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Collecting coins can be a lot much more than just a hobby. If it approached the right way collecting coins can be an investment. Learn how to get the best out of collecting coins. Read about the history and specifications of various coins and educate yourself about coins in general. Learn how to get the best value when you are looking to buy coins.

Here you will find detailed information about some of the most popularly collected coins as well as articles about coin care, coin history, error and die variety coins and more.

Coin collecting can be both enjoyable and profitable. If you would like to build a valuable coin collection read and learn as much as you can about the hobby.

On these pages you can learn about the history and design of coins, how to make the best decisions on which coins to buy, how to store and protect your coins and other information about the hobby.

Learn as much as you can about the particular coins you are looking to buy and about the market so you don't pay too much. Having a nice coin collection can be something to be proud of but you don't want to over pay!

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Canadian Silver Maple Leaf

The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf is a one troy ounce (31.1 g of silver) silver bullion coin minted by the Royal Canadian Mint. The silver bullion coins have been issued yearly since 1988. While the U.S. Silver Eagle bears a face value of only $1, the Canadian bullion Silver Maple Leaf shows $5. Regardless of the face value however the coin contains one troy ounce of pure silver making it very unlikely that it will ever trade at face value. Personally I think the practice of placing a face value on these bullion coins is a bit odd. What is the purpose of a face value on a coin other than to reflect, or at least be an index of, its market value? But that is how it is, and it is interesting to note that Canada puts a much higher face value on their silver ounce coins than does the U.S. Canadian...

Rolls Junk And Silver Prices

About two and a half years ago I bought a few rolls of junk silver dimes for around $65 to $70 each including shipping. I shopped around and got them from different online auctions and websites. Even then the prices I found were barely above the spot silver value of the coins at that time. Individual 90% silver dimes were going for 2 to 3 bucks each and generally that was “plus postage”. My intent was to buy full rolls. If I had bought 50 dimes individually at that price I would have paid as much as $200 for a roll instead of $68 total. 90% Silver “Junk” Dimes Awhile back we had some unexpected expenses and over a period of time I sold my rolls. The last ones went for $140, and that was ‘wholesale’ at a pawn shop! Now they are going for nearly $200 (with...

What Is Junk Silver And Why Should I Invest In It?

The term “junk silver” refers to silver US coins minted before 1964 which were actually made up of 90% silver and 10% copper. This included dimes, quarter dollars, half dollars, and dollars as well as some special issue coins. US minted coins are recognized around the world and known for their silver content. This makes them easy to trade on and well trusted. Average circulated 90% silver coins are often sold in $1000.00 face value bags. A quarter bag would be $250.00, a half bag would be $500.00. At the time of this writing junk silver is available for around $24 to $25 per dollar face value when you buy a full bag. The going rate for $1 face value will vary depending upon the quantity you purchase. 90% Silver Coin Bag A full $1000 face value junk silver bag will contain approximately...

Barber Quarter

1892–1916 The Barber quarter was designed by Charles E. Barber and first minted in 1892. Barber was Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint at that time. The Barber quarter was minted of 90% silver and 10% copper and used the same design as the half dollar and dime (Barber Dime). The Barber dime displays Lady Liberty on the obverse with a Phrygian cap encircled with a laurel wreath and a ribbon. The inscription on the headband reads “LIBERTY”. The reverse was a very simple design consisting of a wreath around the words “One Dime”. Mint marks, if present, appear at the bottom below the ribbon that ties the wreath. 1901 Barber Quarter Barber quarters were widely circulated yet one is more likely to find a higher grade example than they are a rare date. Some Barber quarter date / mint marks...

Don’t Get Ripped Off By Silver and Gold Con Men!

Silver and gold are wise additions to your portfolio. Old timers tell us not to put “all our eggs into one basket.” They advise us to diversify and not to “count our chickens before they hatch.” There is generally no disagreement that precious metals should be a part of your portfolio, however, there is a wide range of opinion on how much your portfolio should consist of and of what form. One analyst/adviser may recommend 10% while another may urge 80% or even higher. In fact there are those who say that your portfolio should consist entirely of gold and/or silver. “How much precious metals should be included in your portfolio?” is an important question but is beyond the scope of this article. Today I am writing to warn prospective precious metals buyers...

Silver American Eagles Hit Record High Sales In January 2013

January of 2013 saw a small growth in the value of silver, around 3.7%. During the same period gold actually dropped by 0.8% but analysts seem to agree that gold will see a steady rise overall. Today silver is at $31.78. You can buy one dollar face value of circulated 90% silver US coins for around $30 including postage. How much you might spend will depend upon where and how you make your purchase as well as your level of knowledge on the subject. But, at the time of this writing I can easily find junk silver coins for that price range even when buying very small quantities at a time. Those who know little about coins and precious metals but who are interested in the idea of collecting are likely to fall victim to the highly over priced “collectable” coins seen in some markets....

Old Coin in the Garden a Boys Treasure

Old coins hold a special place for me. My first memory of collecting coins is also a great memory of a time spent with my father. This old treasure my dad and I found in the garden that day sparked my interest in collecting coins and perhaps even learning about history. I was about nine years old. My father was using a roto-tiller to prepare our garden for planting. I was playing around and watching the weeds and grass being turned under and mixing with the clods of dirt that were churned up by the blades on the tiller when I saw something big and round appear from the dirt. I picked it up and looked at it, it was some sort of coin, a very big one. It was exciting and I felt that I had discovered some ancient buried treasure. I was sure that it was pirate’s gold, or perhaps it was just...

Don’t Waste Your Money on Gold and Silver!

We hear a lot about gold and silver these days. If you watch news programs very much at all you will notice that a lot of the sponsors are selling gold and silver. Don’t be duped by these shysters! Gold and silver can be good investments, there’s no doubt about that. But the problem that comes into it, especially for the novice, is that when you buy your gold or silver from these “sponsors” you generally pay a very high premium above the actual metal value of what you are purchasing. Not a wise investment method to say the least. So the news programs and “personalities” advocate the acquisition of gold and silver while their sponsors offer to sell it to you via their easy toll free number. I would say that is a fairly beneficial relationship for both parties....