London Coin Gallery Numismatics Collection

Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, and related objects. While numismatists are often characterized as students or collectors of coins, the discipline also includes the broader study of money and other payment media used to resolve debts and the exchange of goods. At London Coin Gallery of Mission Viejo, we offer a large collection of Numismatics. Please stop by our beautiful showroom to view our complete collection.

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Uncertified Coins Uncertified coins are those that have not been certified by a third party grading service such as PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) or NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.)

Slabbed & Certified Coins that are certified by a grading service are sealed into rectangular tamper-proof plastic capsules known as “slabs.”

UngradedUngraded coins at London Coin Galleries are typically those in sets produced for collectors by the US Mint. Otherwise, the coins we sell are graded – either by our on-site numismatists or by recognized grading services. If you have valuable coins of your own that are ungraded, we can submit them to PCGS on your behalf.

Rare, Scarce & CameoThese are terms that pertain to coins of above average value. Rarity or scarcity isusually due to low mintage, but can also result from later destruction, as in the case of millions of silver dollars melted near the close of WWI.  Cameo refers to the highly valued contrast between the background surface and that of the major artistic elements of a coin’s design.

Proof - Proof coins are made differently from normal coins for circulation. Made for collectors, every aspect of the proof coin must approach perfection. High pressure hydraulic presses, multiple strikes and polished dies and blanks make this happen.

Carson Mint Carson City Mint coins are collector favorites.  Mintages were generally lower, but equally influential is that the CC mint was the quintessential wild west operation.  Beginning 1870 coins with the famed “CC” mint mark were produced through periods of management perfidy and the frustration of the Federal Government which closed the mint for good in 1893.

Mint A mint is a coin factory – the facility in which coins are made.  Coins in Mint State are coins in the same condition they were before leaving the mint: no wearwhatsoever, though contact marks and a weak strike are acceptable defects that will nevertheless lower the value.

Graded Graded Coins are classified according to amount of wear, depth of strike, contact marks, presence of luster (the frosty quality of a new coin’s surface), color and toning. Store graded coins are graded by our staff numismatist.