Collector Tips

  1. A Spotlight on the Royal Canadian Mint

    A Spotlight on the Royal Canadian Mint
    The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) is a fascinating institution whose history reflects the history of its nation. Formerly a British institution, the mint evolved, becoming as unique as its home nation. Today, it p ...
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  2. Unique Silver Bars and Silver Rounds to Grow Your Collection

    Unique Silver Bars and Silver Rounds to Grow Your Collection
    The most exceptional and noteworthy collections and silver bullion stacks have a unifying theme or concept that captures the imagination or tells a story or at least part of one. Here, we highlight some of the unique silver rounds and bars we have in our inventory, as well as a few different strategies for growing your collection or building your stack. ...
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  3. Coin Grading: What You Need to Know

    Coin Grading: What You Need to Know
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  4. Royal Canadian Mint Releases First-Ever W-Mint Mark Burnished Silver Maple Leaf

    Royal Canadian Mint Releases First-Ever W-Mint Mark Burnished Silver Maple Leaf
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  5. Collecting U.S. Coins by Type

    Collecting U.S. Coins by Type
    What is a Type Set? It is neither affordable, nor even possible on an unlimited budget to acquire one of every United States Mint coin ever issued. Since many collectors have a hard time settling on just one series to collect, many collectors decide to build a “type set” of US coins. Type set coin collecting means collecting by design type rather than by date and mint mark. This approach has existed for a long time but became especially popular around 1960. During this time, coin stores were seen in many areas, several major hobby periodicals still issued today were first issued due to this increased interest in coins, and with more people collecting United States Mint coins, it became harder to build complete sets of any one series, which led many collectors to start building the aforementioned type sets.  There are many ways to collect Un ...
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  6. The Coca-Cola® Company: An American Success Story

    The Coca-Cola® Company: An American Success Story
    The Coca-Cola® Company: An American Success Story Coming up from humble beginnings in the late 19th century, Coca-Cola® has emerged as the world’s first – and still most recognizable – global brand. The company currently offers its products in all but two countries around the world, Cuba and North Korea, and the only reason that it isn’t available in those two is because of American trade embargoes. People of all ages enjoy the original beverage and its countless offshoots every day. From Humble Origins to Global Phenomenon Coca-Cola’s® story began in Georgia in 1886. After the Civil war, pharmacist John S. Pemberton invented Pemberton’s French Wine Cola, which he made at his d ...
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  7. Adolph Weinman: Master Sculptor and Medallic Artist

    Adolph Weinman: Master Sculptor and Medallic Artist
    Every collector of 20th century U.S. coins is familiar with perennially popular Winged Liberty dime and the legendary Walking Liberty half dollar, both of which are among the most widely collected coin series to this day. Both coins debuted in 1916 – as military conflict was exploding in Europe amid growing calls for the U.S. to enter the Great War and economic disruption in the U.S. marked by huge inflationary pressures. Both coins also appealed to the American spirit of optimism and patriotism and were issued the year before the U.S. entered the war, which cemented its role as a global power. Most collectors also know that these celebrated designs are the work of Adolph Weinman, a German-American artist and sculptor who rose to prominence in the early 20th century. To better appreciate Weinman’s numismatic and medallic creations, not to mention his architectural sculpture in breath ...
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  8. The Two Largest Gold Coins Ever Minted

    The Two Largest Gold Coins Ever Minted
    Gold has been in the news recently as spot prices hit a six-year high, reaching more than $1440 per ounce. Gold has also been in the headlines recently because of news related to the world’s two largest gold coins. The Largest Gold Coin in the World: 1 Ton Gold Kangaroo ...
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  9. 8 Hard-to-Find American Silver Eagle Coins: Do you have these Key Dates?

    8 Hard-to-Find American Silver Eagle Coins: Do you have these Key Dates?
    American Silver Eagles serve as the backbone of many collections around the world. While other countries began issuing silver bullion coins earlier, the Silver Eagle’s status as the only annual modern silver bullion series backed for weight an ...
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  10. NGC Teams Up With American Hero Charlie Duke

    NGC Teams Up With American Hero Charlie Duke
    In 1969, the world watched in awe as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men ever to set foot on the surface of the moon. Tears came to the eyes of many as the rock that is over 200,000 miles away seemed just a little bit closer. So, too, by extension, did the rest of the universe. Now, Mints around the world are celebrating the 50th anniversary of that first lunar visit, and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is contributing to the festivities through their partnership with astronaut Charlie Duke. Early Life Charlie Duke was born in North Carolina and grew up in South Carolina and Florida. After graduating from Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg as the school’s valedictorian, he entered the US Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1957. He then entered ...
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