06 Feb 2023

REAL or FAKE?! How to Tell if a Coin is Counterfeit

Coins | theCollectorOfCoins

If you have ever been to a coin show, you will see many coin dealers setup with a table. I am one of those dealers. Did you know that coin dealers also buy coins at coins shows? I do not have my own Local Coin Store so I have purchase coins from people when they visit my table. This video is about such an occurrence where unfortunately I was a bit busy at the time and did not listen to my own advice about properly evaluating coins before I purchase so I may have purchased a Counterfeit Morgan Dollar. Even dealer's can make mistakes when we're not careful. I personally need more training on this however hoping what I do know can help you. I strongly recommend taking ANA classes to gain skills needed for counterfeit detection. This YouTube video is intended to help all collectors (and dealers) on the things to look for when examining potential counterfeit coins. Click here to watch the video

19 Jan 2023

My Best Coin Roll Hunting Finds of 2022

Coins | theCollectorOfCoins

2022 was both a great and lucky year for me with my coin roll hunting finds. I hope you enjoy this video highlighting the best of those finds! I hope coin roll hunting in 2023 continues to be as lucky if not better.The best of is featured in this video I posted to my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/cR31usCtlXAI hope you will consider checking it out. Leave a comment on what was your best find in circulation in 2022

17 Jan 2023

Am I Cursed? I Purchased an Old Illuminati Coin!

Tokens | theCollectorOfCoins

As a coin dealer it's important to buy coins when the opportunity arises. Sometimes that opportunity surfaces at a coin show (such as the case of this video). Often, people come to coin shows with 1 of 2 objectives in mind. 1: to look at and potentially buy coins to add to their collection or 2. to sell coins they have. This video features scenario 2. Someone came to my table to sell coins in a collection they I think inherited. They wanted to sell everything together instead of piecemeal. I made an offer and purchased the entire lot. This video shows what I purchased and to my surprise it contained a Masonic Token or Medal from 1908 (celebrating 100 years). The token looks like it's an Old Illuminati token. Very cool and very mysteriousCheck out the YouTube video to see more (https://youtu.be/Ye1slPWF5ds)

20 Oct 2022

Artificial Intelligence Coin Grading

Coins | user_39052

Hello everyone, I am currently a young numismatist in high school, my business class is conducting a seminar-long research paper on an Independent Business Plan, and I chose the topic of coin grading. To gauge interest, I made a google form with a few questions to see what those in the community think about it. It already has a bunch of responses, and if you fill out the form you are able to see the percent of people who answered each response (I think it's cool!)! The link is below: https://forms.gle/JNLPUjrG4vDfXQpE6

19 Oct 2022

YN Auction Grab Bag Win!

Coins | CC

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in a while--I've been super busy ever since school started back up. I got a job working at the local coin store! But that's not what this is about-this is about the grab bag I won in the YN auction! It was the first grab bag auctioned off--I'd been waiting for it. Once I received it, I was shocked! I was expecting a lot worse coins than these! So this blog is for the people who were constantly commenting (one of them was me) about "what's in the grab bags??" and "Who here has gotten grab bags before? What's in them??" and "we need another space cat background!" (That definitely wasn't me) Anyways, let's get started.First, we have the tokens. There was a "good luck token," a "no cash value token," two transit tokens and two tax tokens. Moving on, because those weren't very interesting, there were two ANA medals. One was proof strike from 2003, and the other was from 1992. They are smaller than a silver dollar but bigger than a half. Next, there were three wheaties. One is a 1930 S, another is a 1928 S, and the last one is a countermarked 1955 D (see pictures!) Then there were a couple assorted world coins, Including a MS Ukraine coin from 2018, A British large cent, an British half cent, a British three pence, and a Canadian quarter. All pretty common. Then there were some a little bit better world coins, including a 1958 Portuguese 50 Centavos, a 1938 British large penny, a 1945 French Five Francs, and a 1962 Swiss 1/2 Frank (or Franc? not sure). Then some very nice World coins-- a 1915 Cuban coin, an 1888 Dominican Republic 2 1/2 Centavos, a 1876 Norwegian 1 Ore, A 1879 Spanish 10 Centavos, and a very high mint state 1944 10 cents from the Netherlands! Then there was a coin I was NOT expecting-a struck off-planchet error! My first good error coin besides a die cud!! Then there was one of those blank penny planchet things form the mint-now my second blank planchet, but a nice one!! Then, off course, they have to toss in a bit of silver! A 1968 Kennedy 40% silver half dollar. These aren't rare or anything, but they have silver value. Last but certainly not least, we have the 1781 Prussian Coin! I love these kinds of old 18th century coins--I was bummed that there weren't any in the auction this year, so I was excited to see this!There you have it, that's all! Not nearly as interesting as the gold, but still a decent win! Congratulations to those of you who won something in this year's YN Auction!

07 Sep 2022

United States Type Coin Collection

Coins-United States | TCHTrove

OK, let's try this again. Couldn't put all the pictures into "Collections", so we'll do it this way. Found these old Whitman folders in a lot of stuff I purchased when we had our own shop. Decided to gradually try to complete the set. It's gonna take awhile though, since there are 46 slots in the first book (not including the "Rare" coins), and 31 slots in the second book. (Not including 1 "Rare") Many I already have in my collection, but have decided to purchase additional specimens to fill them, many of which will be better date or better grade. Not all, and not necessarily HIGH grade. You know, it's really about what makes you feel good, not the actual value, and resources are a little limited. Anyway, here's what I have so far. Grades given are my best estimate, although I am NOT an expert. (But I do pretty well most of the time.)Book 1: Book 2:1858 Flying Eagle F12 1841 O Seated Liberty quarter VG81859 CN Indian Head F12 1854 w/ Arrows Seated Liberty quarter VG81864 Bronze Indian Head G4 1876 CC Seated Liberty quarter VG101909 VDB Lincoln cent VF30 1932 Washington quarter F151915 S Lincoln cent F12 1894 Barber half dollar G41943 S Steel Lincoln cent EF45 1938 D Walking Liberty half dollar VF201981 Lincoln Memorial cent AU58 1892 S Morgan silver dollar VG81858 Silver 3 cent piece F12 1877 S Trade dollar EF401853 w/ Arrows Seated Liberty Half dime VF201883 No cents Liberty Nickel VF201914 Buffalo Nickel F121875 Seated Liberty dime F15

16 Aug 2022

The Jefferson Nickel

Coins | Coin Keeper

The journey of the Jefferson nickel started in 1937, even though this series could not begin until the next year (1938) because of a law forbidding a coin changing before the minimum of 25 years had passed since the first release of the design. The coin in use at that time was the buffalo nickel, and was in its twenty-fourth year of production. Even though many appreciated the older design, the mint discontinued it due to the fact that the date would easily rub off and become illegible.

15 Jul 2022



Every time we have a coin in our hands, we begin a journey through time, which allows us to visit cultures, empires, kingdoms, countries, religions, philosophies, ideologies and, of course, ways of understanding life and death.

03 Jul 2022

The Nickel Five Cent Coin (From 1866-1938)

Coins | Coin Keeper

The conflict of the Civil War caused Americans to take many coins out of circulation due to their silver and gold content. This made coins hard to come by, so the mint tried to solve this problem by printing fractional currency. They soon attempted another possible solution. The Act of May 16, 1866 allowed the production of a five cent coin made out of nickel even though there was a coin of this denomination (the silver half dime) already in circulation.


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