Coins - General

Coins are loosely defined as circular, flat pieces of metal or metal alloy used as currency to facilitate transactions, although coins that defy this definition exist. Historically, most coins have been made out of either silver or gold, as these precious metals provided inherent value to the coin regardless of the political entity that minted them. However, coins have been created in materials ranging from porcelain and aluminum to platinum and palladium.

The collecting of coins is referred to as numismatics, originating from Greek by way of Latin and French. While coin collecting did not reach mainstream society until the 19th century, historical records of fledgling numismatics date back to the time of Caesar Augustus. Many kings and emperors have been involved in numismatics throughout history. In recent history, King Farouk of Egypt amassed a truly impressive coin collection before being deposed in 1952. Several coins from Farouk's hoard have since been sold for record sums at auction.

Grading of collectible coins mainly considers the wear on an individual coin. Each coin has specific wear points in locations where fingers typically rub against the coin, causing slight erosion. Over hundreds of transactions, this contact, no matter how minor, will add up and dull the details present on the coin. The most commonly used coin grading system ranges from proofs and mint at the top down to damaged and poor at the bottom.


Quick Facts

  • The most expensive coin ever sold is a 1794 Flowing Hair dollar, the first dollar coin issued by the federal United States. This dollar sold for just over $10 million in 2013
  • One of the coins from King Farouk's collection was a 1933 United States golden double eagle. Never officially released to the public, the Egyptian double eagle is the only one of its kind legal for private ownership today
  • One of the strangest-shaped coins in existence is a 2002 AU$10 silver proof issued by the Republic of Nauru. The coin was minted to celebrate the adoption of the euro and is shaped like the outline of Europe

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Christmas silver rounds
Oct 19, 6:00 PM CDT
Christmas silver rounds
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$454 Bids
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LOT OF 29 OLD HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS MARJORIE THOMPSON PHOTOS
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
LOT OF 29 OLD HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS MARJORIE THOMPSON PHOTOS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$313 Bids
Copper - 1 Oz.-.999 Fine Round Featuring the Unicorn
Oct 18, 5:00 PM EDT
Copper - 1 Oz.-.999 Fine Round Featuring the Unicorn
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$62 Bids
CAROL CHANNING NYC TRANSIT AUTHORITY TOKEN HANDBAG
Oct 21, 9:00 AM PDT
CAROL CHANNING NYC TRANSIT AUTHORITY TOKEN HANDBAG
by Abell Auction
Est: $25- $50
$502 Bids
§ Julian Trevelyan (British 1910-1988) Spinnakers, 1971
Oct 29, 10:00 AM BST
§ Julian Trevelyan (British 1910-1988) Spinnakers, 1971
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £300- £500
£1501 Bid
32 ADMIRAL DEWEY BADGES TOKENS * HARD TIMES & MORE
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
32 ADMIRAL DEWEY BADGES TOKENS * HARD TIMES & MORE
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $250- $350
$801 Bid
ASSORTED WORLD'S FAIR & EXPOSITION MEDALS &PLATES
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
ASSORTED WORLD'S FAIR & EXPOSITION MEDALS &PLATES
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
27 WORLDS COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION TOKENS & MEDALS
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
27 WORLDS COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION TOKENS & MEDALS
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$801 Bid
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ANTIQUE MANNER OF JEROME THOMPSON "APPLE GATHERING" OIL ON CANVAS
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
ANTIQUE MANNER OF JEROME THOMPSON "APPLE GATHERING" OIL ON CANVAS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Jefferson Davis
Oct 27, 1:00 PM CDT
Jefferson Davis
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $600- $900
$3001 Bid
Five IPA 70th Anniversary Challenge coins
Oct 19, 6:00 PM AEDT
Five IPA 70th Anniversary Challenge coins
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD151 Bid
7 WORLDS COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION BADGES & HALF DOLLAR
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
7 WORLDS COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION BADGES & HALF DOLLAR
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $250- $400
$801 Bid
PAIR inc Mego / Pin Pin Toys The World's
Oct 29, 10:00 AM BST
PAIR inc Mego / Pin Pin Toys The World's
by Vectis Auctions Ltd
Est: £30- £40
£151 Bid
Two matched mahogany 'Token Works' bedside cabinets,
Oct 19, 10:00 AM BST
Two matched mahogany 'Token Works' bedside cabinets,
by Sworders
Est: £350- £450
£2800 Bids
*Siddig El Nigoumi (Sudanese-British, 1931-1996),
Oct 19, 10:00 AM BST
*Siddig El Nigoumi (Sudanese-British, 1931-1996),
by Sworders
Est: £200- £300
£1600 Bids
1827-R Brazil Pedro I 960 Reis
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
1827-R Brazil Pedro I 960 Reis
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $6,000- $9,000
$3,0000 Bids
Michael Jackson – We Are The World Reproduction Signature Framed 45 Gold Record Display
Oct 23, 10:30 PM EDT
Michael Jackson – We Are The World Reproduction Signature Framed 45 Gold Record Display
by Gold Record Outlet
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
3 Albums of Brooke Bond Picture Cards, including The Sea: Our Other World, Wild Birds in Britain,
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
3 Albums of Brooke Bond Picture Cards, including The Sea: Our Other World, Wild Birds in Britain,
by Chaucer Covers & Auctions
Est: £6- £10
£60 Bids
§ Stephen Goddard (British 1959-) Untitled
Oct 29, 10:00 AM BST
§ Stephen Goddard (British 1959-) Untitled
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £700- £900
£3400 Bids
§ BREON O'CASEY (BRITISH 1928-2011) FRINGED NECKLACE
Oct 28, 6:00 PM BST
§ BREON O'CASEY (BRITISH 1928-2011) FRINGED NECKLACE
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £500- £800
£2400 Bids
LENNON P., JOY D. MOUSEMAN: THE LEGACY OF ROBERT THOMPSON OF KILBURN
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
LENNON P., JOY D. MOUSEMAN: THE LEGACY OF ROBERT THOMPSON OF KILBURN
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
A late 18th century engraved English love token, circa 1785
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
A late 18th century engraved English love token, circa 1785
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £100- £150
£100 Bids
An early Victorian sterling silver small inkstand, Birmingham 1838 by Joseph Wilmore
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
An early Victorian sterling silver small inkstand, Birmingham 1838 by Joseph Wilmore
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£400 Bids

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