World Coin Articles

  1. Buried Coins May Reveal a Hidden History

    Buried Coins May Reveal a Hidden History
    Buried Coins May Reveal a Hidden History As the old saying goes, dead men tell no tales. The same cannot be said of coins, especially those discovered from places and times, about which, relatively little is known. In fact, a p ...
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  2. 2018 Shooting Thalers

    2018 Shooting Thalers
    Shooting Thalers GovMint will soon receive an exciting selection of the 2018 edition of the annual Shooting Thaler silver and gold coins issued by Switzerland, which are released to commemorate the very popular shooting tournaments held there. A thaler, or taler in German, is a silver coin issued between the 15th ...
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  3. How Are Coins Made?

    How Are Coins Made?
    The average American citizen doesn't put too much thought into how their pocket change is made. However, coin collectors and numismatists are very interested in the minting process. So, assuming you hope to advance in the numismatic community – or maybe you just want to gain some interesting facts to surprise your friends with &n ...
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  4. Are Coin Shows on the Decline?

    Are Coin Shows on the Decline?
    As a member of the board of governors for the American Numismatic Association, one of the prime responsibilities is to make decisions about ANA conventions. That is no small task given the size and importance of the conventions. The World’s Fair of Money held each summer by the ANA is one of the organization’s largest reven ...
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  5. Should I Collect American or World Coins?

    Should I Collect American or World Coins?
    For generations, most coin collectors in the U.S. focused their energies on American issues. When I started collecting, world coins were a fringe specialty and most of the dealers were retired military many of whom had become interested in world coins while serving overseas. Factors to Consider when Choosing Numismatics ...
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  6. The History of Coin Grading

    The History of Coin Grading
    In the early days of coin collecting, the grade of a coin was subjective and limited. In today’s coin market, the grade of a coin is as much science as art, and independent third-party grading services guarantee the correct grade for scarce and high-quality coins. By the mid-1800’s, only a few grading terms were use ...
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  7. The Impact of Coin Grading

    The Impact of Coin Grading
    Nearly every day, my company submits rare coins to one of the two major grading companies in the United States, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) or the Professional Coin Grading Company (PCGS). Both have been in business for over 20 years and have graded and capsulated billions of dollars-worth of rare coins.  The cre ...
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  8. The Brasher Gold Half Doubloon

    The Brasher Gold Half Doubloon
    The Brasher Gold Half Doubloon was America’s first gold coin and a true national treasure.  The tale of how this amazing gold coin came to be is filled with history, mystery, and the “can-do” attitude and ingenuity of our Forefathers. Origins of the Brasher Half Doubloon Gold Piece Two men were ...
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  9. Should I buy bullion or collectibles?

    Should I buy bullion or collectibles?
    span.anchor { display: block; position: relative; top: -200px; } Condition of Collectible Coins Versus Bullion In coin collecting, the numerical grade of a coin can be a vital factor in determining its value. However, there is a huge difference in the importance of grading between preciou ...
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  10. World's Oldest and Largest Coin Market is the Newest

    World's Oldest and Largest Coin Market is the Newest
    It may seem hard to imagine, but the world's most exciting and dynamic coin market is not here in the U.S., but in China! The Chinese know about money. They practically invented it around 3,000 years ago. They also invented paper money and experienced the huge inflation and the destruction of value t ...
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