NUMISMATIC FANTASIES

KEELING-COCOS ISLANDS, fantasy silver 10 dollars 2003

We all know what a fantasy is, don’t we? Something acts like it’s real but it’s not real. In the world of coins there are things that look like coins, maybe they even say that they’re worth a certain amount, like coins do. But it’s not a coin. Fantasy is where we go to get away from “it.” Right? Whatever the structure of the fantasy we like to go into, … Click here to read the whole article!

What is the difference between a coin and a token?

A coin and a tolken

I asked the web:  What is a coin? It told me: “a flat, typically round piece of metal with an official stamp, used as money.”  And a token: a voucher that can be exchanged for goods or services, typically one given as a gift or offered as part of a promotional offer. And two others: a thing serving as a visible or tangible representation of a fact, and of course the cybernetic definitions. The second one seems more fundamental to me.  Tower of … Click here to read the whole article!

How do I collect coins?

different grades of Washington quarters

Generally speaking, when I write these blogs, any time I refer to coin collecting I am in my mind including the collection of paper money, tokens, medals, and military awards. To me they are all specialized branches of the general field of numismatics. “Numismatics” is a word that describes the study of coins, and by extension the study of anonymous items of value or representations of value in commerce. And I’m referring to … Click here to read the whole article!

Basic Info for New Coin Collectors

MAKEDON, PHILIPPI, Tiberius, 14-37 AD, bronze

What are coins? What makes them interesting? What do coins reveal about history? What are they worth? Why do people collect them? Does coin collecting have investment value? “What are coins?” This may seem like a silly question, but the world as-we-know-it is changing rapidly. There may be a time in the not too distant future when some people might not know what a coin is. I am Bob Reis, owner of Golden … Click here to read the whole article!