Resources for New Collectors

Below are resources assembled by the American Numismatic Association for collectors new to the hobby!

  • Adding to Your Collection – Take the time to follow five, simple suggestions before putting out the welcome mat for new acquisitions.
  • Collecting Kennedy Halves –  The 50-cent coin bearing the former President’s Profile was released in 1964 to unprecedented popularity.
  • Golden Touch –  Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ coin designs are testimonies to his numismatic talent and artistic creativity.
  • Collecting Strategies – Type set? Date/mintmark set? How you organize your collection ultimately is up to you.
  • Read All About It –  Expand your hobby education by building a numismatic library.
  • References for Beginning Collectors –  Even the experts will tell you—introductory books on coins and collecting are your best numismatic investment.
  • Images on Coins Tell Stories –  Coins from all centuries share the ability to tell stories through their powerful images.
  • The Many Faces of Liberty –  Whether she’s walking or standing, hair flowing or gathered in a cap, she’s always a lady.
  • Up Close and Personal –  A variety of tools and technology gives numismatists a better appreciation of the beauty of their collections.
  • A Collector’s Guide to Dating Coins –  Dates on coinage are not always a reliable indication of age. Sometimes historical, political or religious context is needed.
  • Reading America’s Coins –  In the land of E Pluribus Unum, coins and their inscriptions often convey interesting messages.
  • The Hunt for World Coins –  Beginning your collection of foreign coinage can be easy on the eyes as well as the wallet.
  • Date/Mintmark Sets –  Decisions, decisions . . . but rest assured, there are no right or wrong choices.
  • Flying Eagles and Indian Head Cents –   Familiar images on the common, American “penny,” these popular motifs eventually give way to a presidential portrait.
  • The Lincoln Memorial Cent –  Collectors looking for variety and availability will find a lot to like about this common coin.
  • Ten Interesting Lincoln Cents  – This lowly, seemingly insignificant denomination teaches much about history, art and numismatics.
  • Interview with the Nickel –  Constantly circulating, the Jefferson nickel takes time out to comment on his 2004 makeover.
  • Assembling a Type Set of Nickels –  In anticipation of the new 5-cent coins, why not form a simple collection of their predecessors?
  • Rounding Up Roosevelt Dimes – America’s 10-cent piece, symbolic of our respect for a President’s service during a difficult era, is relatively easy to collect.
  • The Washington Quarter –  In spite of changes, or perhaps because of them, this venerable coin is here to stay.
  • An Introduction to State Quarters –  Pulling quarters from circulation is a great way to explore our nation and build an attractive collection.
  • Modern Dollar Coins –  It’s a great time to collect dollar coins, in spite of their less-than-stellar popularity in the past.
  • Collecting Odd Denominations – The evolution of the American monetary system led to some useful, but short-lived coins.
  • Collecting Coins from Circulation – Oh, the anticipation! Patient hobbyists have been known to find treasures in loose or rolled change.
  • The Lure of 20th-Century Silver – Produced almost 100 years ago, these artistic pieces continue to capture collectors’ hearts and imaginations.
  • Money of Latin America – Though some coins feature familiar images and themes, many others are unique reflections of the nations that issued them.
  • March of the Euro – With its diverse designs and continental flair, the euro offers collectors the opportunity to expand their numismatic world.
  • A Numismatic Recipe – Coins usually are forged of materials more resilient than snips and snails and puppy-dog tails.
  • Collecting in the Global Community – Coins depicting a wealth of exotic and fascinating topics beckon to collectors from around the world.
  • Numismatic Thanksgiving – Hobbyists appreciate the many resources that make collecting more accessible.
  • Storage Solutions – When deciding how to best preserve their coins, collectors have a variety of options to consider.
  • Can You Judge a Coin by Its Cover? – Whether your concern is safety, appearance or expense, there are storage options for every numismatist.
  • The Numismatic Marketplace – Shops, shows, ads and auctions—how to find prized pieces that suit your interests and pocketbook.
  • The Color of Money – With their vibrant, rainbow hues and palettes, coins and currency allow hobbyists to experience the full spectrum of numismatics.

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