Bicentennial Bronze Medal

Bicentennial Bronze Medal

How To Value Collectible Coins   by Lee Dobbins

Coins have been always been a part of our country's history. Prominent people are featured on them. A change of government is sometimes accompanied by a change of currency. The look and feel of these coins reflects the advancements in technology as scientists find more complex metal combinations.

Coins being of historical value is one of the many factors why people collect them. Beauty and variety also contribute to the collector's growing numbers.

To be a collector, you must be aware of how to ascertain the worth of your coins. Who knows, you might just be holding on to a very rare artifact, or one that would cost millions on an auction or bidding.

First step in being a coin collector is to look up literature. You need to be in the know of what coins are available out there, where to get them and how to get them. This is extremely valuable to one who'd see the coins as a form of investment.

You also need to determine four things before you take a coin to your collection. You need to identify them, have them authenticated and examine them for damage. This would be vital points to consider in collection coins.

To identify them, you need to look at your coins very thoroughly and note the shape, the colors, and the writings. You also need to verify which country issued that coin. If there is no denomination on the face of the coins, it's just a token or probably a medal.

Authentic coins should be treasured and prized. They're hard to find, especially if they are rare, limited issues. A lot of fakes and counterfeit coins are available in the market, so beware!

The value of your coin will depend upon its grade. Coin catalogs usually have their own, specific grading guidelines but here's a general list of them.

* Mint State Perfect Uncirculated (MS-70) is an uncirculated coin. It should show no apparent damage and be in top shape. It is considered to be the best quality of coin possible.

* Uncirculated (MS-60) is another uncirculated coin having a few scratches on contact marks and that have lost some of its sheen.

* About Uncirculated (AU-50) is a coin which has evidence of light wear on most parts but still retains at least half of its original sheen.

* Extremely Fine (EF-40) is coin wherein the coin design is lightly worn off but the features can be still distinguished and are still quite sharp.

* Very Fine (VF-20) is another coin wherein some of fine details like hair or eyebrows are mostly worn off. There is evidence of modest wear on some points of the design but all major parts are still clearly etched.

* Very Good (VG-8) is a coin wherein even though the rim is still clearly visible, the design is almost worn off and only few details of it are clear.

* Good (G-4) are coins that are heavily worn but the design and the legend are still visible. Much of the details are gone.

* About Good (AG-3) are coins that are very heavily worn that some of the lettering and the original design are not discernible anymore.

Damaged coins come across frequently in the course of a collector's quest. Most collectors steer off coins that have undergone cleaning or re-polishing. Corroded, scratched and drilled into coins are also a big turn off. Although it's sometimes hard to find one, it's better to find an untampered specimen.

The question on most beginners minds is this: How much do I get paid for a particular coin. The answer is: It varies everywhere. It depends on the qualities of the coin as well as the guide the buyer is using. For a general idea of pricing, here's a quick list.

1. U.S. wheat cents (1958 and earlier) that were in circulation goes for a few cents to 3 dollars each.

2. 1943 "steel pennies are very uncommon and of high value 1943 cents set on a normal bronze planchet. They are tested to determine if it attracts magnets and if so, it is plated using copper. They are sold for 5 to 50 cents if circulated, and up to a dollar or two if not in circulation.

3. Silver dimes, quarter and half dollars from 1964 or earlier are composed of almost 90% silver. So their amount depends on their silver content.

4. Silver dollars from 1935 and up are collector favorites and can be usually be sold for more than their value in silver. The less common the date, the higher the pricing goes.

5. Susan B. Anthony dollars are worth about one dollar.

6. Bicentennial quarters, half and dollars are usually worth what's on their face value.

7. Coins in commemoration of the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana are spotted to cost from $5 to $30.

8. A coin with two heads, tails or those that have different designs of two coins have no value to collectors because they are coins that have been change to introduce a novelty item.

There are also the kinds of coins that are made by mistake. These are called 'mules' and are often produced because of an error in pairing different dies. Expect rare coins like these to cost a little higher than most.

So with these things in mind, have fun in making your own collection grow. Who knows what part of history you'll discover by finding rare specimens.

About the Author

Lee Dobbins writes for http://collecting.leisure-webzone.com where you can learn more about coins and other antiques and collectibles.

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US Bi Centennial 1776 1976 Bronze Medal Collection Lot of 200
US Bi Centennial 1776 1976 Bronze Medal Collection Lot of 200
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Coinhunters 1976 Bicentennial Large Silver  Bronze Medal Set Franklin Mint
Coinhunters 1976 Bicentennial Large Silver Bronze Medal Set Franklin Mint
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1976 Franklin Mint Bicentennial Silver Bronze Medal
1976 Franklin Mint Bicentennial Silver Bronze Medal
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Silver  Bronze Bicentennial Medal Proof Set Limited Edition COA July 1975
Silver Bronze Bicentennial Medal Proof Set Limited Edition COA July 1975
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Silver  Bronze Bicentennial Medals Proof Matched Set Franklin Mint 1776 1976
Silver Bronze Bicentennial Medals Proof Matched Set Franklin Mint 1776 1976
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1976 The Franklin Mint2 Bicentennial Medals Bronze and Silver 422 troy oz
1976 The Franklin Mint2 Bicentennial Medals Bronze and Silver 422 troy oz
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The Bicentennial Presidential Commemorative Bronze Medal Signed Karen Worth
The Bicentennial Presidential Commemorative Bronze Medal Signed Karen Worth
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1972 1976 US Mint medals 13 Bicentennial bronze  pewter
1972 1976 US Mint medals 13 Bicentennial bronze pewter
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THE FRANKLIN MINT BICENTENNIAL MEDAL GILROY ROBERTS 2000 GRAINS SOLID BRONZE
THE FRANKLIN MINT BICENTENNIAL MEDAL GILROY ROBERTS 2000 GRAINS SOLID BRONZE
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919 1976 Woodbridge Connecticut Bicentennial Bronze Medal In Like Mint Condi
919 1976 Woodbridge Connecticut Bicentennial Bronze Medal In Like Mint Condi
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James Smithson Bronze 2 Medal Bicentennial P Vincze Smithsonian
James Smithson Bronze 2 Medal Bicentennial P Vincze Smithsonian
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1776 1976 Bronze Gem Proof Bicentennial Medal
1776 1976 Bronze Gem Proof Bicentennial Medal
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Gerald Ford  Americas Bicentennial Bronze Medal Set A9621
Gerald Ford Americas Bicentennial Bronze Medal Set A9621
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1976 The Franklin Mint Bicentennial Medal Bronze Proof B9363
1976 The Franklin Mint Bicentennial Medal Bronze Proof B9363
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Maine medal VHTF Trenton Bicentennial 1789 1989 set mixed numbers silver bronze
Maine medal VHTF Trenton Bicentennial 1789 1989 set mixed numbers silver bronze
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LUCKY GAMES BICENTENNIAL NATIONAL LOTERY BRONZE MEDAL BY JSANTANA M20a
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1976 United States Bicentennial Shiner Texas Bronze Medal
1976 United States Bicentennial Shiner Texas Bronze Medal
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Washinton Bicentennial Bronze Medal 1932 56mm Proclaim Liberty
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Coinhunters 1976 Bicentennial Large Bronze Medal Franklin Mint
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SET OF 2 BRONZE 1975 BICENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL
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US Mint 647 George Washington Mount Vernon Bicentennial Bronze Medal PIETZ
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Rare Bronze HTF Bicentennial Spirit of 76 America Souvenir Medal Medallion
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3 BRONZE MEDAL THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BICENTENNIAL 1975
3 BRONZE MEDAL THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BICENTENNIAL 1975
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BRONZE MEDALLION USA BICENTENNIAL OF THE PRESIDENTS TO 1976
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California Bicentennial Medals 2 1769 1969 925 Fine Silver + Bronze
California Bicentennial Medals 2 1769 1969 925 Fine Silver + Bronze
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2 STATE OF CONN BICENTENNIAL MEDALS 1 999 SILVER  1 ANTIQUE BRONZE
2 STATE OF CONN BICENTENNIAL MEDALS 1 999 SILVER 1 ANTIQUE BRONZE
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James Smithson Smithsonian Bicentennial Bronze Coin 1765 1965
James Smithson Smithsonian Bicentennial Bronze Coin 1765 1965
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HUGE 3 1992 US MINT BICENTENNIAL BRONZE MEDAL 3 200 YEARS OF US MINT
HUGE 3 1992 US MINT BICENTENNIAL BRONZE MEDAL 3 200 YEARS OF US MINT
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The Franklin Mint 1976 Bicentennial Medal Proof Bronze Medal w Presentation Box
The Franklin Mint 1976 Bicentennial Medal Proof Bronze Medal w Presentation Box
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Orange County California Bicentennial Bronze Medal Franklin Mint C0751
Orange County California Bicentennial Bronze Medal Franklin Mint C0751
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1976 Bicentennial Bronze Medal of US Presidents  Proof 65 mm Franklin Mint Numb
1976 Bicentennial Bronze Medal of US Presidents Proof 65 mm Franklin Mint Numb
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VTG Bronze Medal Medallic Art James Smithson Smithsonian Bicentennial 1965
VTG Bronze Medal Medallic Art James Smithson Smithsonian Bicentennial 1965
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BICENTENNIAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK BRONZE MEDAL 2 dia MINT
BICENTENNIAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK BRONZE MEDAL 2 dia MINT
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Maine medal Token Limestone Caswell Loring 200 years bicentennial bronze only
Maine medal Token Limestone Caswell Loring 200 years bicentennial bronze only
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Indiana  the Bicentennial Indiana State Numismatic Association 2 bronze medals
Indiana the Bicentennial Indiana State Numismatic Association 2 bronze medals
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US Mint Medal No 721 US Mint Bicentennial 1792 1992 3 Bronze
US Mint Medal No 721 US Mint Bicentennial 1792 1992 3 Bronze
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GEORGE WASHINGTON REVOLUTION BICENTENNIAL US MINT ISSUE BRONZE MEDALLION CASED14
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STATUE OF LIBERTY NATIONAL BICENTENNIAL MEDAL 1776 1976 US MINT ISSUE BRONZE
STATUE OF LIBERTY NATIONAL BICENTENNIAL MEDAL 1776 1976 US MINT ISSUE BRONZE
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Old Monterey 1970 Bicentennial Bronze Medal T3964L
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Large United States ARMY Bicentennial Bronze Medal 1775 1975 2 7 8 OD
Large United States ARMY Bicentennial Bronze Medal 1775 1975 2 7 8 OD
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BICENTENNIAL US MARINE CORPS BRONZE US MINT MEDAL HUGE 3
BICENTENNIAL US MARINE CORPS BRONZE US MINT MEDAL HUGE 3
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BICENTENNIAL US NAVY BRONZE MEDAL HUGE 3 1775 1975
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US Mint Medal No 534 US Navy Bicentennial 3 Bronze
US Mint Medal No 534 US Navy Bicentennial 3 Bronze
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US Mint Medal No 534 US Navy Bicentennial 3 Bronze
US Mint Medal No 534 US Navy Bicentennial 3 Bronze
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1976 Franklin Mint Calendar Art Medal USA Bicentennial Don Everhart 3 Bronze
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Massive Bronze Medal US Army Bicentennial 1775 1975 Pristine Mint
Massive Bronze Medal US Army Bicentennial 1775 1975 Pristine Mint
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Massive Bronze Medal US Navy Bicentennial 1775 1975 Pristine Mint
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1987 BICENTENNIAL OF THE US CONSTITUTION LARGE BRONZE MEDAL
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