Collecting on a modest budget still offers thrills

May 23, 2014 in Cents, Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Copper Coins, Education, Numismatica, Numismatics, Quarters, US Mint, USA Coins

The Gold and Silver Mine By: Douglas Keefe. May 21st 2014. (

Collecting coins doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor (remember, I said collecting, not investing). There are many opportunities to collect United States coins on a modest budget.

One examples is Lincoln Cents starting from 1959, the year the design on the reverse of the coin changed from having two wheat stalks framing the words “One Cent” to the new design featuring the Lincoln Memorial. Although the earlier design with the wheat stalks, which were minted from 1909 until 1958, have virtually disappeared from circulation, the cents with the Lincoln Memorial are plentiful. So if someone wanted to start collecting these cents, they could purchase one of those inexpensive blue coin albums that have holes for each date and mint and then start going through their coins to try to fill all the openings in the album.

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