Since that time coins have survived civilisations, world wars, natural disasters and centuries of circulation. They’ve been commissioned by everyone from Napoleon and Cleopatra to Hitler and Julius Caesar. At the same time coins provide a platform for nations to display their artistic expression and pass down geographical, political and social history.
And you thought it was just spare change…
Coin collecting is known as the ‘Hobby of Kings’, and is an inexpensive and intriguing hobby for millions of people around the world. While most would deem themselves casual coin collectors, some are collecting rare and valuable coins with worth into the hundreds of thousands (and possibly millions) of dollars.
The use of coins as a form of solid investment in precious metals has also caught on around the world, and commemorative, proof and bullion coins are highly sought after collectors’ items.
Collectors will find information on valuation and appraisal of collections as well as where to buy, sell and trade pieces of your collection. If you’re looking for something specific, there’s the opportunity to read up on old and rare coins, as well as the supplies you’ll need to build a healthy collection.