip. Plasticizers mixed with the PVC can damage coins over time, causing greenish "PVC damage".

Please refer to our Coin Holders page for more information about keeping coins safe.

Coin Collecting FAQs

  • Coin Values - Information on what coins worth.
  • Coin Collecting Part 1 - Answers to questions: What is numismatics? What coins do people collect? What's the best way to get started? Where to find collectible coins? How to handle coins?
  • Coin Collecting Part 2 - Answers to questions about coin grading, coin pricing, what's the best way to clean coins, how can one tell when a coin has been cleaned, especially if it was cleaned long ago, how to store coins, tools of coin collecting and how can to protect coin collection from loss by fire or theft.
  • Internet Resources - Information about numismatic newsgroups, numismatic web sites and other numismatic resources available on computer networks.
  • Coin Investment - Risks of investing in coins, bullion coins and investing in rare coins
  • Miscellaneous Topics - List of Numismatic Publications. What are proof coins? What are slabs? How can coins be removed from slabs? What's the best way to send coins to someone? Clubs and other collector organizations

Other Information

Taking picture of the coins

Here are some tips on how to take coin pictures that may help you: picture of coin.

Coin Collecting Directory

This is a directory of coin collecting websites, which we found to be useful - Coin Directory.

Coin Terms Glossary

Definitions of commonly used Numismatic terms and abbreviations. Coin Collecting Glossary

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Coin Collecting News
07/23/2017
Collectors claim that Jemima Puddleduck 50p coins are worth a fortune - they are rare but do you have one?
It is often said that money makes money but this could actually be the case if you own one or more of the special edition Beatrix Potter 50 pence coins. The value of this anniversary set from the Royal Mint has rocketed with some people paying up to £400 ... more info

07/12/2017
Collecting and Appreciating Naturally Toned Coins, Part 3
In Part 1, I frame the topic and put forth the perspectives of very accomplished collectors regarding natural toning. As I discuss in Part 2, preferring coins with natural toning is a tradition at the core of coin collecting culture in the United States ... more info

07/21/2017
OKC Police Search For Owners Of Valuable Coin, Check Collection
Oklahoma City police are working with authorities in two other states to solve a crime. Undercover officers recently found a valuable collection of stolen coins and checks. The rare items were discovered in a metro storage unit near Reno Ave. and South ... more info

07/21/2017
Shadowy rarity: 1913 nickel first seen in 1919, not 1920
Greeting the show goers at the Philadelphia Mint, on Oct. 6, was Brown’s former boss, Dr. T.L. Comparette, head the Mint Cabinet, which was home to the nation’s coin collection. Comparette is pictured at the far right end of the same row as Brown. more info