Tag: Peter Mosiondz Jr

Holders, Folders and Albums: A Collector’s Reference Guide

Holders, Folders and Albums: A Collector’s Reference Guide

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Many collectors do not even give it a thought. Yet every year, thousands of coins costing considerable sums are ruined due to improper storage methods. Elementary my dear Watson! My dealer would never sell me a coin in a holder which could effectively damage the coin over a period of time. […]

Coin Shows for the Fun of It – Part 1

Coin Shows for the Fun of It – Part 1

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. For me the anticipation of an approaching coin show transcends the magical time when, as a young lad, I eagerly awaited Santa’s visit on Christmas morning. These two events have one thing in common. As the arrival of the jolly fellow in the red suit came ever so near, my mother […]

Don’t Be Hasty When Selling Your Coins – Part 1

Don’t Be Hasty When Selling Your Coins – Part 1

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Every coin that rests in a collection or dealer’s inventory today will one day be sold. That is an inevitable fact of life, unless, of course, someone finds a technique of transporting their cherished coins to that great coin club in the sky. The method of sale that you eventually choose, […]

CoinWeek Collector Fundamentals: How to Handle Coins

CoinWeek Collector Fundamentals: How to Handle Coins

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   In our previous installment I mentioned that we will discuss how to handle coins properly. And, this is very important. One fingerprint or drop of moisture on an uncirculated coin could severely impair it as a worthy collectible, not to mention any potential resale or trading value. I was barely […]

On the Subject of Coin Dealer Price Lists and Web Sites

On the Subject of Coin Dealer Price Lists and Web Sites

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. In a previous article on the subject of dealing with dealers we touched upon some of the do’s and don’ts applicable chiefly to those dealers with whom we have personal contact. Purchasing coins through the mail and on the internet provide additional challenges worthy of discussion. Readers of Canadian Coin News […]

Beware of Defects on Coins

Beware of Defects on Coins

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek… A defect is a defect no matter how slight the seller proclaims it. And that same “slight’ defect will become much more severe in the eyes of a buyer when it comes time to sell or trade that same coin. Try to remember this fact of life in your […]

How to Store Your Coins

How to Store Your Coins

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.   Now that you own some nifty coins, how will you keep them safe and store them? In our previous installment we discussed the proper way to handle coins so as to keep them free of potential damage. Now we have to consider keeping those coins in our collection and doing […]

Is It Ever OK to Clean Coins?

Is It Ever OK to Clean Coins?

  By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek….   Some types of coin cleaning might very well improve a coin’s appearance, while most other methods may actually damage the coin’s surface, appearance and–most importantly–the value. If I could offer just one piece of advice to you today, it would be this: Do not clean your coins […]

How to Keep Coins Safe

How to Keep Coins Safe

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek….   Would you like to keep your coin collection safe and save money at the same time? Sure. Who wouldn’t? I have my coin collection on a separate insurance policy from my homeowner policy. I pay a much lower premium with my collectibles insurance company than I would pay […]

Fundamentals of Coin Investing

Fundamentals of Coin Investing

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.   My friends, it is best to rid yourself of the false notion that merely acquiring any coins in any grade will place you on the fast track to untold riches. This is especially true of so-called “promoted” coins. Promoted coins are nothing more than coins that are in ample supply […]

Dealing with a Coin Dealer

Dealing with a Coin Dealer

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek….   The relationship between a coin collector and his or her favourite dealer will go a long way in determining the growth and health of the individual’s coin collection, not to mention the added benefits of continued interest and enthusiasm for our great hobby of numismatics. For the continued […]

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 […]

The Psychology of Coin Collecting

The Psychology of Coin Collecting

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   What does psychology have to do with coin collecting? Collectors have one distinct advantage over non-collectors. The hobby of coin collecting–and it is a hobby, pure and simple, not an “industry” or “market”–adds an extra dimension to the collector’s life, a safe and enjoyable retreat from the stress and pressure […]

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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. […]

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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