Simplicity is not the best policy when it comes to coin collecting. Oftentimes it is the rareness, the history, or the mother country of the coins that collectors value most.
Here is a wide array of the variety of coins that are obsessions for “coinophiles”:
National Coins: Patriotism in Coins
Usually, national coin collectors collect their own country’s coins. It is common practice for collectors of a nation’s coins to get a representative coin from each date and mint marks for each coin series. Some national coin collectors combine a unique variation of series, date and mint marks.
Error Coins: It’s OK to be Not-So-OK
One of the modern types of coin collecting is known as error coin collecting. When the production of coins became automated during the nineteenth century, errors became more common. Collectors of historic coins are fine with error coins because they like the uniqueness of error coins. Many modern day coin collectors fall in love with error coins because they the modern processes promise that they are unique. The characteristics found in coin errors include the following:
– dies that are doubled – mint marks that are repunched – over-dated – double strikes – coins that are “off” metal – coins that are displaced or off center – coins that are clipped
– one coin with different nominations on two sides a.k.a. mules