Every year, the United States Mint issues its Uncirculated Coin Sets as a way of preserving coins with the same designs as those used in everyday commerce. The sets are perfect for collectors who choose not to take circulating coiage for granted, and they are often affordable enough for even the most budget conscious collectors.
As a collector, you’re going to see many coin series and coin sets. Here, we’ll take a look at the differences between a set and a series as well as what makes each appealing as coin collecting techniques.
Now that you’ve got the essentials of coin finishes under your belt, or you do if you've read our previous articles discussing both the basics of coin finishes, we’ll cover some of the innovative new coin finishes that have become increasingly popular recently.
Many innovative new coins are the result of modern minting technology. One of the ways that some Mints offer innovation is through new finishes. Here we will discuss some of the special finishes you may see on modern coins.
While most people can identify the "heads" and "tails" of a coin, as collectors, it is important to learn the various parts, or anatomy of a coin. This page offers an illuminating graphic along with fundamental definitions.
Coin finishes are achieved through various striking methods and produce different visual effects on the coin design itself. Some collectors prefer a finish while others enjoy variety.
Graded, also know as certified or slabbed, coins, are given labels upon which information like their grades, designations, and specifications are displayed. A multitude of NGC and PCGS coin labels exist in a wide variety of themes, adding another layer of collectibility to graded coins.
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) dominate the field of third-party grading services. Both are widely regarded among collectors and are considered two of the most trusted services. This article will give an overview of each and compare their various benefits.
Coin Grading is the when a third-party certification service determines the condition, otherwise known as the grade, of a coin. There are many benefits to getting your collectible coins graded, but first, you must learn the basics of coin grading.
Now that you have the basics of the modern minting process down, or at least you do if you read our last article, its time to learn about the people behind the coins. Coin artists and coin engravers are integral to the creation of beautiful numismatic works of art.