U.S. coin errors and varieties can be confusing to tell apart. How are variety coins and error coins different? Why does it matter? What are these unusual coins worth? Here's everything you need to know about errors and varieties in coin collecting.
Articles for category: Coin Collecting 101
Find A Blank Coin? Here’s Everything You Want To Know About Blank Planchet Error Coins… Including How Much They’re Worth!
Have a blank coin with no heads and no tails? Here's what blank planchet error coins are worth, how they're made, and why these coins are so valuable.
Do you have any damaged coins or coins with an excessive amount of wear? These are generally called cull coins. Not only are they relatively easy to find -- they're also cheap coins to buy! Here's more about these types of coins, what they're worth, and why they may be a good fit for your collection.
Your weird looking coins might be error coins! Here's how to tell what's a legit error coin from the U.S. Mint (like the rare 1990 penny, valuable doubled die coins, and bubbled coins) and what's an altered coins or novelty coin (like two-headed coins, colorized coins, gold-plated coins, really small coins, really large coins, coins with odd rims and edges, dimes & quarters without edge grooves). Plus a list of some of the most common U.S. coin errors that you could actually find in your pocket change!
Coin folders and coin albums each have their following, and each have their own sets of pros and cons. Be sure you take into account which type of needs you have as a coin collector before you go out and buy either coin folders or coin albums. Here's why I like to use coin albums for my most expensive coin collections and coin folders for all the rest.
Post Mint Damage & Post Strike Damage: What You Need To Know About PMD & PSD vs. Error Coins + Damaged Coins Value
Post Mint Damage (or Post Strike Damage) refers to any damage a coin has suffered after leaving the U.S. Mint -- including scratches, dings, holes, bumps, nicks, and gouges. See how to tell damaged coins apart from error coins, plus the value of damaged coins.
Wondering about the difference between being a numismatist and a coin collector? A coin collector is somebody who gathers coins with the intention of completing sets of coins. A numismatist is a person who studies coins and money from a historic, social, or artistic sense. See other differences and why many people are both!
You don't need to be wealthy to buy silver coins. Here are 4 ways to buy cheap silver coins when you're on a budget. Plus, tips for collecting silver coins when you're on a budget. Before you buy silver coins, read this!
Do you know how to tell a copper penny from a zinc penny? Here are 4 ways to tell if you have a copper penny vs. a zinc penny. When you finish reading these 4 tips, you'll know how to quickly tell zinc pennies from copper pennies!
Wondering How To Find Local Coin Dealers? Here’s How To Find A Coin Dealer Who Is Reputable & Reliable Near You
A coin dealer is one of the greatest resources that we coin collectors have. Coin dealers are coin experts that can help you: buy coins, sell coins, get a coin appraisal, locate hard-to-find coins, and learn more about your coins. Here are 5 tips to help you find a coin dealer near you who's reputable and reliable.