When looking to buy or
sell coins in Rockville, MD, it is important to note the many features that people
may look for in a valuable coin. Beyond the obvious identifying marks
of a coin, such as its design and date, there are many other more subtle
characteristics. Knowing what to look for when it comes to different kinds
of coins can be the difference between having mere pocket change and a
It may seem obvious, but many people do not look at the size of the coin.
There are many replica coins that are sold in infomercials and online
that are not meant for circulation or to be spent as legal currency. These
coins look nice, but they are not worth much. If the coin seems a bit
big—bigger than a dollar coin—you are probably correct to
identify it as a replica. At any rate, these are not genuine U.S. coins.
A subtle but important feature of a lot of coins is the
mint marking. For example, there is some number of 1982 Roosevelt dimes that were issued
by the Philadelphia Mint without a “P” marking on them, increasing
their value from 10 cents to up to $300 if uncirculated. These kinds of
cases come up a lot, too, so understanding which years have errors from
particular mints can be crucial to understanding the difference between
a typical U.S. coin and a collectible U.S. coin.
Miscellaneous Printing Errors
While mint markings are subtle oddities that can increase the value of
a coin, major printing errors can make some very collectible coins. While
these may seem obvious once pointed out to you, many printing errors are
so minute that you’d never notice them. Again, knowing what to look
for is the most important part in identifying these coins.
If you still are not sure about your collectibles, why not take them into
our experts at
Coins of the Realm? If you need coins, autographs, or stamps identified, call us at (301) 340-1640.