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What is My Old Coin Worth?
What is My Old Coin Worth?

What Is My Old Coin Worth? Coins have been around for more than 5,000 years. Early Roman Emperors gave Silver coins that featured their likenesses to their best generals and troops as a reward for bravery. Coin collecting became popular in Europe in the 1500s. In the United States, collecting coins didn...

What is an Ancient Coin?
What is an Ancient Coin?

The term ancient is simply a loose generalization applied to old coins. This can be a useful starting point for anyone interested in trading and collecting coins of a different era. CALCULATING ANCIENT COIN VALUES The first step toward calculating ancient coin values is to accurately identify your r...

Five Private Mints and What Makes Them Unique
Five Private Mints and What Makes Them Unique

Mints from around the world produce unique Precious Metals products. The differences between sovereign mints and private mints are vast but the most important difference is sovereign mints make legal tender coins, meaning their products have a monetary face value. Bullion items produced by sovereign mints are often...

The 1932-D and 1932-S Washington Quarters
The 1932-D and 1932-S Washington Quarters

Laura Gardin Fraser was a very accomplished sculptress. She and her husband, James Earle Fraser, designed some of the most beautiful and important coins in U.S. history. In fact, James designed the iconic Buffalo Nickel, with its Native American chief on the obverse and American bison on the reverse. Laura designed several c...

U.S. Coin Values
U.S. Coin Values

U.S. Coin Values Please note that the prices listed below represent the most common dates of U.S. coins in average circulated or typical uncirculated condition. Coin values shown here may or may not be currently accurate but are intended to show relative value — they are “ballpark” numbers. The value ...

The 1869 Indian Head Cent
The 1869 Indian Head Cent

In 1859, the U.S. Mint had just finished two years of striking millions of Flying Eagle cents. The coins were very difficult to strike well and the design was considered a “mediocre effort.” Director of the U.S. Mint James Snowden suggested to Mint Chief Engraver James B. Longacre that an allegorical representati...

The 1864-L Indian Head Cent
The 1864-L Indian Head Cent

The United States first minted one-cent coins back in 1793. The coins minted were called Large Cents, because, due to their size, they contained one cent’s worth of pure Copper. These were minted until 1857, when the price of Copper increased and a smaller cent was designed and struck. Given the mission of redesigning ...

The 1942/1 Mercury Dime Overdate
The 1942/1 Mercury Dime Overdate

The “Renaissance of United States Coinage” began in 1907 with the creation of the $20 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle and the $10 Gold Eagle. Soon, all other denominations of U.S. Gold coins followed. But the rest of America’s coinage was not far behind. The Lincoln Cent was created in 1909 by Victor David ...

WHAT IS NUMISMATICS?
It is common to hear about coin collecting and numismatics in the same breath, but there are key differences that separate the two. Numismatics is a growing field that attracts both history lovers and coin collectors. The value within numismatics is high because Precious Metals and bullion have continued to gain notoriety in the public. This article focuses on the extended knowledge of numismatics, highlighting historic coins and their significance, general bullion terminology and much more.

The popularity of coin collecting has increased due to a few factors, such as the discovery of rare and ancient coins, inflation and political turmoil. Every coin that has ever been minted has a unique history. Numismatics helps us highlight the historical value and scientific approach to the coins we collect. We often take our coinage and currency for granted; it becomes commonplace for us to spend it without thinking about its production. The value of numismatics goes beyond collecting coins and bullion, it is directly responsible for preserving a piece of our history.

NUMISMATIC VALUE
As the values of Precious Metals rise, collecting coins and currency has become more popular. The field of numismatics is both attractive and fun for experienced collectors and those who have a passing interest. These are some of the reasons for the rising value of numismatics:

  • Rise of Precious Metals value: You can see the rising price of Precious Metals values through time. Several factors play into the rise of metal prices, but seeing certain prices lends to more attractiveness with buying. Numismatics is not all contingent on Precious Metals values, but it is still a detail that can be beneficial to determine the collecting power of a numismatist.
  • Collecting coins and currency is more accessible: Rare and collectible coins have become more available to the public. While there are some numismatic coins that are harder to find, technology has made collecting coins and currency easier. Coin collecting has become more inclusive thanks to a variety of factors, which provides more informational channels and helps solidify an open network for numismatists.
  • Information has become more accessible: With the rise of the Internet, numismatists can get information on any rare or collectible coin. There are many learning opportunities available, such as how to start collecting or what is the most commonly collected coin over the past 10 years. The wide range of topics gives those interested in numismatics valued information.
  • Discoveries of rare coins and collectibles have drawn interest from people all over the world: From the rare Gold coin discovery in Israel to the shipwreck Silver discovery from over 300 years ago, these discoveries have helped pique the interest of coin collectors around the world. As more discoveries are made public, the value of numismatics rises even higher.

The motivation for collecting is different from collector to collector, but the result is the same. Numismatic coins and bullion are two different things, but both play an equally important role to the buyer. Understanding the differences between the two will help collectors make informed decisions about their numismatic purchases.

NUMISMATIC VALUE VS. BULLION VALUE
Numismatic coins and bullion coins are two different entities, but they both hold value. Collectors generally invest in Precious Metals bars and coins; however, they may be unaware of the numismatic value of popular bullion coins available. Numismatic coin value and bullion value carry an equal amount of weight, but the difference is the external value that a numismatic coin has. The rarity and popularity of the coin, intrinsic value, year it was minted and the necessity of the coin all play a role in determining the numismatic value of bullion.

Whether you are investing or collecting for a short term or long-term goal, there are a wide variety of resources that can help steer you in the right direction. You can invest in numismatic coins and bullion coins at the same time. If you are looking for numismatic value, many coins and currency will have the value you seek. As more people get into collecting, the value of numismatics can climb even higher.

Investing in both numismatic coins and bullion can be a profitable and fun experience. For new and experienced collectors, there is a bevy of information on numismatics available that will help you further your knowledge. There are many items that are associated with numismatics including coin types, classification, identifying finishes and the importance of historical coins.

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