Collecting Coins

Flashing back to the introduction of the 50 State Quarters® Program and you’re hit over the head with how fast time really does fly by. The year was 1999 – the initiation year of an innovative, 10-year coin series where each state would be celebrated with a design commemorating its history and inclusion into the […]


Coins of proof quality have no equal in sharpness or brilliance. These specialty made coins are so finely sculptured that extreme details are noticeable. A proof coin’s exceptional detail combined with its aesthetic appeal make them extremely popular with collectors. In terms of output, a proof is the absolute highest quality coin a mint can […]


The price of gold has jumped in the last thirty days from a low of $648 an ounce to a high of $711.75. If you’ve invested in gold, you’re loving it. If you’re the United States Mint, you’re hating it. The increased price of gold is affecting the US Mint’s bottom line. So much so […]


You see coin specials everywhere – online, magazines, TV, mail outs and even 40,000 feet in the air through airline catalogs. More recent coin commercialization has changed the landscape for coin dealers and collectors, making buying decisions more complex. Where should you spend your money? Making everything more complex, especially for new collectors, are the […]


The latest quarter from the 50 State Quarters® Program is now available. The Wyoming commemorative quarters officially bucked out of the U.S. Mint doors just yesterday. Or, stated without the intended humor, they’ve been moved into daily circulation. If you’re worried you won’t be able to find any, you can also directly purchase the quarters […]


Coin toning can intrinsically increase or decrease the value of coins. Natural coin toning can be quite beautiful. It can also be outrageously ugly. And because beauty is often times in the eye of the beholder, placing a value on a coin due to its toning can present problems. Should you pay extra or less […]


It’s not really news. It was expected. The Jefferson Liberty First Spouse Coins sold out. And fast! Both the 1/2-ounce proof and the 1/2-ounce uncirculated versions were hot items. Like the previous Martha Washington and Abigail Adams Spouse coins, they were gone within hours. 40,000 coins taken in a blink of an eye! Well, not […]


The blazing rush to order the new Thomas Jefferson’s Liberty Spouse Gold coins begin today at 12:00 noon (ET). The 1/2-ounce proof and the 1/2-ounce uncirculated coins are both made of .9999-fine, 24-karat gold. Even better, only 20,000 coins of each version will be minted! Will they sell out? Very Likely! This isn’t the first […]

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It’s not exactly unusual to find free offers. They’re everywhere – TV, direct mail, e-mail, and all around the Internet. Usually it’s clear or least understood that anything "free" comes with some sort of sacrifice. You’re likely to spend your time, money or both BEFORE you get ANYTHING for free. There are many examples of […]

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Curiosity and enthusiasm gets jolted into overdrive when an always changing coin series comes out. You don’t need to look further than the 50 State Quarters® Program. It helped create a booming-hot collector market that’s still going strong. Better, the new quarters soundly made it as "replacements" to older circulating quarters. The quarters program started […]