As a matter of historical record, home hobbyists may collect paper currency from both the Union and Confederate States of America.
Every collector should know the fundamentals of rainbow toning and how to distinguish that from artificial patinas.
At one time I collected U.S. Proof sets because their mirrored fields and cameoed devices were so alluring.
Morgan dollar enthusiasts typically pay hundreds of dollars over retail for a common Mint State 64 coin when it displays “monster toning” .
Depending on how newly struck medals are stored, they could take years to develop patina naturally. Patina gives definition to medals.
To collector Gary Marks home is more than his castle: It is his country. He designed a medal to honor his wife, the Grand Duchess of Marksova.
Collectors who buy 'raw' coins online need to invest time in learning to grade and perfecting those skills
Collectors need to learn and continue to improve their grading skills especially when buying raw coins for submission to grading services.
Silver American Eagles are among the most collected coins in the home hobbyist portfolio. Proof silver American Eagles are especially beautiful.
When I hear the term "found coins," I usually think of Coin World columnist Bill ORoukes discoveries in bank rolls.