August 2017

ANA Correspondence Course Mint Errors & Varieties
Post date: Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 06:35

Do you feel like you know the difference between a mint error and a "damaged" coin? Do you know the difference between an error and a variety? If not, you should take the ANA's correspondence courses ""The Modern Minting Process", and "U.S. Minting Errors & Varieties." They are excellent courses which will teach you all the fundamentals (and more) about errors and varieties. You will then have a solid foundation to grow and learn as an error or variety collector.

Here is a link to the ANA's correspondence courses:

Here is a link to other educational opportunities offered by the ANA (all are recommended by us.)

CONECA Error & Variety Coin Club
Post date: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 08:57

For those of you who are not members, CONECA is the no.1 error coin club in the United States. It has approximately 650 members across the U.S. and around the world, with members participating in writing articles for the club journal "Errorscope", and with annual club meetings held in conjunction with the ANA World's Fair of Money. The club also is a excellent way to connect to the "experts" in the hobby, as well as other error coin collectors.

If you are not a member, we strongly recommend it. Here is a link for more information about the club:

To join, you can sign up here:

Denver Mint's Quality Control is High
Post date: Monday, August 14, 2017 - 05:45

Above Image via Coin World

The Denver Mint is very concerned about catching any errors before they make it out of the Mint, as this article details. Interestingly, the Mint employs a tool for catching rotated dies, and also for checking the coin's thickness. Additionally, the article shows photos of the Mint employee visually checking coins (which is done every 15 minutes.) The odds of a cud getting out are slim.

Here is a link to the Coin World article (be sure and view the photos in the article.)