Author Archives: Coins Magazine Staff

Searching for Silver

I was shopping for lunch and dinner. As a habit, I checked the Coinstar machine and found a few coins. They turned out to be a 1946 Roosevelt, a 1940 “wheatie” and a 1999 Canadian quarter. Seems like this is … Continue reading

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Coin Finds: Coin Collecting Partner

I have what I consider a disappointing coin find. I collect Kennedy half dollars and for the last few years, I have been buying uncirculated rolls.  This year I bought my usual two sets and was breaking one set for … Continue reading

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Thrill of the Hunt

My boys, ages 7 and 11, and I have just recently gotten into coin hunting and collecting within the past year.  We have found that buying $50 bags of pennies from banks is the easiest resource for us and we … Continue reading

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Worth the Wait: 1899 Liberty Nickel in VG8 Condition

I recently began a Quarter Type Set collection. I just purchased an 1834 Capped Bust on eBay that would grade around VG8 or 10. I could see in the photos that it was an O over F variety even though … Continue reading

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Hidden Gem: Blazing Silver 1943 penny

One morning in April 2018 I went to a nearby store and checked the Coinstar machine to see what I could find. A couple of coins on the floor near the machine got my attention. When I looked into the … Continue reading

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Collecting Barber Dimes

by Mike Thorne, Ph.D. When I started collecting coins in the mid 1950s, coins to fill contemporary sets could be acquired through change and roll searching, with an occasional purchase of a key date. At that time, dimes, quarters, and … Continue reading

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Adventures With The Pound And The Euro

by Mike Thorne My wife and I took a trip. We spent a week in England and another week on the continent. As usual, one of my carry-on bags contained coins left over from the trip. Getting rid of paper … Continue reading

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U.S. Bullion: All the Elements in the Equation?

By Mark Benvenuto The United States Mint has been playing on the world stage for decades now, when it comes to gold and silver bullion coins that is. We were not the first nation to unveil any sort of bullion … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning Your Coin Collection (#4)

by Mike Thorne At the end of my last column, I introduced an issue that could be summarized in the following question: If I purchase only coins certified by the major certification services, why would I need to learn how … Continue reading

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Coin Finds: Luck at the Coinstar Machine

Recently I was lucky to have some luck at the Coinstar machine at the Acme. One trip yielded a 1946 Mercury Dime and a second trip a 1919 Lincoln, both in good condition. Not bad for a simple stroll to … Continue reading

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