As an avid coin collector since 1992, I’ve been through my share of coin loupe magnifiers, and I want to share with you what the best magnifying glass for coins is — and why you really need one.
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DIY Tree Faces – Create the illusion that Mother Nature has gone berserk and created foliage with a fun (or spooky!) personality. Here are lots of clever ideas to inspire you! One-of-a-kind photos of tree faces and talking trees to help you to create your own fun Halloween tree decorations… or year round tree art!
All 1946 nickels are worth more than face value. They should definitely be on your “keep and don’t spend” list. See the current 1946 nickel value, plus valuable 1946 error nickels to look for!
Have a 1945-P nickel, a 1945-D nickel, or a 1945-S nickel? Find out how much it’s worth here. Plus, how to tell if you have a valuable 1945 error nickel!
If you’ve found a 1944 Jefferson nickel, you’re in luck. These old nickels are made from silver and worth more than face value. Some 1944 nickels are worth hundreds, even thousands of dollars! See how much yours is worth here.
I came across this fun idea for a Christmas tree made out of PVC pipe from one of Martha Stewart’s projects. My PVC Christmas tree fits perfectly in the window in our dining room. And who doesn’t love a window Christmas tree??? I even added colorful lights shining from the outside in — to add more color to the PVC tree at night.
Jefferson nickels with Full Steps details are relatively scarce — and they’re quite valuable! See exactly what Full Steps nickels are, how much they’re worth, whether they’re rare or not, how to find Full Steps Jefferson nickels for cheap, and tips for collecting them.
How much is a 1943 nickel worth? All 1943 nickels are worth more than face value — because they’re made from silver! See exactly how much a 1943-P nickel, 1943-D nickel, and 1943-S nickel are worth today. Plus, a list of 1943 nickel errors to look for.
How rare and valuable are 1941 Jefferson nickels? Which features do the most valuable 1941 nickels have? You’ll find all of the answers to your 1941 nickel questions right here!
1940 Nickel Value – Have a 1940 Jefferson nickel and want to know how much it’s worth? See the value of a 1940 nickel with no mint mark, a 1940-S nickel, and a 1940-D nickel here!
I try to make a new door wreath each month. For most of my front door wreaths, I use wild grapevines from my yard as a base. Here’s how to make a grapevine wreath for the winter months.
The U.S. Mint was striking Buffalo nickels until October 3, 1938 — when the first Jefferson nickel was produced. Here’s how to tell what your 1938 nickel is worth, and how to determine if you have a rare 1938 nickel or not. The Ultimate 1938 Nickel Value Guide.
Some 1942 nickels are made from silver — but not all of them. See why (the story behind 1942 silver war nickels) + How to tell if a 1942 nickel is silver + The value of all 1942 nickels
In early 2000, special Lincoln pennies were included inside 10 million boxes of Cheerios cereal. Many of the Cheerios pennies feature a “Wide AM” reverse that is quite scarce! See how much these special 2000 Wide AM pennies are worth + how much a “regular” 2000 Cheerios penny is worth.
Have you ever seen a special Cheerios dollar coin? Cheerios dollars are known as pattern coins — they’re rare and valuable!
Here are the answers to your questions about 1951 nickels, including: Are 1951 nickels rare? What are the 4 types of 1951 Jefferson nickels? How much are 1951 nickels worth? What’s the easiest way to find valuable nickels?
1950 Nickel Value – See why the 1950-D nickel is so rare and worth up to $17,000. Plus, valuable mistakes to look for on your 1950 nickels!
In this article you will find (1) A complete list of U.S. coins made of silver by denomination. (2) A list of the most valuable silver coins by denomination. (3) The dates that the metal composition changed for each U.S. coin denomination throughout the years. Everything you want to know about silver nickels, silver dimes, silver quarters, silver half dollars, silver dollars, and even silver pennies!
A List Of More Than 100 U.S. Error Coins By Denomination – see all of the pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollar coins with errors you should be looking for!
Orange trees make great DIY Halloween trees! See all of the fun ways to decorate a regular Christmas tree with Halloween decorations OR spray paint a green artificial Christmas tree orange OR buy an orange Halloween tree and decorate it the way you like! Photos and videos showing lots of fun ways to make your own DIY Halloween Trees — both indoor and outdoor Halloween trees — using all sorts of fun shapes and Halloween decorations.
The complete guide to Susan B. Anthony dollar coin errors and varieties — and how much they’re worth. A list of 13 rare & valuable Susan B. Anthony dollar errors and varieties you should be looking for!
A list of Eisenhower dollar errors and varieties that are worth a lot of money! FIRST… 7 rare and valuable Eisenhower dollar coin varieties worth $1 to $100 apiece (including the Friendly Eagle Dollar, the Peg Leg Dollar, 3 types of 1972 Eisenhower dollars, and 2 types of 1976 Bicentennial dollars). PLUS… 7 unique Eisenhower dollar coin errors that are worth $30 to several thousand dollars apiece! See exactly what you should be looking for on your Eisenhower dollar coins.
One book that I’ve found to be a fun read is 101 Things To Do Before You’re Old And Boring by Richard Horne and Helen Szirtes. This book is really great inspiration for making your own Bucket List! See all of the things they say you just have to try before you’re old & gray… plus my personal favorites. Also, see all of the fun Bucket List Guides we’ve created to inspire you to make your own Summer bucket list, Life bucket list, Jeeping bucket list, Travel bucket list, Dog bucket list and more!
What is a floating roof penny worth today? It’s well over face value… find out here! These unique pennies can be found in your loose change rather easily — here’s what you should be looking for. Plus 3 great ways to find floating roof pennies in bank rolls, at coin shops, and in mint sets!
There are lots of Jefferson Nickel errors and varieties that are worth a lot of money. Many are quite rare too! Here’s a list of the most valuable Jefferson nickel errors and varieties — along with their values and tips for finding these rare coins in your loose change!
How to tell if you have a rare Buffalo nickel with an error or variety! A list of the most valuable Buffalo nickel errors – including the rare 1936 and 1937 3 legged buffalo nickels. See the current Buffalo nickel value for all errors and varieties.
Some Kennedy half dollars don’t contain the letters “FG” on the coin. See why and where the letters are supposed to be on a Kennedy half dollar. Actually no FG half dollar error coins are quite valuable! See how much Kennedy no FG half dollars are worth.
Have the first day of Kindergarten jitters? The best advice for parents whose children are getting ready to start Kindergarten comes from parents and teachers who’ve been through this before. Following is a collection of all the best tips from parents and kindergarten teachers to help you prepare for your child’s first day of Kindergarten.
All about the 1965 silver dime that’s worth thousands! How to tell a rare 1965 dime error from a common 1965 dime. And the value of common & rare 1965 dimes
How much is an Abraham Lincoln dollar coin worth? Well, if it has any errors or varieties, your Lincoln dollar could be worth quite a lot! The Abraham Lincoln dollar coin value ranges from $1… into the hundreds of dollars! Find out how much yours is worth here…
Engage the kids this summer with Independence Day themed crafts to get them excited for the Fourth of July holiday. From DIY tote bags to homemade sparklers, patriotic face painting, and more… here are 11 ways to add sparkle to kids craft time on the 4th of July!
Do any dollar coins have errors? YES! Here are the most valuable errors found to date on Thomas Jefferson dollar coins and how much these rare dollar coin errors are worth:
Did you know the 1909-S Indian Head penny is rare? Find out how much this Indian Head cent is worth today — and why it’s so rare and valuable!
Find a 1970 dime with no mint mark? Find out here if it’s the rare and value 1970 dime error worth big bucks! Some 1970 dimes are worth hundreds, even thousands of dollars! Here’s why and what you should be looking for on these rare and valuable error coins.
Want to know how much your 1877 Indian Head penny is worth? Here are answers to your 1877 penny questions, values for this rare coin, info about 1877 replica pennies, and tips to avoid fakes.
The 1983 dime error is one of the most sought-after rare United States error coins struck in the 1980s — and it has kept collectors on their toes for years! The fact is some 1983 Roosevelt dimes are missing a major detail, making these error coins worth AT LEAST $500… up to $5,000 or more! Here’s what you should be looking for on your 1983 dimes.
Wondering what your 2007 John Adams dollar coin is worth? If you’ve got one with an error or variety, it’s worth much more than face value! Find out if you have a rare 2007 John Adams dollar coin and how much it’s worth here.
2007 George Washington Dollar Coin Value – If you’re wondering how much is a George Washington dollar coin worth, you’ve come to the right place! See the value of all 2007 George Washington gold dollar coins, and what you should be looking for to determine if you have any of the most valuable ones that are errors!
A pinata brings life to a party — especially an outdoor party! Whether you make a paper mache pinata yourself, or you involve the kids, you’ll have a lot of fun with this craft project. Here are a bunch of fun pinatas and pinata garland that you can make at home yourself… or with the kids.
Found a coin with an odd marking on it? It might be a counterstamp! This article will tell you what counterstamped coins are, why they exist, and how much they’re worth.
The terms “scarce” and “rare” can be confusing when understanding coin rarity. This article clears up the confusion between scarce U.S. coins vs. rare U.S. coins — with examples and coin rarity charts. Rare vs. scarce coins are explained in detail. You will see the major differences between rare U.S. coins and scarce U.S. coins – with examples and coin rarity charts.
Maybe you saw the V75 mark on a W quarter… or some other unusual mark on a different coin. Do you know what it means? Here’s what a privy mark on U.S. coins means. Plus, how much coins with privy marks are worth!
Did you know that a 2020-W quarter is a rare coin? Only a few 2020-W quarters were made and released into circulation… so be sure to check your pocket change! That’s right, none were included in coin sets. If you happen to be lucky enough to find one, you can see here how much your 2020-W quarter is worth. Plus, 3 tips to increase your odds of finding a rare 2020-W quarter in your spare change!
Here’s how to tell a large vs. small date penny (similarities and differences). Plus, see the value of a 1982 small date penny, 1970 small date penny, 1960 small date penny — and large date pennies for those same years, too!
What is money made of in the United States? Specifically, what are coins made of? And what is paper money made of? Silver coins aren’t made from silver, nickels aren’t made from nickel, and lots more surprising facts about what money is made from in the United States!
The best Mother’s Day gifts aren’t the things you BUY… they’re the things you DO with your mom to make her feel special. Skip the boring Mother’s Day brunch this year, and try one of these offbeat Mother’s Day gift ideas — that you and your mom can enjoy together!
The ultimate list of U.S. pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars & dollar coins you should be saving, and not spending. See which coins in your spare change jar are worth money! (Any that are NOT listed here are simply worth face value.)
Is it time to get rid of the penny and the one-cent denomination in the U.S.? Yes! See how getting rid of the penny in the United States will save taxpayers money AND help coin collecting become an even more popular hobby.
What are error coins? How much are coin mistakes worth? See all of the error coins that can be found in your pocket change – common coin mistakes are currently in circulation! I’ll show you what to look for in your spare change. Plus a list of rare mint error coins that are harder to find but worth a lot of money!
Machine Doubling vs. Double Die Coins – I can help you determine whether your coin has machine doubling or is a doubled die. See the differences between these types of error coins, examples of machine doubling vs. doubled dies, and how much these error coins are worth.