Collectors see historic, artistic aspects of coins

May 2, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins, World Coins

By Natalie Beneviat. May 1st, 2013 (

To Pat Vetter and Blaine Shiff, who each will be participating at the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists Coin Show & Convention, set for next week at the Monroeville Convention Center, there is more to collecting coins than the value.

They think that along with “heads and tails,” there are artistic and historical sides to coins, as well.

And the same is true of many collectors heading to the free twice-a-year show, which offers a chance to buy, sell or trade items with more than 60 dealers, said Shiff, the show’s bourse chairman. The bourse is the sales floor.

Along with being interested in the value of a numismatic piece, which can include silver dollars, gold coins, U.S. coins, foreign coins and ancient coins, many collectors, such as Shiff, care about the design of a piece.

“They’re exquisite pieces of art. I really appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into a coin or token,” said Shiff, who owns with his brother, Brad Shiff.

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