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Definition of Numismatics...
Coin collecting, or the study of currency. Coins may be collected for scholarly or historical
purposes, such as to gain a deeper insight into past cultures, for financial profit, or purely as a
hobby. Coins derive their perceived value not just from their actual currency value, but also from
their age, rarity, and other factors.
The American Numismatic Association was founded in 1891,
with the goal of educating people about the study of
numismatics, and now has over 33,000 members.
Why own rare coins?
To the collector, each rare coin is a work of art and a piece of American history. To the investor, rare
United States coins represent a tangible investment with excellent long term price performance which
has been documented in many highly respected financial publications, including The Wall Street Journal
Until recently, the profitability of rare coins was enjoyed almost exclusively by those who possessed the
expertise to recognize and acquire the finest coins. However, recent developments in the rare coin
industry have opened up this promising market to virtually all investors. United States rare coins remain
one of the most private of all investments which are easily stored and transported. United States coins
are considered collectibles and, by federal law, cannot be confiscated in times of national crisis.
Investors generally acquire coins to properly diversify their investment portfolios and for the security,
liquidity and profit potential they provide.
Understanding Circulated Grades
Certified grades assigned to coins range from poor (1) to perfect (70). A coin can either be designated
mint state (struck for circulation) or proof (usually specially struck for collectors). The following are the
grades you may see on a certified coin and a brief description of what it means.
Understanding Uncirculated Grades
Accurate determination of these grades can only be done through extensive comparisons to standard
grading service grading sets.
We sell numismatics coins certified by PCGS, NGC and ANACS.