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Traits of a Coin Collector

Traits of a Coin Collector

What type of coin collector are you? There are a number of collectors in the coin collection world and most interestingly, there are certain common traits. There have been studies showing that collector groups scored significantly higher in academic achievement than did the noncollector group. According to a study, Coin collectors are considered meticulous, perfectionists, extremely orderly, passionate and quite patient.  Their......

Do's and Don'ts when inheriting a coin collection?

Do's and Don'ts when inheriting a coin collection?

So you inherited a coin collection, what next? Questions you may have when you inherit a coin collection are “My relative recently passed away and left us their coin collection. We don’t know much about coins. Can anyone tell us (a) if they’re valuable, (b) how we should handle them, and (c) how to go about selling them?” At London Coin...

Introducing a new generation of Coin Collectors

Introducing a new generation of Coin Collectors

Introduce your child to coin collecting Does your child show an interest in collecting things? Is he or she looking for a new hobby? If so, then we’ve got the perfect activity: coin collecting! Not only will this provide a myriad of developmental boosts for your child, but it will also do a stellar job of keeping him or her...

One Way to Check if Your Jewelry is FAKE

One Way to Check if Your Jewelry is FAKE

As jewelry buyers, we test items to make sure they are real before we purchase them. Therefore as sellers, we can ensure the quality of our pieces. Today we'll share our first step in checking the authenticity of gold, silver and platinum jewelry so that you can be confident in your purchases, as well.    Gold, silver and platinum are not magnetic. We run a magnet...

Halloween, Trick or Treat, and Coins

Halloween, Trick or Treat, and Coins


From the perspective of children, Halloween is a collecting adventure. Think about it… all the little hobgoblins and other tiny mischief makers in the neighborhood move from house to house collecting candy and sweets galore. During the medieval period children in Ireland and Scotland were not given sweets. For them it was coins – in exchange for a song, a...




What about Proof Coins?

What about Proof Coins?

Proof coins are special coins. They are made by government mints worldwide with coin collectors in mind. They are never intended to circulate, and they have a much different appearance from coins made for circulation. So, are proof coins somehow better than regular business strikes? Because they are made on different equipment, with different steps in their preparation, many collectors...

Penny Wise and Penny Hopeful

Penny Wise and Penny Hopeful

This afternoon there is a huge bag of wheat cents for me to inventory. At London Coin Galleries Mission Viejo we buy many coin collections each month. Not surprisingly, most coins are common coins – which is the natural outcome of our government’s plan for making coins for our economy. Simply stated, make many coins as fast as possible. However,...

ALL THINGS DOLLAR

ALL THINGS DOLLAR

“The Almighty Dollar” “It’s the dollars that count.” “I need a dollah, dollah, dollah -- a dollah is what I need…” Here in the U.S., but in some sense throughout the world, the dollar receives a great deal of attention. As the world’s reserve currency the dollar is the currency most used for pricing in international trade. In everyday use,...

Coins on Your Table

Coins on Your Table


Coins on a table… a recurring image appropriate for a thoughtful coin owner or collector at the holiday season. Whose were these small circles of toning metal? You can be sure that they were possessed by many, over time. Though you may never know the details, each piece provides a small opening to what might have been. Start with what...




50 Years of the Krugerrand Coin

50 Years of the Krugerrand Coin

The Krugerrand was first minted in 1967. South Africa, as a major producer of gold, saw this as an excellent marketing opportunity. Prior to the Krugerrand, most one ounce units of gold available for bullion investors were swiss-made bars. Bullion coins were smaller, such as the British gold sovereign, the Swiss and French 20 Francs, and the German 20 Mark. There were a few coins larger than one ounce, notably the Mexican 50 Peso, and the British Two and Five Pound coins. The Krugerrand, at one troy ounce, was a neat and tidy offering in a somewhat jumbled marketplace.


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