Fun Investments: Coin Collecting for Beginners

History of Coin Collecting

Coin collecting has been around for hundreds of years. Many people first started collecting coins because it the coins had a meaning to them. It was a time in their past, or the coin told a story to them. In the 1930s coin collecting became more popular. As time has passed coins have become more and more popular. This is because people have realized that there is more than just sentimental value to coins, some have a real value too. They can indeed be fun investments.

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Value of a Coin

The value of a coin is determined by multiple factors. The first factor that influences the value is how rare the coin is. Many people associate older coins to be more rare, that is not the case. The less popularity and abundance of a certain coin there is, the more value the coin has. Another factor that influences the value of a specific coin is the condition it is in. Coins are graded on their condition. The lower the grade a coin receives, the less valuable it is. The more pristine the condition is, the higher the value will be. The metal that the coin is made of also determines value as well. Depending upon if the coin is made of gold, or silver will determine how much added value that particular coin has. The last factors is the demand of the coin. The more demanded a coin is, the better for the value. The less demanded a coin is, the value lowers.

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Supply and Demand/Investment

The supply and demand aspect of coin collecting depends upon the particular coin in question. A rare coin is rare because not many coins that were identical to that one were produced. Those coins will not be produced again, which makes them rare. The demand aspect of coin collecting is finding certain coins. Demand has a large impact of the value of different coins. The more in demand a coin is, the higher the value will be. The same goes for the opposite way. Coin collecting can, and is, an investment. One can invest a large amount of money into coins in hopes that the coins will later be worth more money.

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Coin Collection Themes

There are a variety ways a person can collect coins. Typically, coins are collected by themes. A country collection is one theme. Someone may want all different coins that were produced by one country. Such as an American wanting only United States coins. Error or subject themes are common as well. Error coins refer to coins that have a mistake on them, coins with flaws. Subject coins have designated subjects on them, whether that is a specific president, a car, or another subject. Year and type of coins are another two themes. Year refers to collecting coins in only one year, but can be from any country, any type of coin.

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Coin Care Tips

There are many coin tips that coin collectors should be aware of. First, the value of a coin means everything when caring for a coin. If one doesn’t know the value of the particular coin, then it suggested to not clean it. Coin should be cleaned by a professional only. Coins that are being sold have to be disclosed if they have been cleaned. New found coins should not be cleaned. If new found coins are cleaned they can become damaged over time.

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Organizations Supporting Coin Collectors

Today there are a variety of organizations out there for coin collectors. Some organizations help people find different coins. Other organizations help people sell coins. There is basically organizations to help a person with any needs as a coin collector.

UNC Coin Collecting Conference

Capital Coin and Currency Holders

Association of Collecting Club

Atlantic Provinces Numismatic Association

World Internet Numismatic Society

International Association of Professional Numismatists

John Reich Collector’s Society

Calgary Numismatic Society