If you're looking for a hobby, have you considered numismatics? The study or collecting of coins, medal, tokens, or paper money can be a rewarding hobby that sharpens your knowledge of history and geography. Furthermore, it can also be a profitable investment.
If you're already a collector, have you thought about joining a club comprised of people with similar interests?
The Kent Coin Club was founded in October 1971 to serve numismatists in and around Delaware. The purpose of the organization, which is dedicated to the highest standards of numismatics, shall be to educate, encorage, and promote interest in numismatics and to cultivate friendly relationships and provide assistance and cooperation to all collectors.
Club meetings are held at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover, DE at 7:30 PM on the second Thursday of each month. They consist of a short business meeting, an educational program on some aspect of the hobby, and often a small auction (the auction is open to members only).
YOU are welcome to join us, either as a guest or as a member. If you are an experienced numismatist or just starting out we'd like to meet you!
The following links are provided for information only. Their inclusion here does not constitute an endorsement by the Kent Coin Club.
What Are My Coins Worth?
This is the most common question any numismatist is asked. It is impossible to answer without a detailed examination of your coins, but the links below can give you a place to start. Remember, these sites typically list full retail values - you will probably not be able to sell your coins for these amounts!
Numismedia has a general price guide
Coinflation specializes in the value of silver and gold in coins
Your local coin dealer can also be an invaluable source of information.
Local Coin Shows
Coin shows are ideal places to meet with many coin dealers all in one place. We are very fortunate to have a major show close by (in Baltimore) three times a year with hundreds of dealer tables - click here to go to the Whitman show's site.
The Wilmington, DE coin club puts on an excellent show early every year.
News, Books, and Magazines
There are many great resources available to learn more about numismatics. Here are just a few to get you started...
Whitman publishes the premier guide to US coins (the Redbook), among other titles
Krause Publications publishes many numismatic books and magazines.
Third Party Grading
It is becoming more common for coins to be authenticated and graded by experts. These coins are encased in plastic (slabbed) for protection, and the slabs are labeled with information about the coin and its condition (grade). If you are unsure of how to grade or authenticate coins, buying a slabbed coin can offer you assurance that you got what you paid for. The companies that provide this service also often have excellent information on their websites.
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