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01 Jul 2022

The Unique 1870-S $3 Gold Piece

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

In our numismatic hobby, I have found that collectors are mainly knowledgeable on things they collect, or could collect later on. For instance, if I asked a YN to tell me three things about $20 gold pieces, most would stare at me blankly like I was insane. We naturally learn the history of coins that we collect, because it helps us better understand and appreciate the series. I believe that this is a huge loss, because the more you know about numismatics as a whole, the better numismatist you are. So here’s some history about a coin in a series I (and probably some of you) don’t collect: the 1870-S $3 gold piece.

15 Jun 2022

How To Know Whether You Should Grade Your Coins

Collecting Tips | thatcoinguy

A question a lot of hobbyists have is whether or not to grade their coin(s). I just made this as a general guide from my viewpoint, make the decision for yourself. But I have seen a lot of "Should I grade this MS-61 1945 wheat cent?" so I figured you could read this blog and decide for yourself.The first (and most of the time, deciding) factor is the price of grading to the price of your coin. Why would you grade your MS-61 1945 wheat cent for $17-$19 (plus $10 shipping) when the coin is only worth $1 at best? It just doesn't make any sense. Especially if you are planning on selling the coin, because even if you just wanted to break even, you would have to charge $30 for that $1 just because it is in a TPG slab.

11 Jun 2022

Writing A Blog

Collecting Tips | thatcoinguy

I have noticed over the past few weeks there have been an influx of new members coming in. Welcome! I have seen a few posts regarding how to write a good information blog, and I feel like I should put my

11 Jun 2022

Collecting Franklin Half Dollars: What Every Collector Needs To Know

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

Most of you know that my favorite coin series of all time is the Franklin Half Dollar. While I do still very much enjoy collecting silver Washington Quarters and 21st Century varieties, the Franklin Halves are cemented at the top of my list. Even if you didn’t know this about me, you probably could have guessed it by my profile picture and my many references to Franklin Half Dollars through many of my blogs. I put our a blog when I was just starting to blog on Franklin Half Dollars called, and I quote, “Franklin Half Dollars.” Now even though I am a glass half full kind of guy, the blog was just as bad as the title. I made many mistakes that I made as a beginner. Now, as a serious collector of this series, I figured I had better do my favorite coins justice, and write a more updated and thorough blog. So here we are!

31 May 2022

Colorized Coins

Coins | thatcoinguy

Colorized coins have been the subject of many heated debates amongst numismatists. They were once just novelties made by third parties who though the ATB quarters would looked cooler if somebody knocked a paint can on top of them (roll searchers know what I mean). But in more recent times, many mints from across the world (and even the US mint) have made colorized coins for sale to collectors, and in some cases, for circulation.

31 May 2022

PCGS Rattlers

Exonumia | thatcoinguy

As our hobby grows more and more diverse, collecting interests have gotten broader and broader (which is not necessarily a bad thing!). Collecting interests have grown put to feature old Whitman blue folders, numismatic literature, thelowestgrade coins (a subject of a future blog!)... the list goes on and on. One section that has seen particular activity has been the collecting of slabs. Yes, some people collect slabs. Here's one of the coolest kinds of slabs (in my opinion), and one of the most highly collected.


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