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Coin collecting is said to be the “Hobby of the Kings.” Coin collecting is different from money hoarding. Collecting coins as an art form can be traced back to the 14th century. Today, people all over the world are collecting coins. Some collect it for their value, some just like the sheer fun that they get from getting their hands on different coins. -Nicholas Tan

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What Are Factors That Affect The Value Of Coins? by Nicholas Tan


When one is just starting in coin collecting, often the first question is: “What is the value of the coin? And the answer is that the coin will cost as much as you are willing to pay for it and the amount can vary considerably.  For instance, a coin dealer’s offer can be much less than a coin collector that certainly wants your coin badly to add in his collection.

The following are factors that can influence the true value of a coin.

  1. Grade or condition of the coin. Your coin will be worth or valued more when it is in good condition.  When in a perfect or unblemished mint condition, an “uncirculated” coin will be worth many times more than a similar coin that has been in circulation.
  2. The rarity of a coin is the principal basis for a coins value. Generally, the rarer that a coin is found to be, the higher it is priced.  Do keep in mind that rarity has very little influence on the coins age.   Chinese coins are a thousand years old normally sell for about ten dollars since there are so many of them; while a  “1913 Liberty Head Nickel”  can sell for up to or over a million dollars because only five specimens are known to be in existence.
  3. Bullion value. A coin's precious metal content can determine its value. A platinum, silver or gold coin will not, in general sell for less than the coins value when melted.
  4. Demand. There are coins that are greatly in demand; sought after by many collectors, and if that a particular coin is in great demand  the price will be even higher.  Even comparatively plentiful coins can mandate higher value when they are popular with coin collectors. For instance, “1916 D dimes” are much more abundant than the “1798 dimes” yet in spite of this, “1916 D dimes” sell for so much more because there are many more individuals collecting 20th century dimes than 1700 dimes.

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