The Most Sought-After Silver Proof Sets

The Most Sought-After Silver Proof Sets

Whether brand new to the world of coin collecting or a seasoned numismatist, silver proof sets are an excellent choice to collect, containing stunning proof examples of the coins issued for circulation each year, struck from either 90% or 99.9% fine silver by the historic San Francisco Mint. Discover more about where silver proof sets … Continued

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Coin Collector? An Introduction To The American Numismatic Association

If you collect coins, you should consider becoming a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) – the largest non-profit organization in the world dedicated to “educating and encouraging people to study coins and related material,” according to the ANA mission statement. It currently has about 25,000 members, and membership is open to anyone who wishes … Continued

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What Are British Sovereign Gold Coins?

Though collectors can obtain different types of British coins, nothing captures the spirit and history of Britain quite like British sovereign gold coins. Unlike popular, newer options such as the Britannia gold coin, British sovereigns carry hundreds of years of history and circulation. Though the design, size, and gold content of these sovereigns has changed over the years, their cultural presence has remained undeniable. Find out more about the history of sovereigns, current British coin values, and their cultural impact on the country today.

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Complete Guide to Junk Silver Coins

Junk silver, or junk coins, refers to circulated coins that were minted in the past (pre-1964) and have relatively little numismatic value or historical significance. Instead, they are valued for their silver content. These coins are typically made of 90% silver or higher, with the remaining percentage usually consisting of copper. Junk silver that contains less than 90% silver also exists, such as Kennedy Half Dollars struck between 1965-1970, which are 40% silver.  Junk silver is also generally characterized as being common date examples in conditions below what is considered collectible for that type of coin. 

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A Guide to Coin Die Varieties

My last article explored the fascinating world of Mint errors. There are endless numbers of possible Mint errors, each the result of a unique mistake when the coin was struck. Unfortunately, many confuse Mint varieties with Mint errors. According to The Official Redbook, A Guide Book of United States Coins, the term variety means: a coin’s design that sets it apart from the normal issue of that type. Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) defines a variety coin as one that differs from its basic design type in some distinctive way and is thus differentiated by collectors. These are not unique issues, such as Mint errors, but part of the authorized coinage. 

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A Guide To Coin Errors And Collecting Error Coinage

Many of the emails we receive are about error coins. The rarity and value of miss-strike and error coins are one of the biggest misconceptions of numismatics. Anyone who runs across one thinks they have hit the lottery. The truth is that the United States Mint strikes billions of coins each year, and a relatively small number escape quality control and enter circulation. These coins were not made intentionally and are not considered regular issues. Most error coins are somewhat unique, and prices vary according to supply and demand.

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Questions People Ask About the U.S. Mint

Discover the answers to the most commonly asked questions about the U.S. Mint and more from our team at ModernCoinMart!

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Complete Guide to Stacking Silver Rounds

Silver stacking and silver rounds have both recently grown in popularity. Let’s explore what stacking is and the best practices for stacking silver rounds.

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First King Charles III Coins and Final Queen Elizabeth II Commemoratives

on September 30, 2022, The Royal Mint unveiled the new portrait of King Charles III that will begin appearing towards the end of the year on a 50-pence circulating coin issued as a final commemorative coin for Queen Elizabeth. In early 2023, this effigy will also appear on collector versions of that coin and two other coins issued as final commemoratives for Elizabeth.

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The Royal Mint Launches Royal Tudor Beasts Coin Series

Fans of the hugely popular Queen’s Beasts series from The Royal Mint will be delighted to learn that a new series about British royal ancestry has just been launched, called the Royal Tudor Beasts series.

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