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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-16-08 01:09 PM
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Are there any coin collectors here?
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My mom recently started collecting coins and she got me interested in it. I made an ill-advised move and bought some coins before I read up on the subject, but I didn't hurt myself too bad. I bought some 2000-2008 Sacagawea dollar coin proofs. Proof means that the coins were hand fed into the press and struck twice. They've never been touched by a bare hand. I bought them off of a dealer online as a set. I could have saved myself about $30 if I would have bought the coins individually.

I also bought the 2008 presidential proof mint set. It contains a penny, nickel, dime, this year's issue of 5 state quarters, a fifty cent piece, a Sacagawea dollar coin, and this year's 4 presidential dollar coins.

After debating to make more purchases I wised up and got a couple of books. One is an introduction to coin collecting and the other is a coin price guide- the ever popular Red Book. I'm going to study up before I make my next purchase and while my purchases are being shipped.

I think I'm going to collect mostly U.S. coins. They are the most valuable in the world. I also might collect some ancient Greek coins. I'm captivated by ancient artifacts. I was amazed to find out that you can buy some ancient coins for as little as $40- in good shape, too, relatively speaking. It turns out that age doesn't really mean a whole lot when it comes to coins. It's how rare the coin is and what shape it is in that matters. Ancient Roman and Greek coins are not all that rare. It was explained to me this way. Imagine New York City was covered in a volcanic eruption. Finding ancient Greek and Roman coins is similar to archeologists finding Lincoln head pennies when excavating New York a couple of thousand years later.

What kind of coins do you collect? What is your most valuable coin?
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