In 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt began an ambitious program to redesign United States currency. Although various sculptors and their designs were carefully considered, it was ultimately Victor David Brenner (who was a [Read more…]
Whether you are a new or seasoned coin collector, it literally pays to do some homework on a dealer before handing over your money. With the availability of online shopping, this process can be difficult. It’s hard to determine the trustworthiness of a business when you can’t actually [Read more…]
As discussed in our previous article Counterfeit Coins: the Basics, it is far easier to learn the characteristics of a genuine coin than to learn the features of counterfeits. [Read more…]
D&J Coins was glad to be able to attend the 2015 Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention January 8th through the 11th. It was nice to see over 1500 dealers and 15,000 collectors all under one roof. [Read more…]
“Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.” – Plato
Almost immediately after the idea that currency could be exchanged for goods and services become part of civilization, people began to produce counterfeit coins. Originally these forgeries were produced with the intention of spending them. More recently, scam artists have branched out into the world of collectible currency. [Read more…]
Humans have been collecting and cataloging coins for approximately 2000 years. The first coins that were collected were from the Roman Empire. Although people were interested in obtaining and preserving them, there is little mention from this early period about the actual conditions of these coins. [Read more…]
The best way to legitimize the most valuable coins in your collection is to have them certified by a grading service. The process is simple but collectors should understand the basics of grading so that expectations do not exceed the reality of a coin’s condition. Collectors should also have enough knowledge to be able to determine which coins in their collection are appropriate to send in for grading. If needed, contact a trusted numismatic professional for advice. [Read more…]
Notes on the Cleaning, Appearance, and Handling of Coins
The varied fields of collectibles are rife with story and legend. In numismatics, one of the most common stories involves an individual that devalues or nearly ruins a coin by cleaning it. Almost every collector or dealer has a first or second hand account of this story. Sadly, this tale still repeats itself as individuals without knowledge of what makes a coin desirable to collectors literally rub the appeal from their coin. [Read more…]
On October 24th through the 26th, we attended the Denver Coin Expo. We had a table set up right up front and we were able to meet many interesting people. We were able to bring home some really great inventory so be sure to check out our new coin inventory when you get a chance! In the meantime, you can also check out this video we shot so you can get an idea of the size of this show.
We hope to see you at the next one in Orlando, FL! That show is called the 2015 FUN Convention and runs from January 8th – 11th, 2015.