was made with 97.5% zinc
and coated with just 2.5% copper.
It's no surprise that counterfeiters also started mixing metals to
make a lookalike coin that costs less to make.
If your coin is made from gold, silver or platinum, it will sell
for no less than its base metal valuation as these metals are valued far in
excess of other metals used for making coins.
Rarity usually equals demand. The rarer the coin the more it is in
demand so the price or valuation of purchasing one increases.
An example shows that around 400,000 1916 dimes are in existence
which is 370,000 more than the 1798 dime. However, the rarer older coin sells
for less than the 1916 version because there are more collectors looking for
early 20th century mercury dimes than those from the 1700s, so age isn’t the
only reason for current valuations.
If you’re looking at coins from a collector’s point of view, you’ll
have to decide whether you want to find coins and buy them as an investment or
whether you want to simply collect coins for enjoyment.
If you fall into the latter group you’ll perhaps consider
collecting based upon:
· Collecting coins all from one country
· Collecting based upon a single year and collecting from all over
· Subject interest, perhaps all coins with ships on them
· Period collection, perhaps only from the Roman era
· Volume collections like seeing how many of the same coin you can
· Copy collection - not original coins, but copies of particular
Whichever you choose, try not to lose any valuable coins down the