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. You can also post any suggestions to our coin forum.

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.

When engaging in various forms of online entertainment including playing games of chance at online casinos, poker rooms and betting on sports it's wise to play in local currencies. Sites found here for example at BestUSACasinoSites.com offer players the ability to play and get paid out in US dollars. You'll find the same is true when you visit Australian online casinos like those listed here on http://onlinecasinoaustralian.net and at virtually all country specific sites that are geared towards particular markets.

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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
07/27/2016
Deciphering history through coins
We both take seats amidst a pile of coins and artefacts as he pulls one coin after the other from his huge collection of 20,000-plus. “The credit goes to my great grandfather who nurtured the passion in my grandfather Ayya Nadar and father Kalirajan. more info

07/28/2016
Any way you flip a coin… Heads and Tails provides expertise for budding numismatists
While other boys his age may have been collecting baseball cards or comic books, Torrington’s Dick Bacca was acquiring something that would prove to be much more valuable — coins. It all started simply enough for the owner of Heads and Tails Coin Shop ... more info

07/26/2016
English Gold Noble Coins of King Edward III (1327-77)
Under King Edward III, coins of all three denominations were struck at the Calais Mint as well, though these are rarer and usually more expensive. A Noble from Calais could be added to a collection for historical reasons. Auction records in the U.S. are ... more info

07/24/2016
Strange currencies: coin lovers flock to Ottawa for major convention
"We didn't have Indiana Jones back then," said Pelletier. "But looking at it today [coin collection] was like a mystery I needed to solve." James Williston, a member of the Canadian Association of Wooden Money Collectors and the Canadian Tire Coupons ... more info