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1913-1938 Buffalo Nickels (Full Dates)
Own a piece of American culture captured in circulation quality coinage! Read More
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France Gold 20 Francs Lucky Angel Avg Circ
Any quantity only $12.99 per coin over spot!
These highly sought after coins minted between 1871-1898 make excellent gifts. Their angelic design makes them popular with investors and collectors alike. Read More
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1940-1947 Walking Liberty Half-Dollar MS-66 PCGS (Random)
These 1940-1947 Walking Liberty Half Dollars are virtually mark-free. Perfect coins for a high grade type set. Read More
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1940-1947 Walking Liberty Half-Dollar MS-64 NGC (Random)
These 1940-1947 Walking Liberty Half Dollars are virtually mark-free. Perfect coins for a high grade type set. Read More
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Mexico Gold 20 Pesos AGW .4823 (Random Year)
Any quantity only $19.99 per coin over spot!
Many collectors and investors consider these coins to have the most intricate design of all world Gold. Mexican Gold 20 Pesos offer an efficient way to add to your Gold holdings. Read More
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Morgan or Peace Silver Dollars Culls
Vintage Silver dollars with dates ranging from 1878 to 1935! These U.S. Silver Dollars are popular additions to any numismatic collection because of their age and the roles they played in American history. Read More
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1922-1935 Peace Silver Dollars VG-XF
Peace Silver Dollars were originally issued to commemorate peace in the world after the end of WWI making them a popular addition to both numismatic collections and investment portfolios. Read More
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1878-1904 Morgan Dollars MS-65+ PCGS
Morgan Dollars, at this level and higher, make an excellent addition to any collector set. The Morgan Dollar is the most popular Silver dollar in the world. George T. Morgan’s design makes the Morgan Dollar highly desirable. Read More
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1878-1904 Morgan Dollars MS-64+ NGC
George T. Morgan's classic design makes the Morgan Dollar the most collected Silver Dollar in the world. This issue has been certified as an MS-64 by NGC, one of the top coin grading services. Read More
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35% Silver War Nickels $1 Face Value Avg Circ
As low as $0.01 per oz over spot!
An excellent way to inexpensively buy Silver, each $1 in face value (20 coins) contains coins with a composition of 35% Silver, 56% copper and 9% manganese. Read More
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1878-1904 Morgan Dollars MS-64 PCGS (20 Different Dates/Mints)
This selection of Silver Dollars is an excellent choice to add to your Silver portfolio. Designed by George T. Morgan with dates from 1878-1904, each Morgan Silver Dollar contains .7734 oz of Silver. Read More
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1820/19 Large Cent XF
A perfect coin to add to any high end circulated Large Cent collection. Just a hint of wear is keeping this coin from higher grades. Read More
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18__ Bank of Augusta, GA $1.00 Note GA-30 AU
Nice $1.00 Remainder Note from the Bank of Augusta, GA. A remainder note is one which was printed by the banks but was never issued. Read More
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18__ The West River Bank, Jamaica, VT $5.00 Note VT-115 AU
This $5 denomination was issued by the West River Bank of Jamaica, VT. Fantastic engraving of 5 cherubs with five Liberty Seated Silver Dollars. Great tie-in to the Silver coins of that era. Read More
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1st Issue Fractional Currency 5 Cents CU (11 Note Uncut Sheet)
Scarce first Issue Fractional Currency. This is also called Postage Currency since the design utilizes the same portrait on a then-current 5 cent postage stamp featuring a likeness of Thomas Jefferson. Read More
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Mexico Silver 8 Reales Cap&Rays BU (ASW .7859 oz)
The large Spanish 8 Reales is one of the world's most iconic coins, due to its widespread usage throughout Spanish colonies and the rest of the world. These examples are in Brilliant Unc condition, and are an excellent way to collect this p.... Read More
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1948-1963 Franklin Half Dollar Set BU (Dansco Album)
This 35-coin set contains all dates and mintmarks from 1948-1963, 16 coins from the Philadelphia mint, 14 coins from the Denver mint and 5 coins from the San Francisco mint. The set comes in a nice, Dansco Coin Album. Read More
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1799/8 Draped Bust Dollar VF-35 NGC (13 Stars Reverse)
Popular 1799/8 overdate, with the scarce 13 star Reverse. Draped Bust Dollars were minted from 1795 to 1804 and were the first Silver Dollars minted by the United States Mint. Read More
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1800 Draped Bust Dollar XF-40 NGC
Well-struck and fully original for this issue, a few bright patches of wear are present on design high points against otherwise gunmetal-gray surfaces. The classical design for America's first Silver dollars. Read More
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1805 Half Cent Large 5 w/Stems VF-35 NGC
This coin is a beautiful darker milk chocolate brown with great detail. Most would probably grade as an Extra Fine as it has a pleasant appearance with no unsightly blemishes or marks. Read More
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1805 Draped Bust Dime 5 Berries F-12 PCGS
1805 Draped Bust Dime in Fine-12 condition and graded by PCGS. This coin was struck less than 30 years after we declared our independence from Great Britain. Read More
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1806 Draped Bust Quarter Good-4 PCGS
This coin has a weak obverse but a very strong reverse. Even still, detail is still visible, commensurate with the grade on the obverse. The reverse has nice sharp detail with claims to higher grades. This is a nice problem free example. Read More
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1806 Draped Bust Half Dollar Knob 6, Large Stars VF-30 NGC CAC
Gunmetal-gray with moderate wear. Nice example for a collection of early halves or a type set. Hard to find this nice and problem free. Read More
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1806 Draped Bust Half Dollar Small 6, Small Stars VF-25 PCGS
Gunmetal-gray with just a few scattered marks and moderate wear. Nice example for a collection of early halves or a type set. Read More
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1807 Half Cent XF-40 NGC
The 1807 Half Cent had a mintage of just 476,000 coins. This coin has strong devices and nice even color and even wear. Read More
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1807 Large Cent VG-10 PCGS Comet Variety
Early coppers that do not have problems are hard to get in a PCGS holder. Great coin for type. Read More
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1810 Half Cent XF-40 NGC
Early American Copper is extremely hard to get into problem free NGC holders. This is a solid Extra Fine with nice even wear and a slightly rotated reverse. Read More
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1810 Capped Bust Half Dollar Fine
These early half-dollars are becoming scarce. Great for a type set. Read More
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1811 Half Cent VG-8 PCGS CAC
This is one of the key dates to the series and extremely tough to find nice and in higher grades. These are hard to come by in any grade and always command a premium. Early American Copper is extremely hard to get into problem free PCGS h.... Read More
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1824 Over Various Dates Capped Bust Half Dollar VF
The variety can be easily seen under magnification. This coin is in Very Fine condition. Read More
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1825 Capped Bust Dime Fine
An evenly worn coin with a bold date. The stars are crisp for the grade. Read More
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1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar Sq Base 2, Knob AU-53 PCGS
An above average coin for the grade. No distracting marks or blemishes. This 1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar has been graded and guaranteed by PCGS as being in AU-53 condition. Read More
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1829 Half Cent AU-50 PCGS
This coin is a beautiful chocolate brown with great detail. This is a perfect coin to add to an early type set. Read More
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1833 Capped Bust Dime XF
This is a nice coin with a small rim ding on the reverse at 11 o'clock. This coin is priced accordingly. Read More
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1836 Capped Bust Quarter XF
This is a nice circulated problem free coin that would complement any type set. Read More
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1846 Liberty Seated Dollar XF-45 NGC
The Liberty Seated Dollar was minted from 1840 to 1873. This coin features light honest and even wear. Read More
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1849 Liberty Seated Dollar AU-58 NGC
This Liberty Seated Dollar is graded AU-58 by NGC. In 1849, only 62,600 Liberty Seated Dollars were struck, making it a tough coin to locate. The Liberty Seated Dollar was minted from 1840 to 1873. Read More
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1851-O Three Cent Silver AU-55 PCGS
A choice piece with original toned appearance throughout. Excellent example for an upper end circulated set. Just the slightest bit of wear is keeping this from being Mint State. This is the only coin minted by a branch mint in the entire .... Read More
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1855 Large Cent Upright 5's BU
Some would designate this coin as being Red/Brown as it has a beautiful burst of original mint luster underneath the light brown toning. Read More
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1856-S $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle XF-40 PCGS
The Liberty Gold Double Eagle is an iconic piece of U.S. coin history, and the XF-40 grade exhibits tremendous eye appeal befitting this Pre-33 coin. Read More
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Collectibles & Rare Coins

What's my old coin worth? The value of an old coin depends on many factors including mintage, condition and scarcity. To begin researching your old coin's value, look at the large APMEX inventory. With their wide array of coins and focus on education, you will be able to get an idea of your old coin's value.

The history of rare coins and currency is equally vast and important. Monetary and currency changes have seen major world events including the Civil War, both World Wars and the turn of the 20th century, to name a few. These rare coins and rare currency items hold high numismatic value because they transcend time and were, in many cases, the first of their kind in a certain era. Currency and coins hold a special place in history, and they are a highly valued collectible item for any rare coin collection and investment. Ancient coins give us a good baseline to understand the historical narrative of coinage.

Coins have been used as a source of commerce and power dating back to the time of the Roman reign. Ancient coins from this time give us a direct link to the past with one of the first currency pieces the earth has seen. Often struck in Gold or Silver, these rare and ancient coins were among the first to be used in terms of commerce and trade. These ancient numismatic coins bore the likeness of kings and leaders including Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Many of these ancient rare coins were used until the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453.

Coinage throughout history changed drastically with the start of new colonies, empires and countries. When the 13 colonies of the United States were established, rare coins and currency took on a whole new look. American currency has seen varying time periods of numismatic history that hold both significance and numismatic coin values. Below you will find more information about the different ages in which many different rare coins were created:

  • Ancient Greek Coins (700 B.C.-A.D. 300)
  • Roman Republic and Roman Empire Ancient Coins (280 B.C.-A.D. 491)
  • Medieval Collectible Coins (500-1500)
  • Early Colonial Coins and Rare Coins (1792-1858)
  • Civil War and the Rise of Large and Small Currency (1861-1865)
  • The Golden Age of Collectible Coins and Currency (1866-1933)
  • Pre-1933 Gold (1795-1933)

Ancient Greek Coins (700 B.C.-A.D. 300)

Most Greek Ancient Coins that have been found generally span a period of about 900 years, from about 550 B.C. to A.D 300. The last three centuries, however, were secondary or local ancient coins of the eastern Roman Empire. The first of these ancient rare coins to be struck in European Greece were thought to have been created in Aegina around 550 B.C. From there, the coins spread to Athens and Corinth.

Ancient Greek coinage was not limited to present-day Greece. Some of the most artful coins were minted by Greek colonies in Sicily and southern Italy before Rome was little more than a city-state. Other Ancient Greek coins were struck by Alexander the Great and his successors from mints ranging from India to as far as Egypt. Ancient Greek rare coins give the ancient coin collector the opportunity of possessing some truly beautiful numismatic creations in their rare coin collection.

Roman Republic and Roman Empire Ancient Coins (280 B.C.-A.D. 476)

Roman coinage can be divided into two parts: The Roman Republic of 225-27 B.C. and The Roman Empire of 27 B.C.-A.D. 476. The pre-Denarius collectible Silver coins, struck from 280 B.C. to 211 B.C., were called Didrachms and were the first of the Ancient Roman Silver coins. The Coin Reform of 211 B.C. made the Denarius the main Silver coin and the Aes the primary bronze coin.

The coins of the Roman Empire began with the first Emperor Augustus on the obverse in 41 B.C., with the primary coins being the Silver Denarius and the bronze Aes. These splendid old coins were debased over the years and in A.D. 215 the double Denarius, named the Antoninianus, was issued. Collectible ancient coins of the Roman Empire usually have the portrait of the emperor or the empress on the obverse, while the reverse depicts a religious god, goddess or military theme. A great way to collect Roman Imperial coins is by the portrait of the famous emperors. Most fourth-century Roman coins are very inexpensive, so this is a good place to start your Ancient Roman coin collection.

Medieval Collectible Coins (500-1500)

Medieval coinage had a time span of more than 1,000 years. It started with the fall of the Roman Empire in the West, giving rise to some of the nations of Europe that exist today, to the beginning of machine-made coins in the 16th and 17th centuries. The average life expectancy around this time was about 30 years and the Black Death (Bubonic Plague) subtracted one-third of the population of Europe.

Generally, Medieval Coins, so-called "hammered coins", were hand-struck on thin Silver planchets. They cover the coinage of Anglo-Saxon England, Feudal France, the Holy Roman Empire and the Crusades, to name a few. These rare coins may appear crude and hard to read, but they are the coins of castles and honorable knights.

Early Colonial and Rare Coins (1792-1858)

When the United States Mint was established in Philadelphia in 1792, it produced early United States coins for the original colonies to conduct commerce. With early colonial rare coins circulating for several generations, collecting old U.S. coins became popular during the 1850s. All denominations, including rare pennies, rare nickels and rare dimes, were included with this.

Stores of Precious Metals for coin production were at a minimum because exploration of the country was an ongoing process. The designs of the coins were simple and basic, and engraving technology improved over time. These rare coins are highly collectible because of their unique place in history. Being one of the first currency types available, colonial and early coins add numismatic value to any coin collection. The evolution of these collectible coins plays an important role to rare U.S. coins because the designs and the metal content constantly shifted over several generations. Various denominations were struck and minted, including rare dimes and rare quarters. Buyers can improve their coin collection with these denominations and more. The Civil War then came to pass and currency took on a new look and a brief redirection of priorities.

Civil War and the Rise of Currency (1861-1865)

As the Civil War raged across the nation, all U.S. coins were in short supply. Precious Metals like Silver and Gold were either being hoarded or the mining and production of the metals were limited. The government remedied the situation by printing paper currency to replace actual coins. While coins were still used, paper currency was cheaper to produce and extended to both the North and South. Like their metallic counterparts, our early bank notes, or FRNs, were miniature works of art and beautifully engraved.

Even though the Civil War lasted four years, the nation saw a drastic shift in terms of currency usage. There was a balance of numismatic coins and paper currency during and after the Civil War for everyone to use in terms of commerce or trade. Novice and experienced collectors now enjoy having a number of rare coins and currency on hand. After a brief layoff of new coin designs and production, there came vigor from the American public to innovate coin and currency designs.

The Golden Age of Collectible Coins and Currency (1866-1933)

When Teddy Roosevelt became president in the early 1900s, he was determined to elevate the artistry of our old U.S. coins. Sculptors such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens and James Earle Fraser created truly timeless designs that make these highly desirable collectible coins. Many Gold coins and Silver coins struck from the early 1800s to the early 1930s ended up being rare coins for varying reasons including limited mintages, grade, grading population and being short-lived designs. There were many designs and commemorative sets, making these sets both highly collectible coin sets and valuable coin sets.

Today, these rare coins have become collectible coins and are coveted by investors all over the world. The apex of our rare coinage artistry was captured in the Walking Liberty Half Dollars, Mercury Dimes, Standing Liberty Quarters, Morgan Silver Dollars, Peace Silver Dollars and Saint-Gaudens $20.00 Gold U.S. coin designs. Found within this artistry are rare pennies, rare nickels, rare dimes and more. U.S. coinage began developing more numismatic value as currency became an increasingly important part of everyday life including commerce, economic stimulus and investing. Coins during this Golden Age are popular with rare coin collectors because of the selection available to them. Many denominations from rare nickels to rare Silver Dollars were prominent in this age and continue to be valuable today. Some of these valuable coins have a limited mintage and are more rare than others.

Priorities once again shifted as the Great Depression and post-World War I came into existence. The Great Depression was one of the most devastating financial downturns in the history of the United States. 1933 was a defining year for all who carried Gold coins, and was truly a prominent timestamp for all rare coin collectors.

Pre-1933 Gold (1795-1933)

Pre-1933 Gold is a highly sought-after collectible coin. In the height of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt prohibited American citizens from holding monetary Gold, requiring the public to return Gold to the U.S. Treasury so it could be melted down to create Gold bars. This monumental act created highly valuable Gold coins for today's investors. The surviving Gold coins hold a unique place in history because it was an unprecedented act that saw a small percentage of Gold coins non-perished, some still in perfect condition. This rare Gold offers a unique perspective on any collection. While it looks good in any numismatic collection, investors can also hold history in the palm of their hands. The surviving rare coins have several denominations and designs, providing options for all investors and collectors.

Buy Collectible and Rare Coins from APMEX Today

APMEX’s selections of numismatic rare coins and currency are vast, comprised of bank notes and rare coins from various times and places throughout history, including everything from Colonial Notes and Continental Coins, to Confederate Currency and 20 Cent Pieces. There are great selections available for people of all interest levels. Whether interests lie with rare coins such as rare pennies and rare Silver dollars, ancient coins, or even small and large currency, there is an item perfect for any numismatic collection. Buyers can enhance the value of their coin collections with recently added collectible and rare coins. At APMEX, there is a large selection of rare coins and currency that has high numismatic value. Collecting rare coins and currency has never been as easy, and we make buying collectible rare coins even easier.

Coin Collecting

Coin collecting is the purposeful accumulation of minted legal tender. This differs slightly from numismatics in that numismatists closely study all currency. There is a great deal of overlap in these hobbies, although they are distinct pursuits. Humans have hoarded coins ever since coins came into existence, but coin collecting as the leisure pursuit we know and enjoy dates to the 14th Century. Because only the wealthy could seriously collect coins, coin collecting became known as “the hobby of kings.” The development of the middle classes allowed more and more people to pursue an interest in coins. Greater discretionary income and leisure hours caused a boom in coin collecting as a pastime. The interest in coins expanded beyond the ancient and antique to include foreign or exotic currency. Coin collecting is one of the oldest hobbies, and has become one of the most popular. What was once the hobby of kings is now often called “the king of hobbies."

Coin collecting takes on many different forms, depending on the desires and motivations of the person doing the collecting. There are casual collectors who simply hold on to coins that catch their fancy or that remain in their pockets after international travel. There are people who inherit major collections and consider themselves stewards of history. There are specialists who carefully pursue coins of a specific era or from a particular country. There are also those who go into coin collecting in hopes of developing a fascinating hobby with an eventual monetary benefit. It is certainly possible that a fine coin collection will grow into a fair investment with a good potential return. Whatever the reason or impetus for coin collecting, it is a hobby open to everyone. Coins capture the imagination in a way few everyday items can, and few hobbies offer the joy and satisfaction coin collecting can.

What does numismatist mean? Numismatics is the study and collecting of currency, most popularly coins. A numismatist is one who engages in studying and collecting currency. A numismatist may specialize in coins, or may study other forms of currency or currency-related materials.

Which are the most valuable coins? The most valuable coin is likely the 1794 Flowing Hair dollar that sold in 2013 for over $10 million. However, there are many coins worth more than their face value. Valuable coins may have melt value due to their metal content, or collectible value due to factors such as their mintage, condition or scarcity.

To shop our selection of Collectible Coins, Rare Coins, and U.S. Currency, click on the image representing the Numismatic Coin or U.S. Currency of your interest.

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