These top coins sites were selected based upon the content and reliability of the information that they represent. Additionally, a variety of different types of websites were selected in order to give you the best variety of websites to choose from.
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Category: Information and Research; Coin Values
The Spruce (a Dotdash brand and part of the IAC family of websites) focuses on topics that can "spruce up" your life, including great content for crafters and hobbyists. The coin collecting content has been written by nationally known coin experts. The site has articles that can help the beginning coin collector get started, the intermediate coin collector hone his skills and will present challenges for the more advanced coin collector.
It... can help you find out how much your coins are worth, how to buy and sell coins and tips that can help you avoid costly mistakes in your coin collecting journey. You can learn about United States coins and how to collect them. There are also resources on world coins and strategies for collecting them.
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Category: Research, Coin Sales and Auctions
The United States Mint website is a one-stop shop for learning more about United States coins and also purchasing them. The site is divided into three basic categories: shopping, history/learning and news.
The shopping section covers all of the currently available mint products. In other words, you can only purchase coins and medals that are currently being made at the mint. If there are some unsold products from a year or two ago, those still may be... available for sale. If you're looking for older coins, you'll have to go to your favorite coin shop or find them online.
In the history and learning section you will find information about the very early origins of The United States Mint, how coins are made and a variety of information regarding the mint. Additionally, it also has special sections dedicated to coin collecting basics, information and downloads for teachers and a special section for kids.
Finally, the news section has an index of the current news releases which include upcoming events, schedules of new product releases and a link to a library of high resolution photos of coins from The United States Mint. It also has sections on current legislation that affects the mint, consumer alerts and special design competitions for future United States coins.
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Category: Information and Research; Coin Values
The PCGS CoinFacts website is one of the most comprehensive websites covering virtually every issue of United States coins ever minted. It also has detailed information on colonial issues, private and territorial issues and pattern coins from The United States Mint. The homepage has links to every type of coin that is covered on the site.
Clicking on one of the type coin sections will bring you to an overview of that coin type. This includes an... introduction to the particular series written by some of the most noted authors in numismatics. Additionally, high quality photos of each type and subtype of coin are presented.
Drilling down through the individual links will lead you to detailed information for that particular coin. You can click on the high quality images to view the fine details of each and every coin. Detailed specification such as designer, diameter, weight and mintage are also presented. Rounding out the information is detailed population reports, price guides and recent auction results.
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Category: Information and Research
The Newman Numismatic Portal was founded by a grant from one of numismatics great coin collectors Eric P. Newman. Newman's interest in coins and insatiable curiosity led him to become one of coin collecting's greatest researchers. Beginning in 2013, Newman began to sell his coin collection. The results of his sale has run into the millions of dollars. Part of this money was donated to fund this numismatic research portal that is housed at Washington... University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Whether you are new to coin collecting or an advanced numismatist, the Newman Numismatic Portal has something for everyone. Beginning collectors should start at the Encyclopedia section and click on one of the section headings to learn more about a particular series of coins. Additionally, almost 100,000 books and periodicals on coin collecting have been digitized and are fully searchable.
If you are looking for more information on a particular person, the People section has detailed bibliography on almost 3,000 people that have a significant connection to numismatics. Finally, auction records and blogs are provided to help researchers and coin collectors stay up to date on current topics and market trends.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Category: News & Blogs
The CoinNews website is a collection of numismatic articles and coin collecting price tools. This website is one of the top coin collecting new sites in the industry. The site is updated daily with breaking news and current information for coin collectors. This covers coin news on the U.S. Mint, world mints, news that affects bullion prices, coin shows and auctions.
In addition to the current news topics, the site also provides coin collecting tools that any coin... collector will find useful. Although not every coin type ever made by the United States Mint is covered, modern coins and more popular series have detailed information that will help you on your coin collecting journey. The world coin section mostly focuses on Canadian coins and Australian coins. By no means is this an exhaustive resource for world coin collectors. Other tools on the website include current bullion prices, an inflation calculator and an international currency converter.
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Category: Coin Values
One of the most authoritative world coin price guides is the NGC World Price Guide. This database of world coin prices is fully searchable and covers world coins from 1600 to date. This complete catalog of world coin values was created through a partnership with NGC and Krause Publications’ NumisMaster. The information is arranged by Krause catalog numbers and includes coin values, images and specifications such as weight, composition, bullion value, artist/engraver and edge... type. The information is free and available to all users.
To start your search, you must know the country of origin, region (if any) and the denomination. An open ended search will provide a selection page showing you overview information and an image of coins that match your search criteria. If you know the date and/or catalog number, you may go directly to the detailed pricing information contained in the database.
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The world's largest numismatic auctioneer is Heritage Auctions based in Dallas, Texas. Heritage additionally has offices across the United States, and in Europe and Asia. Established in 1976, Heritage offers a wide range of U.S. & World Coins, Rare Currency, Fine & Decorative Art, and a variety of other fine collectibles.
Although Heritage is the leading seller of rare and valuable coins and currency, the average collector may also purchase affordable items for their collection. Their... searchable database of over 2 million coin auction records includes detailed information, catalog descriptions and prices realized. All of their auctions are fully accessible over the Internet. However, be forewarned that a 20% "buyers fee" and shipping charges will be added to your final invoice total.
You may also use Heritage to sell your coins. The "seller's fee" is negotiable but usually averages around a 10% commission. If you are considering selling a coin or your entire collection, it will not be worth your while unless your consignment will have an expected auction value of at least $5,000 to $10,000.
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GreatCollections was founded in 2010 by Ian Russell as a new coin auction house to serve the rare coin and bullion community. His many years of experience with Tele-Trade coin auctions gave him the unique perspective to create an online coin auction company that serves the basic coin collector as well as more advanced coin collectors.
Professional images of all coins are provided regardless of their value. The buyer's fee is one of the lowest of all online auctions at only 10% with a minimum... of five dollars per coin. Great Collections does not charge a "seller's fee." Their database of auction results is also fully searchable with a variety of options to help you narrow down your search to the particular coin you are interested in.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Category: News & Blogs
If you are interested in mint errors, then Mint Error News is the website for you. Mike Byers (mikebyers.com) is the editor/publisher and is also president of Mike Byers Inc. He has been a professional numismatist for over thirty-five years and is a leading expert in error coins.
The highlight of this website is the free and fully downloadable Mint Error News Magazine. Each issue is packed full of full-color pictures, recent discoveries and detailed educational... information for error coin collectors.
The website is full of online features that include a glossary of error coin terms, an online museum of coin errors including high resolution photographs and a price guide to help you determine the value of your mint error coin. All collectors and dealers are encouraged to submit their articles, discoveries and scans of their certified major mint errors to Mint Error News for review and publication.
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The world's biggest coin club has a newly updated and modern website to help you along your coin collecting journey. The American Numismatic Association (ANA) was founded in 1891 by five men dedicated to the hobby of coin collecting. Over 125 years later the ANA has one of the largest presence on the Internet with information to help coin collectors everywhere.
From finding a coin dealer or coin club to attending an educational seminar, the ANA has something for every coin collector. They... have special tools and resources, virtual tours of the ANA Money Museum and special resources for young collectors. If you are a member of the ANA, you can access a digital copy of the organization's monthly publication, The Numismatist.
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Category: Coin Values
Many coins are made of precious metals that greatly affect the value of the coin. In volatile market times, the price of precious metals may fluctuate wildly. This may cause a coin to be worth more as bullion then on the open market as a collectible coin. If you are interested in investing in bullion coins, this site will give you current and historical spot prices for gold, silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium.