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How Are Diamonds Valued?

Diamonds are valued in many ways—most specifically, in four ways. The 4Cs—clarity, color, cut, and carat weight—are used by gemologists to determine the quality of the diamond, its ...
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Is One of Your Pennies Worth Much More Than You Think?

To most people, coins seem practically worthless. But savvy coin collectors know better, and they’re constantly on the lookout for coins that are worth far more than their face value. One ...
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How Can I Find Out What My Stamps Are Worth?

Like other collectibles, stamps can be difficult to appraise, especially if you don’t have much experience with them. If you’ve recently inherited a collection, consider talking to a rare ...
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Fun and Interesting Facts About Money

The desire for more money is what most people think of when considering paper money, but cash actually has a fascinating secret life. You probably already know that your paper money isn’t paper, ...
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Factors That Influence a Coin's Value

When you get started collecting coins, you’ll quickly find that a coin’s price and its value are 2 different things. The price is its retail price, or how much you’ll pay to purchase ...
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Where Should I Begin Looking for Stamps?

You can find stamps through several different avenues, such as your own mailbox, the local hobby shop, and local stamp clubs. These resources can help you build your collection with new and different ...
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Caring for Your Paper Money Collection

Caring for paper money is very similar to caring for collectible coins and stamps. You must have the right supplies—like acid-free holders and soft gloves—to preserve the collectibles and ...
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A Coin Collecting Guide for New Hobbyists

Beginning a coin collection for the first time is exciting and ultimately a rewarding experience. However, you must know the basics—such as proper coin terms and collecting supplies—to ...
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A Quick Overview of Investing in Precious Metals

Precious metals have proven to be a valuable asset for thousands of years. They often retain much of their original value, and they are typically more portable than other assets. Watch this video and ...
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FAQs About Stamp Collecting Fundamentals

You may have many questions about the basics of stamp collecting. Finding the right album and understanding the different terms and values are important tools to developing a productive hobby of ...
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A Look at the Formal Appraisals That We Offer

Appraisals are important when determining the value of an item or a collection of items. You may require a formal appraisal of a stamp or coin collection after a loved one has passed away or during a ...
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Exploring Types of Diamonds

Jewelers and gemologists have different classifications for certain diamonds. Natural, treated, manmade, and natural fancy color are the accepted terms that everyday consumers will likely hear when ...
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The Basics of Coin Collecting

There are many ways to collect coins, such as by country of origin or mint year. As seen in the video, two of the most popular ways to collect coins are by set and type. Using this information, ...
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How Are Stamps Valued?

Collectable stamps are valued in several different ways. Centering, condition, and cancellation status play a crucial role in a stamp’s grading and value. It is important to understand how ...
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See the Many Ways That Precious Metals Are Used

Precious metals have been used throughout the history of mankind as jewelry, currency, and religious icons. Today, precious metals are used in consumer electronics, dentistry, and automobile ...
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Should You Be Concerned with a Stamp's Cancellation?

A stamp’s cancellation refers to a used stamp that may have been marked by the post office. This mark means that the stamp cannot be reused. Cancellation marks can have a significant impact on a ...
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What Is the Professional Coin Grading Service?

The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS ) is a well-respected third-party certification organization in the coin industry. PCGS is made of leading coin experts, also known as numismatists, who ...
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What Is Centering and Why Is It So Important?

Centering refers to how well a stamp’s design has been centered within its margins. If a stamp is perfectly centered, or as close as possible, then it is considered more pleasing to the eye and ...
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Questions to Ask Your Collectables Dealer

It is important to know as much information as you can when buying or selling coins, stamps, and autographs. Your collectables dealer can help you find the information you need, but you must be ...
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Did You Know These Facts About Jewelry and Gemstones?

Jewelry has been created and worn by humans for thousands of years. Value of jewelry’s precious metals and gemstones have undergone vast changes in these years, but there are certain facts that ...
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The Importance of Working with a Reputable Coin Dealer

Coin dealers work with various types of coins that range in price and rarity. If you are beginning a coin collection or selling yours, then you must deal with a reputable and fair coin dealer. ...
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Learn More About Collecting Paper Money

The key to successfully collecting stamps, coins, or paper money is to learn as much as you can. As you can see in the short video, learning from seasoned collectors can help you avoid common mistakes ...
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Remember These Tips When Getting Your Coins Appraised

Whether you are getting your coins appraised for insurance reasons or for a future sale, there are a few tips to ensure you get the best price. Researching your coin collection and your coin dealer ...
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Investing Vs. Collecting: Which Is Right for You?

When you are beginning a collection, you may simply do it for fun without concern of the value of your collection. However, as your stamp or coin collecting continues, you may begin to accrue items ...
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What Type of Coin Collector Are You?

Coin collector types are those who steer their collections toward a specific goal or type of coin. The type of coin collector you are is determined by whether you choose coins based on their history, ...
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