Many people enjoy collecting gold and silver coins. In fact, the artistry and numismatic attributes of gold and silver coins make many of them even more valuable than the bullion value of the gold and silver they are made of. When it comes to coin collecting there are many routes to take: US Coins, Canadian Coins, British coins, Ancient coins, and many, many more. You can focus on circulated, uncirculated and proof grades depending on your collecting desires.
US Gold and Silver Coins
US gold and silver coins form the basis of many excellent collections. All dimes, quarters, halves and dollars minted though 1964 were made of silver. From 1965 onward, with few exceptions, silver was not used in making standard US coins. Here are some of the silver US coins you might like to collect: Barber Dimes and Quarters, Mercury Dimes, Roosevelt Dimes, Standing Liberty Quarters, Washington Quarters, Walking Liberty Halves, Franklin Halves, Kennedy Halves, as well as Morgan and Peace Dollars.
Up until 1933, the US issued gold coins in several denominations. Some of these coins are particularly beautiful and rare, making for excellent collectibles with extraordinary investment value. Particularly striking is the St. Gaudens $20 gold piece, thought by many to be the most beautiful American coin ever minted. Many extremely valuable gold coins are coveted by collectors.
Canada has minted many beautiful coins in their history as a country. Silver Quarters, Dimes, Halfs and Dollars represent excellent collecting opportunities. As in the US, in the 1960’s they began taking the silver out of their coins as well. In most, but not all cases, the silver content of Canadian coins is 80%, relative the the customary 90% on most pre-1965 US coins.
Collecting gold and silver coins can range from being a pure hobby to a major investment endeavor. For most, is is a mix of both and adds great satisfaction to their lives. Go at your own pace and enjoy your endeavor!
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