A large part of coin collecting is the research aspect. There is the common phrase, “Buy the book before the coin.” This also applies to websites, as well. Make sure to do your research before buying a coin. This is incredibly important so you don’t pay too much, so you know exactly what you’re getting, and so you know if it’s actually a good purchase, among other reasons. The following is a list of my favorite online coin research websites and the reasons why, whether it be for general research, pricing, or numismatic news. I have not been sponsored by any of these companies and the list is in no particular order.
Coin Week is my go-to website for numismatic news. They almost always have new stories that are both interesting and well-written. While this is not necessarily the best place to go to find information on a certain coin, you can search for the specific coin and, chances are, you’ll find at least a few articles. I also find their videos on YouTube to be of great quality and very interesting and educational, one of the most popular being their “Cool Coins” video series.
Another awesome news website that I frequent is Coin World. Along with Coin Week, this is another site for numismatic news. One of the ways Coin World differs from Coin Week, however, is their magazine, which is available at very affordable prices, in either weekly or monthly options. Additionally, they have a newsletter. If you sign up for it, they will send you numismatic news to your inbox about once a day. A very good news series Coin World has for researching specific coins is their “Know Your US Coins” series. They provide a large quantity of information about specific coin series, which is very helpful for learning the basics of a coin or coin series.
Newman Numismatic Portal
This is a large database of out of copyright numismatic books available for free online. It also lists many in-copyright publications, as well, but they are not available for free. This is a great resource for finding out information about coins for free. While the information is outdated, they have an incredibly large library and many of the books are still useful and valuable today.
Yet another news website that starts with “Coin,” Coin News is not my first pick for news. It is a fine site with lots of good information, but I feel Coin Week and Coin World are better overall. This is still a good website to check out.
American Numismatic Association
Being the most popular numismatic “club,” the American Numismatic Association, or ANA, has a lot of great members and benefits of being a member. Many of the blogs on the ANA are incredibly helpful and interesting, written by fellow numismatists. Additionally, they are the publisher of The Numismatist publication, one of the most popular and best coin magazines. In my personal opinion, The Numismatist and Coin World are both on a similar level and are both great choices, whether you choose one of the two magazines or both of them.
In terms of learning more about specific series and finding the prices of your coin(s), there is no place better than PCGS . Even though the website looks aged, the information is frequently updated with up to date prices. The pages include high-quality pictures, basic information about the coin, since as mintage, weight, diameter, metal content, et cetera. It also shows the PCGS population for the specific years and grades. PCGS also has a very modern, easy to use mobile app, which is incredibly helpful. I generally prefer NGC for grading, there is no comparison between PCGS and NGC Price Guide.