Tag Archives: collecting

Giving the Gift of Coins

As Thanksgiving approaches my thoughts turn toward holiday shopping. Gift giving is a careful balance between pleasing the receiver and finding pleasure in sharing the gift. Choosing the right item can be challenging. We all like to give presents that … Continue reading

Posted in American, American Silver Eagle, Dimes, Dollar Coins, Half Dollars, History, Morgan, Nickels, Numismatic Terminology, Pennies, Quarters | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Did You Know there are Two Types of Buffalo Nickel?

Everyone loves the Buffalo nickel, the last circulating U.S. coin with a Wild West look. But comparatively few collectors are aware that there were actually two varieties of the historic coin. Stackable Art: The Buffalo nickel was created by one … Continue reading

Posted in Buffalo nickel type 1 and type 2, Buffalo nickel type I and type II, Buffalo nickel types, Flat line buffalo nickel, Raised Mound Buffalo nickel | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Art of Coin Collecting: How Old is it Really?

  Figure 1: Guillaume Budé’s De Asse et Partibus As a collector, you might not realize you’re part of a long line of collectors, a line that stretches into ancient history.  You are participating in a tradition that was, for … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Coins, History, Numismatic Terminology, Roman Coins, Widow's Mite | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The End of the Canadian Penny: Death of Another Cent

Honestly, how many people really use pennies anymore?  How many pennies do you have in your pocket or lying at the bottom of your purse right now?  How many do you have hidden away at home in an old canning … Continue reading

Posted in American, Canadian, Flying Eagle, History, Indian Head, Lincoln Wheat, Pennies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Back to School and Back to Collecting

Autumn is a beautiful time of year here in Vermont, featuring amazing scenery and fabulous weather. But the other thing I love about fall is the feeling of starting anew. The lazy days of summer are over and it’s the … Continue reading

Posted in American, Buffalo Nickels, Dimes, Dollar Coins, Half Dollars, History, Indian Head, Morgan, National Parks Quarters, Nickels, Pennies, Quarters, Statehood Quarters | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Making “Heads” and “Tails” of Numismatic Terms

During my first week of work at International Coins & Currency (well over 20 years ago!), I repeatedly heard the terms “obverse” and “reverse.” New to the collecting world, I had no idea what those funny words meant. It didn’t … Continue reading

Posted in American, Barber Quarters, History, Idioms, Numismatic Terminology, Quarters, Vernacular | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Attempted Assassination?

There’s been talk recently about killing the Presidential Dollar Program. In fact, on July 19, 2011, Senators David Vitter and Jim DeMint introduced a bill to terminate the $1 Presidential Dollar Program. There is currently about a billion dollars worth … Continue reading

Posted in American, Dollar Coins, History, Idioms, Native American, Numismatic Terminology, Presidential, Vernacular | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment