Jul
30

Coin Insurance

Posted by Anastasia

After a certain period of time, every coin collector begins to realize that as their collection continues to grow, not only in volume but value, the need to consider insurance to protect against its potential loss becomes a necessary and prudent concern. Safeguarding a collection that has taken many years of dedicated work to assemble, along with the significant sums of money spent doing so, is not only part of a good investment strategy, but makes real good sense as well. If you currently own a home, there is a reasonably good chance that your current homeowner’s insurance policy will cover such valuables as banknotes, gold and silver bullion, perhaps platinum, medals and medallions, and other precious metals in your possession. The unfortunate side of this particular type of ‘standard’ coverage provided by most insurance companies is that it is …

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Jun
21

Coin Infomercials – What are they selling?

Posted by Anastasia

In an effort to clear the air, if not the airwaves, it would be wise for any reader to regard the following guideline with a grain of salt, and that any and all judgments regarding what coins may (or may not) be worth investing in is certainly left to the buyer’s preference and numismatic sense of value and collectability. It should also be pointed out that any viewpoints expressed here are just opinions, and do not reflect any buying preferences for investing in these particular coins, nor are they meant pass judgment on  any company or coin offering. These infomercial-driven products represent an immensely popular resource for collectors of all levels of interest and expertise. They certainly reflect an abundance of marketing savvy, as well as a keen commercial insight into what motivates many collectors to make these coins an …

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Jun
08

21st Century Coin Collectors: Social Networks

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There is no doubt that if any one wants to really exist in today’s global community, then establishing a presence within a social networking platform is essential. When it comes to coin collecting or numismatics, there is no lack of popularity or presence within these massive gathering places. All types of individuals, groups, clubs, societies, businesses, and communities have created their social-networking footprint, and all are serving the wants, needs, and desires of every avid coin enthusiast out there. They all have something to share, show, trade, sell, or otherwise offer in the way of coin collecting knowledge, expertise, or experience. It is indeed a global village of coin collecting know-how and unbridled enthusiasm, reaching across the planet with tens of thousands of active participants anxious to just ‘talk’ about the hobby that drives their passions the most – collecting …

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Jun
04

How To Avoid Coin Corrosion

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In the world of coin collecting, there is seldom anything worse, numismatically speaking, than to see a beautiful Uncirculated or Proof coin fall prey to the fundamental and often unseen hazards of the environment. When it comes to things made of metal, it is indeed ironic that an object so seemingly impervious to ordinary means of destruction and decay can be so susceptible to the ravages of both time and the elements.  Customarily, and through most of minting history, coins have been fabricated from three basic forms of metal and their alloys – gold, silver and copper. The alloy combinations can certainly vary, depending on the desired results, from silver or copper within gold coins, copper used in making silver coins, as well as tin or zinc found in copper coins, and these being usually called ‘bronzes’. In more modern …

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May
28

Top 10 Coin Auctions

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Anywhere you happen to be cruising through the numismatic world in cyberspace, you are undoubtedly going to come across the very popular spheres of coin auction houses. On-line coin auction houses are taking the coin world by storm in recent years. This is  not only because of the ease of finding coin and auction sites via search engines like google, but because the popularity of coin collecting in general is taking off to unparalleled heights, with tens of millions of collectors across the globe searching for that ‘perfect’ coin. There is no better place to tap into the coin market than the auction houses.  Whether you are hunting for old coins, U.S. banknotes, or world paper currency, there are more options available on the web than you can imagine. Of course, auctions of old coins can be a bit tricky, …

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