Author Archive: Peter Mosiondz Jr

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Coin Clubs for the Fun of It – Part 1 (Bonus Chicago Coin Club Video: 13:52)

Coin Clubs for the Fun of It – Part 1 (Bonus Chicago Coin Club Video: 13:52)

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.…. Anyone approaching middle age, and those of us who have already arrived there, will no doubt remember the hair colouring commercial on television that proclaimed that “blondes have more fun”. If you were to ask me to come up with a clever idea for a commercial on the many rewards of […]

Modern Coin Issues and the Secondary Market

Modern Coin Issues and the Secondary Market

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   I happened to take a look at the Royal Canadian Mint’s web site the other day to see what products were available for sale. It had been quite some time since I ordered anything. Long ago I dutifully ordered a proof-like set and an extra proof-like silver dollar every year. […]

For Coin Collectors and Investors, a Competent Appraisal is a Necessity

For Coin Collectors and Investors, a Competent Appraisal is a Necessity

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   Foolish is the individual who travels the highway of life without a Last Will and Testament. Just as imprudent is the numismatist who insists that he or she is in no need of a competent appraisal of their coin collection. As most competent appraisals cost about the same as a […]

Why You Should Keep an Inventory

Why You Should Keep an Inventory

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   Do you know exactly what you have in your coin collection at this very moment? If your collection were stolen today would you be equipped to file an accurate insurance claim? And, would your heirs have any idea as to the value of your collection should you suddenly be summoned […]

Fundamentals of Coin Collecting and Coin Investing

Fundamentals of Coin Collecting and Coin Investing

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   Fundamentals of Coin Collecting In my opinion coin and stamp collecting are the greatest hobbies ever conceived. Those of us involved in numismatics, or the study of coins and money already know that we have a wonderful pastime to relieve the stress and pressures of every day life. Coinage mirrors […]

What Makes a Coin Valuable?

What Makes a Coin Valuable?

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   One of the most frequently asked questions that appear in my mailbox is “What makes a coin valuable?” There are several factors contributing to the market value of a coin. The simple answer is that any coin is worth only what someone else is willing to pay for it. However, […]

Methods of Acquiring Coins

Methods of Acquiring Coins

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. on Collecting Strategies …. The wonderful thing about coin collecting is that you do not have to be wealthy to enjoy the many pleasures that our hobby provides. There are numerous methods of acquiring coins, many of which are quite inexpensive. One fun way to begin a collection is to search […]

Coin Clubs for the Fun of It – Part 2

Coin Clubs for the Fun of It – Part 2

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek …… In our previous installment we pointed out the advantages of joining or forming a coin club. We talked a bit about some of the business portion of a club meeting. Now it’s time to move on to the social or fun part of a club meeting. On an […]

Coin Clubs for the Fun of It – Part 1

Coin Clubs for the Fun of It – Part 1

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek …… Anyone approaching middle age, and those of us who have already arrived there, will no doubt remember the hair coloring commercial on television that proclaimed that “blondes have more fun”. If you were to ask me to come up with a clever idea for a commercial on the […]

Learning How to Grade – Part 3

Learning How to Grade – Part 3

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Originally Appeared in Canadian Coin News In our previous installment of “Learning How to Grade” we spoke about circulated coins and the basics of learning how to grade them. In this, our third and final installment, we turn our attention to Uncirculated coins. Although there are eleven Uncirculated grades that can be […]

Learning How to Grade – Part 2

Learning How to Grade – Part 2

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Link to Part 1 The grade of a coin is the single most important ingredient to its value. Before proceeding with this installment, I’ll repeat what I said last time. Make sure that The American Numismatic Association’s Grading Standards for United States Coins, now in its sixth edition, is the first book […]

Learning How to Grade – Part 1

Learning How to Grade – Part 1

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Originally Appeared in Canadian Coin News My biggest pet peeve about our wonderful hobby of coin collecting is the over-grading of coins. I see this all too often when I am called in to appraise a collection or make an offer on some coins that the collector has for sale at that […]

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