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02 Jul 2021

Collecting On A Budget: How To Make An Affordable and Beautiful Numismatic Collection

Collecting Tips | thatcoinguy

Hello fellow YNs! (If this goes on the main blog, sorry. I'm new to this.)

As I know very well, building an amazing collection while you have no steady source of income is hard. VERY hard. So in this blog, I am going to attempt to put some of the the tips and tricks I know into a short, informative post, that will make your collections expand from reading it.
A strategy I have recently learned about is checking the return slots at Coin Star machines. Often, as people are in a rush or do not know to look down, people tend to not pick up coins that fall into the return slot. The coins you will typically find are foreign coins, and "No Cash Value" tokens, If you check more often, you have a good chance at finding old silver dimes and quarters, and wheat cents. If you get lucky, you might even find a half dollar or two. This quick and easy way to acquire specimens for you collection is very rewarding. If nothing else, you can just use the change to buy new additions to your collection. Just don't forget to look underneath, too.

Another great way to collect on a budget is looking for mint errors. I have recently checked out a book from my local library called, "Strike It Rich With Pocket Change-Error Coins Bring Big Money" by Ken Potter and Dr. Brain Allen. This book is easy to navigate, lists a TON of errors you might find in your change, and is very well written. I have already found many errors with the assistance of this book.

Thanks so much for reading, and leave a comment down below about your finds from Coin Stars, and change searching.

Comments

Mokie

Level 6

I have not been very successful with CoinStar machines in Pennsylvania but in California I would usually find Mexican or Philippine coins. Having said that, I always check. Thanks for a fun blog.

Mike

Level 7

Thanks for a good blog. I enjoyed it!

thatcoinguy

Level 4

No problem! I’m planning on coming out with more blogs, and my content is mostly, like, collecting tips, new additions to the collections, or updates.

Golfer

Level 5

Always wondered about those coin star machines. Good advice. Pocket change and roll searching are great ways to collect.

Kepi

Level 6

Welcome and great blog! Enjoyed it ; ) I've always picked up change and definitely check the Coin Star machines. You never know what someone left behind, could be your treasure!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

This is a fine blog. Thanks! I check coin star too

thatcoinguy

Level 4

What’s the coolest thing you’ve found (the one closest to me is out of order, so no finds in a while)?

Longstrider

Level 6

Thanks for the tip. I love looking around for change. CoinStar is a the new cigarette machine. Did you know that a lot of 1955 DDO Lincoln cents used to be included as change with your pack of smokes. They didn't know there were errors then or, most likely, care. Keep searching.

thatcoinguy

Level 4

Thanks for the encouragement! I’ll have to keep my eye out for those 1955 DDO cents.

Long Beard

Level 5

Coin Star wasn't a thing in my youth. We resorted to Coke machine and pay phone slots, but mostly dad's pocket change.

thatcoinguy

Level 4

Nice! What was your coolest find in “dad’s pocket change”?

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